Minnesota Goes Wild In North Dakota

Randall GranlundContributor IJanuary 15, 2011

Its not a game without a good scrum or two.
Its not a game without a good scrum or two.

January 14th

An unfortunate night for the Minnesota Wild who lost to the Colorado Avalanche at home 4-1. Not so unfortunate for our beloved Minnesota Gopher Hockey team which pulled off a great win on the road against the Fighting Sioux 3-2.

Get healthy Brian O'Reilly! Our prayers are with you.

Just when I'm ready to throw in the towel with Minnesota Hockey, our Maroon and Gold came to the rescue winning a great game on the road in one of the most hostile college hockey arenas, the beautiful Ralph Engelstad.

I have been a rabid Gopher pucks fan since day one and my all time favorite rivalry is with the well respected Fighting Sioux. I love their fans, their program and well, even the Minnesotans that play for them. (You know I had to throw that jab in there).

The 4 game set against the Badgers does not compare to the UND/UM rivalry, just ask any Gopher or Sioux fan and they'll gladly fill your ear. Why the force fed Badger rivalry is a mystery.

The game lived up to its usually hype, great scrums and unexpected outcomes.

Hoeffel, Hansen and Sacchetti all getting in the net and Patterson holding the #2 ranked Fighting Sioux to 2 goals (Gregoire and Malone).

Minnesota Gophers broke a 7 game losing streak at Ralph Engelstad, a long awaited win against an incredibly tough team heavily favored to win its 8th NCAA Championship.

Thank you Goldy, my Minnesota Hockey heart needed that and good luck tomorrow for game #2.