Gophers avoid turmoil plagueing other college hockey teams

Gophers Coach Don Lucia has managed to keep the same goalie and 12 forwards for pretty much every game this season. They're lucky to keep their players healthy as other schools suffer through injuries.
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Gophers Coach Don Lucia has managed to keep the same goalie and 12 forwards for pretty much every game this season. They're lucky to keep their players healthy as other schools suffer through injuries.

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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.

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