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Gophers-Bemidji State series preview

  • February 16, 2012 - 11:32 PM

SERIES PREVIEW: BEMIDJI STATE AT GOPHERS

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Mariucci Arena

TV/radio: FSN-Plus and 1500-AM Friday, FSN and 95.3-FM Saturday

Records: No. 7 Gophers 19-11-1 overall, 15-7 WCHA; Bemidji State 15-12-3, 9-10-3.

Gophers at a glance: The nation's second-leading offense is averaging 3.68 goals per game, but the Gophers have scored more than three goals only once in their past 10 games. Their record is 12-1-1 if they score at least four. ... Last season the Gophers played two overtime games at Bemidji State, tying 2-2 the first night and winning 3-2 the second. They lead the all-time series with the Beavers 8-1-1. ... Nate Condon became the fifth Gopher with at least 10 goals last Friday.

Beavers at a glance: Bemidji State is coming off a 4-2, 4-1 sweep of visiting Colorado College. ... Junior forward Jordan George leads the Beavers in goals with 15 and points with 25; he needs only five more points for 100 in his career. ... Senior goalie Dan Bakala is 6-2-1 with a 1.89 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in his past nine games. ... Bemidji State's penalty kill is at 82.8 percent, best in the WCHA. ... BSU is 1-2-1 playing in Olympic-size rinks. ... Beavers coach Tom Serratore is the uncle of the Gophers forward with the same name.

ROMAN AUGUSTOVIZ

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