Minnesota took the lead, then had to battle back, and the sophomore's first goal of the season capped the rally.
OMAHA, NEB. - Jake Parenteau is a defensive defenseman. His primary job is staying back, preventing opponents from threatening his goalie.
But on Friday, in his 30th game this season, the sophomore scored his first goal on his only shot of the game.
The timing could not have been better.
Parenteau's goal, from the left point, gave the Gophers a 3-2 overtime victory over Nebraska-Omaha before an announced and stunned crowd of 9,180 at the CenturyLink Center. It came 1 minutes, 46 seconds into the extra period.
"He made a great shot from the point -- I'm not sure who it was," said UNO goalie Ryan Massa. "It found a seam through traffic."
Massa made 29 saves; Kent Patterson had 22 for the Gophers.
"I shot it upper left," said Parenteau, who was scoreless on his first 38 shots on net this season. "I didn't even know it went in until all the guys were chasing me. It felt pretty good. I was just in wonderland."
The Gophers, rated No. 5 nationally in the USA Today poll this week, stayed two points ahead of Minnesota Duluth in the WCHA race with three conference games left.
The Gophers (22-11-1, 18-7-0) have 36 points, UMD 34 after the Bulldogs also won in overtime, 4-3, over Colorado College.
"We just got to keep winning and it [the MacNaughton Cup] is in our hands," Parenteau said. "No one is scared. We should be happy we are in this position right now."
The Gophers looked to be in trouble on Friday. UNO (14-13-6, 11-9-5) trailed 1-0 after one period, but scored twice in the second period, on an even-strength goal just as their power play expired and a shorthanded goal to take a 2-1 lead.
Somebody had to do something to rescue the Gophers. Nick Bjugstad did.
"I had a mistake on their power play and they came down and scored," the sophomore center said. "It was tough that second period. But we bounced back in the third period and Jake Parenteau, with his first goal, came up big time."
To get to overtime, though, the Gophers needed Bjugstad's team-leading 23rd goal in the fifth minute of the third period. It came on a short backhander.
"I came out of the corner and kind of threw it on net," Bjugstad said. "It was kind of a trickler. [Zach] Budish's big rear was right in front of the net. I don't think the goaltender saw it and I didn't really see it go in."
It counted, though.
"It's the end-of-the-season push right here," Bjugstad said. "You have to deal with a little adversity."
A few minutes later, the Gophers' Erik Haula shot wide on a shorthanded, odd-man rush. And, with about seven minutes left, Nico Sacchetti hit the post during a scramble in front of the UNO net on a Gophers' power play. So close.
Two weekends ago, when the Gophers went to overtime at Denver, the loss dropped their record in extra-period games to 1-2-1.
"When you get into overtime, the ice isn't great," Gophers coach Don Lucia said. "Then it is about playing a north-south game and trying to keep [the puck] in the offensive zone.
"We did a nice job with that and we got the break tonight and that's sometimes what you need."
|NY Yankees - LP: M. Pineda||0||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: D. Hutchison||2|
|Detroit - LP: M. Scherzer||3||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale||6|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: F. Doubront||5||FINAL|
|St. Louis - LP: J. Masterson||1|
|Cincinnati - LP: A. Simon||2||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley||3|
|Minnesota||0||Top 4th Inning|
|Philadelphia||1||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Miami||3||Top 5th Inning|
|Boston||0||Top 4th Inning|
|Cleveland||0||Top 4th Inning|
|Detroit||4||Top 4th Inning|
|Texas||0||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Colorado||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Chicago Cubs||1||Top 1st Inning|
|Los Angeles - Z. Greinke||7:40 PM|
|San Diego - I. Kennedy|
|Milwaukee - M. Fiers||8:05 PM|
|San Francisco - J. Peavy|
|Oakland - J. Samardzija||8:05 PM|
|LA Angels - C. Rasmus|
|Washington - S. Strasburg||8:10 PM|
|Seattle - R. Elias|
|Green Bay||9/4/14 7:30 PM|
|(6) Jacksonville St||7||FINAL|
|(8) Michigan State||45|
|(5) Ohio State||34||FINAL|
|(17) Notre Dame||48|
|(10) South Dakota St||18||FINAL|
|Arkansas||21||4th Qtr 9:27|
|(16) Clemson||21||3rd Qtr 1:47|
|Liberty||22||3rd Qtr 9:25|
|(23) North Carolina||21|
|Ohio U||14||4th Qtr 13:17|
|Louisiana Tech||0||2nd Qtr 7:14|
|Stephen F Austin||7||2nd Qtr 6:40|
|(20) Kansas State||21|
|Fresno State||0||2nd Qtr 14:35|
|Southern Miss||0||1st Qtr 0:30|
|Texas-El Paso||7||1st Qtr 10:50|
|North Texas||0||1st Qtr 7:36|
|(1) Florida State||0||1st Qtr 10:00|
|(14) Wisconsin||8:00 PM|
|South Dakota||9:30 PM|
|(25) Washington||9:30 PM|
|Utah State||8/31/14 6:00 PM|
|SMU||8/31/14 6:30 PM|
|Miami-Florida||9/1/14 7:00 PM|
|Arizona||9/4/14 7:00 PM|
|Pittsburgh||9/5/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington St||9/5/14 9:30 PM|
|SMU||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Fla Atlantic||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Buffalo||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|(24) Missouri||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Arkansas State||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|(8) McNeese State||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Central Mich||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Akron||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Western Ill||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|(20) Kansas State||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|(4) Oklahoma||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|Western Ky||9/6/14 11:00 AM|
|SC State||9/6/14 11:30 AM|
|Navy||9/6/14 12:00 PM|
|UAB||9/6/14 1:00 PM|
|South Alabama||9/6/14 1:00 PM|
|New Mexico St||9/6/14 1:00 PM|
|Colorado||9/6/14 2:00 PM|
|Fresno State||9/6/14 2:00 PM|
|(1) Eastern Wash||9/6/14 2:00 PM|
|(15) USC||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Ohio U||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Middle Tennessee||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Northern Ill||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Missouri State||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Ball State||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Maryland||9/6/14 2:30 PM|
|Eastern Mich||9/6/14 3:00 PM|
|Georgia Tech||9/6/14 3:00 PM|
|(18) Ole Miss||9/6/14 3:30 PM|
|Old Dominion||9/6/14 5:00 PM|
|(8) Michigan State||9/6/14 5:30 PM|
|(19) Arizona State||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|San Jose St||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|East Carolina||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|(9) So Carolina|
|Duke||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|Idaho||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|(17) Sam Houston St||9/6/14 6:30 PM|
|Michigan||9/6/14 6:30 PM|
|(17) Notre Dame|
|Lamar||9/6/14 6:30 PM|
|(21) Texas A&M|
|Northwestern St||9/6/14 6:30 PM|
|BYU||9/6/14 6:30 PM|
|Citadel||9/6/14 6:30 PM|
|(1) Florida State|
|San Diego St||9/6/14 7:00 PM|
|(23) North Carolina|
|Virginia Tech||9/6/14 7:00 PM|
|(5) Ohio State|
|Memphis||9/6/14 9:00 PM|
|Colorado State||9/6/14 9:15 PM|
|Air Force||9/6/14 9:15 PM|
|Oregon State||9/6/14 9:30 PM|
|Texas Tech||9/6/14 10:00 PM|
|Columbus||0||1st Half 5:00|
|FC Dallas||7:30 PM|
|Real Salt Lake||9:30 PM|
|Winnipeg||8/31/14 3:00 PM|
|Toronto||9/1/14 12:00 PM|
|Edmonton||9/1/14 3:30 PM|
|Brt Columbia||9/5/14 6:30 PM|
|Calgary||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|Hamilton||9/7/14 12:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||9/7/14 3:00 PM|
|Chicago||39||3rd Qtr 5:06|
|Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois||6 pm||X||42-20|
|Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St.||2:30 pm|
|Sep 13 - at TCU||3 pm|
|Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St.||TBA|
|Sep 27 - at Michigan||TBA|
|Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern||TBA|
|Oct 18 - vs. Purdue||11 am|
|Oct 25 - at Illinois||11 am|
|Nov 8 - vs. Iowa||TBA|
|Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State||TBA|
|Nov 22 - at Nebraska||TBA|
|Nov 29 - at Wisconsin||TBA|