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Gopher Team and Player Grades at the Break

After a successful Mariucci Classic and another week off, the Minnesota Gophers (7-9-4 Overall, 2-4-4-3 B1G) start up the second half of the season in earnest on January 10th. With the Gophers firmly entrenched in the middle of the pack, both in the conference and nationally, I’ve been thinking about the team itself and about how individual players have met / exceeded my expectations. I’ll be assigning letter grades to everyone that has played a […]

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Gophers Sweep to Mariucci Classic Victory

Minneapolis, MN – For the first time in what feels like a very long time, the Minnesota Gophers have come out on top in a clash of the state’s college hockey programs. A 5-2 Saturday win over a strong Bemidji State team and a gratifying 4-1 Sunday triumph over coach Bob Motzko’s former SCSU Huskies capped off a Mariucci Classic victory and, more importantly, a successful start to the second half of the season for […]




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Gophers Swept by Visiting Nittany Lions

Minneapolis, MN – Coming off a successful weekend at Michigan, the Gophers were looking to continue climbing the Big Ten standings as they hosted the Penn State Nittany Lions for a weekend set. After giving up 14 goals in two games, Minnesota left the weekend with as many points as they had when they entered. The Gophers (4-6-2 Overall, 1-3-2-2 B1G) were resoundingly beaten by #8 Penn State (9-2-0, 5-1-0), with the visitors thoroughly outclassing […]

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Gophers Get Five of Six at Yost, Prep for Series with Penn State

During availability Bob Motzko said after getting five of six from Michigan he did what all old coaches do, go through the film and pick out all the things the team did wrong. The head hockey coach has said during the first ten games that he has to remember to be patient with this team and he quickly turned his focus back to the things they did well. The Gophers killed off all nine shorthanded […]

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Young Gophers Swept by Veteran Bulldogs

Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota is the youngest team in the nation, boasting 11 freshmen and only eight upperclassmen. There are bound to be growing pains as the team acclimates not just to a new team and new coach, but to college hockey itself. Last weekend was a clash of opposites with as those same Gophers faced the back-to-back national champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. Coming off a home sweep of Niagara, the Minnesota Gophers (3-3-0 Overall) were […]

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Gophers Face the 2x Champs

Minnesota Duluth has started their quest to 3-Peat as National Champions. But that quest has had a bit of a bumpy start as they are 1-3 and probably a bit moody after being swept last weekend in Madison against the BADgers. This weekend those Bulldogs will face the Gophers in a home and home series. Starting this evening at Mariucci Arena and finishing up in Duluth Saturday night. The Bulldogs have own Minnesota over the […]

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Gophers Sweep Niagara

Minneapolis, MN – Former Gopher coach Doug Woog often said that ‘split on the road, sweep at home’ was a recipe for a successful season. By that metric, the Gophers are right on track. After an opening split at Colorado College, Minnesota (3-1-0 Overall) returned home to sweep visiting Niagara (0-2-0) last weekend, with 3-2 and 4-2 victories. Freshmen again played crucial roles in the team’s success all weekend, but it was Minnesota’s sophomores that […]

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