BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Minnesota scored three goals in the second period and coasted to a 5-1 men’s college hockey win over Vermont on Friday.
Nick Bjugstad scored his seventh goal of the season seconds after leaving the penalty box. Three minutes later, the fourth-ranked Gophers (8-2-2) got a goal from Mike Reilly to make it 5-1 heading into the third period.
Bjugstad and Kyle Rau had a goal and assist apiece. It was the second time in three games that Budish had multiple points, and it was Reilly’s first career goal.
‘‘We wanted to get a lot of shots to the net and it showed on the scoreboard,’’ Reilly said. ‘‘It’s good to get it out of the way.’’
Minnesota’s Seth Ambroz and Vermont’s Brett Bruneteau traded goals before Kyle Rau gave the Gophers the lead for good at 18:39 of the first period. Zach Budish’s power-play goal just 2:26 into the second period got Minnesota rolling on its first trip to Vermont.
The Gophers are unbeaten in their last five games (3-0-2). Gophers goalie Adam Wilcox made 22 saves
Brody Hoffman struggled in nets for the Catamounts (2-5-2). He turned away 30 shots, including 14 in the second period.
It was the first time since opening weekend that the Gophers scored five goals in a game.
The teams split two games last season in Minnesota. Minnesota won 6-0 and lost 5-4 in that series.