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Gophers Steal 4-3 Win in Michigan, Go Into Xmas Break on High Note

Ann Arbor, MI – Goaltender Mat Robson made up for a puckhandling error which resulted in goal by stopping 50-of-53 Michigan shots, and the Gophers came back with two goals in the third period to go into the holiday break with a 4-3 win over Michigan. Friday’s game saw a good 10-minute stretch of play in the second period from the Gophers, and Saturday started as if Minnesota (5-6-4 Overall, 3-2-3 B1G) would pick right […]

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Robson Brilliant Again, Steals Point in 2-2 Tie at Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI – Goaltender Mat Robson was the best Gopher on the ice for the third game in a row, and just like the previous two contests, Friday’s matchup at Michigan resulted in a 2-2 tie. Also for the third game in a row, the Gophers (4-6-4 Overall, 2-2-3 B1G) lost in the 3-on-3 OT, as Michigan (6-6-4, 2-3-4) scored in the extra-extra-session to earn the extra point in the Big Ten standings. Michigan jumped […]

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Mirror-Match: Gophers, Buckeyes Tie 2-2 Again

Minneapolis, MN – A pair of ties at home to The Ohio State University would once have been considered an abomination of a result for the Gophers. Times have changed. In a mirror-image of Friday’s contest, the Gophers (4-6-3 Overall, 2-2-2 B1G) were outshot and outplayed, but managed to earn a 2-2 tie against the #5 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-4-3, 4-2-2).  Minnesota was down 2-0 in the first, but fought back to tie the game […]

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Pitlick’s Last-Minute PP Goal Gives Gophers 2-2 Tie vs #5 Buckeyes

Minneapolis, MN – Nearly all coaches seem to have some unique variant of the ‘big players make big plays’ mantra in their quote arsenal. Despite a sluggish second period, the Minnesota Gophers (4-6-2 Overall, 2-2-1 B1G) pulled out a tie Friday night against a good Ohio State team (9-4-2, 4-2-1).  Rem Pitlick scored on the powerplay with 40.8 seconds left in the third period to send the game into overtime.  Motzko’s take on the ever-present coachspeak […]

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Gophers Give Up Four Unanswered Saturday, Settle for Spartan Split

Minneapolis, MN – “We let that one slip through our fingers tonight.” First-year head coach Bob Motzko lamented the one that got away, as the Gophers blew a 2-0 lead and fell to Michigan State 4-2 Saturday evening. After a pair of powerplay goals put the Minnesota Gophers (4-6-1 Overall, 2-2-0 B1G) ahead in the second, costly mistakes resulted in two late-second period goals to tie the game for the Michigan State Spartans (5-7-0, 1-3-0).  The […]

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Gophers Lose in OT to Lowly St. Lawrence Saints

Minneapolis, MN – The best of times are still to come in the Motzko era. Tonight, it was the worst of times.  After the game, coach Motzko knew it: “it was not a very good performance by a Gopher hockey team tonight.” The Minnesota Gophers (2-5-1 Overall, 1-1-0 B1G) lost to the St. Lawrence Saints (2-8-0, 0-2-0 ECAC) in overtime, a two-goal third period rally by the Gophers to tie the game late thwarted by a […]

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Wisconsin Wins 3-1 to Split Series

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 […]

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Mavericks Crush Gophers 5-1

Minneapolis, MN – “Well, we weren’t a very good hockey team tonight.  If you were at the game, you saw it.” The Bob Motzko era is not off to the start Gopher fans would have wanted, but the coach is nothing if not blunt. The Minnesota Gophers (1-2-1) got beat by a better team Friday evening, losing at home to #4 Minnesota State (6-1-0) 5-1. Minnesota State got on the board first, with Dallas Gerads […]