Gopher volleyball & hockey teams lose on the road

It may have been Friday the 7th, but it felt like Friday the 13th to the Gopher volleyball and hockey teams, as they both fell on the road. The volleyball team had won 10 straight after starting the season 7-7. The hockey team started the year as the country's number one team.

Minnesota (17-8, 10-3) had its 10-match Big Ten winning streak snapped by Illinois (18-5, 9-4) on the road in five games by scores of 30-23, 23-30, 30-24, 32-34, 13-15. The Golden Gophers fall into a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten with Wisconsin and Penn State at 10-3.

Minnesota men's hockey team fell to 2-5 overall (1- 4 WCHA) this season with a 7-3 loss to rival North Dakota on the road. UND's top line tallied five goals and four assists to move the nation's second-ranked team to 5-1-0 overall (1-0-0). It was Minnesota's first loss in the new Ralph Engelstad Arena, which opened in fall of 2001.

Minnesota out-shot UND, 34-33. Goalie Kellen Briggs picked up the loss to fall to 2-3-0 on the season, stopping 21 shots. He was replaced by Justin Johnson, who allowed one goal with five saves. The Golden Gophers finished the game with a 1-for-7 mark on the power play. This is Minnesota's worst seven-game start of a season since beginning the 1999-2000 season 1-5-1. Minnesota and North Dakota face off tomorrow at 7:05 p.m., in the series finale.

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