MINNEAPOLIS Last season, the Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team received their weekend bye in mid-January, less than three weeks after the holiday break.
In the Gophers' eyes, the timing of the break was unfortunate because they didn't feel they needed a break at the time. After the weekend off, Minnesota went 6-5-3 the rest of the way to finish 13-10-5 in the WCHA, placing fifth in the conference.
The Gophers hope this season's bye week was a little more beneficial.
After getting last weekend off, No. 2 Minnesota (19-9-1, 15-5-0 WCHA) returns this weekend for a road series against No. 14 Denver (15-9-4, 10-6-4).
"I think it was really great timing," said Nick Bjugstad, who leads the Gophers with 21 goals and 33 points. "Last year we got a week off at the beginning of the season, which you don't really need it because you're not that tired. You get into February and your legs are getting a little tired. So, I feel it was good for us."...