Gophers Sweep Sparty with Pair of 4-2 Wins

East Lansing, Mich. — Inconsistency was the buzzword swarming Gopher hockey this week as the Gophers had one more chance before break to correct a trend of seesaw series. Minnesota delivered 120 minutes of consistent defence, held Michigan State to just 33 shots on the weekend, earned a pair of 4-2 wins, and their first road sweep of the Spartans since 1978. The #11 Gophers (9-5-2, 3-1-0-0) got their game…

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Gophers Beat Spartans 4-2

Minnesota gets production from key players to earn victory over Michigan State East Lansing, MI – After you speak to Don Lucia enough, you start to learn his coaching philosophies.  One that the Gopher coach frequently utters is that the “big players need to play big.” Minnesota (8-5-2 Overall, 2-1-0 B1G) definitely had its big players play a big role in the Gophers’ 4-2 road victory against the Michigan State Spartans…

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Buckeyes Blowout Gophers 8-3

Minneapolis, Minn. — The last time Minnesota surrendered eight goals to a visiting team at Mariucci Arena was nearly 20 years ago when Minnesota Duluth handed the Gophers an 8-4 loss on Valentine’s Day in 1997. Saturday, it was the Buckeyes who dealt the Gophers heartbreak handing them an 8-3 loss in front of 9,178 at Mariucci. #10 Ohio State (9-2-4, 1-1-0-0) was Don Lucia’s pick to win the Big…

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Gophers Cut Down Buckeyes 5-3

Bristedt and Sheehy each score twice to lead Minnesota Minneapolis, MN – The good thing about an ugly win is that it counts just as much as a dominating performance.  Gopher coach Don Lucia is intimately aware of this fact: “Sometimes you’ve gotta grind out games.  This is one of those where we had to grind it out.” Lucia’s candid assessment of the game is about as good a summary…

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Minnesota Closes Boston Trip with 4-2 Win over Boston College

Lettieri breakaway at 11:10 of the third clinches game for Gophers Win is Lucia’s 700th coaching victory Boston, MA – Coming off a gut-wrenching loss at Northeastern Friday night, the Gophers needed something good to happen to turn around the road trip. A trip to Boston College’s Conte Forum was just what the doctor ordered. Minnesota (6-4-2) fought through adversity, including a disallowed game-tying goal, to prevail over the #4 Boston…

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Gophers Blow Another Third Period Lead, Lose to Northeastern 6-4

Schierhorn shaky yet again Boston, MA – As far as trends go, this might be one the Minnesota Gophers want to eliminate. The Gophers (5-4-2 Overall) staked themselves to a 4-2 lead entering the third, but a lack of aggressiveness until it was too late combined with less-than-stellar goaltending play by Eric Schierhorn led to four unanswered Northeastern Huskies (5-5-4) goals in the final frame.  The team’s fourth loss on…

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Kloos Scores Lone Goal to Earn Gophers Split with Mavs

Minneapolis, Minn.–The Gopher’s struggles against in-state teams continued Friday in a disappointing effort and 4-1 loss to Minnesota State. Don Lucia responded by shuffling his entire forward lineup to spark his captain Justin Kloos, but stuck with the goaltender he pulled after two periods in Mankato. Both decisions paid off as Kloos scored the only goal of the game, Eric Schierhorn delivered a 23-save shutout, and Minnesota defeated the Mavericks…

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Minnesota Woes Continue as Gophers Lose to Yet Another In-State Rival

Mankato beats Minnesota 4-1, drops Gophers to 1-15 in their last 16 against MN schools Mankato, MN – If it feels like a long time to you since the Gophers beat another Minnesota school, you’re in good, miserable company. The Minnesota State Mavericks (8-4-1 Overall, 5-4-1 WCHA) used two powerplay goals to power their offense past the Gophers (4-3-2 Overall, 0-0 B1G) 4-1 Friday night in Mankato.  Minnesota has won…

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Rivalry Renewed Weekend Ends With Gopher 2-0 Win

Minneapolis, Minn — Ryan Lindgren and Tyson Jost scrapped along the boards as the seconds ticked down Saturday and 10,310 fans stood in applause at Mariucci Arena as the first weekend of a rivalry renewed came to a close with a 2-0 Minnesota victory. The #13 Gophers (4-2-2) got a bounceback shutout performance from goaltender Eric Schierhorn, and goals from Mike Szmatula and Vinni Lettieri in the victory over the…

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Gophers Rally, Force Tie with Fighting Hawks

Power play goals, scrums, comebacks, overtime and a very loud arena.  “That had a little bit of everything” said a fairly happy coach Lucia, post-game.   In a game that many fans of both programs had been looking forward to for years, the Gophers and Fighting Hawks did not disappoint.  A back and forth – and wildly entertaining affair – that saw the Gophers rally four separate times to tie…

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