Gophers Bounce Back

Last week the Gopher football team got blown out by Michigan State, giving up 51 points. This weekend they shutout Illinois, 45-0. Team was expected to be able to handle Illinois, but I think no one was expecting them to bounce back that well.

On Friday night, the Gopher hockey team was in Grand Forks to play North Dakota. This game featured something I’d never seen before – during a Gopher power play, the refs called a penalty on North Dakota. While the Gophers were playing with a two-man advantage, the refs called a delayed penalty on North Dakota when a Gopher was cross checked from behind in front of the net. Pulling their goalie to get another forward on the ice, the Gophers are working the puck around with a 6-on-3 advantage when the same member of the Fighting Sioux picks up another cross checking penalty. Never seen the refs so willing to call penalties on a team that was short handed, a situation that typically has whistles disappearing.

The Gophers could only parlay this series of North Dakota penalties into a single goal, and went into the third period tied 2-2, losing the game 4-2. The loss was somewhat surprising, since the Gophers had a 14-4 edge in shots for the third period. In the Saturday night rematch, the Gophers won 6-0, for their first shutout in Grand Forks since 1975.

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