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Gophers' defensemen pile up more points than anyone else

  • Blog Post by: Roman Augustoviz
  • April 19, 2012 - 12:10 AM

Looking at final national college hockey statistics is always interesting, especially when the Gophers appear at the top in so many categories.

Their defensemen had more points than any other team with 111, for instance, although that is a bit misleading because the Gophers played 43 games. Only Boston College and Bowling Green played more games, 44 each.

Harvard's defenseman average 2.85 points per game to lead the nation in that category, the Gophers at 2.58 points per game were fifth. Only six teams had blue line corps who averaged more than 2.50 points per game.

All six of the Gophers top defensemen were underclassmen and are expected to return. Sophomores Nate Schmidt  (3-38-41) and Mark Alt (5-17-22) had more than half of the blue line corps' points.

The Gophers' defensemen had 89 assists, more than anyone else -- two more than Michigan -- but were only ninth in goals with 22.

Quinnipiac's blue-liners led the nation in goals with 32.

Scoring (Defensemen): Games G - A - P          P/GM
1 Minnesota                         43      22- 89-111       2.58
2 Michigan                            41     19- 87-106       2.59
3 Boston University            39     30- 74-104        2.67
4 St. Cloud State                39      21- 81-102       2.62
5 Ferris State                      43      21- 79-100       2.33
North Dakota                      42      15- 85-100       2.38
7 Minnesota Duluth           41      19- 79- 98        2.39
8 Harvard                            34      19- 78- 97         2.85
9 Wisconsin                       37      30- 65- 95         2.57
10 Denver                           43      20- 72- 92        2.14
Western Michigan             41      23- 69- 92        2.24

Source: collegehockeystats.net

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