Friday, November 8, 2013

Golden Gophers Still Atop Both Polls

The University of Minnesota men's and women's Golden Gopher hockey teams have been atop their respective Division I polls for the past two weeks. They'll each try to make it three straight after taking road trips this weekend.

The Minnesota men (5-1-0 overall), in their first season in the new Big Ten Conference, will visit Hockey East newcomer Notre Dame for a pair for the first time since head coach Don Lucia was a Fighting Irish defenseman in 1980. Lucia, who is seeking his 350th career collegiate win, including previous stints with Alaska Fairbanks and Colorado College, will be facing son Mario, a sophomore forward for Notre Dame.

Minnesota's women's team (10-0 overall) will drop in on WCHA opponent St. Cloud State for two contests. The Golden Gophers, two-time defending NCAA women's Division I champs, have won 60 straight games overall dating back to the 2011-12 campaign.

ADDENDUM (11/11/13): Both teams made it three straight weeks atop their respective USCHO polls after the Minnesota men split at No. 4 Notre Dame and the Minnesota women swept host St. Cloud. 

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