After a dismal showing against its first conference opponent of 2010 in Nebraska-Omaha, the Gophers feel the need to move on and play one of their in-state rivals as the St. Cloud State Huskies come calling for a Friday/Sunday showdown. It’s that time again as the Examiner goes “Inside the Numbers.” As previous columns indicate, I’ll give you a number and the statistic behind that number. Ready? Here we go.
47-25-12: The all time series mark as led by the Gophers coming into this weekend. The 22-game lead is nowhere close to in danger, but two losses could put this team on the ropes and provide a huge road weekend in Colorado Springs next weekend.
9: The number of goals SCSU has scored this season. I find that number surprising in only 4 games, being only two and a quarter goals scored per contest so far.
7: The number of shots Jay Barriball has launched off in three consecutive games. I’ll even add a fourth seven to that mix. Seven points for Barriball leads all skaters.
10: The number of players that scored last weekend vs. UNO. You’d think that’d lead to more production and losses turned into wins. John Faulkner must’ve just been that good.
11 to 2: The comparison in the number of players who have scored Golden Gopher goals in four games of the 2010 season (we don’t count UBC) as to the same point in the 2009-2010 season.
5: Simply put, opponents are outscoring St Cloud State 14-9 in four games this year. This includes the loss and tie incurred at the hands of the Miami Redhawks.
1-4-0: The goal differentials by period for St Cloud State. There is a one goal difference in the first period, four goal difference in the second (worst) and dead even in the third period.
25: The total number of power plays St Cloud State has earned over the course of the season. Only three goals? Hmmm…the attacker in me does not like that number. The 3-25 power play equates to twelve percent.
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Until Friday, I’ll see you at the rink!