Gophers break losing streak

The men’s hockey team picked up its first two victories of the season over the weekend against Northeastern University.

Forward Justin Kloos attempts to score against Northeastern in Mariucci Arena on Saturday night.

Joe Sulik

Forward Justin Kloos attempts to score against Northeastern in Mariucci Arena on Saturday night.

Mike Hendrickson

The Gophers picked up their first two victories of the season in a weekend sweep, after stumbling out of the gate with a 0-3 start.
 
No. 19 Minnesota (2-3) had no trouble generating offense over the weekend, scoring four goals in each home game against Northeastern.
 
The Gophers scored seven first-period goals in the series, after only scoring one goal in their first three games.
 
“It was a good two wins,” head coach Don Lucia said. “We obviously had to have two wins this weekend. We didn’t want to go into the off week losing 
tonight, so it just makes it a little easier when you know you feel like you’re making some progress with your team.”
 
The Gophers opened Saturday’s game with three goals in 2:40. Junior Hudson Fasching and sophomores Michael Brodzinski and Leon Bristedt all scored even-strength goals to put Minnesota ahead 3-0 early on. Northeastern quickly responded on a goal by junior John Stevens, but the Gophers would never lose the lead.
 
Fasching scored his second goal of the night and third of the weekend to make the score 4-1, and Minnesota held on from there despite allowing two second-period goals in a 4-3 victory.