Observations from Minnesota's 4-3 Overtime Loss to Denver

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House of Horrors
The Gophers made their last regular-season visit to the Mile High City as a member of the WCHA this weekend. Minnesota left with a 38-40-3 all-time at DU and a 4-12-2 there under current head coach Don Lucia. That record includes an 0-7-1 ledger in the month of February at Magness Arena (under Lucia--10-11-1 all-time).

Uncommon Loss
After dropping to 8-7-0 in Friday night games with a 5-3 loss a day ago, the Gophers fell to 11-3-1 on Saturdays with an overtime loss in the second game of the series. The Gophers were swept for the first time since Dec. 3 and 4, 2010 at Minnesota State. The Gophers are now 10-1-0 in Saturday games in the WCHA.

Extra Session
After Nick Shore tied the game with 1:26 to play on Saturday, Minnesota played its  fourth overtime game of the season. Shore's second goal in under two minutes to win the game dropped the Gophers to 1-2-1 in overtime games this season and 0-2-0 in their last two extra session games. The Gophers are now 7-5-12 all-time in overtime against the Pioneers with a 1-1-3 mark under Don Lucia.

Last Five Minutes
For the fourth time this season, Minnesota allowed a goal in the final five minutes of regulation. Minnesota has outscored its opponents 16-4 in that time span in 2011-12. The loss was also the Gophers' first when leading after two periods. UM was previously 14-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes.

Rau Suspended
Freshman forward Kyle Rau was suspended for Saturday's game after a boarding major that was the result of a hit on Jason Zucker. The Gophers are 1-2-0 with Rau out of the lineup. He also missed the two Mariucci Classic games in December to play for Team USA World Junior Championships.

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