Recap: Gophers men’s hockey fells British Columbia 6-0 in exhibition

Austin Cumblad

The Minnesota men’s hockey team made easy work of British Columbia Sunday night, scoring four goals in the first period on the way to a 6-0 exhibition win.

Senior Jacob Cepis nabbed the inaugural (albeit unofficial) goal of the 2010-11 season less than five minutes into the game, sparking a barrage of Gophers offense. Before the clock ticked past seven minutes in the first period, Minnesota had mounted a 4-0 lead and a pair of freshmen had loudly announced their arrival to the squad.

On the heels of junior winger Jake Hansen’s first of two goals, freshman center Erik Haula took a well-timed back-door pass from senior Mike Hoeffel and directed it into the net. Under three minutes later, fellow freshman Tom Serratore scored as well. Pipes in the second and third period prevented Serratore from a hat trick.

Though Minnesota was unable to maintain the breakneck scoring pace of the first period, senior Patrick White slid a back-door shot past Thunderbirds goalkeeper Graeme Gordon in the second – prompting Gordon’s early exit – and Hansen added his second in the third on Gordon’s replacement Joe Rodwell.

Meanwhile, head coach Don Lucia divided the Gophers’ net-minding duties between all three of his keepers; senior Alex Kangas and juniors Kent Patterson and Jake Kremer each played a period (in that order) for a collective shutout. Patterson was the busiest, but each had his moment of brilliance.

Minnesota opens its regular season next weekend at Mariucci Arena with a series against Massachusets.