Erik Haula scored the game-winning goal in the third period and St. Cloud native Nate Schmidt scored the final goal as the Gophers defeat the St. Cloud State Huskies, 4-2 on Friday in the Granite City.
The win puts the Gophers within three points of first place in the WCHA — a position the Huskies currently hold.
Minnesota (19-4-4, 11-4-4 WCHA), the country’s best offensive team, out-shot St. Cloud State 42-24.
Freshman Gopher goaltender Adam Wilcox improved his record to 18-3-4 with the win and Huskies’ goaltender Ryan Faragher dropped to 16-9-1.
St. Cloud (17-11-1, 14-6-1) will host the Gophers again Saturday night for the series finale at the National Hockey Center scheduled for a 7 p.m. puck drop.