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The hockey Gophers entertain Michigan Tech this weekend at Mariucci Arena. While Minnesota has dominated the Huskies in recent history, coach Don Lucia tells Fox Sports North the Huskies will still pose a challenge.
Despite dropping in the national polls, Golden Gopher men's hockey coach Don Lucia is pleased with his team's play through 14 games. He's especially happy with an 8-2-0 record in WCHA play. The Gophers have a one point lead over UMD for first place in the conference.
Head coach Don Lucia says Michigan Tech got a little too aggressive in the closing moments of the Gophers' 6-2 win Saturday night, and the rough play ultimately led to trash talking between the coaches. Lucia said it was "regrettable and hopefully it doesn't happen again."
The Gopher hockey team will lace up its skates for the West Regional at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul this weekend. However, Don Lucia insists that the Gophers won't have home-ice advantage even though they will only be a 15 minute drive from their school.
Don Lucia has his Golden Gophers focused on this weekend's series against the Wisconsin Badgers, not winning the MacNaughton Cup. The Gophers need one win to clinch the WCHA regular season title, but Lucia says beating Wisconsin will take care of everything.
Don Lucia and the Gophers men's hockey team is hoping for a big sweep in their home-and-home series with St. Cloud State University this weekend. If they do sweep, it will be the first time any WCHA team has swept the Huskies this season. Lucia says they are tough to play against because of their strong defense and goaltending.
Gophers coach Don Lucia is one of seven finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award, given yearly to the top college coach in the nation. The winner will be announced on April 6th, one day after the Gophers play Boston College in the Frozen Four. Lucia won the award in 1994 when he was at Colorado College.