MANKATO, Minn. -- United States National Junior Team coach Don Lucia smiled when asked for his thoughts on the brilliant overtime goal by Hudson Fasching in a 3-2 exhibition win Tuesday night against Minnesota State University at Verizon Wireless Center.
Lucia, who is in his 15th season as coach at the University of Minnesota, knows Fasching quite well -- the 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward is a freshman for the Golden Gophers.
"I gave him grief," Lucia said. "I said his coach would play him more if he could make moves like that."
Fasching was chosen in the fourth round (No. 118) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.
"But good for Hudson," Lucia said. "We wanted to play four groups of two on the 4-on-4 in overtime, and those guys made a nice play on that. They made a nice play coming up the rink and Hudson made a nice 1-on-1 play."