Lucia Notches 700th Win
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (GopherSports.com) – In a fitting twist of coincidence, Gopher Hockey head coach Don Lucia earned his 700th career win Sunday against college hockey’s all-time coaching wins leader.
No. 8/11 Minnesota knocked off Jerry York and No. 4/3 Boston College by a 4-2 margin.
Vinni Lettieri led the way for the Maroon & Gold (6-4-2 overall, 0-0-0-0 Big Ten) with the game-winning goal and two assists while Jake Bischoff tallied a pair of assists for the second game in a row. Mike Szmatula and Brent Gates Jr. each added a goal and an assist while Tyler Sheehy picked up a goal as well for the Maroon & Gold.
With the win, Lucia becomes eighth head coach in NCAA history to win 800 games including a school record 421 victories with the Gophers. York’s 1,023 career wins are the most in college hockey history.
Eric Schierhorn made 31 saves to pick up the win for the Gophers, moving to 6-4-2 on the season. Joe Woll took the loss to fall to 7-4-1, making 32 saves.
The three-time defending Big Ten champions kick off the conference schedule next weekend with a two-game series against Ohio State at Mariucci Arena. Tickets for the 2016-17 season are available at MyGopherSports.com or by calling 1-800-U-Gopher.