LA Kings: Brock Faber posts big game for Golden Gophers

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LA Kings 2020 second-round pick Brock Faber recorded a big night in Minnesota’s 3-1 victory.

You would never know that Brock Faber hadn’t played a meaningful game in months. After being selected in the second round of the 2020 NHL Draft by the LA Kings, the Maple Grove, Minnesota native was set to enter his freshman year on campus.

Minnesota, of course, is the Big Ten’s favorite to win the conference, and that can be a daunting feeling for anyone, let alone someone who hasn’t played in quite some time.

The Gophers were already 2-0 coming into this top-ten matchup with the Ohio State Buckeyes. And while the game remained scoreless halfway through the first, the 8:44 mark proved to be a historic and memorable moment.

Faber set up camp at the blue line. He sees a fantastic opportunity to put himself in a favorable position, skates up. receives the pass, and fires a one-timer into the back of the net. The goal was Faber’s first, as Minnesota cruised to a 4-1 victory on Monday night.

Flash forward to just under two minutes to go in the first period. Ohio State entered the Gophers defensive zone, and Faber, whose strengths are excellent skating and suffocating defense, did just enough to break up any scoring opportunity.

The play went the other way for a Golden Gophers goal, putting them up by a commanding 2-0 lead. It’s no surprise he was one of the three stars of the game, and it’s very encouraging for LA Kings’ fans to see their second-round pick have such a meaningful impact in a critical game.

Faber and the Golden Gophers are back at it on Tuesday against these same Buckeyes.