The Minnesota Daily

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Gophers go to Ohio State for weekend

October 20, 2006

During his tenure as Minnesota's men's hockey coach, one thing has been a constant for Don Lucia when his teams face squads from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. They don't lose all that much. Since...

Son joins dad on Gophers

October 19, 2006

For a lot of high school graduates, college is a welcome chance to get as far away from their parents as possible. Tony Lucia went a different way. The freshman forward is the eldest son of the man he...

Gophers have good chance for first win

October 13, 2006

Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia was straightforward in his assessment of this weekend's opponent, Wayne State. "To be honest, I don't know anything about them other than they're in the same conference...

Freshmen big in numbers, but, more importantly, big in size

October 12, 2006

A look at the Minnesota men's hockey team's roster shows a large group of freshmen, nine in all. And a look at those freshmen in person shows it's not just the group's number that's big. Eight of the nine...

Minnesota loses season opener to Black Bears

October 9, 2006

Coming into Friday's season-opening contest with Maine, Minnesota's men's hockey team was looked at as a young team that would experience a good share of struggles early on. For most of the first 20 minutes...

Gophers open season in U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game against Black Bears

October 6, 2006

The last time Minnesota's men's hockey team faced Maine at the Xcel Energy Center, on April 6, 2002, the result was an instant classic. The Gophers defeated the Black Bears 4-3 in overtime to win their...

Gophers begin new season without Briggs

October 5, 2006

For Minnesota's men's hockey team, the 2005-2006 season ended in a way no one could have expected. The Gophers dropped a shocking 4-3 overtime decision to an unheralded Holy Cross squad in the NCAA West...

Hagemo’s return a short one as injury forces him to quit

October 4, 2006

At last Thursday's media day, Nate Hagemo, sophomore defenseman for Minnesota's men's hockey team, was in high spirits, to say the least. After missing all but three games last season with a shoulder/neck...

First and fourth place for split squad

October 2, 2006

Minnesota's women's cross country team's fourth-place finish at last weekend's Roy Griak Invitational was a disappointment for coach Gary Wilson. Wilson said he thought his runners were perhaps a bit distracted...

Gophers split this weekend

September 29, 2006

In last weekend's Roy Griak Invitational, Minnesota's women's cross country ran its entire team in a field that included five teams ranked in the Division I top 30. Things will be a little bit different...

Remark leads, despite hampered career

September 28, 2006

As a freshman runner on Minnesota's women's cross country team, Lisa Remark had hopes that her fifth and final year was going to be the year where she really asserted herself on the course. "It just kind...

Men finish second, Brown places third at Griak

September 25, 2006

At Saturday's Roy Griak Invitational, Minnesota's men's cross country team was one of nine top-30 squads competing in the Men's Gold Race. The Gophers finished ahead of all but one of them. Minnesota,...

Big-time race comes from humble start

September 22, 2006

Coaching women's cross country for Wisconsin-La Crosse from 1977-1985, Gary Wilson always had the school host a big invitational. When Wilson came to guide Minnesota's women's team in 1985, he and legendary...

Talented freshmen return to Griak

September 19, 2006

At last year's Roy Griak Invitational, the Minnesota men's and women's cross country teams had strong performances; the men finished seventh while the women claimed second. But the Division I race wasn't...

Cheever makes impact after switch

September 14, 2006

As a freshman at Minnesota, Jamie Cheever attempted to pull off the feat of competing for both the soccer and women's indoor track and field teams. Things went quite well for her, as Cheever became an...

Minnesota dominates Oz Memorial

September 11, 2006

Emily Brown, a senior co-captain for Minnesota's women's cross country team, said the Gophers set some goals during their recent training camp. Among them was the goal of sweeping the top five spots at...

Women host Oz Memorial while men travel to Indiana

September 8, 2006

One of Minnesota's women's cross country team's captains, senior Lisa Remark, said last weekend's Maroon/Gold intrasquad run showed the team has a lot of promise heading into the 2006 season. That might...

Three runners, three reasons to look forward to the season

September 7, 2006

A chance to build on a solid freshman season. A chance for assertion upon becoming an upperclassman. A chance to finally start a season at 100 percent physically. Minnesota's men's cross country runners...

Gophers take top three spots at early-season race

September 5, 2006

Minnesota's men's cross country coach Steve Plasencia had an interesting response when asked what he was looking for from his team in Saturday's St. Thomas Early Bird Meet. "I'm looking to fulfill NCAA...

Sacks, turnovers key for Gophers’ defense

August 16, 2006

Over the past few seasons, Minnesota's football team has developed some distinct tendencies. The offense, for example, has been known to rely heavily on the running game to move the ball downfield. It's...

Passing crucial for Gophers

August 9, 2006

CHICAGO - For the past couple of seasons, the cover of Minnesota's football team media guide has been graced by players with last names like Barber III, Maroney, Eslinger and Setterstrom. Those players...

Mason looks forward, not backward

August 2, 2006

CHICAGO - Minnesota football coach Glen Mason is a man with a team that has a lot of questions surrounding it going into the 2006 season. Who will carry the load at running back? How will the revamped...

Pulley League gives players free reign to showcase and hone skills

July 26, 2006

There are no cheerleaders, the lighting is fairly dim and the bleachers would not be able to hold a crowd anywhere near 14,625 people. The St. Paul Salvation Army building is a far cry from Williams Arena....

Kessel’s future still unclear

July 19, 2006

It took Phil Kessel a fair amount of time to choose which college he would play hockey for. In the end, he picked Minnesota. And now, just months after a successful freshman season, Kessel again is taking...

Johnson commits to Gophers for ’06-’07

July 12, 2006

After some thought and discussion, Erik Johnson decided he's going to follow - at least for a little while - the path many 18-year-olds take. He's going to college. Johnson, the incoming freshman defenseman...

Gophers lose one, gain one via transfers

July 5, 2006

Marcel Jones was one of the more heralded Minnesota football recruits in the 2005 incoming class. But Jones never reached the field with the Gophers last season and, now it appears he never will, as Jones...

Three players go in top 10

June 28, 2006

Another chapter was written Saturday in the long and storied tradition of Minnesota's men's hockey team. But it wasn't done anywhere near Mariucci Arena. It was added in Vancouver, British Columbia, where...

Gophers likely to leave mark on NHL Draft

June 21, 2006

In the 41-year history of the National Hockey League Entry Draft, no player with connections to the University of Minnesota has been selected higher than fifth overall. In the 2006 Entry Draft - to be...

Dorniden just misses second NCAA title

June 14, 2006

When Minnesota's women's track and field coach Gary Wilson describes his team's 19th-place finish at last week's NCAA Outdoor Championships, it's easy to see, despite lower placement, the Gophers performed...

Minnesota sends 18 athletes to NCAA Championships

June 7, 2006

Minnesota's women's track and field team will bring nine competitors to this week's NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., which runs today through Saturday. And while that...

Track and field teams solid at Midwest Regional in Texas

May 31, 2006

Before the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships - held in Austin, Texas, May 26 and 27 - Minnesota's women's track and field coach Gary Wilson said it would be "fantastic" if his team could have 10 competitors...

Women’s track wins first Big Ten Championship

May 24, 2006

Although he had been the coach of Minnesota's women's track and field team for 20-plus seasons, Gary Wilson had never won a Big Ten championship. The streak was even longer for Minnesota's women's program...

Losses end Big Ten season

May 1, 2006

It's possible Minnesota's softball team's 2006 Big Ten season could've ended on a worse note Sunday, but it's hard to imagine. The Gophers' pair of losses to Purdue, which brought their conference record...

Lucia says departure of Chucko not unexpected

April 25, 2006

Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia said he figured his team would lose junior forwards Danny Irmen and Ryan Potulny and possibly one other player early to the NHL during the Gophers' off-season. It...

New agreement affecting colleges

April 25, 2006

The new National Hockey League collective bargaining agreement, finalized in July, had some major new wrinkles to it - wrinkles that garnered a lot of attention. It included the league's first salary cap,...

Offense stars in spring game

April 24, 2006

Minnesota's football team entered spring practices with some considerably big question marks on the interior of its offensive line. The Gophers needed to find replacements for not only Outland Trophy and...

Chucko becomes third Gopher to leave for pros

April 24, 2006

First it was Ryan Potulny, then Danny Irmen. Now it's Kris Chucko who will depart Minnesota's men's hockey team early. Chucko said he signed a three year, $900,000 contract with the Calgary Flames. He...

Women back in action at Ohio State

April 21, 2006

It's been quite some time since Minnesota's women's golf team took to the course for competitive action - almost five weeks, to be exact. A perfect amount of time to put the Gophers' rough season - up...

Bernstein’s 500th win is Gophers’ first conference win

April 10, 2006

With two on and no out in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 2-2 ballgame against Wisconsin on Sunday, Minnesota's softball team's second baseman Valerie Alston and co-coach Julie Standering had a decision...

Interior line shuffle key to spring session

April 10, 2006

Most of the talk surrounding Minnesota's football team's spring practices has been about who is going to replace star running back Laurence Maroney, who decided in late December to forgo his senior season...

Irmen follows Potulny, departs early for NHL

April 6, 2006

Another Wednesday, another early departure for Minnesota's men's hockey team. This time it was junior forward Danny Irmen, who will forgo his senior season as he has come to terms on a two-year deal with...

Potulny, Kessel and Goligoski honored

April 5, 2006

A trio of Minnesota's men's hockey players - junior forward Ryan Potulny, sophomore defenseman Alex Goligoski and freshman forward Phil Kessel - continued to pile up their postseason accolades as the three...

Shocking NCAA loss overshadows success

March 31, 2006

When asked for a fitting epitaph for his team's 2005-2006 season, Minnesota's men's hockey coach Don Lucia let out a long sigh. "Good question," Lucia said. "I don't know. I don't think I could have one...

Potulny to sign contract with Flyers

March 30, 2006

On a day when Ryan Potulny surprisingly was not selected as one of the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, the junior forward on Minnesota's men's hockey team made a decision of his own: to make...

Futures of Potulny and Irmen still unclear

March 29, 2006

Now that the Minnesota's men's hockey season is over, much of the talk surrounding the team has shifted to the status of two of the Gophers' highest-profile players, junior forwards Ryan Potulny and Danny...

North Dakota takes regional

March 27, 2006

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - In pulling off the massive upset of Minnesota's men's hockey team Friday night, Holy Cross beat a talented team that was anything but peaking at the right time. In Saturday night's...

Gophers rocked in first round

March 27, 2006

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - To say you'd need to have seen it to believe it is cliché. And in this case, it's also not true. Belief doesn't set in the moment you see Minnesota men's hockey goalie Kellen...

First-round defeat leaves Minnesota at a real loss

March 27, 2006

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Many tears were shed in the locker room of Minnesota's men's hockey team after its shocking 4-3 loss to Holy Cross in the NCAA West Regional on Friday. But there were just as many vacant...

Improved defense a key at regional

March 24, 2006

Long known for its high-powered offenses, Minnesota's men's hockey team came into the Final Five riding a stingy defense that was in full lockdown mode. Forwards, defensemen and goalies all were contributing...

Pair of Dakotans returns home

March 23, 2006

Growing up in Fargo, N.D., Danny Irmen got a firsthand look at just how big the Minnesota-North Dakota men's hockey rivalry is, and he dreamt he one day would be a part of it. It's hard to imagine Irmen...

With Elliott solid in net, Badgers again a threat

March 21, 2006

For most of the season, Wisconsin goalie Brian Elliott was perhaps the nation's best collegiate goalie, posting an 18-2-2 record with his name mentioned first and loudest in any Hobey Baker conversation. Then...

Sweep in first week turns to struggle in finals

March 20, 2006

Less than 16 hours after suffering a surprising and heartbreaking defeat, Minnesota's men's hockey team was forced to try to muster the energy to step back on the ice and battle one of its arch rivals. What...

Gophers to travel to N.D. for NCAA regional

March 20, 2006

For a while now it's been assumed Minnesota's men's hockey team would be placed in the West Regional of the 16-team NCAA Tournament. What was assumed became definitive Sunday morning when it was announced...

North Dakota wins WCHA

March 20, 2006

An 8-7 overtime upset of Minnesota's men's hockey team Friday night left St. Cloud State one win away from its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2002-2003 season. All that stood in the Huskies...

WCHA playoffs open at Mariucci Arena against Anchorage

March 10, 2006

For Minnesota's men's hockey team, it's time to put the razors away and start letting those beards grow. In other words, it's playoff time - the time of year when hockey players, long known for their superstitions,...

Kessel talks about season, playoffs

March 9, 2006

Freshmen in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association usually go through an extensive, perhaps seasonlong, learning curve as they try to adapt to playing in arguably the nation's toughest conference. Phil...

Despite MacNaughton win, players keep distance

March 7, 2006

Watching Minnesota's men's hockey team accept the MacNaughton Cup on Friday night, it was clear the Gophers were a team proud of their accomplishment. It was also clear none of them were going to get too...

Gophers seal WCHA title with two wins

March 6, 2006

Don Lucia's teams have won a lot of things in his nearly seven seasons as coach of Minnesota's men's hockey team. Most notably, his teams won back-to-back national titles in 2002 and 2003, and Western...

Gophers head into postseason on long hot streak

March 6, 2006

The zamboni was barely done refinishing the ice at Mariucci Arena on Saturday night and already the talk was shifting toward next weekend for Minnesota's men's hockey team. That's because next weekend,...

Roll continues with easy home sweep of Duluth

March 6, 2006

Minnesota's men's hockey team came into its regular season-ending series with Duluth with one goal in mind: Continue to stay hot. This was really all the Gophers had to play for this weekend, considering...

Gophers close year at home vs. Duluth

March 3, 2006

It's going to be a weekend full of special events for Minnesota's men's hockey team. On Friday night the team will have its senior night ceremonies before the game. Then it'll receive a pair of trophies...

Frazee takes lumps, lessons in net

March 2, 2006

If a player struggled to live up to considerable hype, watched as the job he was competing for was claimed by someone else and went through off-ice troubles, you would say he's had a heck of a rough career,...

Minnesota will try to retain focus against Alaska-Anchorage

February 24, 2006

A struggling team with a 1-13-2 mark over its past 16 games ' a team that will be without its No. 1 goalie and team captain, who is also one of its leading scorers. This is Alaska-Anchorage, the last place...

Improvement in all facets of game facilitates hot run

February 23, 2006

Since early December, Minnesota's men's hockey team hasn't necessarily been unbeaten. Then again, the Gophers haven't been too far off, either. Top-ranked Minnesota (21-6-5, 16-5-3 Western Collegiate Hockey...

After a two-game return, Chucko goes back to the ranks of the injured

February 22, 2006

Friday nightís contest against Denver at Mariucci Arena marked a return to the lineup for Minnesotaís menís hockey forward Kris Chucko. Chucko had missed the Feb. 10-11 series at Michigan Tech with...

Gophers control WCHA title destiny

February 21, 2006

No matter what sport is being discussed, when the season is nearing its end, teams always talk about wanting to control their own destiny. Minnesotaís menís hockey team has just such a power now. As...

Minnesota sweeps into first place

February 20, 2006

Minnesotaís menís hockey team took more than 50 minutes to score its third goal Friday night. The Gophers didnít take nearly that long to get goal No. 3 Saturday night, scoring their third marker just...

Minnesotas stars outshine Pioneers best

February 20, 2006

For Minnesotaís menís hockey team: forwards Ryan Potulny, Danny Irmen and Phil Kessel and defensemen Chris Harrington and Alex Goligoski. Statistics coming into the weekend: 58 goals, 97 assists (155...

Denvers late surge makes series at Mariucci a fight for first

February 17, 2006

Junior forward Danny Irmen said this of Denver before Minnesotaís menís hockey teamís first series with the Pioneers in mid-November: ìThey tend to kind of start slower, and theyíre always hot at...

Line shakeup results in change of fortune for Stoa

February 16, 2006

There was a good deal of hype surrounding Ryan Stoa coming into Minnesotaís menís hockey teamís 2005-2006 season. And when looking at Stoa on paper, it seemed to be justifiable. Stoa was a 6-foot, 3-inch,...

Irmen returns to practice, Denver series status uncertain

February 15, 2006

Minnesotaís menís hockey team now has two players wearing jerseys with white crosses on them in practice. That addition occurred Tuesday as star junior forward Danny Irmen returned to the ice. Irmen...

Chucko makes return from shoulder injury

February 14, 2006

Minnesota's men's hockey sophomore forward Kris Chucko admitted he was a little winded, but ultimately, feeling good. That's because Chucko returned to practice Monday after missing this weekend's Michigan...

Power play outage dims series in Houghton

February 13, 2006

HOUGHTON, Mich. " Minnesota's men's hockey team's power play unit consistently has been one of the best in the nation throughout the season. In fact, the unit has been ranked first in the nation for the...

Gophers take three points at MTU

February 13, 2006

HOUGHTON, Mich. " Minnesota's men's hockey team's offensive showing against Michigan Tech in Friday's 7-4 win was overpowering to the point that there was no reason to expect anything different Saturday. While...

Forward injuries lead to reshuffled line combos

February 10, 2006

Over the past month or so, it finally seemed like the line combinations were coming together for Minnesota's men's hockey team following much early season juggling. All four lines were producing offensively...

Oh Golly … he’s good, but greatness is the goal for Goligoski

February 9, 2006

All-American Keith Ballard, All-American Paul Martin and All-American " and Hobey Baker award-winner " Jordan Leopold. There have been more than a few successful offensive defensemen during Don Lucia's...

Gophers alumnus plays for U.S. Olympic hockey team

February 6, 2006

From 1999 to 2002, defenseman Jordan Leopold had a storied college career at Minnesota that included a national title and the Hobey Baker Award in 2002. Upon graduating, he joined the Calgary Flames and...

Irmen out after shoulder injury in Madison

January 31, 2006

Junior forward Danny Irmen perhaps was the best player on the ice for Minnesota's men's hockey team in its sweep of Wisconsin this past weekend. Irmen recorded three goals and two assists (five points)...

Junior class instrumental in sweep at Kohl

January 30, 2006

MADISON, Wis. " Coach Don Lucia has been preaching all season that in order for Minnesota's men's hockey team to be successful, it will be the experienced players " not the much-hyped freshman class "...

Gophers sweep way into tie for first

January 30, 2006

MADISON, Wis. " While there were more than a few signs that the balance of power in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association might be shifting about 270 miles west of here this weekend, perhaps the biggest...

Minnesota hopes for flipped script at Kohl

January 27, 2006

Since a humbling sweep at the hands of Wisconsin at home in early December " by scores 4-3 and 4-0 " Minnesota's men's hockey team has been on a tear. The Gophers have racked up a 9-1-0 record and perhaps...

Kessel looking forward to Wisconsin homecoming

January 26, 2006

The Great American Hope. The next Big Thing. Perhaps the greatest American-born hockey player of all time. Phil Kessel, the phenom freshman forward on Minnesota's men's hockey team, has had many glowing...

Weekend series at Wisconsin suddenly has WCHA championship implications

January 24, 2006

Going into last weekend's slate of games, it seemed a near lock that the McNaughton Cup " awarded to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's men's regular season champion " would belong to Wisconsin. The...

Gophers solid in home sweep

January 23, 2006

In the opinion of Minnesota's men's hockey coach Don Lucia, his team began to play hockey at about 4 p.m. Saturday. That wouldn't have been a problem, except for the fact that the game actually started...

Briggs’ stellar play helps Minnesota to home series sweep

January 23, 2006

Friday night was relatively easy for Kellen Briggs. The junior goaltender on Minnesota's men's hockey team faced just 21 shots in the Gophers' 4-2 win over Colorado College. The win was the 57th of Briggs'...

Colorado College comes to Mariucci in battle for second

January 20, 2006

Mariucci Arena, home of Minnesota's men's hockey team, is well-known across college hockey as a frightening place for visiting teams. Since the start of the 2000-2001 season (including playoffs), Gophers'...

Bostrom’s game making him tough to overlook

January 19, 2006

Coming into the season, it would have been easy to overlook Justin Bostrom. For one thing, Bostrom is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, making him one of the shortest members on Minnesota's men's hockey team. But...

Quick Friday start yields two weekend points

January 17, 2006

Although the weekend began as well as it could for Minnesota's men's hockey team, it ended with a performance that left something to be desired. In a game that was there for the taking Saturday night,...

Borgen leaves Gophers for USHL, rest of team looking for consistency after the holidays

December 14, 2005

Minnesota's men's hockey forward Brent Borgen will leave the team to play for the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League for the rest of the season, Lincoln assistant coach Derek Reynolds said...

North Dakota natives help Gophers sweep the Sioux at Engelstad

December 12, 2005

GRAND FORKS, N.D. " When Danny Irmen was sent to the penalty box early in the second period of Friday's game against North Dakota, the junior Minnesota men's hockey forward got more than his fair share...

Gophers rebound with big sweep

December 12, 2005

GRAND FORKS, N.D. " Keeping with the rollercoaster theme that has been the 2005-2006 season, it's fitting Minnesota's men's hockey team would turn in a performance like this. The Gophers rebounded from...

Minnesota looks to stop skid vs. Sioux

December 9, 2005

Last weekend, Minnesota's men's hockey team faced a Wisconsin team that was, stylistically, its exact opposite. This weekend, the Gophers head on the road to take on another rival, this one much more similar,...

Leaky defense in need of plugs this weekend

December 8, 2005

Before last weekend's series with Wisconsin, Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia said the performance of the team's defense was going to be far more important than the performance of the offense. He...

Elliott sparkles as Gophers stumble

December 5, 2005

There were many glaring differences between Minnesota's men's hockey team and Wisconsin this weekend, but no contrast was more visible than the one between the pipes. Wisconsin goaltender Brian Elliott...

Gophers dominated at Mariucci

December 5, 2005

Coming into the weekend, there was but a three-spot gap in the polls between Minnesota's men's hockey team and its opponent, Wisconsin. The Gophers sat at No. 4 while the Badgers were at the top. From...

Strength against strength at Mariucci

December 2, 2005

In hotly contested rivalries, it's always nice if one team is very strong in one aspect of the game and the other is very strong in the completely opposite aspect. Such is the case with Minnesota's men's...

Special teams renaissance converges with on-ice resurgence

December 1, 2005

In life, a jump from .19 to .27 or a drop from .16 to .11 doesn't mean a whole lot in most situations. But, if you're talking hockey, and the jump is in power-play percentage and the drop is in penalty...

Hockey team receives verbal from top 2007-2008 forward

November 29, 2005

Mike Hoeffel, considered one of the top recruits available for the 2007-2008 season, verbally committed to play for Minnesota's men's hockey team. Hoeffel is a 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pound forward currently...

Wolverine State trip provides a win and a tie

November 28, 2005

Another weekend on the road, another three-point performance for Minnesota's men's hockey team. The seventh-ranked Gophers stretched their unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2) after skating to a 2-2 tie...

Rivalries rekindled at Showcase

November 23, 2005

Aside from the colors of the jerseys, there aren't a whole lot of differences between Minnesota's men's hockey team and the Michigan Wolverines. Both schools have won a pair of national championships in...