Offense breaks out as Gophers sweep Colorado College

Posted: February 20, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CT
Updated: February 20, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CT

MINNEAPOLIS — Seven different Gophers scored goals as Minnesota beat Colorado College 7-4 on Saturday afternoon, capping a weekend sweep at Mariucci Arena.

The Gophers (15-15-2 overall, 10-12-2 in WCHA action) got four goals from defensemen, including Cade Fairchild’s tally with 3:07 left in the game to give the Gophers a 6-4 lead.

Minnesota had surged to a 5-2 lead through two periods before the Tigers got back into the game by scoring twice, cutting the Gophers’ advantage to one before Fairchild gave them some breathing room. Tony Lucia added an empty-netter for the Gophers, who are now three points behind Colorado College for fifth place in the WCHA with four games to play in the regular season.

Friday: Gophers 3, Colorado College 0

Alex Kangas stopped all 26 shots he faced and Patrick White added a goal and an assist as the Gophers won the series opener.

Kangas’ first shutout of the year helped the Gophers (14-15-2 overall, 9-12-2 in WCHA action) snap CC’s three-game winning streak. The Tigers came into the game with the nation’s 10th-ranked scoring offense and third-ranked power play, but Kangas and the Gophers’ defensive corps stonewalled them all night.

White beat the first-period horn by 0.2 seconds to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead. He took a pass from Nico Sacchetti and beat Joe Howe from the right faceoff circle as the red light flashed on, but replay confirmed that White had indeed beaten the clock.

After a scoreless second period, Jordan Schroeder doubled the Gophers’ lead 1:38 into the third with a goal off a rebound, and Josh Birkholz closed out the scoring at the 11:36 mark with a wrist shot from the left circle.