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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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

Big things expected for sophomore at Griak

September 21, 2000

At the blackjack table, Minnesota's Will McComb would hit on a pair of face cards. Faced with the option of truth or dare, the sophomore cross country runner would choose dare every time. And his devil-may-care...

Determined Eggleston leads hopeful Gophers runners

September 21, 2000

After three years on the women's cross country team, Minnesota's Elaine Eggleston has a new perspective for her last. Though she ran to all-Midwest Regional and second-team all-Big Ten honors in her sophomore...

ussie leads increased rugby club dedication

September 20, 2000

Coach David Finkel of the men's club rugby team lists precision, concentration and pride as the cardinal elements for on-field success. This trifecta, in one form or another, permeates every aspect of...

Corners keep hitting without Carter

September 5, 2000

Strong safety Clorenzo Griffin inherited much scrutiny and expectation long before Saturday's game. Of Minnesota's four new defensive starters, Griffin stood out, thanks to solid play. In tallying seven...

Przybilla booed, traded to Milwaukee

August 21, 2000

From early on, those in attendance at Target Center for the NBA Draft on June 28, made one thing certain -- players who left the state of Minnesota on bad terms remain unforgiven. It started with the announcement...

Sprinter ready to get back in race

August 21, 2000

Minnesota's Steve Burkholder is as much a track and field fan as he is a participant. The senior sprinter has anxiously watched the summer Olympic trials in Sacramento, Calif., while the top track athletes...

Tyrone Carter makes NFL debut with Vikings

August 21, 2000

He was kept out of the defensive lineup until late in the game, then kept out of action by his position at free safety. He missed a few tackles and admits to having misread a few alignments, but his indomitable...

Nystrom kicks Gophers up a notch

August 16, 2000

Dan Nystrom is everywhere. The Sports Illustrated photograph of Nystrom's game-winning field goal against Penn State is featured on promotional materials, the media guide cover and billboards around town. Football...

Carter trades in maroon for purple at Metrodome

August 7, 2000

He was kept out of the defensive lineup until late in the game, then kept out of action by his position at free safety. He missed a few tackles and admits to having misread a few alignments, but his indomitable...

ersby chooses pro baseball over Gophers football

August 2, 2000

Fifth-year senior quarterback Andy Persby announced his decision Monday to leave Minnesota's football program, affecting the team on many levels. Persby missed spring ball to play for the Gophers baseball...

Mason not discouraged by preseason rankings

July 31, 2000

CHICAGO -- Take a bow, Big Ten conference. To your credit in 1999 -- seven teams played in a bowl game, including a Rose Bowl champion, a Heisman Trophy and the following national awards: Bednarik, Butkus,...

1999 surprises eye continuity in 2000 season

July 31, 2000

CHICAGO -- At last week's Big Ten Kickoff luncheon, Michigan was selected as the 2000 Big Ten preseason favorite by the attending media. Wisconsin and Purdue followed the Wolverines. While these teams...

Lucia hopes to solve scheduling woes

July 12, 2000

After enduring a near-miss of last year's NCAA tournament, Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia already has positioned the Gophers to avoid a similar situation this season. Lucia guided Minnesota through...

Summer league features local talent young and old

July 10, 2000

It's a showcase for competitive basketball, an educational opportunity for players and a chance for fans to see their favorite native sons. It's Howard Pulley Basketball. Founded in 1989 by Rene Pulley...

After trade with Houston, Milwaukee GM gets his man

June 30, 2000

The man behind the trade that sent Joel Przybilla from Houston to Milwaukee -- Bucks general manager Ernie Grunfeld -- is a man of blind faith. Though Przybilla, selected with the ninth pick, did not visit,...

Przybilla booed, passed to Bucks

June 30, 2000

From early on, those in attendance at Target Center for Wednesday night's NBA Draft made one thing certain -- players who left the state of Minnesota on bad terms remain unforgiven. It started with the...

An underclassman’s dilemma: Stay or NBA?

June 28, 2000

Year after year, the aqueduct that is the NBA Draft channels top basketball players from a large talent reservoir to teams who thirst for their services. This evening at the Target Center, players will...

Boxer wins again in ring, fights Board outside ropes

June 26, 2000

CARLTON, Minn. -- Eight months and one day after winning his first professional bout, 44-year-old Gene Schultz of St. Paul -- amputated right leg and all -- won again on Friday at the Black Bear Casino. For...

Three Gophers have eyes on NHL Draft

June 23, 2000

By the conclusion of this weekend's NHL Entry Draft in Calgary, Alberta, three Gophers hockey players -- two current and one incoming -- will learn their skills are wanted by one of the league's 30 teams. For...

Former Gopher serves up shot at Wimbledon

June 16, 2000

Former University tennis standout Tom Chicoine is a hit single. Since breaking into the ATP Tour rankings -- at No. 1,093 -- early last July, Chicoine's ascent to his current position at No. 256 is the...

Miskovich helps stifle ‘Line of Fire’

March 16, 2000

When his coaches told him he'd spend a weekend on the firing line, Minnesota's Aaron Miskovich went willingly, shunning the customary cigarette and blindfold. The senior forward led the Gophers' staunch...

Gophers earn split with Sioux

March 16, 2000

In loss, the red around Adam Hauser's eyes blazed like the oft-lit goal light which prematurely ended his evening. In victory, the junior goaltender donned a smile as bright as his play. Win or lose, the...

Bickerstaff emerges as new on-court leader

December 15, 1999

While he participated in conditioning drills at men's basketball practice this week, Minnesota forward John-Blair Bickerstaff took notice of the straight-faced expression on team trainer Roger Schipper's...

Maine is an unknown for Minnesota

December 10, 1999

Defending national champion Maine is in town Saturday, pitting the Gophers against their sternest competition to date. The fourth-ranked Bears boast senior forward Cory Larose, who leads the team in goals...

Burleson grows into role with Gophers

December 8, 1999

When former coach Clem Haskins began recruiting Doug Wrenn out of O'Dea High School in Seattle, he opened up a pipeline from Washington to Minnesota. Though Wrenn went on to Connecticut, the Gophers got...

Nathaniel’s exit leaves Monson wondering why

December 7, 1999

Reasons for the departure of former guard Kevin Nathaniel from the Minnesota men's basketball teams remain a bit of a mystery to coach Dan Monson. Following the Valparaiso game on Saturday, Nathaniel...

Gophers plow through tough play, win 57-44

December 6, 1999

Valparaiso coach Homer Drew joined Minnesota's Dan Monson behind the press table for a warm and fuzzy moment following the Gophers' (5-0) 57-44 win Saturday afternoon. Drew stood with a hand on Monson's...

Gophers ready for Euro Valparaiso

December 3, 1999

Try as he might, Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson proved himself just another college basketball fan unacquainted with Valparaiso athletes. Asked about the Crusaders players he's impressed with,...

Gophers hope to pick up pace for Cavaliers

November 30, 1999

Talk about a scheduling shift. The Virginia men's basketball team comes into Williams Arena tonight fresh off a fifth-place finish at the Puerto Rico Shootout. For Cavaliers second-year coach Pete Gillen,...

Gophers look flat in win over Morehead

November 29, 1999

Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson played the role of an aggravated foreman after his team's 86-67 win over Morehead State on Saturday. In the win, the Gophers deviated from the blueprints and...

Plasencia struggled with redshirts, NCAA rules

November 24, 1999

Minnesota men's cross country coach Steve Plasencia made a coaching error that affected the redshirt status of four of his runners this season. Plasencia, recently voted 1999 Midwest Region cross country...

Gophers prepped for troubling Marquette

November 23, 1999

In 1998, the Minnesota men's basketball team made Marquette a casualty in its National Invitational Tournament title run. Upon dispatching the Eagles 73-71 at Williams Arena, Minnesota went on to New York...

Iowa’s last gasp puts Hawkeyes’ crowd on edge

November 22, 1999

IOWA CITY-- In a scene eerily reminiscent to the one at State College, Penn., two weeks ago, Minnesota's win at Iowa (1-10, 0-8 Big Ten) came down to the last drive. But this time, the Gophers (8-3, 5-3)...

Gophers look to romp past lowly Hawks

November 19, 1999

Since 1987, the Minnesota football team has known one thing about its season finale:It's Over Without A bowl bid. Minnesota and the Hawkeyes have played one another in the last conference game of the year...

Przybilla says he’s still a Gopher

November 18, 1999

In a brief media address an hour before Wednesday's practice, center Joel Przybilla announced his return to the University's men's basketball team after a two-day hiatus. "I'd like to thank coach (Dan)...

Rugby team putting in off-season miles

November 18, 1999

Plagued by injury, inexperience and finances, the University men's club rugby team turned down a postseason bid this fall. To avoid such a slide when the schedule resumes next spring, coach Dave Finkel...

Hard-working Hoffman leads tough defense

November 18, 1999

Sean Hoffman's voice stands out among the others during practice at Rod Wallace Field. Usually the linebacker's deep voice is heard calling out the defenses. Other times he employs his pipes to change...

Przybilla absent as Gophers earn win

November 16, 1999

Exhibition games are not supposed to be very laborious. The visitor -- in Monday's case Ural Great-Russia -- is expected to come in and give the home team, in this case Minnesota, a worthy opponent. The...

Gophers contain Randle El to beat Indiana 44-20

November 15, 1999

Previously this season, Minnesota faced the Big Ten's best quarterback, Purdue's Drew Brees, and lost. Last weekend, the Gophers faced arguably the best athlete in the conference -- Penn State linebacker...

Quarterback duel takes center stage

November 12, 1999

One year ago, the Minnesota football team played Indiana in a game of two programs with 4-5 records trying to keep hopes of a winning season alive. When it ended in Bloomington, Ind., the Gophers added...

Gophers’ prospects improve with win

November 11, 1999

As expected, the Gophers' upset over Penn State created quite a stir in the college football world. The victory story found its way to the pages of this week's Sports Illustrated, confirming that a buzz...

Dayne poised to set new rushing mark

November 10, 1999

Wisconsin's Ron Dayne, a running back who combines a battleship-like upper body with the legs of a speedboat, is poised to reach a landmark NCAA record this weekend against Iowa. The senior All-American...

Minnesota win leaves Lions at a loss

November 8, 1999

STATE COLLEGE, Penn.,-- Penn State coach Joe Paterno, a man who's sampled every item on the college football menu over the last 50 years, looked like he still needed a few moments. Postgame sweat matted...

Carter sets new NCAA mark in Gophers’ win

November 8, 1999

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. -- On the way up Interstate 99 to State College, there are signs for a small city on the Pennsylvania map called Tyrone. About 25 miles away at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, a 5-foot-9...

Gophers defender whirls back into school, action

November 4, 1999

When Gophers defensive end Greg White comes out of his stance to rush the quarterback, he's taking a calculated risk. The East Orange, N.J., product is particularly fond of employing a spin move as his...

Monson’s staff anchored by new assistant coaches

November 4, 1999

Minnesota coach Dan Monson and his men's basketball team are heading straight into the upcoming season amid uncertainty of what's to come. Undaunted, Monson rests his faith in the hand-picked staff. In...

Penn State defense offers up no quarter

November 3, 1999

Add one more Penn State standout to this season's Big Ten defensive player of the week list. Senior end Courtney Brown keyed the Lions defense in the team's 27-7 win at Illinois. Brown registered eight...

Arrington gets hot after slow start for Lions

November 2, 1999

Minnesota running back Thomas Hamner recently pondered the question: If you were an NFL general manager, who would be your first choice for linebacker, Ohio State's Na'il Diggs, or Penn State's LaVar Arrington? Hamner...

U Facilities Management employee is ready to rumble

November 2, 1999

One short, powerful punch -- just the kind his idol Rocky Marciano would throw. A right uppercut delivered by Gene Schultz -- a 44-year-old University Facilities Management employee with an artificial...

Women’s hoops hopes for more improvement, wins

November 1, 1999

CHICAGO -- Minnesota women's basketball coach Cheryl Littlejohn knows the three R's spell success in school. But for success on the court, another R -- recruiting -- is the key. "For us, we're at the bottom...