Gopher hockey team falls to UMD 6-1

The University of Minnesota men's hockey team gave up four unanswered goals as they lost to WCHA leader Minnesota-Duluth 6-1 on the road. UMD's top line of Tyler Brosz, Evan Schwabe and Junior Lessard scored four goals and six assists to push the Bulldogs' national-best unbeaten streak to 11 games. The Golden Gophers (18-10-3, 11-9-1 WCHA) saw their five-game winning streak come to an end while suffering their fourth consecutive loss to UMD.

The first period saw the Bulldogs (19-8-3, 15-5-1) jump out to a 2-0 lead before Minnesota rebounded to cut the advantage to one. UMD drew first blood 2:03 into the game when Nick Anderson one-timed a shot from the slot past UM goaltender Kellen Briggs on the glove side. Minnesota-Duluth gained the two-goal lead at 10:33 on the power play when Tyler Brosz circled in the zone and shot from the left circle, beating Briggs on the glove side.

The Golden Gophers responded at 13:23 with Barry Tallackson's sixth goal of the season. With Minnesota on the power play, UMD attempted to clear the puck, but Chris Harrington snagged the puck and fed Gino Guyer on the right side. Taking a Guyer pass, Tallackson snapped the puck to beat UMD goaltender Isaac Reichmuth five-hole from the left circle.

A close game turned into a rout in the second period as Minnesota-Duluth exploded for four goals to the Golden Gophers' none. The Bulldogs began the barrage with Beau Geisler's power-play goal at 3:34. Geisler streaked down the left side, took a pass from Evan Schwabe and tipped the puck into the open net.

UMD made the score 4-1 at 14:44 on Brosz's second goal of the night. Using good forechecking by Schwabe and Junior Lessard, Brosz gained the puck in front of the net for the put-away. Just 14 seconds later, Schwabe got his 10th goal of the season, capitalizing on a rush up the ice to beat Briggs at the upper corner on the glove side. Brosz and Lessard gained assists on the power-play goal.

UMD wrapped up its scoring for the period at 18:30 with Lessard's team-leading 20th goal of the season. For the period, Minnesota-Duluth out-shot the Golden Gophers, 15-13.

Junior goaltender Justin Johnson relieved Briggs to begin the third period, stopping 12 shots to hold the Bulldogs to six goals on the night.

Briggs suffered the loss, stopping 17 of 23 shots to fall to 16-7-3 on the season. Reichmuth, meanwhile, notched 32 saves to improve to 16-4-3.

Leading the Bulldog offensive effort was Brosz with 2-2--4, Schwabe and Lessard with 1-2--3 apiece, and Geisler with 1-1--2. UMD finished the game with a 3-for-6 showing on the power play, while Minnesota went 0-for-5.

The intrastate rivals close out the season series tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Minnesota-Duluth has never swept the season series over Minnesota.

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