Instant Analysis of the Gophers' 7-0 exhibition victory over Lethbridge.
Against Those From the Great White North
The Gophers shutout a Canadian opponent for a third-straight season tonight. They defeated British Columbia by scores of 6-0 and 3-0 the last two seasons. In all three cases, the Gophers thoroughly outplayed and outshot their opposition. Tonight, they outshot the Pronghorns of Lethbridge by a 65-16 margin. The passing was crisp as the Gophers where simply too fast and too sharp for Lethbridge to handle.
Break Out Night for Isackson
Gopher sophomore Christian Isackson was on the top line tonight with Kyle Rau and Nick Bjugstad. He did not disappoint, tallying a hat trick in the game by the second period. Isackson appeared sparingly as a freshman last season. He got into 11 games, but did not record a point. He showed tonight that he could be a breakout player for Gophers. He adds to the depth of talent in Minnesota's stable.
Coach Don Lucia spoke about the importance of the sophomore class on this season at media day. Today, they looked as if they had taken a step from last year. Isackson lead the way, but other members of the class preformed well. Travis Boyd and Ben Marshall each had assists on both of the games' first two goals, which were scored by Isackson. Marshall added a goal of his own, and Sam Warning put up a goal and an assist.
Gopher Goalies Look Solid
Perhaps the one question mark of the team coming into the year was goaltending. The netminders answered the bell tonight. Both Mike Shibrowski and Adam Wilcox saw around equal time in the game with Wilcox replacing Shibrowski with 10:30 remaining in the second period. Despite neither being tested on a consistent basis, each came up big when called upon. Shibrowski made two nice stops in the second period including a two-on-one, and Adam Wilcox shut the five-hole when Clayton Cumisky found himself wide open in the slot. Shibrowski faced nine shots while Wilcox faced seven.
Ready To Play for Real
The Gophers have knocked the dust off the skates. After a successful exhibition, the team will turn its attention to the regular season. The first test will be future-Big Ten-rival Michigan State. The Gophers will challenge the Spartans next Friday, October 12, at 6:00 p.m. The two teams will hook up for a second showdown on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Note the game times with it being Homecoming Weekend on campus.
-Article written by University of Minnesota student intern Josh Brennock