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COVID Cools Crowds Until Gophers Heat Up

Minneapolis, Minn. — The Gophers men’s hockey program welcomed a venue record crowd of 10,744 fans for their final home game of the season as the host of the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game. Boosted by five full sections of students in 3M Arena at Mariucci, the venue also featured a record number of 10,252 tickets scanned.  Gopher Puck Live has been tracking data since 2014 and the previous high for the metric was 9,050 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Gophers Fall to Mankato in Boston

Boston, MA – For the second-straight season, the Minnesota State Mavericks have ended the Minnesota Gophers’ season in the NCAA Tournament. Last year was a 4-0 drubbing in the regional final, while this year was a 5-1 Mankato victory in the Frozen Four. Although the scoreline looks equally ugly, it’s at least this writer’s contention that this year’s performance was better than last year’s. Minnesota State was the better team, though, and hats off to […]

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Boston-Bound! Gophers Win, Advance to Frozen Four

Worcester, MA – Head Coach Bob Motzko and Assistant Coach Garrett Raboin happen to share a birthday, and it happens to be March 27th. The Gophers got their coaches a trip to Boston. Behind stifling team defense, timely offense, and a bit of luck, the Minnesota Gophers (24W-10L-2OT3W-2OT3L) beat the Western Michigan Bronocs (24-11-2-1) by a 3-0 score in the Worcester regional final to move on to the Frozen Four, two weekends hence in Boston, […]

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Gophers Advance to Regional Final on Meyers’ OT Winner

Worcester, MA – This time of year, every team is going to face adversity. For the Gophers, they got it out of the way early. After UMass was credited with two goals that could have been waived off in the first period, Minnesota found itself in a 2-0 hole with under five minutes to play. Like they have all season, though, the Gophers (23W-10L-2OT3W-2OT3L) did not give up, rallying from down 3-1 in the second […]

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Big Ten Black Eye

Minneapolis, MN – Michigan won a 4-3 hockey game Saturday night to claim the Big Ten playoff title. Both teams will move on to play in the NCAA tournament. Those are the facts. There’s a lot to talk about with the Big Ten title game, and only a small portion of it has to do with the play on the ice. The Gophers (22RW-10RL-2OTW-2OTL) went up 1-0 in the first minute of the game, before […]

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Gophers Advance to Big Ten Title Game with 3-2 Win Over Penn State

Minneapolis, MN – “Hopefully that was our clunker.” Gopher coach Bob Motzko was critical of his Gopher team following their semifinal victory against Penn State Saturday night, and his assessment was not inaccurate. However, despite the shaky performance, Minnesota (22RW-9RL-2OTW-2OTL Overall) was able to sneak past the Nittany Lions (16-19-1-1) to advance to the championship game next weekend against Michigan. Said Motzko: “We survived it, and you have to do that in one-and-done tournaments.” While […]

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Gophers Sweep Badgers to Win Title

Minneapolis, MN – For the first time since 2017, the Minnesota Gophers are Big Ten regular season champions! The Gophers (21RW-9RL-2OTW-2OTL Overall, 17-4-1-2 B1G) won their last eight regular season games and got a little help on the final weekend from Notre Dame, who swept the Michigan Wolverines at home, to emerge at the top of the conference table on the final day of the season. The Badgers (7-20-2-2 Overall, 5-14-1-3 B1G) never were able […]

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Fri Results: Gophers Win, Michigan Loses

Minneapolis, MN – About halfway through the Gophers-Badgers game, Notre Dame was polishing off a 4-1 victory over Big Ten leading Michigan. After that, Minnesota took care of business. Behind Ben Meyers’ first career hat trick and Justen Close’s first career shutout, the Gophers (20RW-9RL-2OTW-2OTL Overall, 16-4-1-2 B1G) won Friday’s game 5-0 over the Wisconsin Badgers (7-19-2-2 Overall, 5-14-1-3 B1G). The win gave Minnesota three more points, vaulting them into first place in the conference […]