Gophers' defense spurs sweep of Vermont

Visiting Minnesota overcame some sluggish play to stave off Vermont Saturday on the road.

The fourth-ranked Minnesota hockey squad held off Vermont, 3-1, Saturday to finish off a weekend sweep of the host Catamounts.

Minnesota (9-2-2) fired 33 total shots on goal Saturday night, and jumped to a 2-0 advantage after an A.J. Michaelson score at the 3:59 mark of the second period. Vermont (2-7-2) drew to within one early in the third period, off a goal from Jacob Fallon, before Minnesota's defense put the clamps down.

Finally, inside the game's final minute, Minnesota's Nate Condon tallied an empty-net goal to seal the hosts' fate.

The Gophers also got 26 total saves from netminder Adam Wilcox. Vermont was paced by Brody Hoffman, who registered 30 saves between the pipes.

"It was not an easy game for us," noted Minnesota coach Don Lucia. "(The Catamounts) played hard. But we found a way to get a win.

"I thought we had a good mindset," Lucia added, "and ground it out."