Gopher Hockey Split Opening Series Vs. Colorado College
After allowing three third period goals to lose their season opener, the Gophers answered back with four goals Saturday night against Colorado College to get their first victory of the 2019-20 season.
Minnesota lost game 1 Friday night after holding a 1-0 going into the final period. After allowing a powerplay goal to the tie the game, Gophers responded with a goal from Scott Reedy to give Minnesota a 2-1 lead. The Gophers would then allow two unanswered goals within four minutes to lose 3-2. Not a great night!
However, an impressive comeback in game two Saturday night was just the answer the Gophers needed. It did not look good early on after freshman goaltender, Jared Moe gave up two first period goals to put Minnesota behind 2-0. But the Gophers would respond with three second period goals by Sampo Ranta, Sammy Walker and Matt Staudacher making it 3-3 heading into the third. Two of those goals were within 28 seconds of each other.
A lone goal by sophomore forward, Blake McLaughlin in the final period helped lift the Gophers to victory 4-3 over the Tigers in game 2 of the series, and give them their first victory of the season.
Between both games, six different Gophers scored every one of Minnesota's six goals. And 13 players had at least one point over the weekend. This definitely shows promise for a Gopher team that lost its top scorers from last season.
We also saw two different goalies start both games for the Gophers. Junior goaltender Jack LaFontaine got the start Friday allowing three goals on 28 shots, and true freshman, Jared Moe out of New Prague, got the nod on Saturday night giving up three goals on 27 shots. Not a bad performance by both goalies, but going forward, Bob Motzko will need to find a consistent starter between the pipes. And this weekend did not present a clear answer.
The Minnesota Gophers come out of the weekend with a 1-1 record to start the year, and look to improve on that in their home opener next weekend when they take on Niagara University.
It is way too early to tell how good this team will be, but I am just happy they did not start the season 0-2. The Minnesota Wild are 0-4. We do not need another team in the "State of Hockey" starting the season winless.
Pride on Ice!