MINNEAPOLIS Through the first three weeks of the season, the power play had been virtually non-existent for the University of Minnesota men's hockey team. The Gophers had scored just three times with the man advantage entering Friday's game against Minnesota State.
As it turned out, the power play was key for the Gophers in their 3-2 win against the Mavericks. In fact, all three Minnesota goals came on the power play, including Zach Budish's game-winner 5:40 into the third period.
It came against a Minnesota State team that had killed 87.1 percent of its penalties through four games. But the Gophers got nine shots off with the man advantage and finished 3-for-6 on the power play. That proved to be the difference in the game.
"We talked about shooting more. We talked about a lack of shots on our power play," Gophers coach Don Lucia said. "You saw (Nate Schmidt) teeing it up a lot more tonight and (Nick Bjugstad) getting in there on the wings. We had a good net presence tonight."...