Gophers Lose, Can Easily Improve

On Friday, the Gophers spotted St. Cloud five goals before the Maroon and Gold finally got on the board to finish the game 5-2. The game was dismal effort where the Gophers looked listless and lost on their home ice. The game the Gophers' played to start the series was bad but there are simple ways to turn the weekend around.

One easy way the Gophers can come away with two points this weekend is to take care of the puck. This may seem like an elementary thing to do but the Gophers had lots of trouble with it last night. They continually got the puck and promptly threw it away in the direction of no one in particular.

The team looked nervous and skittish with the puck and never got into a proper rhythm the entire night. One way they can improve is to slow down and take their time when making passes to ensure a more crisp game on Sunday.

Another problem for the Gophers has been letting teams get up early. The Gophers' have been down early in each of their last three games. Trying to crawl out of a hole every game is no way to compete in the WCHA. The Gophers need to come out with fire and score first if they want to limit the damage and get the momentum in their favor early on in the game.

The last thing that Coach Lucia can do is reward players who show the most hustle. There aren't any players on the team that look like they are not giving it their all but there are guys who go out and play their hardest on every shift.

Players like Nate Condon, Taylor Matson and Tom Serretore come to mind as guys who play physical, back check and are always involved in the play. Lucia should reward these players with more time on the power play and first two lines.

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