Solid defense leads Gophers past Tigers

Late in Friday’s WCHA contest at Colorado College, Minnesota defenseman Justin Holl took a hard crash into the boards, which left a large sheet of glass crashing to the ice in pieces.

That play proved the fourth-ranked Gophers hockey squad isn’t going lightly into its upcoming holiday break. So did the outcome of Friday’s game, as the Gophers claimed a hard-fought 4-2 road victory — Minnesota’s fifth win in its last six games.

“It was really satisfying,” said Minnesota coach Don Lucia after the win. “We had to weather their storm in the second period. … But we did a good job in the third.”

Minnesota got two goals from Sam Warning as it held off a feisty Colorado College squad. Tom Serratore, a Colorado native, posted Friday’s game-winning tally, as he lit the lamp at the 6:37 mark of the third period to break a 2-2 tie.

“It was awesome,” Serratore said succinctly, after his fifth goal of the season.

Minnesota, now 11-3-2 overall, put the game away with just 1:08 remaining in regulation, as Zach Budish hammered home an empty-net goal. The visitors were also greatly aided Friday by the play of goalie Adam Wilcox, who had 24 saves.

The Gophers and the 8-8-1 Tigers will meet again Saturday night.