The Minnesota men's hockey team swept Sacred Heart in their season opening two game series, the Minnesota Daily reports.
The Gophers won their opening games of the new season with relative ease by the scores of 9-0 (Friday) and 6-0 (Saturday).
In addition to the positive start to the new season the Star-Tribune adds some interesting tidbits. Four Minnesota freshmen scored their first college goals in the series and Kent Patterson who had zero shutouts in 45 career games for the Gophers came out of the weekend with two.
The schedule toughens up considerably for the Gophers next week as they face the defending NCAA Champion Bulldogs of Minnesota-Duluth. Head coach Don Lucia recognized this as well as starting the season against an altogether soft opponent.
"We know we're going to play a better opponent next week," Lucia said. "It's good for us to have these games to gain some confidence.''