Gameday Stats and Facts: Feb. 19
Posted: February 19, 2011 1:00 p.m. CT
By ANTHONY LAPANTA
FOX Sports North
A few thoughts for tonight:
Lighting the Lamp — Gophers’ scoring surge
|Last 4 Games||Previous 13 Games|
Defensemen have been a big part of the Gophers’ offensive surge, with Cade Fairchild and Aaron Ness leading the way.
Boost from the Blue Line — Gopher defensemen getting offensive
|Last 7 games||First 21 games|
|Fairchild||3G 4A||3G 8A|
|Ness||1G 2A||0G 9A|
|Alt||0G 5A||1G 2A|
|Holl||0G 3A||1G 2A|
|Wehrs||1G 2A||0G 7A|
|Helgeson||0G 2A||1G 4A|
|Total||5G 18A||6G 32A|
|Pts / Gm||3.29||1.81|
Mark Alt’s improvement is as impressive as any. The true freshman appears to be maturing right before our eyes.
Alt Emerging — Freshman defenseman surging
|Last 8 Games||1G 5A 6PTS|
|Previous 16 Games||0G 0A 0PTS|
Minnesota’s win last night continues their solid play against the top teams in the WCHA. By contrast, Wisconsin has struggled against the perceived powers but has thrived against the bottom feeders.
Beating the Best — Gophers and Badgers against the WCHA
|vs Preseason Top Six||vs Preseason Bottom Six|
Special teams have been key in this series this season. Both teams have been better on the power play than on the penalty kill all year, but it has been even more evident in the head to head meetings.
Specialists Shine — Three head to head meetings this season
|MIN||5 – 14||35.7%|
Minnesota’s go-to guys have been NIG lately, which is critical without Jay Barriball in the lineup.
Big Scorers Play Big — Gopher top guns’ scoring lately
|Hoeffel||Last 4GP: 3G 1A||Previous 4GP : 0 pts|
|Bjugstad||Last 9GP: 1G 6A||Previous 6GP: 1pt|
|Haula||Last 3GP: 2G 3A||Previous 10GP: 1pt|
Minnesota is trying to win the season series against Wisconsin for the first time since 2006-07, and for just the second time in the last five years. It has been a very tight series during that time.
Badgered — Gophers vs Wisconsin in the last five years