Madison, WI- Not long ago, a 3-1 Wisconsin win would have meant a slogging, painful game in which the Badgers rope-a-doped a couple goals and packed the slot in order to eke out a victory. Under third-year head coach Tony Granato, the defend-and-grind style is no longer welcome in Madison. The Badgers did just eke out a victory to even the series Saturday against the Golden Gophers, but they did so in style. Both teams played […]
Courtesy of GopherSports.com LAS VEGAS – The No. 5 Gopher Hockey program took its first loss of the season on Saturday night, falling 3-1 to No. 17 North Dakota in front of 7,412 at the 2018 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. After a scoreless first (Minnesota’s third-straight game without allowing or scoring a goal in the first period including both exhibitions contests), the long-time rivals traded goals in […]
Minneapolis, Minn. — Confidence is a funny thing. When it’s gone like in Minnesota’s record against the in-state schools the past four seasons, you wonder when you’ll ever see it again. The Bulldogs held a nine game unbeaten streak over the Gophers that stretched back to November 14, 2014, but that streak ended Sunday and Minnesota started a new streak by scoring seven goals. “Confidence… that’s the thing every coach wants. That bottle of confidence, […]
Duluth, MN – Minnesota and UMD have a storied in-state rivalry, but this year’s playing comes with a little extra juice. UMD has beaten Minnesota eight-straight times, with the ‘U’s last win coming in October of 2014. The most recent of those losses was a 4-3 OT defeat to open the 2017-2018 season. While the beginning of the season stung for Minnesota, it’s nowhere near the agony the Gophers felt as the hands of fate […]
Happy 15th Birthday to GPL! It was on this day, back in 2003, that GPL was created! It was not actually Gopher Puck Live back then. The first few months it was just a message board that I hosted on my family website. I created the message board because our favorite Gopher website at the time, PrideOnIce.com (POI), was down. That site went down during the Frozen Four in Buffalo as our Gophers were going […]
Instead of doing a story about Bob Motzko, the new hockey coach at Minnesota… I thought I would just head down to the U and capture the event in pictures. There were a lot of familiar faces at the news conference today. To see all three of the most recent coaches together was pretty special. (Woog, Lucia & Motzko) So below are a few of my favorite photos from today.