Don Lucia was given a rare treat this past weekend when he led his charges at the University of Minnesota into South Bend to face the University of Notre Dame for a set of games at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
Not only did Lucia return to his alma mater for the first time as a collegiate coach, but he also had the task of shutting down his son, Mario Lucia, a sophomore left wing for The Irish.
The Golden Gophers entered the weekend set as the top-ranked team in the nation and one of only two unbeaten teams in the country. In the end they could only manage a split against fourth-ranked Notre Dame (7-3-0).
Don Lucia said prior to the games that the best scenario for his wife, Joyce, would be a split. Mission accomplished.