Sometimes every puck that touches your stick turns to gold.
For the Wolverines, it was one of those nights.
It took Tyler Motte sixteen seconds from the opening puck drop to score his first of two goals on the night and Hudson Fasching answered 15 seconds after that. The Gophers would have the answer for both of Michigan's goals early on to tie the game, they just couldn't keep the Wolverines from answering back.
The teams would cross the midway point of the second period tied 2-2 after Tyler Sheehy scored on the power play and that was the closest the Gophers would get for the rest of the game.
Boo Nieves would start the rout with a highlight reel goal, crossing the blueline and spinning the defender with an inside-outside move and finishing with style.
Kyle Connor grabbed the next two, his second on a pretty feed from Tyler Motte that Connor threw on net and caught the goaltender cheating to the other side. Connor would finish the scoring in the game off a draw, the puck came on net and Dexter Dancs tipped it right to Connor to finish the hat-trick and extend the lead to 8-3.
Lost in all of the goal scoring was Zach Nagelvoort. Zach needed a solid performance to forget about the Wisconsin series and he played pretty well. He did allow three goals on 25 shots but there was nothing he could have done to save the third Gopher goal. The defense played well enough in front of him that Nagelvoort could handle the rest and it turned into the kind of game that both Zach and the team needed.
The two teams will be back at it Saturday night to finish the series.