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Gophers Hockey: Eric Schierhorn sends Matthew Weis flying Friday (GIF)

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

If you ever wondered how Robb Stauber would look at new Mariucci Arena, thankfully Minnesota goaltender Eric Schierhorn gave a quick taste.

During the second period of Friday's 3-2 overtime win, Schierhorn sent Ohio State sophomore center Matthew Weis flying after diving to poke check away the puck on a breakaway. Minnesota's goalie aggressively came out of his net to challenge the puck like in something more fit for the 1980s.

He got the better on Weis, who deservedly had three Grade A chances for the Buckeyes throughout the night with nothing to show on the scoresheet.

"I've seen it on highlight videos, but that was insane. I was so pumped up for that. It was an awesome play by Eric and really good to have a guy that is that confident like that back there," said Hudson Fasching after the game. "You love to see that, especially when it all works out."

The save turned out to play a bigger role later. Trailing 2-0 at the time, Minnesota scored twice in the third period. Fasching went on to score the overtime winner as the Gophers took the first Big Ten conference game of the year for both teams.

Schierhorn finished Friday's game with 26 saves.

(s/t @cjzero)


Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation mostly covering both the University of Minnesota and Big Ten. You can also follow him on Twitter --