Kloos’ OT Winner Pushes Gopher Streak to 7

Badgers Tie It Up Late Before Kloos Wins it in Overtime Madison, WI – Just seven games ago, after a resounding 8-3 loss to Ohio State on December 3rd, the Gophers looked as inconsistent and apathetic as could be.  An average 7-5-2 start had the team in NCAA tournament position, but firmly on the bubble. What a difference a winning streak makes. Six games and six wins later, the Gophers…

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Gophers Extend Winning Streak to Six

Minneapolis, Minn.–Vinni Lettieri notched his first hat trick as a Gopher by scoring on the power play, a penalty shot, and converting an empty netter in Minnesota’s 4-2 win over Michigan in front of 10,042 at Mariucci Arena. Lettieri’s 11 goals are second to Tyler Sheehy’s team leading 14 goals, and the senior has grown his game to contribute in all situations for #9 Minnesota (13-5-2, 5-1-0-0). “Vinni really works at…

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Gophers Overpower Wolverines 5-2

Gophers Rally from Early Deficit to Win Tyler Sheehy’s 2G-1A Lead Team Minneapolis, MN – If the Gophers were rusty following their off-week, they sure did not show it Friday night. With a dominant offensive performance, the Minnesota Gophers (12-5-2 Overall, 4-1-0 B1G) blew out Michigan (8-10-1, 1-4-0) 5-2 on Friday.  Minnesota thoroughly dominated the possession battle and won the final shots by a count of 45-24. Although Minnesota started hot,…

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Gophers Win Mariucci Classic with 4-1 Victory over UMass

Schierhorn Named Tournament MVP Gophers Win First Mariucci Classic Title Since 2012 Minneapolis, MN – This senior class has won a lot of big games in their four-year careers: National Semifinals, Conference Titles, big rivalry games. One thing they hadn’t accomplished was a Mariucci Classic title. The annual post-holiday tournament was something of a cakewalk for Minnesota in the past, but first-round losses to Colgate (2013) and Merrimack (2014), along with an…

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Gophers Seeking First Mariucci Classic Title Since 2012

Minneapolis, Minn.–Minnesota returned from their 20-day winter break with some rust on their structure, but none on their skill. Brent Gates Jr. tallied his first collegiate hat trick, Leon Bristedt scored a bar down snipe, and Justin Kloos added an empty netter in a 5-1 win over Mercyhurst to open the Mariucci Classic in front of 9,910. The #11 Gophers (10-5-2, 3-1-0) haven’t won their hosted tournament since 2012 and…

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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 defense, 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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