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Minnesota Sweeps Mercyhurst as College Hockey Season Routine Returns for Motzko

Motzko knows he has some work to do with his team to prepare and surely knows he’ll be leaning on them as an emotional series comes up in St. Cloud next weekend. Minneapolis, Minn. — The first weekend of the college hockey season meant the return of a few familiar routines to 3M Arena at Mariucci. The rouser rang out through the rafters following each of their 12 goals. The student section got to practice […]

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NCAA Tournament Details — Well Sort Of…

Minneapolis, Minn. — Gophers men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko has joked this season anytime when questions about the NCAA Tournament come up that the media should let him know when they hear something, because no one is asking him for his opinion or telling him what’s going to happen. This week NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee Chairman Mike Kemp, also Omaha’s associate athletic director, made the rounds of the college hockey media landscape […]

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Show Me Series with Notre Dame Up Next

Minneapolis, Minn. — Starting the season with ten straight victories raised optimism for Gopher Hockey this year. Coach Bob Motzko had a veteran roster that showed down the stretch of the pandemic shortened 2019-20 season that they were starting to understand the style of play preferred by their coach and it seemed like banners were possible if COVID didn’t derail the college hockey season. Instead, after getting swept 1-4 and 1-8 to Wisconsin, the coach […]

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Meyers Leading Gophers Unbeaten into First Half Finale

During a 2020 where things have been far from perfect, No. 4 Minnesota has a chance to head into their winter break without a blemish on their record. The Gophers haven’t trailed in any of their games so far this season against Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State and continued that trend against Michigan. Even dropping off three of their top young defensemen, Ryan Johnson, Jackson LaCombe and Brock Faber, for USA Hockey’s World Junior […]

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Staudacher Adds Grit to Gophers D Corps

Minneapolis, Minn. — While watching Minnesota sprint out of college hockey’s starting gates to four straight wins over Penn State and Ohio State, it was obvious that the Gophers defensive corps were playing at a high level. Coach Bob Motzko’s roster touts Buffalo first round pick sophomore Ryan Johnson, Anaheim second round pick sophomore Jackson LaCombe, Los Angeles second round pick Brock Faber and Toronto fifth round pick Mike Koster, but it was undrafted sophomore […]

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Sammy Walker Adding Steps to His Game

Minneapolis, Minn. — If Minnesota is going to take the next step as a program, then they’re going to need to see some of their top players make the transition from good to elite. Gophers coach Bob Motzko hopes that his junior captain might be one of the players ready to make that leap. “Our biggest challenge here is we have an entire group of guys who have to take that next step,” Motzko said. […]

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Gophers Open Season Against Nemesis Nittany Lions

Minneapolis, Minn. — When Bob Motzko first took the men’s hockey head coaching job at Minnesota he said that before his program could get older, they’d have to get a lot younger. Motzko will still start his third year behind the bench of the Gophers with the fourth youngest roster in all of college hockey, but he boasts the most returning point scorers in the nation with 87.2 percent coming back. He also has a […]