Analysis of the Gophers 5-3 loss to the Mavericks.
The Gophers fell behind last night on two occasions, but they were able to come back. Tonight, the Gophers were behind the eight ball once again. Minnesota trailed three times this Saturday and they were unable to fight back when Dylan Margonari gave the Minnesota State the lead late in the third period. An empty-net goal gave Minnesota the 5-3 victory.
The Mavericks were ready to go on home ice tonight. The Mavericks outshot the Gophers 19-7 in the first period. Minnesota struggled to get the puck out of the zone on many occasions in the opening frame. Tonight, unlike last night, the Mavericks found a way to get the job done in the third period. The crowd was certainly behind them tonight.
Gophers show Resiliency
The showed real spirit in erasing two deficits, but in the end the Mavericks had too much on this night. Erik Haula showed real hustle as he battled through a check to put the Gophers on the board and cut the deficit from two goals to one. The Gophers would level the score early in the second period on the power play. After falling behind again, it took the Gophers just 26 seconds to tie the score courtesy of Nate Condon. The Gophers spent too much time this weekend behind the Mavericks.
The Gophers will head to Anchorage, Alaska next weekend to take on the Seawolves. Minnesota defeated Anchorage all four times they met last season, including in a sweep in the playoffs. The Seawolves were idle this weekend, they are 2-2-2 on the season. UAA has already had three matchups with North Dakota this campaign. Many of the players enjoy the trip to Alaska. Hopefully, they can enjoy it on the ice.
Written by Minnesota Communications intern Josh Brennock