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Gophers Shutout by Bulldogs 3-0, Lose First at Home since 2013

Post by Eckes » Fri Nov 14 9:50 pm

Minnesota Outshot, Outclassed by Duluth

Minneapolis- In a long hockey season, there are bound to be good nights and bad nights.

Tonight was one of those bad ones.

The Gophers (7-2-0 Overall) were beaten in every facet of the game, looking slow, sloppy and anything but the #1 team in the nation. UMD, on the other hand, looked quick and prepared. Coming off a sweep of St. Cloud last weekend, the Bulldogs are now 7-4-0 on the season and look like a team that could be near the top of the NCHC come March.

UMD got on the board early and never looked back. Early Gopher penalties (a harbinger of things to come for Minnesota) gave UMD a jolt of momentum and a first period lead. Austin Farley scored his fifth goal of the season on the PP at just 2:07 of the first to give the Bulldogs the only lead they'd need.

Minnesota killed off a first period 5-on-3 and looked to get a little energy back from that, but could not break past UMD's Kasimir Kaskisuo.

UMD added an even strength goal at 9:55 of the second period when Dan Molenaar scored his first goal as a Bulldog on a pretty passing play from behind the net to the mid-slot.

The Bulldogs' Dominic Toninato scored yet another powerplay goal in the third to seal the game for Duluth.

The loss was the Gophers' first home loss since 11/24/13, when they lost at Mariucci to these same Bulldogs by a 6-2 score.

The Gophers look to rebound tomorrow when they travel to Duluth to try and even the series. The puck drops at 7:00, and is on FSN+ and 1500ESPN.

Notes and Quotes:

Final Shots on Goal: 38-17 UMD.
Powerplay shots: UMD 17 in 6 PPs, Minnesota 2 in one PP.

Three Stars of the Game: 3) Kasimir Kaskisuo (17 saves, Shutout), 2) Cal Decowski (2 Assists), 1) Austin Farley (GWG, Assist)

Gopher Coach Don Lucia: "There are some games where you just don't have it. Tonight was one of those nights. Duluth was the better team and deserved to win."
On the penalties at the end of the game: "I'm embarrassed. That's not how we want to play, that's not how we coach. Obviously a little frustration boiling over there."
On the reasons for the slow start: "We had a little play right from the opening faceoff, bobbled the puck, got called for a penalty on the first shift and it kinda went downhill from there."
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