Less than 24 hours after the Gophers escaped with a one goal win over Alaska Anchorage, they stepped on the gas and looked like the number one ranked team in the country crushing the Seawolves by a 7-1 final and by doing so earned their first sweep of the WCHA season.
Everything seemed to be clicking for the Gophers as the power play continued to produce goals and of their seven goals, five came even strength. The Gophers outshot the Seawolves 12-2 in the first period and ended up with a 2-0 lead.
Seth Ambroz tallied first for the Gophers even strength when Alaska Anchorage couldn't clear the puck and Ambroz found it right on his stick putting it past Seawolves goaltender Rob Gunderson for the 1-0 lead. Kyle Rau scord on the powerplay less than three minutes later to put the Gophers up 2-0.
The Seawolves got on the board just 36 seconds into the second period when Matt Bailey beat Adam Wilcox. It would be the only goal Alaska Anchorage would score.
Senior forward Zach Budish scored at 9:29 of the second period to push the lead back to two. Rau Scored again on a nifty backhand shot that found the back of the net past Gunderson to give the Gophers a commanding 4-1 lead after two periods.
It was more of the same in the final period as Rau tallied his third goal at 5:34 of the third unassisted to complete his first hat trick of his Gophers career.
Defenseman Nate Schmidt had a solid game in the win picking up four assists on the night and second line center Nate Condon picked up a pair of goals in the third period for the final score. The Gophers outshot the Seawolves 31-13.
With the victory the Gophers stay atop of the WCHA standings with a 17-3-3 overall record and 8-3-3 conference mark and will retain their number one national ranking. They return home next weekend to face North Dakota who are currently two-points behind the Gophers, Denver and Nebraska Omaha.
Condon scored a pair of third period goals in the 7-1 win. His first came on the power play at 12:07 of the period, his second came a little over a minute later.
Schmidt was active in the offense with a four assist night.
We knew how special this kid was coming out of Eden Prairie. He tallied his first hat trick of his Gophers carreer with a goal in each period.