MINNEAPOLIS As a freshman last year, Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Kyle Rau was second on the team in points with 18 goals and 25 assists in 40 games. Just nine games into his sophomore campaign, Rau is again on track to be one of Minnesota's top scorers.
Rau trailed only Erik Haula in total points last season as Haula led all Gophers with 49 points. While the 2012-13 season is still early, it's Haula again leading Minnesota with 11 points (five goals, six assists). Rau isn't far behind, though, as he has added four goals and five assists in nine games.
Much of that production has come despite an ankle injury that limited Rau's effectiveness. It wasn't until this past weekend that Rau said his ankle didn't hurt. The result of being fully healthy was a two-goal game in Minnesota's 4-0 win Friday over Alaska-Anchorage.
"I thought Kyle Rau, it was his best weekend," said Gophers head coach Don Lucia. "He had a little ankle issue that he finally, I think for the first time all year,...