MINNEAPOLIS The University of Minnesota men's hockey team entered its weekend series against Denver with the best power play unit in the WCHA. If you didn't know that as you watched Friday's game, however, you might have thought the Gophers' power play unit was among the worst in the conference.
Minnesota was 0-for-5 on the power play Friday and had just two total shots on the man advantage all night. It was that kind of a night for the Gophers, who fell 2-0 to the visiting Pioneers at Mariucci Arena.
"That kind of summed up our team," Lucia said of the power play. "When you get outshot 8-2 on your own power play, it's not going to be your night."
The Gophers' first three power plays went nowhere. The special teams had its first opportunity early in the first period after Denver's Scott Mayfield went off for tripping.
No shots on goal for Minnesota.
Later in the first period, the Pioneers again took a penalty, this time for too many men on the ice at the 6:48 mark of the perio...