Condon Scores Twice as Gophers Advance to Regional Final

Updated: 03/29/2014 11:50 PM KSTP.com

Minnesota forward Hudson Fasching (24) scores against Robert Morris goalie Dalton Izyk (31) during the third period of an NCAA West college regional hockey game.
Minnesota forward Hudson Fasching (24) scores against Robert Morris goalie Dalton Izyk (31) during the third period of an NCAA West college regional hockey game.
Photo: Photo: AP/Ann Heisenfelt

Nate Condon scored twice and Adam Wilcox made 22 saves to help top-seeded Minnesota beat Robert Morris 7-3 on Saturday in the NCAA West Regional semifinals.

Kyle Rau, Mike Reilly, Hudson Fasching, Michael Brodzinski and Justin Kloos also scored for Minnesota. The Gophers took a 3-0 lead in the first period and outshot the Colonials 50-25.

Condon opened the scoring with a beautiful goal on an end-to-end rush, then clinched the win with a short-handed empty-net goal with 1:48 left.

Cody Wydo and Zac Lynch scored for Robert Morris (19-18-5) late in the second period to cut it to 4-2. David Friedmann also scored, and Dalton Izyk made 43 saves.

The Colonials were making their first NCAA tournament appearance.

The Gophers now face St Cloud State, who beat Notre Dame in overtime, in Sunday's Regional Final at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.  The winner advances to the Frozen Four in Philadelphia where they will face North Dakota in the National Semifinal in two weeks.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report