Sam Warning promised the Gophers wouldn’t start slow on Saturday night. The Gophers gave up a goal 3:35 into Friday’s series opener with Bemidji State and picked up five penalties within the first 14 minutes of an eventual 6-3 victory.

“Not sure if it’s the first game on the road, but we happened to start a little slow, but tomorrow we won’t start slow,” Warning said.

(See more from Warning in below video)

If the second period was any indication on how fast this year’s team can make adjustments, Warning’s prediction should hold true. The Gophers played last night’s second period penalty-free.

Senior co-captain Nate Condon considered last night’s highs and lows as good learning experiences for the younger Gophers.

“It was a very up and down game. The beginning of the game they scored, then we scored. A couple times everyone answered back and forth,” Condon said. “It was a fun game and I think it made for a good learning game for a couple of the young guys.”

The Gophers' quick response to Bemidji’s first and third goals ruined the Beavers' night. Coach Tom Serratore said this was the difference in the game.

“They did answer back quickly, but that’s the sign of a good team,” Serratore said. “They’re balanced. They’re a skilled team. They’re a fast team. They put a lot of heat on us.”

Gophers lines

Forwards (left wing, center, right wing)
Sam Warning, Kyle Rau, Hudson Fasching
Nate Condon, Justin Kloos, Taylor Cammarata
Connor Reilly, Travis Boyd, Vinni Lettieri
Tom Serratore, Christian Isackson, Seth Ambroz

Defensemen (left, right)
Brady Skjei, Justin Holl
Mike Reilly, Jake Parenteau
Jake Bischoff, Ben Marshall

Adam Wilcox
Michael Shibrowski

Bemidji State lines

Forwards (left wing, center, right wing)
Radoslav Illo, Cory Ward, Danny Mattson*
Charlie O’Connor, Jeff Jubinville, Brendan Harms
Markus Gerbrandt, Nate Arentz*, Brad Robbins
Phillip Marinaccio, Mitch Cain, Matt Hartmann*

Defensemen (left, right)
James Hansen*, Matt Prapavessis
Sam Rendle*, Sam Windle*
Ruslan Pedan, Graeme McCormack

Andrew Walsch
Jesse Wilkins
Reid Mimmack

*Hometowns in Minnesota

7:07 p.m. Saturday at the Sanford Center
TV/radio: FSN Plus Saturday; 1500-AM both nights.

Complete breakdown of the series here.

If you missed Friday’s feature + VIDEO on Adam Wilcox make sure you check it out here.

Friday night's game story.

Gophers forward Sam Warning:

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