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Chucko snaps dry spell in time to bail out Minnesota

November 21, 2005

DENVER " Entering the season, it was thought that Kris Chucko would assume the role as one of Minnesota's men's hockey team's top goal scorers. Chucko had more goals (10) than any other freshman last season...

A big three points in the Rockies

November 21, 2005

DENVER " After skating to a 3-3 draw with Denver on Friday, Minnesota's men's hockey coach Don Lucia said the outcome of Saturday's contest would determine how good " or bad " the weekend ultimately was. At...

Rocky start for defending champs

November 18, 2005

Minnesota's men's hockey team's opponent this weekend, Denver, is a team that's struggling. The two-time defending national champions have stumbled to a 5-4-1 start (3-2-1 WCHA) and earned just one point...

Iron Range pair forging ahead on the same Minnesota line

November 17, 2005

Minnesota's men's hockey team has a term for teammates who have been playing together for an extended period. They call them "brothers," basically a way for the other members of the team to get a rise...

Sophomore class answers challenge

November 14, 2005

At the conclusion of last weekend's series with Duluth, Minnesota's men's hockey coach Don Lucia was not shy about his displeasure with the play of his six sophomore forwards through the first eight games...

Games different, final results the same

November 14, 2005

Coming into its weekend series with Alaska-Anchorage, things hadn't been going very well for Minnesota's men's hockey team " on or off the ice. On the ice, the Gophers had earned just one win in their...

Minnesota looks to get right against Alaska-Anchorage

November 11, 2005

For Minnesota's men's hockey coach Don Lucia, his team's season thus far can be summed up by a span of less than a minute in the Gophers' Saturday night game with Duluth. In the second period of that game,...

Lucia comments on television reports, says there will be no suspensions this weekend

November 10, 2005

Minnesota's men's hockey coach Don Lucia spoke to the media for the first time Wednesday regarding a recent KMSP-TV report that featured footage of some underage players drinking at Blarney Pub and Grill...

Day after story breaks, team doesn’t have much to say

November 8, 2005

Minnesota's men's hockey team was, for the most part, mum before practice Monday regarding a story that ran on KMSP-TV Sunday night that showed undercover footage of some underage members of the team drinking...

Goaltender helps to stonewall Gophers in Duluth

November 7, 2005

DULUTH - As bad as Minnesota's men's hockey team made things for itself by playing unevenly throughout its weekend series with Duluth, Bulldogs goaltender Isaac Reichmuth made things even worse. The senior,...

Lost trip to Duluth results in just one tie

November 7, 2005

DULUTH - Minnesota's men's hockey team was 3-7-0 in its last 10 meetings with Duluth. If there ever was a time the Gophers needed to improve that mark, it was this weekend as the team was trying to show...

Team hoping to find four points north on Interstate 35

November 4, 2005

A team heading into the season with an abnormally large freshman class trying to make up for the loss of four of its top six scorers from the previous year." That's a quick way to sum up Minnesota's men's...

Three weeks in, no leader in the race for top netminder

November 3, 2005

Minnesota's men's hockey goaltenders Kellen Briggs and freshman Jeff Frazee are not just teammates. They're also classmates in the same statistics class. That's a fitting class for the pair to be in, considering...

Weekend split west on I-94

October 31, 2005

ST. CLOUD - In its first two series of the season, Minnesota's men's hockey team proved to be quite a manic bunch, capable of some highs (week two's sweep of Minnesota State-Mankato), but also some low...

Gophers face familiar coach in SCSU

October 28, 2005

When Minnesota's men's hockey coach Don Lucia said this weekend will be much tougher on St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko than it will on him, he wasn't talking about a difference in talent level between...

Just two weeks in, Minnesota may already have its line situation straight

October 27, 2005

Coming off a loss to Alaska-Fairbanks in its regular season opener, the line chart for Minnesota's men's hockey team had a different look for game two of the series. The seventh-ranked Gophers have kept...

Balanced scoring equals sweep

October 24, 2005

Minnesota's men's hockey team just might be one of the deepest teams in the country in terms of overall talent. And a look at the box scores from the Gophers' weekend sweep of Minnesota State-Mankato reflects...

Gophers sweep Mankato

October 24, 2005

Sloppy. Unfocused. Outworked. There were many adjectives to describe the performance of Minnesota's men's hockey team in its season-opening series against Alaska-Fairbanks last weekend, but few, if any,...

Hirsch likely to miss the entire season

October 21, 2005

Minnesota's men's hockey team's star senior forward Tyler Hirsch is applying for a medical hardship waiver which would put an end to his 2005-06 season. A release from the athletics department listed only...

Great expectations fuel Wheeler forward

October 20, 2005

Minnesota's men's hockey forward Blake Wheeler is a member of a freshman class that has some pretty high expectations attached to it. Not that expectations are anything new to Wheeler. When the Phoenix...

Early hype results in just a tie

October 17, 2005

Coming into the first weekend of the regular season, Minnesota's men's hockey team was ranked No. 1 in the country. It's hard to imagine the Gophers will hold that same position coming out of the weekend,...

Can it get any better?

October 14, 2005

What do you get for the conference that has everything? In 2004-05, the WCHA had perhaps the best single year of any conference in the history of college hockey. The conference produced both the best team...

Regular season opens tonight at Mariucci Arena

October 14, 2005

While Minnesota's men's hockey team's Oct. 6 exhibition win over Alberta was nice enough, the real season starts tonight. The top-ranked Gophers open their regular season with a nonconference series against...

Sophomore class overlooked but still potent

October 13, 2005

Much of the talk surrounding the 2005-06 Minnesota men's hockey team has been about the incoming freshman class, considered one of the nation's best. But it's the group of players who were freshmen last...

Freshmen live up to hype in exhibition game at Mariucci

October 7, 2005

Many things came out of Minnesota's men's hockey team's exhibition contest with Alberta on Thursday night, but one thing stood out above all else: The kids are going to be all right. The Gophers' highly...

Hype at high level for today’s exhibition

October 6, 2005

The 85th edition of Minnesota's men's hockey team gets its season under way tonight as the Gophers host Alberta in an exhibition contest. Face-off is set for 7:07 p.m. at Mariucci Arena. Here are six things...

Despite grueling week of workouts, Minnesota wins South Dakota race

October 3, 2005

Last week was tough for Minnesota's women's cross country team. After their second-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational last Saturday, the 11th-ranked Gophers had grueling workouts Monday and Wednesday. The...

Verbal commit from top recruit

October 3, 2005

Ryan Flynn, considered one of the top college hockey recruits in the nation, verbally committed to play for the Minnesota's men's hockey team 2006-07 season on Friday. Flynn, a 6-3, 212 lb. forward playing...

Split weekend for women’s cross country team in South Dakota, Eau Claire

September 30, 2005

It's a different weekend of sorts for Minnesota's women's cross country team - the team will split off with one group going west and another going east. The 11th-ranked Gophers will send 12 runners to...

Gophers using meets to settle back of pack before NCAAs

September 29, 2005

Minnesota's men's cross country team's seventh-place performance Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational bumped the Gophers up five spots in the current top 30 poll to No. 20. But it was the performance...

High ranking heightens expectations

September 28, 2005

Finishing ahead of all but one of the six ranked teams at Saturday's Roy Griak Invitational figured to put Minnesota's women's cross country team, previously unranked, into the top 30. But few, if anyone,...

Minnesota women take second place

September 26, 2005

Running in a group that included six top 30 teams at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Minnesota's women's cross country team figured a top 10 finish would equal a strong day. If a top 10 finish...

Tough field awaits at Roy Griak Invitational

September 23, 2005

Minnesota's men's cross country coach Steve Plasencia has high praise for the Roy Griak Invitational. "It's a great meet," Plasencia said. "I don't think you'd get much argument that it's the best college...

Williams fights through injuries to excel for Minnesota

September 22, 2005

Heading into the 2005 season, it was a given that senior Lauren Williams would be the No. 1 runner on Minnesota's women's cross country team. But it hasn't always been so obvious. In fact, Williams' top...

Lineup no longer in flux after weekend in Texas

September 19, 2005

Last week, Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert said he was hoping his team would come out of the weekend's Fort Worth Plaza Invitational with a more solid playing rotation. The fifth-ranked Gophers...

Rombough’s run across the St. Croix a boon to Gophers

September 15, 2005

It seemed like the perfect fit: Chris Rombough and the University of Wisconsin. When it came time for Rombough - arguably Wisconsin's top high school cross country runner - to choose a college last fall,...

Women dominant in taking championship at Oz Memorial Run

September 12, 2005

Minnesota's women's cross country team was looking to take home the top 15 spots at Saturday's Oz Memorial Meet at the Les Bolstad Golf Course, but the Gophers fell short. By one spot. Minnesota claimed...

After NCAA drought, senior class trying to start a new streak

September 9, 2005

From 1997-2001, Minnesota's women's cross country team made it to the NCAA Championships. When the 2002 crop of freshmen entered the scene, they expected the streak to continue. Four years later, that...

Young talent important in Utah meet

September 8, 2005

With only a quarter of its 20-runner roster consisting of upperclassmen, you might think Minnesota's men's cross country team is looking to the 2005 season as a rebuilding year. That, however, is not the...

Late rally against Nebraska falls short

September 6, 2005

At the conclusion of the Diet Coke Classic on Saturday, Minnesota junior middle blocker Meredith Nelson said Monday's showdown with top-ranked Nebraska would "teach us a lot about where we need to be." What...

Seniors likely to take final bows against Wisconsin

May 6, 2005

Minnesota's softball team still has a microscopic shot to extend its 2005 season, but chances are, this weekend marks the end of the line. That would mean it is also time to bring the curtain down on the...

After early no-hitter, freshman harnesses role of observer

May 4, 2005

Minnesota's softball team had high expectations for freshman pitcher Katie Dalen. And early on, Dalen delivered. In just the seventh start of her career, Dalen recorded the 14th no-hitter in school history...

Four losses all but kill Minnesota’s Big Ten Tournament hopes

May 2, 2005

Minnesota's softball team is in a much different position coming out of the weekend than it was going in - and not for the better. The Gophers, winners of five of six Big Ten games before the start of...

Offensive revival proves piece of cupcake for Higginbotham

April 27, 2005

Eight games into Minnesota's softball team's Big Ten schedule, things were not going very well for catcher Megan Higginbotham. The sophomore was mired in a 4-for-21 slump in conference play, so she went...

Gophers win three on Indiana trip

April 25, 2005

Minnesota's softball team faced its first Big Ten road test this weekend and, all in all, it graded out pretty well. The Gophers took three out of four games, sweeping Indiana on Friday and Saturday before...

Gophers’ new defensive core begins to gel in time for Big Ten stretch run

April 21, 2005

Minnesota's softball team entered Big Ten play with an infield whose members had no conference experience playing together, and it showed early on. The Gophers' infield struggled, committing nine errors...

Gophers head into second half of Big Ten season 3-7 but with confidence

April 19, 2005

Minnesota's softball team is officially midway through its 2005 Big Ten schedule, and while all 10 conference games have been at home, that's been about the only constant so far. The first half of the...

Gophers bust slump, Spartans

April 18, 2005

Minnesota's softball team's long-dormant offense finally awoke Sunday, and Michigan State proved to be its first postslumber victim. The Gophers, who totaled just nine runs in their last seven Big Ten...

Gophers take a pair from Bison

April 15, 2005

Minnesota softball pitchers Lyn Peyer and Mandy Valadez couldn't have taken more opposite approaches on the mound Thursday. Peyer went for strikeouts and Valadez went to the ground. But both also ended...

Shortstop becoming Keen at knocking in runs

April 14, 2005

Rachel Keeney didn't even know about it until someone told her recently. But when she found out, she wasn't shocked because she knew her time would come. And it has. After totaling 19 RBIs in her first...

Big Ten elite sweep Gophers

April 11, 2005

The lineup might have changed a couple of times, but the results were all the same for Minnesota's softball team this weekend. The Gophers continued to be plagued by insufficient offense as they lost all...

Weekend with Northwestern and Michigan should be a good gauge

April 8, 2005

Minnesota's softball team's home field, Jane Sage Cowles Stadium, might look more like a gauntlet than a softball diamond this weekend. Such things happen when two of the top 20 teams in the nation are...

Gophers sweep Wisconsin-Green Bay in doubleheader

April 7, 2005

With a pair of top-25 teams coming to town this weekend, Minnesota's softball team hoped the middle of the week would provide a confidence boost. It did. The Gophers swept their Wednesday doubleheader...

Minnesota leadoff spot has a double-Sward edge

April 6, 2005

Stephanie Sward and Chrissy Sward were never extremely close as sisters growing up. Put them on the same softball team, and that changes a little bit. Make Chrissy Sward the heir apparent for her older...

Bats go cold and things fall apart after opening win

April 4, 2005

The weekend began well for Minnesota's softball team. The Gophers tied their season high for runs scored in a game in Friday's 9-4 win over Penn State in their Big Ten opener. But things went considerably...

Lineup set, team ready to begin conference play

April 1, 2005

After spending the first half of the season tinkering and tweaking, Minnesota's softball team's offensive attack is starting to take shape. And with the Big Ten season starting tonight, it couldn't have...

Gophers put arms through full workout in rout of Tommies

March 31, 2005

Usually, bad things are happening to a baseball team if it can't keep any pitchers in the game for more than an inning at a time. That was not the case for Minnesota's baseball team Wednesday. The Gophers...

Gophers double their treasures

March 28, 2005

DURHAM, N.H. - The Frozen Four was both a study in contrasts and a study in similarities for Minnesota's women's hockey team. After overwhelming Dartmouth 7-2 in the semifinals, Minnesota was pushed to...

Tremendous top line closes the deal before departing

March 28, 2005

DURHAM, N.H. - Senior Kelly Stephens said after Sunday's national championship win that she hadn't thought about the game being her last on a line with juniors Krissy Wendell and Natalie Darwitz. However,...

Familiar nemesis stands in the way of second-straight title

March 25, 2005

As Minnesota women's hockey team's program has grown, it has passed up some of the older and more established programs in women's college hockey. Dartmouth is holding out. The Green has won six of 12 matchups...

Group of five seniors preparing for fourth Frozen Four in four seasons with Minnesota

March 23, 2005

For most women's collegiate hockey players, playing in the Frozen Four is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But for five players on Minnesota's women's hockey team, it's all they've ever known. Senior...

Marten’s departure leaves Gophers with a young team ready to tackle a bumpy road

March 22, 2005

Both positives and negatives are in plenty supply when a team's roster is on the young side. Such is the case with Minnesota's softball team this season. With a 21-player roster that includes 13 underclassmen,...

Gophers beat Friars6-1 for fourth-straight Frozen Four berth

March 21, 2005

Seasons in sports rarely, if ever, follow scripts. That being said, the 2004-05 campaign of Minnesota's women's hockey team would have to be an exception to the rule, if there ever was one. A season that...

Generous break readies Gophers for road to repeat

March 10, 2005

While no team gets a full break this late in the season, what Minnesota's women's hockey team is getting is pretty close. The top-ranked Gophers (33-2-2), having already won the WCHA Tournament, have to...

Gophers recover to win WCHA

March 7, 2005

Just when it seemed as if Minnesota's women's hockey team was going to have the WCHA Tournament title taken away, the Gophers snatched it back even quicker. Junior Krissy Wendell netted the game- and tournament-winning...

Gophers rise to the occasion vs. Beavers

March 4, 2005

After 20 minutes of play Thursday, Minnesota's women's hockey team found itself in a place it had been in only three previous times all season. Behind. The Gophers, trailing Bemidji State 2-1 heading into...

Minnesota’s road to repeat begins tonight at Ridder Arena

March 3, 2005

It has been said that things are rarely better the second time around. But if everything is the same, Minnesota's women's hockey team would like to find out for itself. The top-ranked Gophers (30-2-2,...

Wendell probably won’t be back after 2006 Olympics

March 1, 2005

Minnesota women's hockey forward Krissy Wendell is listed as a junior on the roster, but it might as well list her as a senior. That's because the 2004-05 season will more than likely be Wendell's last...

Minnesota does the splits, for once: A loss Saturday leads to a Sunday shutout

February 28, 2005

Minnesota's women's hockey team saw its weekend begin with disappointment and end with satisfaction. The top-ranked Gophers earned a 1-0 win over second-ranked Minnesota-Duluth on Sunday after having their...

Gophers won’t ease up at Minn.-Duluth

February 25, 2005

Having already sewn up the WCHA regular-season championship last weekend, one might think Minnesota's women's hockey team would use the final weekend of the regular season to give some players a break. But,...

A Minnesota monopoly: Gophers’ run on state’s top talent continues

February 22, 2005

Winners of the prestigious Ms. Hockey award, which is given each year to the top high school senior in the state, could come from anywhere in Minnesota. Lately, they've ended up at the same place: on Minnesota's...

Sweep gives Gophers WCHA title

February 21, 2005

Minnesota's women's hockey team used its special teams to pull off a special feat this weekend. Scoring half of its weekend tallies on the power play, Minnesota swept Minnesota State-Mankato to clinch...

Gophers could ice WCHA title vs. Minnesota State-Mankato

February 18, 2005

Minnesota's women's hockey team had three goals it wanted to reach this season, and after this weekend, the Gophers could have one less to worry about. If top-ranked Minnesota (27-1-2, 22-0-2 WCHA) can...

Help from the Huskies: St. Cloud State win lifts Minnesota to top of conference standings

February 15, 2005

Minnesota's women's hockey team hadn't expected to take full control of the top spot in the WCHA until after this weekend's series with Minnesota State-Mankato. Thanks to St. Cloud State, however, the...

Sweep of Sioux has team back on track

February 14, 2005

If anybody had been questioning Minnesota's women's hockey team after last weekend's sluggish performance at St. Cloud State, the Gophers quieted them somewhat this weekend. Minnesota (27-1-2, 22-0-2 WCHA)...

Gophers look to tighten up defense against North Dakota

February 11, 2005

For Minnesota's women's hockey team, last weekend's series with St. Cloud State was that rare case in which the numbers did, in fact, lie. Despite allowing just one goal in each game of their sweep of...

Minnesota breezes past Drake after first doubles point

February 10, 2005

Wednesday marked the first home match of 2005 for Minnesota's men's tennis team, but it wasn't the most important first that occurred. Minnesota earned doubles point number one on the season as it downed...

McKenzie, Nichols and Ross team up to supply more than relief for top line

February 9, 2005

It's hard to imagine that Minnesota's women's hockey team, which is ranked first in the country with a record of 25-1-2, would be searching for much at this point in the season. But some injuries and a...