Gophers Win Fierce Battle in Grand Forks, Beat Sioux 3-2 to Open Series

January 15th, 2011 by Chris Eckes Leave a reply »

The start of the second half of the WCHA season is a tough one for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The schedule includes: home against Alaska-Anchorage, at Minnesota-Duluth, home against Denver and at Wisconsin.

However, perhaps the biggest test of the season is this weekend, which pits the Gophers (9-8-3 overall, 6-6-2 WCHA) against the No. 2-ranked North Dakota Fighting Sioux (16-5-0 overall, 11-3-2 WCHA).

North Dakota always stakes its reputation on physical play, and its lineup is chock full of upperclassmen. The Sioux's top line of Evan Trupp, Brad Malone and Matt Frattin are all seniors, and the team has lots of firepower, as Frattin's 20 goals leads the country.

Although the Sioux return one of the top goalies in the WCHA last year in Brad Eidsness, they have gone with the solid play of freshman Aaron Dell for most of the season. How would Dell handle his first action in the Gopher-Sioux rivalry?

Friday: 3-2 Gopher Win

The Gophers had a tough road ahead of them right from the get-go against the Sioux, as Minnesota is not known for playing physical and is relying on a bevvy of freshmen to carry ...

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