Men’s Hockey: Minnesota drops another one

Paul Cordes

Empty net shorthander for Colorado College to take the 5-3 lead. This one is all over folks. Despite outshooting the Tigers by a near 2:1 margin, the Gophers never led in this one and home ice in the first round of the WCHA playoffs looks to be a dying hope at this point. —– It just doesn’t seem like its meant to be for the Gophers tonight. Just as Minnesota seems to crawl back into it, Colorado College jumps right back out into the lead. The Tigers now have a 4-3 advantage, despite being outshot by Minnesota 30-15. That is correct; the Gophers are outshooting Minnesota 2:1 tonight and have not had a lead for even a second. Kangas has a .733 save percentage at this point in the game. —– Cade Fairchild nets Minnesota’s third goal of the game as the Gophers continue to battle back. The sophomore is playing some of the best hockey of his career. After netting two assists last night, Fairchild was sent a slap shot into the back of the net. He’s fourth on the team in goals and 2nd on the team in assists – all this, mind you, as a defenseman. —–

Well game the game is on TV Delay and I’m certainly in Colorado right now but I have been listening to the radio and firgured I’d pass along just a few thoughts. 3-2 right now in the third as Alex Kangas gave up what the announcers called a "soft goal."

Minnesota has dominated shots on goal in the first two periods, however haven’t held a lead all night. Kangas continues to struggle and he’ll likely fall even farther below .900 in save pecentage tonight and it’ll be interesting to see where Don Lucia goes from here. We’ll get a final score posted and snag an Associated Press story when its posted.