Healed and rested Gophers prevail over Huskies

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 9, 2013 - 8:18 AM

A healthy Erik Haula scored twice and sharper 4-on-4 play proved decisive as Minnesota moved closer to first-place St. Cloud State.

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mngldy4everFeb. 9, 1312:35 AM

Great game for the Gophs. Budish's second disallowed goal should have been good. I can't believe Nate Schmidt isn't drafted. He will be signing an NHL contract after this year and will no longer be a Gopher. He is one of my favorite Gopher defensemen along with Pitlick, Martin, Crowley, etc.

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voner26Feb. 9, 13 4:46 AM

Great team effort from the goaltender out. Minnesota showed why they are the #1 team in the country. This game should have never been close had all the Gopher goals been allowed. Budish was snake bitten hitting pipes and having two goals disallowed, especially when Rau was knocked into the goalie. Gophers buzzed the Huskie net all night from start to finish.Looks like Haula is back which is trouble for other teams. Go Gophers!!!!

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Douglind33Feb. 9, 13 7:34 AM

This goal review process has become absurd. Whatever minutia they're looking at is somehow different from the TV we're seeing. The game would be better if this practice was eliminated. If the puck's in the net, it's a goal. OKAY?

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dirtydogsFeb. 9, 13 8:15 AM

It was an impressive win. Budish after a sluggish start is finding his game. Haula is health and......WE WON ON A FRIDAY NIGHT!!!! But what is up with Justin Holl. He is a big guy but seems to have very very little offensive skill whatsoever. Boyd lost the puck several times and cost us a goal. It was a great team effort, but honestly, this could have been a blow out.

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FanofStanTheManFeb. 9, 13 9:48 AM

I'm a big fan of both teams but I live in St. Cloud so bear that in mind. I thought the skating and passing by both teams was excellent thru the first two periods. Huskies not as good in third period, trouble getting puck out of own end. I would agree the Gophers look like the better team on a nite-in-nite out basis, but the Huskies are fully capable of beating Minnesota. It's hard to gripe about anything when two Gopher goals were disallowed but... I felt referee Tom Stern decided the outcome with the roughing call at 8:47 remaining which sent Gopher Ambroz and Husky Johnson to the sin bin and set up two 4-on-four goals by Minnesota. Give the Gophers credit for capitalizing but it should have been a power play opportunity for SCSU. Ambroz was clearly the aggressor and Johnson tried to back off. It was a gutless call and clearly changed the game. Again I am mindful of the two disallowed goals earlier. Anyway, I hope both teams play as well Saturday nite and both go far into the playoff season.

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acctsah2Feb. 9, 1310:51 AM

Good game, the score does make it seem closer than it was. I am impressed by the fact that the Gophers have a third and forth line that are pretty good, which is a huge advantage. Look at St. Cloud, they have two, maybe three very good players who play a majority of the time. When you get into the third period those players start to poop out. They couldn't keep up with a team as good as the Gophers.

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elind56Feb. 9, 1311:33 AM

Quality win against a quality opponent on hostile ice. SC has an excellent team, played well, and I would expect no less from them this evening. The Gophers need to be on their game again tonite or it could easily go the other way.

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moretwoitFeb. 9, 1312:17 PM

Its time for some chatter about Nate Schmidt as a Hobey Baker candidate. His play at both ends is stellar.

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drvegoeFeb. 9, 1312:18 PM

Dirty dog: Holl had a nice game last night.

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xrefereeFeb. 9, 1312:25 PM

I'm not sure if this was a news article on the game or an opinion piece. In my experience I've never seen a helmet pop off when a player is "brushed". The tv announcers reported the referees after reviewing the play did not feel Rau was knocked into Faragher so I guess that was your opinion.

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