Week 8 Preview: Minnesota

Mike McMurtry

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed a traditional roast gopher for good luck.

Northeastern hosts third ranked Minnesota this Saturday at Matthews and they certainly have their work cut out for them.  Minnesota only has three losses on the season, two against Duluth and one against St. Cloud State.  They were ranked the number one team going into the season and held on to that ranking for quite some time.  I personally consider them to be the best team in the country this year having seen very little hockey outside of Hockey East (sorry BU).

Basically, from looking at Minnesota’s College Hockey Stats page, Northeastern has one, very small chance of victory.  The Gophers are playing a solid BC the night before while the Huskies have the night off.  On the stats sheet it looks like Minnesota has the advantage in just about every category.  If Northeastern can keep up pressure on the forecheck like they did in the second Merrimack game, they might be able to force mistakes from a tired Minnesota team.  Northeastern will have to be very opportunistic to have any chance.  In all likelihood, the Huskies don’t have much of a chance, and that’s not a knock on them.  Minnesota is a very good team.  To be honest, I think Northeastern will do well to just keep it remotely close.  This could get ugly.

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