Minneapolis, Minn. — Wrapping up their NCAA record sixth consecutive conference title on Friday meant all six seniors including Mitch Rogge got to play Saturday at Mariucci Arena in front of 9,988. Rogge earned his first Gophers experience outside of an exhibition game, and his first college ice time since January 18, 2014 when he last played with Sacred Heart. Rogge has been a five-time member of the Dean’s List at Minnesota, and Gophers coach […]
Minneapolis, Minn. — The band didn’t get to play the Battle Hymn Saturday night, but a Justin Kloos goal and last minute stand returned the Gophers alone atop the Big Ten Standings with a 3-2 win in front of 10,469 at Mariucci Arena. “I actually didn’t see it go in, I just heard the crowd so I was pretty pumped,” said Kloos. “Crowd was great, that was really fun, one of the most fun games […]
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 the game, he’s improved every […]
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 were guarding against a letdown […]
Minneapolis, Minn.–The Gopher’s struggles against in-state teams continued Friday in a disappointing effort and 4-1 loss to Minnesota State. Don Lucia responded by shuffling his entire forward lineup to spark his captain Justin Kloos, but stuck with the goaltender he pulled after two periods in Mankato. Both decisions paid off as Kloos scored the only goal of the game, Eric Schierhorn delivered a 23-save shutout, and Minnesota defeated the Mavericks 1-0 in front of 9,323 […]
We are back for our 5th season of the GPL Podcast Sponsored By Vintage MN Hockey! We preview the Freshman class (Pitlick, Lindgren and Zuhlsdorf). The addition of Mike Szmatula. Renovations at Mariucci. Recruiting. How the B1G will be this year. The games up in Alaska. There is also a TON of audio that Vegoe captured at media day. 30+ minutes worth. So give it a listen! You can listen to the podcast above, […]
This is the last Podcast for the 2015/16 season. We covered A LOT. The Gopher season ended at the B1G Tournament. Brodzinski & Fasching are leaving. Attendance problems at Mariucci continue. Notre Dame coming to the B1G. Women win yet another NCAA Championship. The season didn’t end great, but the podcast was outstanding. You can listen to the podcast above, or via iTunes / Google Play. Check out older episodes on the Podcast Page.
The trendy thing to do this season has been writing hot takes on the atmosphere at Mariucci Arena since the formation of the Big Ten Hockey Conference. Star Tribune’s Rachel Blount authored an article calling the Big Ten” a buzzkill for Minnesota fans.” Andy Greder wrote this season that the “gap is widening between the Big Ten and the NCHC” for the Pioneer Press. And of course Cory Zurowski wrote in City Pages about the […]