Posted March 11, 2020 02:02:59Nebraska took a big step forward with a 5-2 win over Minnesota on Saturday night, earning a trip to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
The Huskers are now in position to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season, a stretch they haven’t been in since the 2014-15 season.
The Nebraska offense scored twice on the night.
Kyle Rauch set up a shorthanded breakaway for teammate Michael O’Dell, who beat goaltender Ryan MacInnis with a short pass from the slot.
The Huskers then added another goal in the second, when Kyle Raudin scored from the point and scored from a breakaway.
Nebraska has scored at least one goal in three straight NCAA tournament games.
This marks the Huskers third straight NCAA tourney appearance.
The game was the first in the NCAA regional semifinals for Nebraska, which will face North Dakota in the semifinals on Sunday in Fargo, N.D.
The victory keeps Nebraska on track to qualify by winning its final two games of the regular season.
It also moves Nebraska to the Frozen Four for the sixth straight year.
Nebraskans won their third straight game, beating Minnesota 4-2 in the season opener.
The Cornhuskers are 0-4 against Minnesota in the regular-season, including a 5,000-game mark against the Gophers.
Minnesota has won four of its last five games, including two by a combined score of 7-0.
The Gophers have won three straight and are 2-1 against Nebraska in the Frozen Fours.
Neblett’s first-period goal in regulation capped a 10-save performance by goalie Scott Wieber, who stopped all three shots Minnesota sent at him.
Afterward, Wiebber gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the third period.
Nathan Duchard scored his fifth goal of the season in the fourth, and Zach Smith had his third.
The win kept the Husker lead to one goal, but the Gopher comeback was short-lived.
Raudin’s second goal was his sixth of the night and tied the game at 1-1.
Smith scored his second of the game, giving the Huskedes the lead 4-3.
Nancy Schultz and Jordan Cudzinskas each scored for Nebraska.
Nate O’Connor stopped 22 shots for Minnesota.