Co-captains set the tone as Gophers top Robert Morris

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 30, 2014 - 9:19 AM

Goals by Nate Condon and Kyle Rau started the Gophers’ rout of Robert Morris.

Watching a veteran do it makes it look possible to the freshmen.

Senior co-captain Nate Condon scored the Gophers’ first goal of the NCAA tournament, and within minutes the rookies were following his example in a 7-3 rout of Robert Morris on Saturday evening at Xcel Energy Center.

Freshmen Michael Brodzinski, Justin Kloos and Hudson Fasching were inspired by goals by co-captains Condon and Kyle Rau, leading to a night of contribution from young and old to open the West Regional. The seven goals and 50 shots on goal were a season high for the Gophers.

“After seeing Nate Condon work hard and get that first goal, it really boosted our team, and everybody just started contributing,” Brodzinski said after leading the freshmen with a goal and assist.

The Gophers are now one victory from the Frozen Four, but they will have to beat rival St. Cloud State to get there. The teams have never met in the NCAA tournament.

Condon scored a second goal late in the game, shorthanded, for his 100th career point. It was only the third time all season the co-captains have scored goals on the same night.

The only signs of another first-round letdown were flashbacks on the Jumbotron during the pregame ceremonies. A montage from last year’s NCAA tournament recapped Yale’s run to a national title, including its upset over the Gophers.

Robert Morris did its best to follow Yale’s example but fell into too big of a hole. The Colonials trailed 4-0 before getting any offense going. Two of the nation’s top scorers, Cody Wydo and Zac Lynch, fed one another for back-to-back goals late in the second period to cut the Gophers’ lead to 4-2. But the Gophers pulled away late behind Condon’s shorthanded open-net goal and Reilly’s goal.

“Any time our upperclassmen get going and get a jump like that it’s just going to help us overall,” Condon said. “The best part of the whole thing is we got everyone to contribute. Any time you can get every guy into the tournament like that and get them a little foundation, it’s just going to make your team more successful when you need a push from someone.”

Despite the Gophers’ hot start, the opening minutes appeared to favor Robert Morris. The Colonials built an edge on shots on goal and found themselves with a short five-on-three advantage.

Goaltender Adam Wilcox’s most important save of the night might have been on that penalty kill. The Gophers survived the combined 3 minutes, 39 seconds of being shorthanded and eventually scored the game’s first goal late in the first period. The Gophers have yet to lose this season when scoring first.

Wilcox made 22 saves, while Robert Morris freshman goaltender Dalton Izyk finished with 43.

It took only 83 seconds for Seth Ambroz to show how he felt about comments made by Robert Morris forward Colin South that the Atlantic Hockey Conference plays a more physical game than the rest of college hockey. Ambroz entangled himself with three Robert Morris players and was called for roughing.

The Gophers never looked physically outmatched after Ambroz’s statement.

“I was trying to set a presence right away and be as physical as possible,” Ambroz said. “In the playoffs you have to be physical, whether you’re a skill team or not, and I think that’s one thing our team did pretty well tonight.”



  • related content

  • BOXSCORE: Gophers 7, Robert Morris 3

    Saturday March 29, 2014

  • Photo gallery: Gophers 7, Robert Morris 3

    Saturday March 29, 2014

    The Gophers' men's hockey team advanced to the West regional finals with a 7-3 rout of Robert Morris at...

  • Video: Fasching follows veterans example NCAA tournament opener

    Saturday March 29, 2014

    Hudson Fasching was one of three Gophers freshmen to score goals in a 7-3 victory over Robert Morris on...

  • Scoggins: Gophers appreciate the normal side of Wilcox

    Sunday March 30, 2014

    Adam Wilcox doesn’t believe in superstitions. Nor does he adhere to any strange pregame routines. What kind of goaltender does that?

  • Huskies top Irish in OT

    Sunday March 30, 2014

    Nick Dowd scored for St. Cloud State 18:21 into the extra period.

  • NCAA men's hockey bracket, results

    Monday March 31, 2014

  • Gophers Hudson Fasching scored a goal in third period action. ] Minnesota Gophers vs. Robert Morris Colonials West Regional Hockey Tournament. (MARLIN LEVISON/STARTRIBUNE(mlevison@startribune.com)

  • Minnesota defense Michael Brodzinski reacts after scoring on Robert Morris goalie Dalton Izyk during the first period of an NCAA West college regional hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, March 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

  • Gophers Nate Condon scored the first goal of the game with this slap shot in first period action. ] Minnesota Gophers vs. Robert Morris Colonials West Regional Hockey Tournament. (MARLIN LEVISON/STARTRIBUNE(mlevison@startribune.com)

  • Nate Condon (16) of the Gophers celebrated the first goal against Robert Morris with Taylor Cammarata.

  • Justin Kloos of the Gophers celebrated his goal in the opening period with fans. It came with 17 seconds left and gave the top seed a 3-0 lead.

  • Gophers vs. robert morris

    NCAA men’s hockey tournament Gophers 7, Robert Morris 3

    West Regional final: 6:30 p.m. Sunday vs. St. Cloud State • Xcel Energy Center • TV: ESPNU (1500-AM)

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Minnesota 35 FINAL
Miami 37
Baltimore 13 FINAL
Houston 25
Detroit 20 FINAL
Chicago 14
Cleveland 13 FINAL
Carolina 17
Atlanta 30 FINAL
New Orleans 14
Green Bay 20 FINAL
Tampa Bay 3
Kansas City 12 FINAL
Pittsburgh 20
New England 17 FINAL
NY Jets 16
NY Giants 37 FINAL
St. Louis 27
Buffalo 24 FINAL
Oakland 26
Indianapolis 7 FINAL
Dallas 42
Seattle 35 FINAL
Arizona 6
Denver 7:30 PM
Cincinnati
Denver 6:00 PM
Charlotte
Portland 7:00 PM
Houston
Utah 7:00 PM
Memphis
Toronto 7:00 PM
Chicago
Atlanta 7:30 PM
Dallas
LA Clippers 7:30 PM
San Antonio
Sacramento 9:30 PM
Golden State
Ottawa 6:00 PM
Washington
Nashville 6:00 PM
Columbus
Pittsburgh 6:30 PM
Florida
Arizona 9:00 PM
Vancouver
San Jose 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Calgary 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Ark-Little Rock 1:00 PM
Bradley
Brown 1:00 PM
Central Conn St
Stetson 1:00 PM
Florida State
Ill-Chicago 1:00 PM
Northwestern
Ohio 1:30 PM
George Washington
Southern Utah 2:00 PM
Ark-Pine Bluff
Elon 2:00 PM
Kennesaw St
Dartmouth 3:00 PM
Penn State
Green Bay 3:30 PM
UC Irvine
DePaul 3:30 PM
Colorado
Lewis & Clark 4:00 PM
Portland
SC State 4:30 PM
Abilene Christian
Manhattan 5:00 PM
Fordham
Truett-McConnell 5:00 PM
Ga Southern
Citadel 5:00 PM
Michigan State
Miami-Ohio 5:00 PM
Ohio State
Gardner-Webb 5:00 PM
Purdue
Idaho 5:00 PM
Northern Ky
Fairfield 6:00 PM
Albany
North Dakota St 6:00 PM
Alcorn State
UT Martin 6:00 PM
Butler
SE Louisiana 6:00 PM
UCF
Oakland 6:00 PM
Clemson
Florida A&M 6:00 PM
East Carolina
Eastern Ky 6:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
IUPU-Ft Wayne 6:00 PM
Illinois State
Norfolk State 6:00 PM
James Madison
Binghamton 6:00 PM
Mount St Marys
Towson 6:00 PM
Navy
Long Island 6:00 PM
New Hampshire
Northern Ill 6:00 PM
Notre Dame
William & Mary 6:00 PM
Old Dominion
Liberty 6:00 PM
Princeton
Delaware 6:00 PM
Robert Morris
MD-Eastern Shore 6:00 PM
St Bonaventure
Colgate 6:00 PM
Syracuse
Kansas 6:00 PM
Temple
Mercer 6:00 PM
Tennessee
East Tenn St 6:00 PM
VA Commonwealth
Va Military 6:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Bucknell 6:00 PM
Wake Forest
Alabama A&M 6:00 PM
Western Mich
New Orleans 6:05 PM
Indiana
Columbia 6:30 PM
Connecticut
Long Beach State 6:30 PM
St Johns
Wofford 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Southern U 7:00 PM
Baylor
UAB 7:00 PM
Chattanooga
Char Southern 7:00 PM
Colorado State
North Florida 7:00 PM
Iowa
NC Central 7:00 PM
Jackson State
Rice 7:00 PM
Lamar
Central Mich 7:00 PM
McNeese State
Coppin State 7:00 PM
Michigan
Furman 7:00 PM
Minnesota
SE Missouri St 7:00 PM
Ole Miss
Weber State 7:00 PM
Oklahoma
Grambling St 7:00 PM
TCU
Loyola-Chicago 7:00 PM
Texas Tech
Incarnate Word 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Penn 7:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Chicago State 7:00 PM
SIU Edwardsville
Simpson 7:05 PM
Drake
Tenn Tech 7:05 PM
UMKC
Murray State 7:05 PM
Southern Ill
Oral Roberts 7:05 PM
Missouri State
Jacksonville St 8:00 PM
Air Force
Milwaukee 8:00 PM
Arkansas
Wisconsin 8:00 PM
California
Coll of Charleston 8:00 PM
LSU
North Dakota 8:00 PM
Marquette
Northern New Mexico 8:00 PM
New Mexico St
UC Santa Barbara 8:00 PM
Oregon
Miami-Florida 8:00 PM
Providence
Northeastern 8:00 PM
St Marys-CA
Kent State 8:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
UC Davis 8:00 PM
Northern Colorado
Lewis-Clark State 8:05 PM
Eastern Wash
Walla Walla 8:05 PM
Portland State
TX A&M-CC 9:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
Marshall 9:00 PM
Nevada
Boise State 9:30 PM
Houston
UC Riverside 10:00 PM
San Diego St
Tulane 10:00 PM
Washington
Loyola Marymount 10:00 PM
Wichita State
Nebraska 12/23/14 12:00 AM
Hawaii
Nevada 3 FINAL
Louisiana 16
Utah State 21 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 6
(23) Utah 45 FINAL
Colorado State 10
Western Mich 24 FINAL
Air Force 38
South Alabama 28 FINAL
Bowling Green 33
BYU 1:00 PM
Memphis
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Rice
Illinois 12/26/14 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 12/26/14 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 12/26/14 7:00 PM
UCF
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Duke 12/27/14 1:10 PM
(15) Arizona State
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 3:00 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
UMass Lowell 27 2nd Half
Holy Cross 38
Temple 10 1st Half 7:50
Villanova 18
Xavier 11:00 AM
Kennesaw St
Eastern Michigan 11:00 AM
Michigan
Georgia Southern 2 1st Half 19:28
Southern U 0
Brescia 12:00 PM
Marshall
(22) West Virginia 1:00 PM
Ohio State
UMBC 1:00 PM
MD-Eastern Shore
Cornell 1:00 PM
Loyola-Maryland
St Bonaventure 1:00 PM
Georgetown
New Hampshire 1:00 PM
Northeastern
Eastern Washington 1:30 PM
Florida
Rice 2:00 PM
Texas Southern
Butler 3:05 PM
Illinois State
UC Davis 4:00 PM
(7) Stanford
Washington St 4:00 PM
Loyola Marymount
Sacramento St 4:00 PM
San Jose St
SIU-Edwardsville 4:30 PM
UMKC
Oakland 6:00 PM
IUPU-Ft Wayne
Belmont 6:00 PM
(15) Georgia
George Mason 6:00 PM
Longwood
Kansas 6:05 PM
Creighton
Abilene Christian 7:00 PM
Kansas State
UT Martin 7:00 PM
Missouri
Hampton 7:00 PM
(25) DePaul
Florida State 7:00 PM
Tulane
Murray State 7:00 PM
Illinois
Fla Gulf Coast 7:05 PM
Arkansas State
BYU 8:00 PM
Utah State

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Do you like the Twins off-season moves so far?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

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

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close