The Minnesota men's hockey team hosted the Minnesota State University - Mankato Mavericks last weekend and the Gophers once again showed why they are the top ranked team in the country seeping the Mavericks with scores of 4-1 and 3-0.
In Saturday's series finale, senior goalie Michael Shibrowski got his first start of the season and his first career shutout earning recognition from the Big Ten. The Gophers dominated from start to finish in the series opener on Friday with goals from Kloos, Mike Reilly, his brother Connor Reilly and an empty netter from Seth Ambroz to seal the victory.
Adam Wilcox came up with 34 saves on the night while MSU's Huggins had 26.
The Gophers power play struggled again going just one for five on Friday and zero for three on Saturday, but the Gophers didn't allow a power play goal all weekend holding the Mavericks to zero for three on the weekend.
The Gophers also took significantly fewer penalties both nights which bodes well for the team, especially since they were the much more physical team on Friday night though the Mavericks flipped that Saturday.
Saturday's game was a much closer contest and certainly closer than the final score of 3-0 as the Gophers added goals from Serratore and freshman phenom Hudson Fasching in the last ten minutes of the game on top of Jake Bischoff's goal from the first period.
The Gophers once again outshot the Mavericks in game two as the SOG ended 36-25 in favor of the Maroon and Gold, but the shots were pretty even until about halfway through the third period.
The Gophers again face an instate rival next weekend as they host the University of Minnesota - Duluth Bulldogs who are now a couple of years and pretty much an entire roster removed from their national title run.
Brice Marich also contributed to this report