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Gophers Give Up Three Leads to Sparty, End Up with One Point

Minneapolis, Minn. — The Gophers threw 80 pucks towards the Sparty net on Friday night and had three leads, but only came away with one conference point in a 3-3 tie after losing the shootout. No. 8 Minnesota (6-4-3, 2-3-2) got nice goals from Connor Kurth, Bryce Brodzinski and Rhett Pitlick that all came from great plays getting the puck to right player in the right spot, but No. 7 Michigan State (10-3-2, 5-0-2) found […]

Rhett Pitlick celebrates as goal. By Bjorn Franke from GopherSports

Gophers Earn Series Split with Fighting Irish

Minneapolis, Minn. — Gophers coach Bob Motzko challenged his team to be more mature Saturday after underclassmen made three immature mistakes to feed the Fighting Irish offense in Friday’s 4-2 loss. No. 6 Minnesota’s (6-4-2, 2-3-1) response satisfied their coach during their 4-1 win over No. 17 Notre Dame (7-4-2, 3-1-2). The Gophers got a pair of goals from Rhett Pitlick, one from Jaxon Nelson and one from Ryan Chesley to split the series with […]

Koster returns to the lineup against UMD

Gophers Best Bulldogs 5-1

Minneapolis, Minn. — Since the breakup of the old WCHA, Minnesota Duluth sure has had Minnesota’s number. The Bulldogs have had quite the run going 13-3-2 against the Gophers after the 2013-14 season and Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin has often had a smile on his face when the two teams meet. However, smiles were rare on the No. 14 Minnesota Duluth (3-3-2) bench Friday as the No. 6 Gophers (4-3-0) controlled the game from […]

Charlie Strobel celebrates his first goal as a Gopher

Six Thoughts as Big Ten Standings Look Unfamiliar

There have only been four Big Ten conference games played so far this season, but it’s a little odd to see Wisconsin on top of the league standings to start the season. The Badgers came to Mariucci and left with all six points by sweeping Minnesota last weekend. “Guys… it’s October,” said Wisconsin coach Mike Hastings. “It’s big. I’m happy for people back in Madison and our followers, but at the end of the day, […]

Justen Close makes a big save to keep the Gophers in the game.

Badgers Complete Sweep of #1 Gophers

Minneapolis, Minn. — Gophers coach Bob Motzko put his team through a lengthy video session Friday after a frustrating 5-2 loss to the Badgers on Thursday. The coach felt his team lost too many battles and gave away too many pucks. While the message got through to his squad resulting in a better effort, No. 14 Wisconsin (7-1-0 Overall, 2-0-0 B1G) held on to win Friday’s game 3-2 and headed back to Madison with a […]

UND's Jayden Perron with a nice deflection to get the 1st goal of the game.

North Dakota Fights Back to Take Split with Minnesota

Grand Forks — During the GPL Podcast Thursday night all three of the crew predicted splits for the weekend. Was it the easy way out? Maybe, but sure enough that’s what the 11,636 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena saw Saturday night when No. 5 North Dakota salvaged the weekend with a 2-1 win over No. 1 Minnesota to split. North Dakota came into Saturday night with a different game plan trying to create chaos and […]

Brody Lamb puts Minnesota up 1-0 in the 2nd period.

Gophers Fifth Year Players Show Out

Grand Forks — Gopher hockey fans have lamented for years over the average age of their roster compared to their opponents. Almost every year, you could look at the College Hockey News almanac to see just how young Minnesota’s roster was compared to the rest of the landscape and see a significant difference. This year’s team still ranks as the 10th youngest roster, but two fifth year players were a big reason why the Gophers […]


Six Thoughts As Season Starts

GopherPuckLive is going to give you six thoughts to think about a couple times throughout the season as they chase an elusive sixth NCAA Championship. Coach Bob Motzko doesn’t expect that his team will win the league by 19 points again this year, but he’s not shying away from the high expectations either. […]