Sunday, January 29, 2017

Game Story: Schierhorn stops 3 breakaways in opening minute of win (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

1/29/2017 Game Story

Minnesota 4
Bemidji State 0

ST. PAUL- On the opening shift of Saturday’s North Star College Cup consolation game, Minnesota goaltender Eric Schierhorn gave a preview of things to come.

Schierhorn stopped Bemidji State forward Gerry Fitzgerald on a breakaway. Then he did so again. Then one more for good measure that also drew a Bemidji State penalty.

Three times in the opening minute of Minnesota’s 4-0 victory, the sophomore was forced to shut down chances by the Beavers before his team found its legs at both ends of the ice. Schierhorn stopped all 25 shots he faced for his fourth shutout of the season. The Gophers added three goals in the third period to break through and win at the tournament for the first time since 2014.

“I don’t know if breakaways are really what you want on the first shot on the game,” Schierhorn said. “Both games (this weekend), I had those shots to help get me into a rhythm and the shots kept coming.”

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