January 11, 2009 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Minnesota Hurting

CHN Staff Report

Already without their head coach, Minnesota lost a couple of games on the ice this weekend, and lost a couple of important players, too.

Ryan Stoa, whose return to the lineup this season after missing most of last year sparked the Gophers to an 8-0-4 start, sat out Saturday's 6-1 loss to North Dakota in Grand Forks. It's a leg injury, not believed to be serious, but if he's out any length of time, it could hurt Minnesota's chances in the very tight WCHA standings.

Meanwhile, defenseman David Fischer was hurt in Friday's game, damaging a tendon in his knee. He is expected to miss a few more weeks.

For the second straight week, the Gophers were withouth head coach Don Lucia behind the bench. The two-time national championship coach has been undergoing tests trying to determine the diagnosis for an undisclosed illness.

The two losses to North Dakota makes Minnesota 3-5-1 since the hot start, and place the Gophers in a tie for fourth in the WCHA with the Sioux.

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