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 […]


For Second Straight Year, Michigan Wins Big Ten Tournament on Mariucci Ice

Minneapolis, MN – The Michigan Wolverines might be getting used to the unfriendly confines of Mariucci Arena. For the second straight season, the Wolverines (24-11-3) beat the Minnesota Gophers (26-9-1) in the Big Ten Championship Game to hoist the Big Ten playoff trophy. The Gophers took a 3-2 third-period lead before Michigan scored two unanswered goals to win the game 4-3. Both teams now look ahead to the NCAA tournament, where each will be a […]

Nelson with the Gopher's first goal. Photo by Matt Krohn of Gopher Sports.

Gophers Seek “Revenge” In Big Ten Title Tilt vs. Wolverines

Minneapolis, MN – Playoffs are upon us, and the Gophers still have a sour taste in their mouths after the way the Big Ten tournament ended last year. Minnesota’s newly-minted Big Ten Hockey honorees spoke about last season’s 4-3 loss to Michigan in the Big Ten playoff championship this week, while looking forward to making this year’s rematch a different outcome. Matthew Knies was looking forward to the “revenge” game against the Wolverines, describing last […]

Logan Cooley with the game winning goal after an amazing pass from Matthew Knies

Gophers Win Saturday for Senior Day Sweep

Minneapolis, MN – As far as finales go, this one had everything: a two-goal deficit, physical play, exhilarating offensive chances, and a win on Senior Night. After giving up two 5-on-3 goals to Ohio State, the Minnesota Gophers (25-8-1 Overall (4-3 OT), 17-3-2-2 B1G) responded, scoring two goals in 13 seconds and adding three more to sweep the Buckeyes (18-13-3 (0-0), 11-11-1-1) in the final game of the regular season. The first period was defined […]

Brock Faber celebrates his 2nd period goal.

Gophers Shut Down, Shut Out Buckeyes 4-0

Minneapolis, MN – Even with “nothing to play for”, the Gophers sure look ready to play for it all. After a tense opening period, the Minnesota Gophers (24-8-1 Overall (4-3 OT), 16-3-2-2 B1G) took advantage of a parade to the penalty box to bury the Ohio State Buckeyes (18-12-3 (0-0), 11-10-1-1) 4-0 in Friday’s series opener. Ohio State boasts one of the Big Ten’s best defenses, with the nation’s best penalty kill and a great […]