Jason Gonzalez has covered an array of sports at all levels over the last nine years. He learned ice hockey, however, long before — during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah (his hometown). He got a close up look of legendary Gophers alum Herb Brooks and other Minnesota hockey greats. Jason has been with the Star Tribune since 2012.
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No. 1 has produced nothing but defeat for its occupant this hockey season. In Week 1, No. 1 UMass-Lowell lost. In Week 2, No. 1 Miami (Ohio) lost. This week the No. 1 Gophers will be put to the test in the top spot.
No. 5 Boston College comes to town for a Friday and Sunday two-game series and is coming off a walloping of then No. 2-ranked Wisconsin.
During Wednesday's media availability coach Don Lucia said its irrelevant what Boston College did last weekend, however, he couldn’t ignore the nine 5-on-5 goals the Eagles scored in two games. Gophers fans are in for a treat, he said.
“They’re going to be skilled, fast, strong,” Gophers defenseman Brady Skjei said. “We’re going to need to play our game and use our speed, and I think we’ll be able to play tight with them the whole weekend. “
(Hear more from Lucia and Skjei on the upcoming series in below video)
Sophomore forward Christian Horn is no longer with the Gophers. He told Lucia on Wednesday morning that he would be leaving the team for a chance to play more.
Horn said he will play with Tri City in the USHL and left the Gophers on good terms. There’s a chance that he could return to the Gophers after this season, Lucia said.
“I understand completely. He wants to play. He’s still a young kid has an opportunity to go to the USHL, Lucia said. “He’s a great kid. Loved having him around program, but at the same time I understand, you’re a young kid and want to play. And I think he had pretty long odds to be a regular in our lineup this year.”
Gophers defenseman Brady Skjei:
Gophers coach Don Lucia: