Gophers Meet the Media: UAA

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Minnesota just closed out its nonconference schedule with an 8-0-0 record, but 16 league games remain on the team's calendar -- meaning nothing is guaranteed for the nation's top team. 

The Gophers (14-3-3 overall, 6-3-3 WCHA) return to conference action this weekend with a pair of league games at Mariucci Arena against Alaska Anchorage. Friday's series opener is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start time (BTN, 1500ESPN) while Saturday is set for the traditional 7 p.m. puck drop (FOX Sports North, 1500ESPN). 

Minnesota picked up three WCHA points earlier this season in Anchorage, picking up a 4-0 win over the Seawolves on Nov. 9 before settling for a 2-2 overtime tie the following night. 

"It was hard to score goals," Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said of the first two meetings. 

"In six periods of hockey, we only scored one 5-on-5 goal. They aren't an easy team to score against. They're not a high-powered, offensive team, but they make it miserable, and you have to try to win a 2-1, 3-2 type of game." 

Additionally, Christian Isackson commented on his second period goal that was featured as the No. 10 play on SportsCenter's nightly Top Ten on Tuesday. 

"I got the easy part of it," Isackson said. "A.J. Michaelson made a great play by taking the guy with puck and it kind of squirted out to me." 

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