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.

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Bjugstad, Schmidt lead Gophers' scoring in third period

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Gophers, Men's hockey Updated: December 14, 2011 - 10:47 PM

One of the big reasons for the Gophers' success this season is their dominance in the third period. The Gophers have outscored opponents 34-10 in the final 20 minutes.

That's pretty one-sided. Eleven of the third period goals have come on power play, Who are the big late scorers for the U? It pretty much mirrors who the top scorers are overall.

Here is a look at third period scoring:

                                        Goals          Assists   Total

Nick Bjugstad              6                    7              13

Comments: He has 16 goals and 11 assists for 27 points overall. Two of his third-period goals and three assists are on the power play.

Nate Schmidt             0                    12             12

Comments: The sophomore defenseman has one goal and 20 assists overall for 21 points. Nine of his 12 assists in the final period are on the power play.

Kyle Rau                      6                     3                9

Comments: Half the freshman left winger's12 goals are in the third period. He has scored two power-play goals and one short-handed goal in the final period. He also has one assist  on a man-advantage in the final 20 minutes. He has 22 points overall.

Erik Haula                  4                       4                8

Comments: Three of his four goals in the third period have come on the power play as well as all four of  his assists. He has nine goals and 25 points overall.

The third period stats for the other Gophers:

Zach Budish              2                         5                7

Mark Alt                       2                         4                6

Nate Condon             1                         4                5 

Taylor Matson            1                         3                4

Jake Hansen             3                         1               4 

Tom Serratore           3                         0                3

Seth Helgeson         1                          2               3 

Travis Boyd                0                        3                 3

Seth Ambroz              2                        0                2

Nick Larson              1                         1                2

Justin Holl                 1                        1                 2

Ben Marshall             0                       2                 2

Blake Thompson      0                        2                2

Sam Warning            0                        2                2

Joey Miller                  1                        0               1

                                  34                      56             90



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