At Mankato, Eric Schierhorn posted his second career shutout between the pipes, as Minnesota topped host Minnesota State, 4-0, in men's hockey action on Friday night.
Four separate Gophers scored on the night, to go along with Schierhorn's 31 saves, as the Gophers got back to .500, at 4-4-0 overall. All told, Justin Kloos, Taylor Cammarata, Vinni Lettieri and Leon Bristedt scored for Minnesota.
Also of note, the Gophers weathered five power-play opportunities on the evening.
The in-state rivals had a fairly even first period, before Kloos found the back of the net with his second tally of the year, at 18:33 of the opening stanza.
Minnesota added to its lead in the second period, with Cammarata's first goal of the year, at 7:08. The Maroon and Gold also killed three penalties in the game's second period.
Lettieri, a junior forward, hammered home a goal at 1:49 of the third, and Minnesota was never seriously threatened from that point forward.
The Gophers have now won four of their last five contests and Schierhorn improved to 4-4-0 this season.
Minnesota and Minnesota State (5-6-0) return to action to finish their series on Saturday night, this time at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. for that contest, which will be televised on FOX Sports North PLUS.