Troubles continue for Minnesota men

After a pair of weekend losses, the Minnesota menâÄôs hockey teamâÄôs chances of home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs continues to circle the drain. Minnesota dropped a Friday game to Colorado College by a score of 4-3 before falling to the Tigers again Saturday 5-3. The sweep was MinnesotaâÄôs third in the last four weekends. The Gophers battled back three times Saturday night, tying the score at one, two and three but Colorado College didnâÄôt let up. Even more frustrating for the Gophers, is the fact that they outshot the Tigers by a nearly 2-1 margin, 37-19. âÄúI felt bad for our guys; thatâÄôs kind of how itâÄôs gone,âÄù Gophers coach Don Lucia told reporters after the game Saturday. âÄúTonight was a good example. Our guys played hard, played well, we outshoot somebody 2-1, we probably outchanced âÄòem, but thatâÄôs kind of how it has gone for us.âÄù Sophomore goalie Alex Kangas continued to struggle as his save percentage took another hit over the weekend as it dropped from .898 to .895 as he made just 14 saves while giving up four goals. The TigersâÄô fifth was an empty netter. Minnesota dropped to seventh place in the conference and are two points out of fifth place, the final home-ice playoff spot. With four games left, including two next weekend against the current fifth-place team, Minnesota-Duluth, itâÄôs certainly crunch time if the Gophers want to be at Mariucci this postseason.