Robert Morris kept with the Gophers' fast-tempo style for the better part of 16 minutes. Then things changed quickly.
Minnesota forward Nate Condon kicked off the scoring with this coast-to-coast goal off a Michael Brodzinski pass. The senior co-captain took advantage of both Colonial defenders looking to be offensive, used his speed to get down the ice before snapping a wrist shot past RMU goaltender Dalton Izyk.
Minnesota scored twice more in the final three minutes of the first period to lead Robert Morris 3-0 after one.