Disappointing Gopher Season Ends Disappointingly
Manchester, NH - I want to write this article about as much as the Gophers wanted to play the game.
The Gophers were this season's fourth best college hockey team in the state of Minnesota, and they played like it on Friday. Minnesota looked slow and disinterested in a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the University of Minnesota - Twin Ports Bulldogs.
I could go through the goals, but it really doesn't matter much. UM-TP scored three goals in the first, as Minnesota players forgot to cover their men (Ambroz, Cammarata) or deflected the puck into their own net (Reilly). UM-TP increased the lead to 4-0 in the middle of the second on another Gopher deflection.
Minnesota never had much offensive spark in the game, losing 50/50 battles with regularity. Seth Ambroz scored in the last few minutes to make the score 4-1, which is where it ended.
The season is officially over, and that means the seniors careers are over as well. Gopher fans will say goodbye to Kyle Rau, Travis Boyd, Seth Ambroz, Sam Warning, Ben Marshall and Christian Isackson. That group of seniors made four NCAA Tournaments, won four regular season conference titles, one conference playoff title and made two NCAA Frozen Fours.
Fans will also have to wait for early departures - the most likely candidates are junior defensemen Mike Reilly and Brady Skjei, junior goaltender Adam Wilcox, and sophomore forward Hudson Fasching.
The Gophers hung two banners this season for winning the B1G. However, after coming into the season ranked #1 in the country following a national title game appearance in 2014, the expectations were sky high for this team. After losing the way they did to UM-TP, this season cannot be judged as anything but a disappointment.
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