Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

E-mail Roman

Gophers' Condon expects high-scoring series at St. Cloud State

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Gophers, Men's hockey, St. Cloud State Updated: February 5, 2013 - 10:50 AM

The Gophers, who were idle last weekend, had a team bowling event on Friday.

"We found out that [junior forward Nick] Bjugstad is good at bowling and I am still terrible," Gophers junior forward Nate Condon said on Monday on the weekly Don Lucia Show. He was filling in for the head coach.

The team had practice on Friday, but not on Saturday when the "Skate with the Gophers" event was held at Mariucci. The players signed autographs and skated with fans at the annual get-together.

Asked about the Gophers series at St. Cloud State this weekend, Condon said, "They have two freshmen with over 10 goals, which is amazing. And then they have [senior cocaptain Drew] LeBlanc back, who didn't play last year. He was hurt. So there are a lot of new faces for us to play against."

LeBlanc leads the nation with 30 assists. And he will be one player the Gophers have to watch closely.

Condon said you can't give a player like LeBlanc time and space. "If you give him any time, he is going to find the open guy," Condon said. "Probably one of those freshmen that have 13 goals, or whatever it is. So just get on him and make sure he can't make those finesse plays he wants to."

The Huskies and Gophers are second and third in goals per game in WCHA games at 3.40 and 3.39, respectively.

 Condon said that the Gophers can match the Huskies' scoring. "There are a lot of guys are on our team that can score any night and that is something we share with St. Cloud," said Condon, who has at least one point in 10 of the Gophers' past 12 games.

He said it could be a high-scoring series.

And after the WCHA season, Condon said he thinks the Gophers can make it back to the Frozen Four by winning a regional. "Tampa was a great time last year," he said. "I am not complaining about that."

The Gophers lost in the Frozen Four semifinals to eventual NCAA champion Boston College in Florida last March.

The Frozen Four is in Pittsburgh this April.

VERSATILE GUY

Because of injuries and line shakeups, Condon has played on each of the top three lines and at every forward position. Lately, Condon has been the right wing on Bjugstad's line. Kyle Rau is the left wing.

"It's really a fast line ... and pretty creative, too," he said.

He is also one of the team's top penalty killers. "The main role there is to make sure defenseman don't get any open shots." Condon said. "They want us out there 20-30 seconds [a shift], so we know we can go hard."

Condon, of Wausau, Wis., also goes hard in the classroom. He is studying finance and accounting in the Carlson School of Management at the U.

The Gophers are rated No. 1 again in the national polls this week. One reason is their good record on the road so far, 6-2-2. "We play a lot tougher on the road," Condon said. "When you get behind an opponent in that team's building, it's hard to come back."

 So the Gophers try not to get behind, of course. And, for the most part, that strategy seems to be working.

ADVERTISEMENT

San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 7 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Shields 1
San Diego 10/23/14 7:25 PM
Denver
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Cleveland
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Pittsburgh
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Washington 10/27/14 7:30 PM
Dallas
Houston 85 FINAL
Miami 90
Indiana 89 FINAL
Minnesota 107
Utah 105 FINAL
Oklahoma City 91
Portland 93 FINAL
Denver 75
Phoenix 86 4th Qtr 5:06
LA Lakers 82
LA Clippers 60 3rd Qtr
Golden State 62
San Jose 3 FINAL
Boston 5
NY Rangers 4 FINAL(OT)
New Jersey 3
Toronto 5 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
Detroit 1 FINAL(OT)
Montreal 2
Arizona 3 FINAL(SO)
Nashville 4
Carolina 1 FINAL
Winnipeg 3
Philadelphia 0 FINAL
Chicago 4
Vancouver 3 FINAL
Dallas 6
Florida 4 FINAL(OT)
Colorado 3
Tampa Bay 2 FINAL(OT)
Calgary 1
Arkansas State 40 4th Qtr 0:54
Louisiana 55
Connecticut 10/23/14 6:00 PM
(18) East Carolina
Miami-Florida 10/23/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
So Florida 10/24/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Troy 10/24/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 10/24/14 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 10/24/14 9:00 PM
California
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Montreal 10/24/14 5:30 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 10/24/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Hamilton 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Winnipeg

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Are you happy to see the Royals in the World Series?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT