Alaska Anchorage junior forward Austin Azurdia (pictured)
||Ryan Zuhlsdorf (1)||Connor Reilly/1, Tyler Sheehy/1
||Jake Bischoff (1)||Connor Reilly/2, Tyler Sheehy/2
||Brent Gates Jr. (1)||Jack Ramsey/1, Jack Sadek/1
||Jake Bischoff (2)||Tyler Sheehy/3, Connor Reilly/3
||Rem Pitlick (1)||Leon Bristedt/1, Vinni Lettieri/1
||Brent Gates Jr. (2)||Taylor Cammarata/1, Ryan Zuhlsdorf/1
|Shots on Goal
|Team Stats and Records
|Alaska Anchorage (0-1-0)
|Eric Schierhorn (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||0
|Alaska Anchorage Goaltending
|Olivier Mantha (L, 0-1-0)||60:00||6
ANCHORAGE - A two-goal game for both senior Jake Bischoff and sophomore Brent Gates Jr. led the nationally-ranked No. 13 Golden Gophers to a 6-0 shutout over the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves in the season opener at the Sullivan Arena on Friday.
The Golden Gophers (1-0-0) ended the Seawolves' 15-year unbeaten streak in season openers, where they had gone 12-0-3. The Seawolves, whose last lost in a season opener was Oct. 13, 2000 vs. Michigan State (5-4), start the 2016-17 slate 0-1.
Minnesota kept the Seawolves scoreless by keeping the shot total to 14 throughout the 60 minutes of play. Meanwhile, the Golden Gophers peppered junior netminder Olivier Mantha with 39. Anchorage local Eric Schierhorn made 14 saves for his fourth career shutout in front of his hometown crowd.
The Gophers first tally came on a 3-on-2 rush, where freshman defenseman Ryan Zuhlsdorf collected his first collegiate goal at 11:42 in the opening period. Bischoff furnished his first at 1:35 of the second with a backhander, before Gates made it 3-0 at 18:13. Bischoff made it 4-0 with his second at 1:24 of the third, while Rem Pitlick (14:46) and Gates (15:59) added the final tallies.
Both teams were scoreless on the man advantage, with UAA going 0-for-5 and Minnesota going 0-for-2. The Seawolves enjoyed four straight power plays before senior forward Dyl