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Gophers Escape Houghton with Split and Lucia's 600th Win

Gophers Escape Houghton with Split and Lucia's 600th Win
Minnesota Coach Don Lucia was adamant after sweeping Michigan State that he didn’t need to wait to win his 600th game until the Gophers returned to Mariucci, and thanks to two goals by sophomore winger Seth Ambroz he didn’t have to. Erik Haula scored the other goal for the Gophers and goalie Adam Wilcox made 16 saves including a couple big ones as the Gophers escaped from Houghton, Michigan with a 3-2 win and a split in front of 3,887 fans.

The team struggled Friday night with turnovers and the Huskies capitalized to start their WCHA season with a 5-3 win, but Saturday the maroon and gold were more careful with the puck and more aggressive without it.

The Gophers made one lineup change for the night with AJ Michaelson replacing Mike Reilly up front, and Wilcox starting in net instead of Michael Shibrowski. Minnesota’s power play unit struggled a bit again Saturday as they went 0-5 on the man-advantage. They were again able to breakout, gain the zone, and show solid puck possession, but they had difficulty getting pucks to the net.

Ambroz got the Gophers on the board first late in the first period at 17:45 with assists to Kyle Rau and Ben Marshall. Tech tied the game at 6:18 of the second period on a Chad Pietila goal with assists to Carl Nielsen and Brad Stebner. Haula’s goal midway through the period got the Gophers back on top with an assist to Mike Reilly at 11:45. The Huskies answered again when Ryan Furne scored at 19:03 of the second with an assist to Alex Petan. Ambroz got the game winner at 16:25 of the third period with assists to Travis Boyd and Nate Condon.

Phoenix Copley got a second consecutive start for Michigan Tech on Saturday and battled to keep the Huskies in the game making numerous big saves en route to his 31 save effort.

The Gophers face the USNDTP U-19 on Friday night October 26 at Mariucci Arena at 7 pm. The game will not be televised or covered by radio. The team then will be back on the airwaves as they face Canisus (1-3) Sunday afternoon October 28. The Golden Griffins were swept this weekend by Western Michigan after opening the season with a loss to Alaska Anchorage and win over Alaska Fairbanks.

Written by: Eric Vegoe on Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Buzzer Beater!


Gophers’ Holl Scores with 0.6 Seconds Left to Propel Minnesota to National Championship Game

Philadelphia, PA – Just another classic moment in the Minnesota-North Dakota rivalry.

Whenever you say Minnesota-North Dakota, you know you're in for something special. These two teams have fought numerous battles over the years, with names like Broten and Wheeler etched in Gopher lore for the miracle-goals they’ve scored to beat North Dakota on a grand stage. Tonight, Minnesota fans will add Justin Holl’s name to that storied list, after his shorthanded goal with 0.6 secon...

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Gophers Beat Huskies 4-0 WHOOOOO


Minnesota Face North Dakota in Frozen Four

Saint Paul, Minn. – The Gophers hit a pothole last week in the Big Ten Tournament losing to Ohio State, but their ‘Fab Five’ seniors made sure they booked a spot in the Frozen Four with a 7-3 win over Robert Morris and a dominating 4-0 win over St. Cloud State in the West Regional.

“The focus this weekend was tremendous,” said Minnesota coach Don Lucia. “On the bench, I don’t know if I’ve seen it this focused and communicated and dialed in as we were for the game tonight. Again, that is a credit to our captains and right on ...

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Gophers Survive, Advance Versus Robert Morris


Condon's Two Goals Pace Gophers Over Colonials

Minneapolis – “This time of year, nobody’s going to give up.”

Kyle Rau’s words rung true tonight, as Minnesota had to fight hard to beat a pesky Robert Morris squad. Although Minnesota won 7-3, the game was much closer than the score indicated, with Robert Morris coming back from a 4-goal deficit in the second period to close within two and make the game very interesting into the third period.

Minnesota came out like a house of fire, registering a 5-1 shot advantage just 90 seconds into the game. However, a couple of ...

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