Trick or treat? Gophers men's hockey wins 6-2

The Gophers men's hockey team wore its Halloween costume to Mariucci Arena Friday night. After they lost twice to UMD last weekend, the Gophers decided to dress up as two-time national champions in their game against WCHA foe Denver. The costume worked, because the Gophers looked awfully good.

Maybe the seniors on the Gophers men's hockey team decided it was time to step up. Maybe the freshman on the team realized that despite the poor performance the week before against Minnesota-Duluth, they have what it takes to play in the WCHA.

Maybe it's just because the Golden Gophers are still a darn good hockey team, and they wanted to show the non-believers that they are far from going away in a 6-2 win over Denver Friday at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.

Using a combination of senior leadership and youthful experience, the Gophers ended a two-game skid over previously undefeated Denver.

Minnesota seniors scored four goals and added two assists in the win, improving the Gophers' record to 2-3-0, 1-2 in the WCHA. Denver dropped to 4-1, 0-1. Scoring goals for the Gophers were seniors Grant Potulny (2), Matt Koalska and Troy Riddle. Thomas Vanek and Ryan Potulny also scored for the Gophers, and freshman Kellen Briggs made 25 saves in the win.

Ten different Golden Gophers scored at least one point and U forwards accounted for 13 of the 15 points in the game. Minnesota is now 7-1-0 all-time on Halloween.

The two teams play again Saturday at 7 p.m. at Mariucci Arena.

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