This weekend's NCAA hockey games brought about two action-packed series, filled with lots of goals and a premier upset. On Friday and Saturday, No. 1 Minnesota took on No. 8 St. Cloud State, while Minnesota State faced Minnesota-Duluth.
*Minnesota at St. Cloud State (4-2, Minnesota)
*Minnesota State at Minnesota-Duluth (4-2, Minnesota State)
Minnesota at *St. Cloud State (4-3, St. Cloud State)
*Minnesota State at Minnesota-Duluth (5-1, Minnesota State)
Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox went 1-1 against St. Cloud State, averaging 3.0 goals allowed per game. Both match-ups between them were tight, as it was anyone's game. Kyle Rau, Erik Haula and Nate Schmidt led Minnesota in points over the weekend, working together as an effective line.
However, the win by St. Cloud State on Saturday classified as an upset. The Gophers were sporting the top-ranked team on the ice and should have been able to escape unscathed.
Minnesota State scored 9 goals in two games this weekend, sweeping Minnesota-Duluth in the series. Meanwhile, MS goaltender Stephon Williams only allowed an average of 1.5 goals per game in the two-game series. Skaters Eriah Hayes and Teddy Blueger were key contributors, scoring and assisting their way to back-to-back wins.
In the second game that took place on Saturday, Hayes finished with four points, including a hat trick. He was easily the No. 1 star of the weekend.