Hockey Day in Minnesota sees Wild and Gopher teams winningMinnesota Sports
-- It was Hockey Day in Minnesota and it was also a day of wins in the State of Hockey as the Wild topped St. Louis again 3-1 and the University of Minnesota men's team clobbered Denver 7-3 and the U's women's team beat Bemidji State 3-0.
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves and Cal Clutterbuck scored the first of three consecutive Minnesota goals, as the Wild topped the St. Louis Blues, 3-1, in the back end of a home-and-home set.
Antti Miettinen and Kyle Brodziak also scored for the Wild, who earned a shootout victory against the Blues on Friday and have won three in a row overall. Minnesota also improved to 9-2-0 in its last 11 games.
Jaroslav Halak started in net for St. Louis and let in three goals on 20 shots through a little more than 28 minutes. Ty Conklin made 11 saves the rest of the way, but the Blues couldn't come back and fell to 2-4-3 in their last nine contests.
Clutterbuck lit the lamp with 1:09 left in the first period just after a Wild power play ended. They kept the puck in the zone and were still in a power- play setup when Clutterbuck received the puck in the left circle, about one second after the man advantage expired. He quickly fired a shot that slid between Halak's pads. The Wild then scored twice early in the second period to take control.
The University of Minnesota men's hockey team scored three goals a piece in the first and second periods to take a 6-0 lead on Denver as they won 7-3 Saturday at Mariucci Arena in front of nearly 10,000 fans.
Seven individual players scored for the Gophers. Leading the team in assists were Erik Haula, Cade Fairchild, Nate Condon and mark Alt who each had two apiece. The Gophers were 50 percent on their power plays.
Golden Gopher goalie Kent Patterson made 31 saves. The Gophers are back at .500 at 12-12-4, 9-10-3 in the WCHA and have a key series next weekend at Wisconsin for WCHA playoff positioning.
The University of Minnesota womne's hockey team completed the weekend series sweep of Bemidji State Saturday with a 3-0 win in front of 1,000 fans at Ridder Arena.
Sarah Erickson, Anne Schlepler and Kelly Terry had the No. 4 ranked Gophers three goals and Amanda Kessel had two assists. Goalie Noora Raty made 34 saves.
The Gophs' improve to 22-7-2 overall and 17-7-2 in the WCHA.