MINNEAPOLIS Gophers coach Don Lucia had an earful for his team after they were blanked Friday against Denver. His players said they were embarrassed with their effort, which resulted in the home fans booing them.
One night later, the Gophers were singing a much different tune.
Minnesota responded from Friday's 2-0 loss with a 5-1 win Saturday at Mariucci Arena. That made the Gophers coach much happier following Saturday's effort than he was 24 hours earlier.
"I just like the way they played," Lucia said. "I thought it was a much better game, in reality, on both sides tonight than last night. There was more energy to the game."
From the get-go, the Gophers came out of the gates with much higher sense of urgency than they did one night earlier. Minnesota had just four shots in the first period of Friday's game. Saturday, the Gophers fired 15 shots on Pioneers goalie Sam Brittain in the opening period.
Minnesota trailed 1-0 after one, but not for a lack of effort. In Friday's los...