The Minnesota Daily

All content by Ben Goessling

Dealing with evolution in college sports

May 3, 2005

Look past the splintered wood, beyond the archaic workout equipment, through the fractured legacy. If you can sift through all that, you'll realize there's something going on here, something proud, tucked...

Inner-city recruiting continues to wane

April 19, 2005

Michele Okposo has seen the way the children swamp her son, Kyle Okposo, whenever he's skating at a St. Paul rink or dropping off an old pair of skates at a used sporting goods store. And she can't help...

Looking up after a tough ending

April 11, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's tough to fault Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia for flying his team back to Minneapolis just 12 hours after the Gophers were eliminated from the Frozen Four by North Dakota. But...

Denver beats CC in other semifinal

April 8, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Denver broke with its seasonlong practice of beginning a two-game set with sophomore Glenn Fisher on Thursday at the Frozen Four, giving the nod to freshman Peter Mannino instead. Mannino,...

Sioux put Gophers’ title hopes on ice ’til next year

April 8, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the final 15 minutes, they magically snapped into the same players they were when they blindsided the country in November. Minnesota's men's hockey team backchecked relentlessly, stopped...

(WCHA Final Five) Final Four

April 7, 2005

Just 20 days after Minnesota faced North Dakota and Denver squared off against Colorado College in the WCHA Final Five, the four teams will reprise those pairings today. This year's fi eld is the fi rst...

Season of unknowns closes accordingly

April 7, 2005

For a Frozen Four with a quartet of teams from the same conference, there are quite a few unknowns in the second semifinal. Minnesota's men's hockey team has seen North Dakota three times this year. But...

Lucia shares pre-Frozen Four thoughts

April 6, 2005

Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia is taking the Gophers to his third Frozen Four in four years, but this trip might have been the most trying - and most rewarding - of his six-year run with the Gophers. Fielding...

Potulny looks to carry on family legacy versus Sioux

April 5, 2005

Every afternoon, when Ryan Potulny came home from school, the reruns were there to get his mind racing. Potulny could look forward to a full slate of Minnesota hockey games every afternoon on Midwest Sports...

Hirsch discusses reasons for absence

March 31, 2005

Nearly two weeks after his postgame incident against Colorado College in the WCHA Final Five, Minnesota men's hockey forward Tyler Hirsch talked to the media for the first time. Hirsch addressed some of...

Seniors give their take on ‘rebuilding’

March 28, 2005

Judd Stevens is too diplomatic to lash out at his critics. But after this edition of Minnesota's men's hockey team - the one that was labeled a youthful rebuilding project - clinched the program's third...

Tally whacked: OT goal nets Frozen Four

March 28, 2005

At times, they looked the part, the role of title contender looking about as fitting as the patchy goatees they sported this week. No, this edition of Minnesota's men's hockey team doesn't do things without...

Gophers carve odd path to NCAAs

March 25, 2005

For someone who has spent most of the week trying to determine whether two-fifths of his power play will be available for the NCAA Tournament, Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia walked into Mariucci...

Hirsch practices, status unknown

March 24, 2005

Forward Tyler Hirsch returned to practice for Minnesota's men's hockey team Wednesday, but his availability for this weekend's NCAA West Regional is still in doubt. Hirsch missed Saturday's loss to North...

Gophers deal with uncertainties

March 23, 2005

With the status of junior forward Tyler Hirsch still in limbo, Minnesota's men's hockey team is doing its best to conduct business as usual before the NCAA Tournament starts Saturday. The team met for...

Goligoski has broken bone in hand, Hirsch doesn’t practice

March 22, 2005

Minnesota men's hockey defenseman Alex Goligoski has a broken bone in the top of his left hand and might miss the Gophers' first NCAA Tournament game versus Maine on Saturday. Goligoski is wearing a removable...

Recruiting changes start new era

March 22, 2005

Gary Wilson realizes now he had it all wrong. In 2002 and 2003, the Minnesota women's track and field coach tried bringing the Gophers back to the top of the Big Ten with a band of supremely talented but,...

Minnesota anything but shipshape heading into NCAAs

March 21, 2005

You couldn't blame Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia if he feels like assessing his team's chances in the NCAA Tournament is roughly akin to extolling the virtues of an AMC Gremlin The Gophers played...

Top seed marred by pair of losses

March 21, 2005

As buzz kills go, this one played out right on schedule. The WCHA Final Five wound up being just another perfectly timed slap upside the head that Colorado College has become so good at delivering to Minnesota's...

Minnesota looks to capitalize on breaks in WCHA playoffs

March 11, 2005

Forgive the players on Minnesota's men's hockey team if they're looking for the catch. Because the Gophers caught such a big break last weekend, you'd think they'd won one of those too-good-to-be-true...

Tallackson hears no evil as uneven career nears end

March 10, 2005

The criticism still rings in Barry Tallackson's ears. At this point, it's hard not to hear it. The Minnesota men's hockey senior forward is nearing the end of an uneven career, and there's not much left...

Gophers’ blueliners take offensive philosophy all the way to the net

March 9, 2005

The evidence was pretty clear Saturday: Mike Vannelli slipping behind two defenders in the slot, taking a crisp pass from Danny Irmen and faking Michigan Tech goaltender Cam Ellsworth to his knees before...

Kessel chooses Minnesota

March 7, 2005

If Minnesota's men's hockey team wasn't feeling good enough after sweeping Michigan Tech during the weekend, Phil Kessel brought the excitement to a fever pitch. Kessel, the U.S. National Under-18 Team...

Sweep, help give Minnesota third

March 7, 2005

The sounds were coming from everywhere Saturday night, all of them signaling Minnesota's men's hockey team was back on track. Music blared from Minnesota's locker room, competing with raucous laughter...

Late-season pains cause final series to takeon added significance

March 4, 2005

Three months ago, Minnesota's men's hockey team's trip to Michigan Tech looked like a perfectly meaningless way for it to end the regular season. On paper, it looked like Minnesota would have one of the...

Teammate: Kessel to Gophers is very likely

March 3, 2005

Minnesota's men's hockey team won't know officially until Friday if U.S. National Under-18 Team standout Phil Kessel will verbally commit to the Gophers. But according to one of Kessel's teammates, he's...

Kessel likely to decide this week

March 1, 2005

The Phil Kessel saga appears to finally be nearing its end. All indications point to the U.S. National Under-18 Team forward choosing a college this week. Scott Monaghan, USA National Team Development...

Herbie would be proud: Lucia’s jabs yield sweep

February 28, 2005

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Even after Minnesota's men's hockey team's first win in three weeks, coach Don Lucia wasn't satisfied. Yes, the Gophers beat the Huskies 5-4 Friday at Mariucci Arena and set themselves...

Gophers come out hitting after physical practice

February 28, 2005

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Justin Johnson admitted the sight in front of him - two Minnesota men's hockey players, less than 10 hours before a game, doing one-on-one battle drills in full gear - threw him for...

Lost chances behind him, weekend tilt with St. Cloud State begins Johnson’s chance to make it right

February 25, 2005

At least Justin Johnson has his chance. It came in the least rewarding and most bizarre way, and it came, of course, with the doubt the Minnesota men's hockey goaltender has faced for four years. But...

Briggs could be out a month with hand injury

February 24, 2005

Minnesota men's hockey goaltender Kellen Briggs will miss this weekend's series against St. Cloud State and could be out up to a month with an unspecified hand injury, coach Don Lucia said Wednesday. Briggs...

Sons of Miracle men relish fathers’ glory

February 22, 2005

For eight years, the cassette tape sat unopened, collecting dust in John Harrington's closet next to a hundred other miscellaneous mementos. And when the forward on the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team finally...

Gophers get taste of future in win over Under-18 Team

February 21, 2005

Well, it seems like Minnesota's men's hockey team's future is in good hands. As for the present, that's still a little shaky. But as trivial as Minnesota's 7-5 win over the U.S. National Under-18 Team...

Lockwood promoted, vacancies filled

February 21, 2005

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason announced Friday he has filled three openings on his staff, promoting defensive backs coach David Lockwood to defensive coordinator, hiring Kerry Cooks to take Lockwood's...

Subplots galore in exhibition against U.S. National Under-18 Team

February 18, 2005

His team got two days off earlier this week, but the way Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia is working these days, a bye week doesn't mean much. Lucia drove to Sioux Falls, S.D., and back Wednesday,...

Lucia loosens the collar

February 17, 2005

After a frustrated Don Lucia proclaimed Saturday that "training camp starts Monday" for Minnesota's men's hockey team, the coach had a change of heart. Lucia watched film of Minnesota's loss and tie with...

Goaltending picture still getting hazier

February 14, 2005

Minnesota men's hockey goaltender Kellen Briggs emerged from the Gophers' locker room after a 3-2 loss to Alaska-Anchorage on Friday and said he felt his game was almost back to top form. Evidently, his...

Gophers manufacture 115 shots, one point

February 14, 2005

You'd think 115 shots in a weekend hockey series would be enough to get more than a loss and a tie. Well, welcome to Minnesota's men's hockey team's 2004-05 season, in which the Gophers do something almost...

Alaska-Anchorage next for confident Minnesota

February 11, 2005

Judging from the few signs Minnesota's men's hockey team has offered on the subject this week, one would assume the Gophers have moved on completely from their monthlong slump. After a split at Wisconsin...

Gophers keeping big win in perspective

February 8, 2005

Two days after Minnesota's men's hockey team scored its biggest win in two months by beating Wisconsin 5-3 Saturday, Minnesota returned to work Monday trying not to treat it that way. The Gophers avoided...

All’s not well, but it ended well

February 7, 2005

;The Gophers found it Saturday night. Yes, Minnesota could follow its 5-3 win over Wisconsin on Saturday by sliding right back into its monthlong funk. But it appears more likely the Gophers put together...

Tallackson’s winner a long time coming

February 7, 2005

;Battling criticism is nothing new for the senior, who has spent most of his career with the Gophers trying to live up to demands that he be Minnesota's next All-American, not just a serviceable forward. But...

Table for rematch set much differently

February 4, 2005

In many ways, it's unrealistic to expect Minnesota's men's hockey team's series this weekend with Wisconsin to play out exactly the same way the last meeting between the teams did. That series, after all,...

First line struggling to pull team out of lengthening slump

February 2, 2005

Danny Irmen doesn't want to think about it, while Ryan Potulny has no shortage of theories. But if Minnesota's men's hockey team is to permanently pull itself out of its January slump, both players said,...

Friday night lights to Saturday night fever

January 31, 2005

This time, there were no musings about a lack of effort, no wondering aloud as to which players were mentally ready to go. But Minnesota's men's hockey team got two points against Minnesota-Duluth on a...

Gophers struggle to play complete series

January 31, 2005

There is something about Minnesota-Duluth that has made it the perfect foil for Minnesota's men's hockey team. Last season, when the Gophers were picked by many to ride a loaded, senior-heavy team to a...

Duluth evokes twice the incentive

January 28, 2005

With everything that's happened to Minnesota's men's hockey team the last three weeks, it's pretty easy to forget that the motivation for this weekend's series with Minnesota-Duluth traces its roots back...

Power-play unit not getting the point

January 27, 2005

It's times like these that make Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia wish Keith Ballard had decided to stick around one more year. When Ballard chose in June to forgo his senior year and sign with the...

Gophers sorting out issues after sweep

January 25, 2005

Player after player streamed into Mariucci Arena on Monday afternoon with the same look on his face. You've probably seen it before. It's roughly the same one painted on a kindergartener's mug after being...

Pains cause shakeups, strong words

January 24, 2005

For as much as Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia has lamented not having six healthy defensemen for the last month, he evidently is also willing to get by without them. Lucia was prepared to sit assistant...