Logan Cooley waiting for the puck

Opportunity to Improve Against In-State Rivals Ahead

Minneapolis, Minn. — When the University of Minnesota men’s hockey program decided it was time to make a change in leadership behind the bench, it wasn’t necessarily because the team was losing the majority of their games, it was because they were losing the wrong ones. The Gophers seemed to struggle on the biggest stages and the losses during the postseason and the losses to the other in-state programs were adding up. Now as Gophers […]


We Have What We Need, We Need What We Have

Gophers have games in hand with Buckeyes, but key upcoming series will have huge implications for conference race and best chance to make an impact to their PairWise Ranking during rest of regular season Minneapolis, Minn. — Players coming into the locker room to start a crucial February stretch of Gopher Hockey noticed a new message on the team’s white board last week, ‘We Have What We Need.’ Storylines throughout January focused on goaltender Jack […]

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Gophers LaFontaine Signs Pro Contract with Canes

Fifth-year goalie will immediately join Carolina taxi squad Minneapolis, Minn. — Gophers men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko was watching the Minnesota Vikings wrap up their season Sunday when his phone rang and it brought the type of news that usually doesn’t come until after his own team wraps up their season — fifth year player Jack LaFontaine informed him that he was signing a professional contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. “According to him, he got […]


Gopher Men’s Hockey Scanned Attendance Numbers Increased in 2018-19 Season — Will it Continue?

The number of season ticket holders continues its decline, the actual number of fans coming to the rink reversed its trend in 2019-20. The numbers of tickets scanned grew from the 5,284 attending in 2018-19 to 5,799 in 2019-20, a ten percent increase. […]

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Gophers Get Five of Six at Yost, Prep for Series with Penn State

During availability Bob Motzko said after getting five of six from Michigan he did what all old coaches do, go through the film and pick out all the things the team did wrong. The head hockey coach has said during the first ten games that he has to remember to be patient with this team and he quickly turned his focus back to the things they did well. The Gophers killed off all nine shorthanded […]

Mike Koster left the game in the 2nd after getting checked with contact to the head.

Gophers Overcome Early Struggles to Sweep Spartans

Minneapolis, MN – In Friday’s game between Minnesota and Michigan State, it took all of nine seconds for the Gophers to take control of the contest. Saturday’s game took much longer to start feeling comfortable. Behind a flurry of goals in the second half of the game, the Minnesota Gophers (20-7-1 Overall (3-3 OT), 13-2-1-2 B1G) turned around an early MSU lead to down the Michigan State Spartans (13-13-2 (1-1), 6-9-3). The Gophers won the […]

Justen Close backstops a 8-0 shutout of MSU. Photo by Eric Miller, GopherSports.

Cooley’s Early Goal Sets the Tone as Gophers Romp Spartans 8-0

Minneapolis, MN – Michigan State was in it with a chance for 8 seconds in Friday’s affair against the Minnesota Gophers. By the ninth second, the Gophers had taken control. Logan Cooley scored on a partial breakaway at 0:09 of the first period, and Minnesota never looked back, scoring eight unanswered goals to dominate the Michigan State Spartans by a 8-0 margin on Friday night. After Cooley’s goal, the game settled down a bit, with […]

Adam Fantilli was pretty big in the weekend series vs Minnesota.

Gophers Tie It Late Again; Michigan Flips Script to Win 5-4 in OT

Minneapolis, MN – At the end of the day, it was a split in this weekend’s series between the Michigan Wolverines and the Minnesota Gophers. It felt more like a slugfest. After an emotional overtime win Friday night, the Gophers (15-4-3-3-1 Overall, 11-2-1-2 B1G) found themselves down a goal late in the third once more. Like Friday night, they were able to score late to tie the game and force overtime. Unlike Friday, Michigan (11-7-3-2-1, […]

Knies cuts to the net. Photo by Craig Cotner

Knies’ OT Goal Gives Gophers 4-3 Victory Over Wolverines

Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota continues to march toward a Big Ten title. In a “Big Time Atmosphere” at home, the Minnesota Gophers didn’t disappoint. Needing a 3rd period comeback, the Gophers (15-4-3-2-1 Overall, 11-2-1-1 B1G) responded, outshooting the Michigan Wolverines (11-7-2-2-1, 4-6-1-2) 18-6 in the final frame and finding a late Jackson LaCombe goal to force overtime. There, Matthew Knies scored with 8.8 seconds left in the extra session to make the Gophers 4-3 winners. […]


GPL Podcast #229: Guest – Connor Earegood

Connor Earegood from the Michigan Daily was our guest as we talked about the state of Michigan Hockey before the big series at Mariucci this weekend. Got a few good tidbits about their former coach Mel Pearson too! FUN guest! Hope to have him on again in the future! […]

Justen Close shuts out Notre Dame. Photo by Craig Cotner

Close Brilliant in Gophers 3-0 Shutout Over Irish

South Bend, IN – It was a weekend for the goalies. In Friday’s contest, it was Notre Dame’s goaltender Ryan Bischel who stole the show, stopping 36 of Minnesota’s 38 shots along with all three shootout attempts to steal two points for the outplayed Fighting Irish. In Saturday’s affair, Minnesota’s Justen Close answered back. The Senior netminder posted his fourth shutout of the season in a 38-save masterclass, stopping multiple breakaways and shutting down Notre […]

Jackson Nelson just misses. Photo by Joseph Weiser

LaCombe’s Late Goal Gives Gophers Tie vs. Notre Dame

South Bend, IN – It’s been a slow start to the second half for the Gopher offense. After two total goals last weekend against St. Cloud State, Minnesota’s high-flying forwards were once again quiet Friday night against Notre Dame. The Gophers needed a late extra-attacker goal from Jackson LaCombe to tie it up at 2-2. Although the Gophers (14-4-2-2-1 Overall, 10-2-0-1 B1G) lost the shootout, they still earned a valuable point in the Big Ten […]