Gophers Fall 4-1, Suffer First Loss of Season

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Gophers Fall 4-1, Suffer First Loss of Season

Post by Eckes » Sat Nov 01 3:59 pm

Travis Boyd Injured as Minnesota Beaten by St. Cloud State

We now know the Minnesota Gophers aren't going to win every game this season, but Friday night's Halloween matchup between Minnesota and St. Cloud State was downright scary.

The Gophers (4-1-0 Overall) fell to the St. Cloud State Huskies (3-2-0) 4-1 on Friday night, in the first game of a home-and-home series between the two former WCHA rivals. Adding injury to insult, the Gophers also saw senior center Travis Boyd injured during the game. Although he finished the game, the team's third leading scorer will be sidelined for at least Saturday's rematch, and possibly longer.

The two teams played a mostly even first period, but the Huskies were able to strike first. Junior forward Kalle Kossila scored his first goal of the season just one second after a SCSU powerplay expired to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the game. In a pivotal few minutes of the game, St. Cloud would increase their lead to 3-0, scoring first with the extra attacker on a delayed penalty with just three seconds left in the first period, and then scoring on the ensuing powerplay just 1:12 into the second.

The teams had been trading chances up until this point, but the third goal seemed to take the wind out of the Gophers' sails. St. Cloud pressed their advantage in the second period, but the Gophers hung in there and kept the game within reach at 3-0 going to the third.

An early goal on a 5-on-3 powerplay sealed the game for St. Cloud. Travis Boyd, one of the team's top penalty killers, took a blocked shot to the knee on the penalty kill and was hobbled for the remainder of the shift and is out for an indeterminate number of games.

Although the Gophers' Hudson Fasching scored the lone Gopher goal with 15:42 left in the game, Minnesota could not get any other pucks past Husky netminder Charlie Lindgren.

The game was Minnesota's first loss of the season. The Gophers take on St. Cloud State at Mariucci Arena at 4:00PM on Saturday. The game can be seen on Fox Sports North and BTN2Go, and can be heard at 1500ESPN.
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