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Gophers Extend Winning Streak to Six

Minneapolis, Minn.–Vinni Lettieri notched his first hat trick as a Gopher by scoring on the power play, a penalty shot, and converting an empty netter in Minnesota’s 4-2 win over Michigan in front of 10,042 at Mariucci Arena. Lettieri’s 11 goals are second to Tyler Sheehy’s team leading 14 goals, and the senior has grown his game to contribute in all situations for #9 Minnesota (13-5-2, 5-1-0-0). “Vinni really works at the game, he’s improved every […]

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Gophers Seeking First Mariucci Classic Title Since 2012

Minneapolis, Minn.–Minnesota returned from their 20-day winter break with some rust on their structure, but none on their skill. Brent Gates Jr. tallied his first collegiate hat trick, Leon Bristedt scored a bar down snipe, and Justin Kloos added an empty netter in a 5-1 win over Mercyhurst to open the Mariucci Classic in front of 9,910. The #11 Gophers (10-5-2, 3-1-0) haven’t won their hosted tournament since 2012 and were guarding against a letdown […]

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Gophers Sweep Sparty with Pair of 4-2 Wins

East Lansing, Mich. — Inconsistency was the buzzword swarming Gopher hockey this week as the Gophers had one more chance before break to correct a trend of seesaw series. Minnesota delivered 120 minutes of consistent defense, held Michigan State to just 33 shots on the weekend, earned a pair of 4-2 wins, and their first road sweep of the Spartans since 1978. The #11 Gophers (9-5-2, 3-1-0-0) got their game winner from Brent Gates Jr., […]

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Buckeyes Blowout Gophers 8-3

Minneapolis, Minn. — The last time Minnesota surrendered eight goals to a visiting team at Mariucci Arena was nearly 20 years ago when Minnesota Duluth handed the Gophers an 8-4 loss on Valentine’s Day in 1997. Saturday, it was the Buckeyes who dealt the Gophers heartbreak handing them an 8-3 loss in front of 9,178 at Mariucci. #10 Ohio State (9-2-4, 1-1-0-0) was Don Lucia’s pick to win the Big Ten this season and the […]

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Kloos Scores Lone Goal to Earn Gophers Split with Mavs

Minneapolis, Minn.–The Gopher’s struggles against in-state teams continued Friday in a disappointing effort and 4-1 loss to Minnesota State. Don Lucia responded by shuffling his entire forward lineup to spark his captain Justin Kloos, but stuck with the goaltender he pulled after two periods in Mankato. Both decisions paid off as Kloos scored the only goal of the game, Eric Schierhorn delivered a 23-save shutout, and Minnesota defeated the Mavericks 1-0 in front of 9,323 […]

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Rivalry Renewed Weekend Ends With Gopher 2-0 Win

Minneapolis, Minn — Ryan Lindgren and Tyson Jost scrapped along the boards as the seconds ticked down Saturday and 10,310 fans stood in applause at Mariucci Arena as the first weekend of a rivalry renewed came to a close with a 2-0 Minnesota victory. The #13 Gophers (4-2-2) got a bounceback shutout performance from goaltender Eric Schierhorn, and goals from Mike Szmatula and Vinni Lettieri in the victory over the #3 Fighting Hawks (5-2-1). “[I […]

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Gophers Rally for 4-3 OT Win Over Clarkson

Potsdam, N.Y. – It looked like the Gophers let their endgame against St. Cloud State carry over into their weekend in upstate New York after giving up three first period goals. However, Minnesota came out of the locker room a different team to start the second period and rallied to a 4-3 overtime win over the Clarkson in front of 2,815 at Cheel Arena. “The message in the locker room was that if you’re not […]

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Same Story, Different Night as Gophers Swept by Huskies

St. Cloud, Minn.–The Gophers got great starts against the Huskies this weekend by getting early two goal leads each game, but St. Cloud State was able to rally both times for 6-5 and 3-2 wins over the maroon and gold. #7 Minnesota (2-2-0) got goals from Jack Ramsey and Taylor Cammarata in the first period, but #14 St. Cloud State (2-2-0) answered with three consecutive goals by Jack Poehling, Jacob Benson, and Mikey Eyssimont in […]