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10-06-2012, 11:07 PM
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Isackson notched a natural hat-trick and 10 SOG in a preseason game for the Gophers tonight. He skated on the first line with Bjugstad and Rau.
Sophomore Christian Isackson, a little-used forward last season, scored the first three goals as the highly touted Gophers crushed Lethbridge 7-0 on Saturday at Mariucci Arena.
This exhibition looked like a scrimmage between a varsity and JV team. The Gophers, tied for first in one preseason national poll and second in the other, dominated as expected. They outshot the Pronghorns from Alberta 65-16.
Isackson, scoreless in 11 games as a freshman, scored 1:45 and 4:13 into the power play. He got his hat trick at 1:08 of the second period.
Maybe his star is rising. The 6-2, 190-pound right wing also was on the Gophers’ first line with holdovers Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau.
“Tonight was great for Christian from a confidence standpoint,” head coach Don Lucia said. “Last year he never played at the pace he needed to play with and have a little bit of tenacity. He looks like he’s got a little bit more of that.”
Isackson didn’t have any points last season and only played in 11 games. Lucia compared him to junior Nate Schmidt, who also had a less-than-stellar freshman year before bursting onto the scene during his sophomore campaign.
Schmidt said he would be happy if Isackson followed in his footsteps.
“He worked really hard last year,” Schmidt said. “It [showed] off tonight that he went out there and capitalized on his opportunities — he put the puck in the net when he had to.”
Isackson was the right wing on the first line that also featured Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau. The Pine City, Minn., native said it helped a lot to play with such great players.
Lucia hinted that the first line could stay the same when the regular season begins next weekend.
That leaves the possibility of having a second line that features Erik Haula, joined by captain Zach Budish and either Nate Condon or Sam Warning.
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