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Guertler's goal puts all Gophers freshmen on goal-scoring list + video

Posted by: Jason Gonzalez Updated: February 15, 2014 - 12:27 AM

It had the celebration of a first career goal.

Gabe Guertler spun and wildly pumped his fist in celebration of his first goal in a Gophers uniform. The freshmen had to wait four-plus months for the coveted moment, but it came at time when the Gophers needed it most.

The goal extended the Gophers’ lead to 5-3 late in the third period and secured the two-goal victory over No. 10 Michigan on Friday night at Mariucci Arena. It also earned all Gophers’ eight freshmen at least one goal this season.

Vinni Lettieri fed Connor Reilly behind the goal, and Reilly found Guertler in front of the net for a one-timer. The fourth-line combination ended a big swing of momentum in Michigan’s favor.

It was one of the Gophers' four freshmen goals on Friday night. The mention of it brought joy to freshmen Hudson Fasching after the game. He said it was something all the young class could celebrate.  

“Gabe Guertler, great for him, got his first goal as Gopher,” coach Don Lucia said “I thought that line had some pretty good play tonight and it’s nice to see them get rewarded.”

The fourth line made up of freshmen combined for three of the Gophers’ 12 points. Guertler, who has been battling for a regular spot in the lineup, was playing for the first time since Jan. 25.

Read Friday's game story.

• Gophers fans watching from home missed the first five minutes of Friday night’s game. Michigan State and Penn State went to a shootout and extended their portion of the Big Ten Network’s Frozen Fridays.

The game officially ended in a 2-2 tie and Michigan State won the shootout, 1-0. The Spartans have now played to three consecutive shootouts.

• Talented Gophers alumni were attendance Friday night. Legendary John Mayasich was honored before the game, and current NHL players Nick Leddy and Nick Bjugstad were also spotlighted.

Mayasich, who is the only Gophers standout to have his jersey retired, received a long standing ovation as he exited the ice.

• The Gophers women’s hockey team clinched another WCHA regular-season title. They rallied from an early deficit to defeat Wisconsin 3-2 on Friday night in Madison, Wis.

It’s the Gophers eighth WCHA championship. 

• Reaction from Michigan coach Red Berenson:

"I thought our team was ready. We skated this morning, we said all the right things and we just didn't start on time. Their team was flying and we were chasing."

"The three penalties didn't help."

"I thought [goaltender Steve] Racine played really well. He had to play well to keep the game was close."

"I thought we got back to our game. We played harder, we created more and we made the game a real game. I'm disappointed to give up that last goal, but we had the momentum at that point. Our team got going in the second [period] and got better in the third."

Postgame video
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Gophers freshman forward Justin Kloos:

Gophers coach Don Lucia:


Cincinnati 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 0 Top 2nd Inning
Baltimore 0
NY Yankees 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Toronto 0
Philadelphia 0 Bottom 1st Inning
NY Mets 0
Boston 0 Top 1st Inning
Tampa Bay 0
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Atlanta - E. Santana
Cleveland - D. Salazar 7:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Vargas
Detroit - J. Verlander 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - S. Carroll
Texas - S. Baker 7:10 PM
Houston - B. Oberholtzer
Chicago Cubs - K. Hendricks 7:15 PM
St. Louis - S. Miller
Colorado - C. Bergman 8:40 PM
Arizona - J. Collmenter
Oakland - J. Lester 9:05 PM
LA Angels - J. Weaver
Los Angeles - D. Haren 9:10 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Washington - J. Zimmermann 9:10 PM
Seattle - F. Hernandez
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San Francisco - R. Vogelsong
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 13 1st Qtr 9:35
Connecticut 0
(6) Jacksonville St 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8:00 PM
Colorado State 8:00 PM
UNLV 9:30 PM
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Houston 7:00 PM
Sporting Kansas City
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Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
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Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota 9:00 PM
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2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
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




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