Gophers look to spoil Badgers’ homecoming

mens gopher hockey versus ohio buckeyes

Ashley Goetz

mens gopher hockey versus ohio buckeyes

With the Wisconsin menâÄôs hockey team off to its worst start in the modern era, this weekendâÄôs home series with Minnesota could be a jolt of energy for the Badgers. It will be homecoming for the Badgers this weekend and with Border Battle rival Minnesota coming to town for WisconsinâÄôs first home series of the year, members of the Gophers team arenâÄôt planning for a walk in the park. âÄúTheyâÄôre obviously a very talented team, and theyâÄôve been able to score a lot of goals lately,âÄù Gophers junior forward Tony Lucia said . âÄúTheyâÄôve just ran into some of the toughest teams in the nation.âÄù Wisconsin (0-4-0 overall, 0-2-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) has played three of the nationâÄôs top four teams in Denver, Boston College and New Hampshire. âÄúI donâÄôt care who you are, most teams in the country might be 0-4 after playing those teams back to back,âÄù coach Don Lucia said. Despite the fact that the Badgers are ranked 51st out of 52 Division I programs in scoring defense âÄî allowing 5.75 goals a game, Wisconsin has also shown they can score. The Badgers have scored four or more goals three times this season, showing they arenâÄôt getting blown out by their top-ranked competition. âÄúIn no way should we take them lightly,âÄù senior defenseman R.J. Anderson said. âÄúTheyâÄôre kind of a sleeper team right now and we have to be careful.âÄù Minnesota (2-0-0, 2-0-0) will have to find a way to either limit WisconsinâÄôs offense or find some of its own. The Gophers have gone ten games dating back to last season without scoring at least four goals in a game. One thing is for sure, the Kohl Center atmosphere will be ready and waiting for Minnesota when the puck hits the ice. âÄúItâÄôs going to be rowdy there, itâÄôs their homecoming and theyâÄôre hungry for a win,âÄù Anderson said. âÄúThe first ten minutes are going be real critical to our weekend. We can either shut them down or allow that place to get rocking pretty good.âÄù The series should also be a big one for the freshmen according Tony Lucia. âÄúItâÄôs a great way to start the season maturity wise for our team which is fairly young with the freshmen,âÄù Lucia said. âÄúI feel a lot to be will learned and there will be a lot of lessons to be gained. Fischer injury update Senior defenseman David FischerâÄôs injury that forced him to sit out of Saturday nightâÄôs 2-1 win over St. Cloud State has been identified as a slight fracture in his shoulder. Fischer suffered the injury during one of the final shifts of FridayâÄôs win at the National Hockey Center. The team doesnâÄôt see the injury limiting FischerâÄôs ability to play this weekend however. After skating earlier this week, Fischer is likely to be in uniform for this weekendâÄôs series in Madison. âÄúIf he continues to progress the way that he has, I anticipate he will be playing,âÄù Don Lucia said on Wednesday.