Preview: Gophers at Bemidji State

  • Updated: March 8, 2013 - 12:35 AM

preview: Gophers at Bemidji State

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 7 p.m. Sanford Center

TV, radio: Friday, FSN; Saturday, FSN Plus; 1500-AM both days

Gophers at a glance: The teams’ final regular-season series in the WCHA represents a clash of styles: the playmaking and skill of the No. 2 Gophers vs. the grind-it-out game of Bemidji State. The Gophers (22-7-5, 14-7-5 WCHA) are 10-1-1 against the Beavers, including a 2-0-1 mark in road games. Coach Don Lucia said his players must remain patient and cannot allow the Beavers to frustrate them; their ability to strike quickly in transition and their special-teams prowess also will be important. The Gophers continue to lead the nation in offense (3.59 goals per game) and power-play efficiency (.254). Freshman G Adam Wilcox, who stopped 65 of 67 shots in last weekend’s split with Denver, is 21-6-5 this season; he is tied for the second-most victories in the nation and is four short of Kellen Briggs’ team record for most victories by a freshman.

Bemidji State at a glance: After a string of 12 games without a victory, the Beavers (6-18-8, 5-14-7 WCHA) have gone 1-1-2 in their past four, including a 2-2 tie at No. 5 North Dakota last weekend. G Andrew Walsh has been strong during that stretch, with a .944 save percentage and 1.74 goals-against average in his past five games. Walsh, a sophomore, has a .916 save percentage and 2.58 GAA overall this season. The Beavers have given him little scoring support; their 2.06 goals per game is second lowest in the WCHA and ranks 56th of 59 Division I teams. They also have been shut out five times this season, the highest single-season total in the program’s 56-year history. Senior F Brance Orban leads the team in scoring with eight goals and 13 assists. Bemidji State has played 11 overtime games this season (0-3-8), and its eight ties equal the program record.


  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick 2 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: Z. Wheeler 11
Milwaukee - WP: Y. Gallardo 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: D. Price 0
Arizona - WP: W. Miley 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: A. Simon 4
Washington - WP: T. Roark 4 FINAL
Miami - LP: B. Hand 3
Oakland - LP: J. Hammel 1 FINAL
Houston - WP: D. Keuchel 8
Pittsburgh - LP: J. Wilson 5 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: J. Machi 7
LA Angels - LP: G. Richards 3 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: K. Gausman 4
Seattle - LP: F. Hernandez 0 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: C. Kluber 2
Chicago WSox - LP: H. Noesi 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 7
Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle 6 FINAL
Boston - LP: B. Workman 1
Colorado - WP: R. Scahill 6 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: W. Wright 4
NY Yankees - LP: H. Kuroda 2 FINAL
Texas - WP: C. Lewis 3
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 2 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: J. Frasor 3
Atlanta 1 Top 9th Inning
Los Angeles 2
St. Louis 1 Top 8th Inning
San Diego 12
NY Giants 8/3/14 7:00 PM
Toronto FC 0 FINAL
D.C. 3
Colorado 0 FINAL
New England 3
Vancouver FC 0 FINAL
Chicago 0
Red Bull New York 1 FINAL
Real Salt Lake 1
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Toronto 8/1/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia 8/1/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Saskatchewan 8/7/14 7:30 PM
Edmonton 8/8/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton 8/8/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/9/14 6:30 PM
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: Which upcoming event are you most excited about?

Weekly Question