Gopher Hockey Preview: Colorado College

With a split last weekend, the Gophers are heading to Colorado College with a record of 3-3 but only 1-3 in the WCHA. The Tigers are in a similar position, starting the season 3-2-1. Both teams desperately need wins to get some much need conference wins.

The Gophers looked lifeless and stagnant last Friday when they lost 5-2 but turned it around to beat St. Cloud on Sunday by a score of 2-1. This improved defensive performance is an encouraging sign from the Gophers after allowing at least three goals in every game prior.

If the Gophers can continue their defensive effort, all eyes will turn to the forwards to put the puck away. Jacob Cepis is a player who has been looking better and better each game.

He is a pesky little player who has a nose for the puck. Last Sunday, Cepis played a role in both of Minnesota's goals, tallying a goal and an assist. Look for Cepis to have another solid weekend of playing hard and putting the puck away.

One interesting area of note will be to see who the starting goalie is on Friday. Kent Patterson came in for Alex Kangas on Friday and then started the game on Sunday.

Patterson only let in one goal on 37 shots for the weekend. Patterson looked to be in better position than Kangas who seemed to be flopping around to try and make saves. If Patterson can keep up this great start it would be easy to see him starting the entire weekend.

If the Tigers want to win they will need to come out flying to get an early edge on the Gophers. So far this season, the Gophers have gotten down early and have left themselves too big of a hole to climb out of.

If Colorado College can use their home ice to their advantage and get on the board first they have a good shot at taking one or both games in the series.

The Tigers boast a brother tandem that is leading Colorado College in points. Freshman Jaden Schwartz and sophomore Rylan Schwartz have had a great start to the season, both tallying six points on the year, Jaden with four goals and two assists and Rylan with two goals and four assists.

The charisma of the brothers should be evident on the ice as the brothers look to take down the Gophers at home.

Considering the travel time and the fact that its Minnesota's first road game, it undoubtedly will be a difficult game for the Gophers on Friday night.

Expect a close game on Friday but the Tigers could take it 3-2.

The Gophers should settle down, get their lines straightened out for Saturday and come away with a 4-2 win.

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