Increased energy helped propel Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over visiting Nebraska-Omaha Saturday, in WCHA action.
Third-ranked Minnesota (10-3-2 overall, 5-3-2 WCHA) fired 33 total shots on goal and broke out of its power-play slump, as it salvaged a weekend split with the visiting Mavericks.
A night after enduring their first home loss since early last March, the Gophers bolted out to a 3-0 lead by the second period, after Tom Serratore buried a goal promptly after a UNO turnover.
"You have to play hard and play smart (and) we did a much better job of that tonight," noted Minnesota coach Don Lucia afterward. "The guys were into it -- they did the job."
Minnesota began the night with power-play goals from Erik Haula and Nick Bjugstad.
"I think we played a lot more physical, and managed the puck better," explained Haula. "We had good energy."
No. 14 Omaha (9-4-1 overall, 5-2-1 WCHA) closed to within 3-2 with barely two minutes left off a tip-in goal from Johnnie Searfoss, but co...