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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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Minnesota Seeks Consistency with Michigan Coming to Mariucci

Mistakes During Alaska Loss Drops Minnesota to No. 12 in PWR Minneapolis, Minn. — Bob Motzko’s crew seemed ready to stay the course this past weekend despite dealing with a tidal wave of unexpected news. The Minnesota men’s hockey team played a solid game against Alaska Friday night in a 4-1 win. However, undercurrents that frustratingly have yet to disappear grabbed ahold of them Saturday when a crucial early mistake forced them to chase the […]

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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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Gophers Break Losing Streak Against Huskies with 2-0 Win

Romanko Rips Game-Winner, Szmatula Scores Empty Netter, Robson Records 34-Save Shutout Minneapolis, Minn. — There weren’t any WCHA points for grab this weekend, but Minnesota strengthened their PairWise Ranking with a 2-0 win over St. Cloud State at 3M Arena at Mariucci in front of 7,917 Saturday. Darian Romanko took advantage of a sloppy Huskies play early in the third period by intercepting a zone exit play and picking a spot in the right side […]

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Gophers Sweep Black Knights

Sheehy, Nanne, Szmatula, Rossini Get Goals in 4-1 Saturday Win Minneapolis, Minn. — Captain Tyler Sheehy said the mental refresh over break was going to be huge for the Gophers, and his message to the team heading into the second half was to relax, play hockey, and have fun with it. No. 10 Minnesota (12-9-1, 4-7-1-1) responded with two solid games against Army West Point (8-10-2, 6-7-2) earning a sweep with 3-0 and 4-1 wins. […]

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Badgers Hold on for 3-2 Win, Series Split at Gophers

Mittelstadt and Sadek Goals Not Enough Offense for Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. — A lot of eyes were raised this fall when Tony Granato added a graduate transfer All-American goalie to the red team to the east. Even more eyes were raised as that goalie was benched in favor of sophomore Jack Berry on Saturday night. The decision paid off for No. 14 Wisconsin as Berry made 40 saves including 20 in the third period defeating […]

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First Battle Hymn Weekend for Gophers Comes Against Clarkson

Three Thoughts from 3M Arena at Mariucci Minneapolis, Minn. — Minnesota ended a streak of splits and poor specialty team play with a pair of home wins over No. 9 Clarkson. The power play produced three goals on 10 opportunities and the penalty kill did its job on all four shorthanded situations. Senior assistant captains Leon Bristedt and Mike Szmatula scored their first goals of the season, both on the power play, and junior goaltender […]