The Wayne State Warriors (0-2-0) learned over the weekend what so many teams in the WCHA have known for years. It's not easy to beat the Minnesota Golden Gophers on their home ice at Mariucci Arena.
The 8th-rankerd Gophers handed the Warriors a 7-1 loss on Friday and 5-1 defeat on Saturday in Wayne State's season-opening series.
The Warriors were outgunned 41-10 in the opener with Tylor Michel scoring the lone goal on the power play in the second period. WSU finished the night 1-for-7 with the man-advantage and held the Gophers to 0-for-7 on the power play.
Will Hooper stopped 34 shots in the loss.
For Minnesota, Blake Wheeler scored two goals and assisted on another and Jeff Frazee stopped just nine shots for the win.
Freshman netminder Brett Bothwell got the start in net for WSU in Saturday's game and was greeted to collegiate hockey with 50 shots on net. Bothwell steered away 45 blasts, including 19 in the opening 20 minutes.
Wayne State upped their offensive effort to get 23 shots on net, but only scored on one shot again. This time it was co-captain Jason Bloomingburg who turned on the lamp with a power-play marker in the second period.
Jay Barriball and Kyle Okposo led the home team with a pair of goals each and Frazee stopped 22 between the pipes.
WSU finished the contest with a 1-for-6 showing with the man-advantage and Minnesota regrouped their power-play with a 3-for-11 night.
Wayne State will continue their season-opening road trip next weekend as they travel to Alabama to begin the CHA season with a pair against the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers.