MINNEAPOLIS Departing for the holiday break in December, Minnesota Gophers junior forward Nate Condon was given an assignment from hockey coach Don Lucia.
"Go home and find 10 goals laying around the house when you're on break," Condon recalled Wednesday of Lucia's pre-break message.
With just three goals in the season's first 17 games, Condon wasn't giving Minnesota the secondary scoring it needed from a player often assigned to the second line. So, Condon returned home to Wausau, Wis. to find his scoring touch. The search didn't involve looking under couch cushions or digging through closets. Condon, with six goals in the past seven games for the top-ranked Gophers (17-3-4, 9-3-4 WCHA) found his goal-scoring ability in a place that can only come from being at home.
"I think I found them all laying in my mom's cooking when I was home," Condon joked.Condon helped secure three points for Minnesota last weekend against North Dakota and a tie atop the WCHA with St. Cloud State. Condon...