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NBA: OSU’s Titus making “mockery” of draft

April 30, 2009

  Ohio State guard Mark Titus was basically told to scram by the NBA when he announced his intention to forego his senior year with the Buckeyes and enter this year’s draft.   There’s...

Brewster channels Kutcher in Twitter Challenge

April 30, 2009

  Gophers football coach Tim Brewster wants to add his name to an already long list of people who have dominated the Timberwolves this year in competition. The Minnesota coach has accepted former...

WCHA tables Bemidji State decision, looking for 12th team

April 28, 2009

The WCHA tabled its vote to admit Bemidji State into the conference on Tuesday at the WCHA annual meetings in Marco Island, Fla. Citing scheduling issues that an 11-team conference would create, WCHA commissioner...

Wheeler up for NHL’s Goal of the Season

April 7, 2009

Former Gophers forward and current Boston Bruins skater Blake Wheeler is one of five nominees for the Fan’s Choice for Goal of the Season in the NHL for his goal against Manny Legace and the St. Louis...

Tyler Bozak, Denver’s Gopher killer, signs with Toronto

April 5, 2009

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who dislikes having college hockey players leave school early for the pros more than Minnesota’s Don Lucia.   But one of this year’s early departures...

Gopher Underground: Schroeder, Director’s Cup and more

March 26, 2009

HEADLINES: -Men’s hockey freshman forward Jordan Schroeder was named National Rookie of the Year today by College Hockey News. Schroeder led all Division I rookies with 13 goals and 32 assists in...

Men’s Hockey: Bulldogs win 2-1

March 20, 2009

Update: WCHA Goaltending Champion Alex Stalock lost his bid for a shutout but managed to hold on to pick up the Bulldogs first win over Minnesota this year. Fairchild’s goal appeared to bounce off of...

Men’s Hockey: Gophers advance to Final Five with 3-0 win

March 15, 2009

Update: Alex Kangas picked up his third career shutout and second in three games as the Minnesota men’s hockey team completed a WCHA First Round sweep over St. Cloud State with Saturday night’s 3-0...

Men’s Hockey: Gophers take one game lead with 4-2 win

March 13, 2009

Update: Okay the third period was a prime example of me repeatedly putting my foot in my mouth. I had five inches of an Alex Kangas shutout story written before the sophomore gave up his first of the night...

Gophers Underground: Headlines

March 12, 2009

  Here are today’s Minnesota sports headlines…   -Minnesota wrestling legend and U alum Verne Gagne will not be charged in the beating death of a 97-year old last month. Prosecutors...

U study shows goalies hurt most by player contact

March 10, 2009

A University study led by the Minnesota men’ s hockey team physician has found that player contact is the leading injury for college goalies. Two examples come to mind. In Dec. 2006, MSU goalie Dan...

Men’s hockey playoff scenarios

March 8, 2009

With the Gophers season finale under an hour away, here is the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's outline for possible playoff scenarios:   http://www.wcha.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/030709aaa.html

Men’s Hockey: Gophers sneak into fifth place with 5-3 win

March 1, 2009

Update: MaGregor Sharp did a lot of things just over six minutes into the third period. He gave his team a 3-2 lead – his 3-2 lead – when he picked off a Gophers pass in front of Kangas. He scored...

Men’s Hockey: Gophers tie 2-2 in OT

February 14, 2009

Update: Sorry to say, no goals either way. Christianson came up huge to stone a Jay Barriball spinning shot at the 2:55 mark, but that was about as close as it got. Check back later for the story. Third:...

Men’s Hockey: Badgers sweep with 5-4 win

February 8, 2009

Update: 3:42 coincidental pens, Bostrom for slashing the goaltender and McDonagh for roughing. 7:27 Minn pen, Wehrs for interference. 9:48 Wisc goal, Mitchell (12) from Gorowsky (12) and Bohmbach (9)....

Men’s Hockey: Badgers hold on to win 3-2

February 7, 2009

Update: The Gophers finally woke up in the third period after sleeping through the second. Mike Hoeffel deflected an Anderson attempt through Connolly’s five hole to cut the lead to two goals at the...

Volcano may postpone UAA/SCSU series

February 4, 2009

Only got a minute before class, but I wanted to throw this up. The Alaska-Anchorage home series this weekend may be postponed due to an active volcano. Apparently, St. Cloud State may have transportation...

Men’s Hockey: Mavs win 3-1

February 1, 2009

Update: Minnesota finally got on the board in the third period when Patrick White picked up his own rebound and scored on the open net. Drew Fisher picked up his first point of the season with an assist....

Men’s Hockey: Minn. loses 6-2

January 31, 2009

Update: Minnesota State holds on to win 6-2. Kent Patterson, not surprisingly, replaced Alex Kangas in net to start the third. 13:08 MN PP Goal, Ness (2) from Schroeder (18) and Barriball (15). The fact...

Frost “unlikely” for U.S. assistant job

January 27, 2009

Gophers women's hockey coach Brad Frost is an "unlikely" candidate for an assistant coaching job with the 2010 U.S. Olympic women's team according to Minnesota athletic communications.     Frost,...

UW’s Johnson named coach of women’s Olympic team

January 27, 2009

 Just a few quick notes and links this morning... - UW women's coach Mark Johnson was named the 2010 U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey coach today by USA Hockey. Johnson will take a year-long break...

Dorniden, McGinnis, Rombough earn Big Ten awards

January 27, 2009

  A trio of nation leading performances from Gophers highlight three conference awards for indoor track and field.   Senior Heather Dorniden earned the Big Ten Women’s Indoor Track Athlete...

Men’s Hockey: Hockey Headlines

January 26, 2009

Plenty to talk about despite Minnesota being off last weekend… -          Anyone remember Steve Kampfer, the Michigan skater who was assaulted by a Wolverines...

Men’s Hockey: Minnesota edges SCSU 8-6

January 18, 2009

Update: Dan Dunn replaced Weslosky in goal for SCSU at the beginning of the third. Lucia also made a change to the roster and moved Shack up to wing to take Tony Lucia's spot, presumably. Schack' has played...

Men’s Hockey: Gophers win 5-1

January 17, 2009

Update: 7:53 MN PP goal, White (4) from Ness (9) and Lucia (4). Minnesota took a four-goal lead when White got just enough of a one timer from Aaron Ness to beat Weslosky top shelf on the glove hand. White,...

Football OC Mike Dunbar resigns

January 6, 2009

Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster announced this morning that offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar has resigned and will pursue other professional interests.    “Coach Dunbar has contributed...

Men’s Hockey: Gophers win 3-2 in OT

January 4, 2009

Update: Despite the longer overtime period, it only took 1:38 for Patrick White to end the game with his third goal of the year. Barriball and Stoa had helpers on the play. All-tournament team: Patrick...

Men’s Hockey: MN wins 6-2

January 3, 2009

Update: Despite a strong comeback effort from Brown, Minnesota holds on tonight to win 6-2 and advance to play No. 6 Northeastern tomorrow night. After only tallying three shots on goal in the games first...

Wheeler’s nomination for goal of the year

December 22, 2008

Blake Wheeler has to be feeling pretty good about his choice to turn pro after last year.  The Boston Bruins are sitting atop the Northeast Division and are 9-1-0 in their last ten games.    Wheeler...

Men’s Hockey: NCAA travel restrictions, Hastings honored

December 22, 2008

NCAA Travel Restrictions   -          The NCAA Championships/Sports Management Cabinet will look at re-establishing travel restrictions for NCAA tournaments...

Coaching contracts: Brewster compared to other coaches

December 17, 2008

I was reading about Joe Paterno’s contract extension last night when I came across some interesting facts in regards to NCAA coaching contracts.   It’s interesting to me that Paterno,...

Ruesegger’s highlight pass

December 16, 2008

Just figured I’d throw this up in between finishing up a final and starting to study for another one…   Check out Tyler Ruegsegger’s absolutely phenomenal pass to Joe Colborne during...

Men’s Hockey: CC hands Minnesota 1-0 loss

December 14, 2008

Update: The majority of the third period looked a lot like the first two periods, but the Gophers did pick up their pace with about five minutes remaining. Unfortunately, by then it was too late as Bachman...

Men’s Hockey: Gophers win 4-1

December 14, 2008

Nico Sacchetti tallied his first career goal with 1:23 left in regulation to make it 4-1 and give Minnesota its first win since Nov. 21 (a 5-2 win over Denver). Sachetti's goal was Minnesota's third power-play...

Men’s Hockey: Minnesota up 3-1 after second

December 14, 2008

Wow, Minnesota put just three shots on goal in the second period, while the Tigers threw another 11 onto the shot chart.  Despite that, the Gophers increased their lead to 3-1 thanks to another power-play...

Men’s Hockey: Gophes lead 2-1

December 14, 2008

The young guys are looking sharp tonight for the Gophers. Mike Hoeffel and Jake Hansen both score, five of Minnesota’s six points come from freshmen and sophomores, and several others had great chances....

Men’s Hockey: Pre-game

December 14, 2008

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the rebirth of the Gophers men’s hockey blog. After two months of struggling to get a working computer (thanks Best Buy and enjoy my $300), the hockey blog is and...

Men’s Hockey: Gophers jump to No. 1

November 17, 2008

 Apparently the Minnesota men's hockey team didn't need coach Don Lucia's vote to move up to the No. 1 team in the country. The Gophers jumped over Boston University today in the USCHO.com/CBS Sports...

Women’s XC repeats at Region Championship, Mead wins indy title for men.

November 15, 2008

The women's cross country team repeated as NCAA Midwest Region champs today in Stillwater, Okla.  Following a fourth place finish by Megan Duwell, all five of the Gophers scorers finished in the top...

Men’s Hockey: Tied 2-2 after OT

November 15, 2008

Update: Tech simply owned the second period although the Huskies didn't have anything to show for it. In the third period, they wouldn't come away empty handed - scoring a pair of goals to push OT. Here...

Men’s Hockey: Gophers tie with UNH 2-2 in OT

November 8, 2008

Update: Gophers come from behind to tie 2-2 in overtime, remember tomorrow's game is at 6 pm. Here's an interesting stat. The Gophers only had two powerplay chances in the game's first two periods. Meanwhile,...

Men’s Hockey: Minnesota wins 6-3

November 2, 2008

Update: Minnesota held on to win 6-3 tonight despite a late surge from the Mavs. Jerad Stewart scored with minutes remaining, but the deficit was too much to overcome. After Zacharias was pulled in favor...

Men’s Hockey: Game ends in 3-3 tie.

October 31, 2008

Update: The Mavs started out with a penalty in the five-minute OT period. With 3:29 to go, Zacharias lost his helmet for the second time tonight and this time he paid for it when Davis caught him with...

Twin Cities lose out on 2011 World Juniors

October 27, 2008

The International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-20 Championship will return to the United States in 2011. Buffalo, N.Y. beat out the Twin Cities and Grand Forks, N.D. to host the ten-nation tournament...

Men’s Hockey: Gophers win 5-2

October 25, 2008

Update: Thurber finally ended Kangas' shutout with his first career goal and it was pretty. In the midst of the muck in front of the net, Thurber slipped a shot in as he was falling down almost Ovechkin-like...

Men’s Hockey: 2-2 Tie

October 25, 2008

Update: OT's on the fly. 1:02 left in a MN powerplay to start the five minute period. Fischer's shoulder doesn't seem to be bothering him, he just blasted a slap-shot from the point. Nobody scored, check...

Men’s hockey jumps to sixth in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll

October 20, 2008

Two days after sweeping St. Cloud State to open the 2008-2009 campaign, the Minnesota men's hockey team jumped up to No. 6 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national poll. The Gophers are also ranked...

Men’s Hockey: Gophers sweep with 2-1 win

October 18, 2008

UPDATE: The Gophers held on again tonight to beat SCSU 2-1. Jay Barriball, the Gophers top returning scorer with all of six goals last season, made it 2-0 when he scored his first goal of the season at...

Men’s Hockey: Gophers win 3-2

October 17, 2008

Mike Carman made it 3-1 when he jumped out of the penalty box and caught a behind the back pass from Jordan Schroeder for his first point of the season. Carman used a nifty move to bring Weslosky out of...

Men’s Hockey: Gophers up 2-1 going into the third

October 17, 2008

Ryan Stoa scored his first points in nearly a year, scoring a shorthanded goal just over 14 minutes into the second period with a top shelf glove-side shot from the top of the slot. Jordan Schroeder recorded...

Men’s Hockey: Gophers tied 1-1 with two to go

October 17, 2008

Update: A week after going 0-for-5 on the power-play, Minnesota converted its first opportunity tonight at the National Hockey Center. Tony Lucia scored at the 8:58 mark to make it 1-0 Gophers when he...

Cross country polls and honors

October 1, 2008

The Minnesota women’s cross country team earned its highest national ranking in school history Tuesday as the Gophers were ranked fourth in the country in the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches...

Minnesota wins in four

September 27, 2008

After a slow start leading to a first-set loss to Wisconsin, Minnesota returned to top form to out-last the Badgers in four sets, 23-25, 25-10, 26-24, 25-20. The Gophers out-blocked Wisconsin 16-9, and...

Minnesota volleyball vs. Wisconsin pregame notes

September 27, 2008

For once, we're appreciating the warmth of the Sports Pavilion, as No. 12 Minnesota prepares to take on No. 18 Wisconsin to round out the first week of conference play. The Badgers struggled in their opener...

Minnesota, Wisconsin tied 1-1 at intermission

September 27, 2008

After struggling to win the key points in the first set, allowing Wisconsin to hang around and eventually win 25-23, the Gophers made sure there was no need for key points in a 25-10 second-set route....

Minnesota leads two sets to none at the break

September 26, 2008

Minnesota's sophomore hitters Brook Dieter and Lauren Gibbemeyer have had no troubles hitting tonight, as the pair have combined for 21 kills to lead the Gophers to a 2-0 lead over Northwestern, 25-22,...

Minnesota volleyball Pregame notes

September 26, 2008

We're about to get underway here at the Sports Pavilion for the first match of the conference season between Northwestern and Minnesota. The Gophers have been led by sophomore middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer's...

Minnesota End of Match Notes

September 26, 2008

Minnesota outblocked Northwestern 12-6 en route to a 3-set sweep of the Wildcats Friday night at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers played well enough to win, despite hitting just .214. Minnesota held Northwestern...

Sports Brief

August 13, 2008

After a three-year hiatus, former Minnesota women's hockey forward Natalie Darwitz will once again be on the Gophers bench this season, albeit in a different role. The two-time Olympian was named an assistant...

Plasencia named new track coach

July 9, 2008

Longtime Gophers men's cross country coach Steve Plasencia was announced as Minnesota's next men's track and field coach on Monday. Plasencia will replace Phil Lundin , who left for the same position at...

Plasencia in as new men’s track and field coach

July 2, 2008

Long time Gophers cross country coach Steve Plasencia was announced as Minnesota's next men's track and field coach today by Athletic Director Joel Maturi. Plasencia will replace Phil Lundin, who left...

Gophers assistant coach punches Olympic ticket

July 2, 2008

Four years ago, Shani Marks was two-tenths of a meter from making the United States Olympic team after posting a triple jump score of 13.53 meters - good enough for fourth place at the 2004 U.S. Olympic...

Next season shapes up for Gophers hockey

June 25, 2008

When the New York Islanders selected Gophers incoming defenseman Aaron Ness with its second round pick this weekend at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, people immediately began to wonder how Ness' development...

Women’s track finish 13th at NCAAs, best finish in school history

June 18, 2008

Minnesota junior Heather Dorniden picked up her school-record seventh All-American nod and junior Liz Roehrig was the runner-up in the heptathlon this weekend as the Gophers women's track and field team...

Clint Brewster to transfer

June 11, 2008

Redshirt freshman quarterback Clint Brewster, son of Gophers coach Tim Brewster, has decided to transfer for the upcoming school year. "Clint Brewster has decided to transfer," Tim Brewster said in a statement....

Gophers sports briefs

June 11, 2008

>Rower gets All-American Honors Minnesota senior rower Jenny Barnes earned her third-straight First Team All-American honor earlier this week - further cementing her into the Gophers record book. Barnes...

Four Gophers earn All-American honors at NCAA Track meet

June 11, 2008

Minnesota junior Heather Dorniden picked up her school record seventh All-American nod and junior Liz Roehrig was the runner-up in the heptathlon this weekend as the Gophers women's track and field team...

Daup swims to 25K Open water title

June 4, 2008

Minnesota junior Michael Daup became the first Open Water national champion in school history yesterday after winning the USA Swimming 25K National Championship in Fort Myers, Fla. Daup finished the course,...

Finals don’t signify the end of the year for some Gophers

May 28, 2008

A lot has happened in the world of Minnesota athletics since the last time the Daily went to press. Here's a look at some of the biggest stories from the past two weeks. Football news Sophomore quarterback...

Lucia brings in USHL’s winningest coach as assistant

May 28, 2008

After over a month of searching for a replacement for recently departed assistant Mike Guentzel, Minnesota men's hockey coach finally found his man. Mike Hastings, who with a record of 529-210-56 has the...

Howell dismissed from football program

May 27, 2008

According to a press release issued yesterday on behalf of Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster, freshman reserve wide-out and specialty ace Harold Howell has been dismissed from the program due to violations...

Wheeler leaves school in hopes of pro career

May 27, 2008

The Minnesota men's hockey team announced today that sophomore forward Blake Wheeler has ended his career at the University to pursue a career in the professional hockey. In a Gophers press release, the...

‘Walleye’ Dan sits down with the Daily with Sunday’s fishing opener quickly approaching

May 9, 2008

The 2008 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener kicks off today, signifying the start of this year's fishing season. The three-day event on Pelican Lake near Breezy Point, Minn., will include a golfing outing,...

Young team not counting itself out in Michigan

May 2, 2008

For the first time in program history, the Minnesota women's rowing team will go into this weekend's Big Ten championships as the defending conference champs. Unfortunately, the Gophers are also self-described...

A new season and a brand new look for Minnesota

April 22, 2008

The Minnesota football team will debut its new uniforms this Wednesday during a press conference at the Gibson-Nagurski football complex. Undoubtedly part of coach Tim Brewster's attempts to revitalize...

Outdoor home opener a sub-par one for Gophers

April 21, 2008

The Minnesota baseball team did not get a warm reception in its first series at Siebert Field this year - dropping three out of four games to Big Ten foe Illinois. For the second year in a row, the team's...

Guentzel resigns as men’s hockey assistant

April 18, 2008

Mike Guentzel, who has been behind the Minnesota men's hockey bench for 14 years, resigned Friday to pursue other coaching opportunities. "I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to play here four years...

Gophers, USA earn gold in China

April 17, 2008

Junior forward Gigi Marvin was happily displaying her latest clothing accessory as she went to class this week. No, it wasn't some fancy jewelry she received for her birthday last month - although it might...

Minnesota’s ninth-inning meltdown leads to tough 13-11 loss

April 10, 2008

A season-high 21 hits wasn't enough for the Minnesota baseball team as the Gophers dropped a 13-11 afternoon contest to Northern Iowa yesterday. "You don't lose too many of those, but that's baseball,"...

Frozen Four teams no stranger to the championship finale

April 10, 2008

This year's Frozen Four competitors have 66 finals appearances between them. Michigan (23 appearances), Boston College (21) and North Dakota (19) are all regular attendees to the championships. What about...

Year highlighted by late-season run

April 2, 2008

;WORCHESTER, Mass. - They say the Minnesota men's hockey team doesn't rebuild, it reloads. After this year, they won't say that anymore. The Gophers' up and down season ended over the weekend with a 5-2...

B.C. halts streaking Minnesota

March 31, 2008

.WORCHESTER, Mass. - The seniors' final game as members of the Minnesota men's hockey team - Saturday's 5-2 loss to Boston College in the Northeast Regional Semifinals - was, fittingly, senior night for...

Gophers done after 5-2 loss to BC at Regionals

March 28, 2008

Worcester, Mass. ñ In what would be their final game as members of the Minnesota men's hockey, Saturday's 5-2 loss to Boston College in the Northeast Regional Semifinals was fittingly senior night for...

Gerbe small, but could be pesky in Gophers’ opener

March 28, 2008

The story of David and Goliath is often overused in the sports world, but this weekend when the Minnesota men's hockey team takes on Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, there will...

Gophers fall short in WCHA final

March 24, 2008

A month ago, nobody thought the Minnesota men's hockey team would make it to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five, let alone Saturday's championship. But after going on a four-game winning...

Gophers drop WCHA Championship 2-1 to Denver

March 22, 2008

Playing for the last time in his home state, Denver senior forward and Eagan native Tom May went out on top in more ways than one. The Pioneers won their 15th Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament...

Gophers headed back to championship after 2-1 OT win

March 21, 2008

The Minnesota men's hockey team has done the improbable, the unlikely, and as Denver coach George Gwozdecky put it, "the inspiring" to run the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs and make it...

WCHA annouces Beanpot-like event for Minnesota teams

March 21, 2008

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that next season the four Minnesota-based conference teams will compete in the inaugural State of Minnesota College Hockey Showcase ñ a tournament...

Denver edges UND 3-1 to advance to finals

March 21, 2008

It wasn't quite as timely as Mike Howe's game-winner with just 12.7 seconds remaining, but Denver freshman forward Anthony Maiani's goal with 1:20 left in regulation brought on the same result ñ a win....

Minnesota edges State 3-2 in double OT to advance to Final Five

March 21, 2008

It seems fitting that the most important game of the Minnesota men's hockey team's season would come down to overtime. That was just the case Sunday night as the sophomore forward Tony Lucia punched a...

Gophers take down St. Cloud State 3-2

March 21, 2008

After going to at least one overtime period in all three of last weekend's Western Collegiate Hockey Association first round games, the Minnesota men's hockey team finally ended a playoff contest in regulation...

Pohl in ICU after suffering skull fracture

March 21, 2008

Senior forward Tom Pohl is in intensive care after successful brain surgery following an on ice injury in the second period of Minnesota's double overtime win last night. Pohl sustained a skull fracture...

Minn. opens WCHA first round in Mankato

March 14, 2008

Earlier this year, the Minnesota men's hockey team may have cringed when the topic of special teams was brought up. MEN'S HOCKEY PREVIEW WHERE: Alltel Center, Mankato WHEN: 7:07 p.m., Friday- Sunday TV:...

Men’s hockey drops 1-0 double overtime thriller

March 14, 2008

It took over 97 minutes of play Friday night, but the Minnesota State men's hockey team finally broke a scoreless tie to pick up just its third-ever win over Minnesota. The Mavericks' 1-0 double overtime...

Help coming for Gophers at forward

March 12, 2008

For most of the season, the Minnesota men's hockey team has been drained at the forward position due to injuries and a lone exodus. Next year, help is on the way in the form of incoming freshman forward...

Gophers split against series finale

March 10, 2008

Coming into this weekend's regular-season finale with Minnesota-Duluth, the six seniors on the Minnesota men's hockey team knew they could be playing their final games in Mariucci Arena. up next minnesota...

Gophers drop finale 3-2 to Bulldogs

March 7, 2008

Call it a conflict. The Gordon/Stalock conflict of 2008. That's what fans at Mariucci Arena saw tonight as the Minnesota men's hockey team fell to Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 in its regular season finale. The...

Minnesota seniors looking for win No. 102

March 7, 2008

One hundred. That's the number of career wins the senior class of the Minnesota men's hockey team has going into their final regular season series. MEN'S HOCKEY PREVIEW WHERE: Mariucci Arena WHEN: 7:07...

Men’s Hockey wins DQ Cup with 4-1 win over UMD

March 7, 2008

While the MacNaughton Cup will elude the Minnesota men's hockey team this year, the Gophers earned a distinctly more delicious prize Friday night in a 4-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth. The Dairy Queen Cup...

3 points may not be enough

March 3, 2008

The Minnesota men's hockey team picked up three Western Collegiate Hockey Association points this weekend against Alaska Anchorage, but it may be too little too late for the Gophers. up next minnesota-duluth what:...