MINNEAPOLIS Beginning the season with a 2-0 record after convincing wins over Michigan State, the University of Minnesota men's hockey team was the top-ranked program in college hockey.
That didn't last long, however, as the Gophers were tripped up last Friday on the road against Michigan Tech in a 5-3 loss and narrowly escaped the weekend with a split after winning Saturday's game 3-2.
The Huskies have historically been near the bottom of the pack in the WCHA, but this year's Michigan Tech team appears much improved. The Gophers found that out the hard way.
"One thing that I think we didn't do that coaches told us to do was not take them lightly," sophomore defenseman Ben Marshall said Wednesday. " We definitely took Tech lightly, and they took it to us real hard."
The Gophers and Huskies played just one series last year, with each team winning a game at Mariucci Arena. Michigan Tech's win in that series came in overtime.
Prior to last weekend's series, the Huskies were 1-1 a...