Gophers men’s hockey host Mercyhurst after delayed start to season

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The Gophers men’s hockey team had to regroup after the start of the season was delayed. Alaska had high covid numbers that prohibited the team from traveling last weekend, so the Gophers got an extra week to prepare for Mercyhurst.

"The guys were geared up to play. It took the wind out of their sails a little bit, but we have games this weekend to prepare for," said Gophers head coach Bob Motzko.

"The team was bummed out. We looked forward to games, but now we shift our attention to this weekend. Last weekend was out of our control," said Gophers defenseman Brock Faber.

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Since the Gophers haven’t had a game yet, it’s hard to determine where the team is chemistry-wise, but Motzko did stress how much the power-play is making progress.

"Our team has been working hard on the power-play and it looks really good with the three units that are running it," Motzko said.

"Since we’ve had more practices under our belt, the chemistry has been really coming along. We’re fast and have a lot of talent. We focus on our hard work and try not to rely on our skill-set," said Faber.

The Gophers host Mercyhurst Friday night and Saturday.