3M Arena at Mariucci Will Almost Be NHL-Sized for 2023-24 Season

Minneapolis, Minn. — 3M Arena at Mariucci has looked like a sandbox for much of this offseason as a long anticipated project is finally underway reducing the size of the ice surface from an Olympic sized 200 x 100 to a more NHL sized 200 x 89 with tighter corners. The project includes replacing the refrigeration system for both Mariucci and Ridder Arena from a discontinued R-22 refrigerant to an ammonia based one, updating the […]

Mason Nevers embraces Brock Faber after the Gophers are beaten in overtime. Photo by Craig Cotner
NCAA Tournament

Quinnipiac Stuns Gophers in OT to Win First NCAA Title

Tampa, FL – We had them right where we wanted them, and we let ‘em off the hook.

Despite building a two-goal lead early in the second period, the Minnesota Gophers (29-10-1) couldn’t score that next goal to put the Quinnipiac Bobcats (34-4-3) away for good. Quinnipiac mounted a furious charge after the second Gopher goal, outshooting Minnesota 26-8 after the first period and potting three unanswered goals, the last just 10 seconds into overtime, to win their first national championship 3-2. […]

Knies & Nelson celebrate the Koster goal. Photo by Craig Cotner
NCAA Tournament

Patient Gophers Advance to NCAA Championship Game with 6-2 Win over BU

Tampa, FL – For the first time since 2013-2014, the Gophers are headed to the National Title game.

Despite giving up the first goal of the game and hitting numerous posts throughout the contest, the Minnesota Gophers (29-9-1) persevered, finding their footing through some serious Terrier puck luck to down Boston University (29-11-0) by a 6-2 final score. […]

NCAA Tournament

Gophers Depth Gets Them to Title Game

Tampa, Fla. — Coming into the Frozen Four there were high hopes for the pace of play based on the sheer volume of skill amongst the teams in Tampa. The Gophers boasted 14 draft picks in their line-up and the Terriers tallied 11 in theirs. Neither team disappointed during an intense Minnesota 6-2 win over Boston University during the first semi-final of the weekend. However it wasn’t necessarily the Gophers top line or the Terriers heralded freshman defensemen that made the most noise, it came from some of the team’s depth players. […]

NCAA Tournament

Gophers Finding Right Combination for Success

Minneapolis, Minn. — Looking over a roster of 14 NHL draft picks, plenty of pundits think it is an easy job to put together a lineup for Minnesota. The reality is that it’s always a challenge to find the right chemistry and every fall the concern over early lineups are brushed aside by Bob Motzko with a grin and a cliche that the lines he sets at the start of the year have never been […]

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