Don Lucia's hockey Gophers open the non-conference season tonight at Mariucci Arena as they face off against Sacred Heart. The Pioneers had an abysmal record last year, but after getting bounced from the 2011 WCHA playoffs by Alaska-Anchorage the No. 19 Gophers refuse to take any team lightly.
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Don Lucia's Golden Gophers whipped Sacred Heart 9-0 in the season opener at Mariucci Arena Friday night. Minnesota scored four goals in a dominant second period to pull away for the route. The two teams will play again Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.
Alaska-Anchorage is no easy task for Lucia and the Gophers
The 5-1 University of Minnesota Gophers play at Alaska-Anchorage this Friday and Saturday night. The Seawolves won three of four meetings at Mariucci Arena last year, and Don Lucia says this year won't get any easier on the road.
Gopher hockey has chance for payback on trip to Anchorage
Last spring Alaska-Anchorage shocked Minnesota by skating into Mariucci Arena and knocking their hosts out of the WCHA tournament in the first round. This year's high-scoring version of the Gophers has their first crack at the Seawolves in this weekend's two-game set in Anchorage.
Gophers looking for revenge against Alaska-Anchorage in WCHA playoffs
It's been one year since Alaska-Anchorage upset the Gophers in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. This year the Gophers are the top seed and a heavy favorite against Seawolves. The best-of-three series between the two begins Friday at Mariucci Arena. If Minnesota wins they will advance to the WCHA Final Five.
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Gophers picked to finish sixth in preseason WCHA poll
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