Gophers Meet the Media: Vermont

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The Gopher men's hockey team visited with the media ahead of this weekend's nonconference tilt with the Vermont Catamounts of Hockey East.

This is the Gophers first-ever trip to Vermont, meaning the team will have to adjust to a new environment.

"I have never been to Vermont, so it will be a fun experience," the team's leading scorer Erik Haula said. Haula and his teammates will get their first taste of Gutterson Fieldhouse, the home of Vermont hockey.

"Normally, we would practice here before we go, but since we have never been in (Vermont's) rink before we will practice there to get a feel for it," head coach Don Lucia said.

The Gophers are familiar with the Catamounts after splitting a pair of games with them at Mariucci Arena last season.

"I think they are a similar team," Lucia said. "They have a couple guys who are hurt right now, so it will be interesting to see who is in their lineup. It should be a good atmosphere and a really good test for our guys."

An adventure outside of the WCHA provides a great chance for the entire roster to experience a road-trip.

"It is nice that we get to take the whole team," Lucia said. "We do not have to worry about travel restrictions because it is a non-league game. Some guys that haven't had the chance to go on a trip yet will have that opportunity."

Both contests will start at 6 p.m. CT and can be seen on Fox Sports North.

Story Written by Minnesota Communications Intern Josh Brennock.

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