Justen Close during a media timeout.

Gophers Bounce Back from Friday Collapse in 5-1 Drubbing of Michigan State

East Lansing, MI – After a Friday night letdown punctuated by a Spartan game-winning goal with four seconds left in the third period, Saturday’s Gopher team meant business. An indication of what this team can be if they play good hockey for 60 minutes, the Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-7-4 Overall (2-0 OT), 7-5-1-3 B1G) beat the Big Ten-leading Michigan State Spartans (17-6-3 (0-1), 11-2-1-2) 5-1 Saturday night. The win could be a springboard to a […]


Gophers Blow Another 3rd Period Lead, Lose Late at Michigan State

East Lansing, MI – After building a 2-0 lead heading into the third period, the Minnesota Gophers (14-7-4 Overall (2-0 OT), 6-5-1-3 B1G) collapsed in epic fashion, failing to score on three third-period powerplay chances and giving up three goals (the last one with just 4 seconds remaining) to steal defeat from the jaws of victory against the league-leading Michigan State Spartans (17-5-3 (0-1), 11-1-1-2). Minnesota controlled nearly the entire game, with Mike Koster scoring […]


Gophers Get First Conference Sweep of Season with 6-3 Win Over Buckeyes

Minneapolis, Minn. — The expectation for Minnesota from the start of this season was to finish the year across town playing at the Frozen Four. Numerous dropped points throughout the first half served as a reminder just how difficult replacing a bunch of NHL regulars was going to be for the Gophers, but No. 10 Minnesota’s (14-6-4, 7-4-3) sweep over Ohio State (9-11-4, 1-11-2) kicked off the second half of the Big Ten conference schedule […]

Rhett Pitlick celebrates as goal. By Bjorn Franke from GopherSports

Pitlick’s Hat Trick Helps Gophers Blitz Buckeyes 5-2

Minneapolis, MN – Behind a Rhett Pitlick hat-trick, the Minnesota Gophers (13-6-4 Overall, 5-4-1-3 B1G) beat the cellar-dwelling Ohio State Buckeyes (9-10-4, 1-10-2-0) by a 5-2 score Friday night. Oliver Moore and Sam Rinzel each picked up three assists for the Maroon and Gold. Minnesota opened play with a strong first period, putting 17 shots and 3 goals on the Buckeyes in the first 20 minutes of action. Pitlick scored the first goal of the […]


GPL Podcast #255: Paul Caponigri is back!

Cappy is back to help us preview the OSU series at 3M Arena at Mariucci this coming weekend. We also got quite a bit in to the NCAA Regional format that Brad Schlossman talked about in his great article this week. We also recapped the sweep of Robert Morris. […]

Nevers gets his first goal of the season. Photo by Bjorn Franke (Gopher Sports)

Gophers Close Out Non-Conference Schedule with Sweep of Robert Morris Colonials

Minneapolis, MN – Behind a barrage of 101 total shots on goal over the weekend, the Minnesota Gophers (10-6-2-2 Overall, 4-4-1-3 B1G) beat the Robert Morris Colonials (6-15-0-3, 3-9-1-1 AH) 4-2 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday for just their second weekend sweep of the season. Despite the eye-popping shot totals, the games on the ice were not quite the total domination that the stats would lead the casual observer to believe. Robert Morris actually […]