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Back on track, hockey team ready for title run

December 13, 2000

To prepare his hockey team on Sunday night for an otherwise meaningless exhibition against Russia's Regional Select Team, Gophers coach Don Lucia posed a question. "I asked the guys before the game, 'We've...

Gophers offense destroys Braves

December 11, 2000

The excitement, the pure audacity of Paul Martin's goal from the blueline just seven seconds into Saturday's game moved Minnesota to change its usual celebration of such events. Instead of skating by the...

Hockey team looking to end losing skid against dangerous Quinnipiac

December 8, 2000

In 1999-2000, Quinnipiac University created a buzz not normally associated with teams in their second season of Division I men's hockey. The Braves dominated the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, going...

Senden makes strides even as Gophers scramble to find footing

December 7, 2000

Sidelined for eight games by an injured knee, Minnesota's Stuart Senden pined for the opportunity to join his teammates. The senior forward returned to action Nov. 24 against Michigan State, netting the...

Lucia skates hockey team after lackluster effort at Denver

December 5, 2000

The nets stayed against the boards and not a puck could be found on the ice, but practice was definitely in session for the Minnesota men's hockey team Monday. The sound of coach Don Lucia's whistle reverberated...

Future slashers could hack on pine

December 4, 2000

DENVER -- Minnesota coach Don Lucia is tired of his team's penchant for taking slashing penalties, so he's threatening to slash future offenders from his lineup sheet. The Gophers were called for slashing...

Sweep by Denver has hockey team searching for answers

December 4, 2000

DENVER -- Down 3-1 late in Saturday's game with Denver, Minnesota coach Don Lucia pulled goaltender Adam Hauser to provide his team a 6 on 5 man advantage and a chance to get back in the game. Hauser came...

Minnesota hopes to leave third-period blues at home

December 1, 2000

Swept out of the College Hockey Showcase by Michigan State and Michigan last weekend, No. 7 Minnesota fell from its perch as the nation's second-ranked team. "It was kind of the bottom of everything,"...

Gophers hope western trip doesn’t send them south in standings

November 29, 2000

Minnesota travels to Denver this weekend, where coach George Gwozdecky has led the Pioneers to a streaky 4-7-1 record this season. Three losses, one win. Two losses, one win. Two losses, one win. Two wins,...

Hockey team gets workout after being swept

November 28, 2000

After watching his team lose two games in sluggish fashion last weekend, Gophers hockey coach Don Lucia didn't get in his players' faces. Instead, Lucia put them on their faces to conclude Monday's practice...

Cammalleri helps Michigan regain spark

November 27, 2000

A pair of three-point performances by Mike Cammalleri guided Michigan to a pair of wins in the College Hockey Showcase. The Wolverines center notched a goal and two assists in a 3-2 win at Wisconsin last...

Michigan schools showcase superior talents

November 27, 2000

Coming into November, a month featuring eight games against five 2000 NCAA tournament teams, the Gophers men's hockey team faced questions about their legitimacy. Convincing sweeps of Wisconsin and St....

Gophers continue tough November schedule at home

November 22, 2000

It's the type of play likely to end up on a tape of hockey bloopers, but Michigan coach Red Berenson was not amused. Twenty-six seconds into last Saturday's game with Alaska Fairbanks, Wolverines goaltender...

Men’s hockey takes shot against No. 1 Michigan State

November 21, 2000

The second-ranked Gophers men's hockey team skates against their first non-conference opposition since whitewashing Notre Dame and Bemidji State in early October. No. 1 Michigan State and No. 7 Michigan...

Gophers sweep St. Cloud for conference lead

November 20, 2000

Minnesota's Jordan Leopold was one of four players taxed with holding the storm door shut while St. Cloud State attackers whistled and howled through the Gophers zone. The junior defenseman dove around...

Gophers haven’t forgotten last trip to St. Cloud

November 17, 2000

After a lackluster effort resulted in a 5-0 loss against visiting St. Cloud State late last season, the Minnesota men's hockey team was subjected to a 45-minute dressing-down in the locker room. Coach...

Gophers look for revenge against St. Cloud

November 16, 2000

St. Cloud coach Craig Dahl didn't spend a great deal of time reveling in his team's sweep of Colorado College last weekend. Nevermind that his Huskies went into Colorado Springs and put the first two blemishes...

Gophers banged up after leaving Grand Forks

November 14, 2000

During a weekend when Minnesota lost two forwards and a defenseman, the team bus fittingly limped home from Grand Forks. Inclement weather and treacherous roads kept the bus from arriving in Minneapolis...

Roche bursts out with six point night

November 13, 2000

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Defending champion North Dakota endured a pair of big hits to its lineup after last season, losing big-hitting defensemen Tim O'Connell and Mike Commodore. The blueliners each stood...

Gophers, Sioux showcase best of college hockey

November 13, 2000

GRAND FORKS, N.D. --Early in the third period Saturday night, North Dakota's Bryan Lundbohm broke out of Minnesota's zone and darted up the ice with the puck. Gophers defenseman Mark Nenovich drew the...

North Dakota native returns home for showdown in Gophers uniform

November 10, 2000

As the first non-Minnesotan to play hockey for the Gophers in 13 years, Grant Potulny is reminded of his distinction by just about everyone he meets. Hands are shook, small talk is made and the moment...

Leimbek, Wendell key in unlocking Gopher depth

November 9, 2000

Minnesota senior Matt Leimbek, fresh off his two-goal performance against Alaska-Anchorage two weeks ago, fielded media questions with a pizza box in one hand. The sausage pizza was not some kind of unusual...

Minnesota hockey faces huge test against Sioux

November 8, 2000

Beaten-up in a physical series with Wisconsin, then raised-up to a No. 1 ranking in the polls, Minnesota's men's hockey team must now get revved-up for a series with defending national champion North Dakota. The...

Defensemen battle to hold Heatley, Badgers off scoreboard

November 6, 2000

Minnesota's starting defensemen, Matt DeMarchi and Jordan Leopold embodied the price paid for sweeping Wisconsin this weekend. Following Friday's 4-0 win, DeMarchi walked around with ice on his right wrist...

Gophers sweep Badgers to stay undefeated

November 6, 2000

When Wisconsin's Brad Winchester put a gash in the head of Minnesota's Nick Angell during a late-game tussle Saturday night, a border-battle became a blood feud. Officials began shoveling snow on the bloodied...

Gophers hockey begins tough November against Wisconsin

November 3, 2000

Earlier this week, Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia took a moment to listen as the roll call of impressive numbers were read-off. The No. 5 Gophers closed a mild October schedule undefeated (5-0-1),...

New Riddle helps solve Gophers questions

November 2, 2000

For all the upside shown by freshman Troy Riddle, the impressive addition to Minnesota's hockey team struggles to get past one set of numbers: 5-foot-11, 175 pounds. Professional scouts stare at Riddle's...

Hockey team undefeated after taking three points from Alaska-Anchorage

October 30, 2000

Whether talking about the two standings points Minnesota earned in beating Alaska-Anchorage Friday, or the one point earned in Saturday's tie, it all revolves around the point: The Gophers proved themselves...

Hockey welcomes Seawolves in early-season matchup

October 27, 2000

Minnesota hosts enigmatic Alaska-Anchorage this weekend, a sound, disciplined yet beatable team. The Seawolves are 2-2-0 after losing a pair of one-goal games to Michigan State and Michigan, then defeating...

Fiery captain Erik Westrum hopes to lead Gophers back to national title contention

October 26, 2000

Minnesota's spirited captain Erik Westrum enjoyed a career night in the Gophers 9-3 drubbing of Bemidji State two weeks ago, tallying a goal and four assists. But Westrum's evening reached its zenith on...

Hockey team to host defensive-minded Alaska

October 24, 2000

The Minnesota men's hockey team plays host to Alaska-Anchorage this weekend, the nation's leading practitioners of thinking outside the box. The Seawolves were the least-penalized NCAA team last season,...

Power play keeps clicking for Gophers in weekend sweep

October 23, 2000

A charter member of the WCHA in 1951, Minnesota has long been the figurative big brother to in-state teams like Minnesota-Duluth. So it was only fitting for Gophers senior Aaron Miskovich to bag one of...

Hockey stays perfect with sweep of Bulldogs

October 23, 2000

The scene from Saturday replayed on a continuous loop: The beaten goaltender on one knee with his head down, the red goal light blazing behind him and teammates offering all the sanctuary possible from...

Gophers begin tough WCHA season against Bulldogs

October 19, 2000

Minnesota averages eight goals per outing through two games this season. Minnesota-Duluth put nine goals past its opponent in an exhibition game last weekend. The recent scoring sprees will likely end...

Minnesota wins first-ever battle with Beavers

October 16, 2000

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Minnesota men's hockey team stepped off the bus and entered the John S. Glas Fieldhouse together as emissaries from the most tradition-rich program in the state. The Gophers helped...

Power play clicks again with Potulny filling in for Miller

October 16, 2000

BEMIDJI, Minn. --The pathway from Bemidji State's locker room to the ice is a green mile of sorts. Lime-colored rubber mats run the length of the narrow hallway, past a bulletin board covered in blank...

Gophers make first-ever Bemidji State trip to face off with Beavers

October 13, 2000

The Minnesota hockey program has long travelled on the Division I interstate, while Bemidji State made its way along the Division II backroads. But the disbanding of Division II hockey among in-state colleges...

Westrum takes home WCHA honors after win

October 11, 2000

Much was made of the freshmen trio who scored goals in Minnesota's 7-3 win over Notre Dame on Saturday, but it was senior captain Erik Westrum taking home WCHA player of the week honors. Westrum notched...

Penalties are plentiful in Gophers season-opening hockey game

October 9, 2000

The combined 10 goals scored between Minnesota and Notre Dame in their Saturday night game was a solid output as far as hockey goes. While the shell-shocked Irish goalies may disagree, the most alarming...

Hockey team gets off to explosive start verus Irish

October 9, 2000

Somewhere between goals four and five of the Minnesota scoring barrage, amid raised sticks and pumping fists, the elusive, intangible force called momentum enveloped the Gophers hockey team. Minnesota...

Wisconsin’s Livingston fuels Badgers sweep of Gophers

October 9, 2000

Shortly before game time Friday night, Wisconsin middle blocker Sherisa Livingston sat alone on the sidelines with a look on her face both unassuming and morose. Glances toward players warming up on the...

Old teammates face off when Gophers open season in St. Paul

October 6, 2000

The Saturday meeting between the Minnesota and Notre Dame men's hockey teams temporarily weaves the careers of Don Lucia and Dave Poulin together again. Lucia and Poulin played together at Notre Dame for...

Battle-tested rookies look to make early contributions

October 5, 2000

As the Minnesota men's hockey team ushers in a potent 2000 freshman class, a common theme resonates throughout the program; these kids are more than just alright. Six of the seven newcomers played in the...

efense top priority for upcoming hockey season

October 2, 2000

Minnesota hockey coach Don Lucia concluded the afternoon portion of Friday's two-a-day practice feeling satisfied about his defensemen and newcomers. Lucia, who specifically watched the play of defensemen,...

Little preparation time for Lucia and Gophers

September 29, 2000

The Gophers men's hockey team kicks off the 2000-2001 season Friday with the year's first practice. After guiding Minnesota to a 20-19-2 record in his first year at the helm, coach Don Lucia gets an initial...

Simmons to undergo surgery on left foot

September 26, 2000

Minnesota senior point guard Terrance Simmons will have surgery Wednesday to mend a stress fracture in left foot. Simmons had X-ray's taken last Thursday after experiencing soreness in his foot. Coach...

ady runners take home invitational in style

September 25, 2000

Immediately following their first-ever win at Saturday's Roy Griak Invitational, members of the women's cross country team remained in close proximity. Amid a crowd of runners representing colleges all...

isappointment all around for men’s cross country at Griak invite

September 25, 2000

After finishing 14th at last season's Roy Griak Invitational, Minnesota cross country coach Steve Plasencia voiced concern about the state of his team. Though discouraged by the 1999 Griak performance,...

ophers announcer plans to sign off after 50 years

September 25, 2000

In the Middle Ages, kings and queens depended on the herald's voice to proclaim a guest's arrival, or provide accounts of battles across the land. Now in his 50th and final year calling Gophers football,...

riak Invitational showcases nation’s cross country best

September 22, 2000

The University men's and women's cross country teams play host this weekend to one of the nation's best-known running events: the Roy Griak Invitational. A horde of more than 2,000 runners representing...