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Moulton’s no hitter highlights Gophers’ improvements

February 25, 2013

The Gophers softball team struggled last season to beat teams they felt they should’ve beaten. That wasn’t a problem this weekend. Minnesota won four of its five games at the FGCU/LaQuinta...

First baseman Dan Olinger catches the ball to get an out against the Broncos on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Metrodome.

Gophers take three of four, gain confidence with solid opening homestand

February 25, 2013

The Gophers will play at the Metrodome a lot in the coming weeks. This weekend, they gave their hometown fans a preview of what they can hope to expect during the long homestand. Minnesota took three of...

Gophers take three points from UMD

February 24, 2013

Three points are better than two but nowhere near as good as four for the Gophers hockey team. As a tight race for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association crown winds down, the No. 2 Gophers picked up...

Gophers finish strong, earn two big points

February 22, 2013

Friday’s game between the Gophers and Minnesota-Duluth was borderline ugly at some points, but in the end, Minnesota came up with two huge WCHA points. The Gophers used two third-period goals to...

Weaker competition awaits Gophers in Florida tournament

February 21, 2013

The Gophers went 3-6 against stiff competition to open the season. Now the focus shifts to beating teams they’re supposed to beat. After two weekends of competition against teams ranked in the top...

Minnesota forward Zach Budish controls the puck against Notre Dame on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Mariucci Arena.

Return to Mariucci offers excellent chance for Gophers to snap funk

February 21, 2013

The Gophers are ranked No. 2 in the nation, but they sit fourth in the WCHA and are searching for consistency down the stretch. Minnesota (20-6-4, 12-6-4 WCHA) returns to Mariucci Arena this weekend to...

Minnesota forward Nate Condon fights for the puck against North Dakota defenseman Derek Forbort on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Mariucci Arena.

Condon finding groove after slow start

February 20, 2013

Gophers junior forward Nate Condon had an interesting talk with head coach Don Lucia before heading home for winter break. Condon had notched only three goals in the season’s first half, well below...

Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad (27) keeps the puck from Wisconsin forward Nic Kerdiles on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Badgers beat the Gophers 3-2.

Badgers freeze Gophers outdoors

February 18, 2013

CHICAGO — Playing in their first outdoor game in the modern era, the Gophers learned Sunday that it’s nearly impossible to erase a three-goal deficit outside. Wisconsin defeated the No. 2 Gophers...

Gophers close gap with conference leaders

February 16, 2013

MADISON, Wis. — With the excitement of an outdoor game Sunday looming, it was easy to forget that crucial WCHA points were up for grabs inside the Kohl Center on Friday night. The Gophers picked...

Young guns lead Gophers offense

February 14, 2013

The ideal team is an even mixture of experienced players and the youngsters waiting to take over for those players in the future. The Gophers softball team doesn’t have that mix. Minnesota has three...

Minnesota defenseman Mark Alt battles for the puck against Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Mariucci Arena.

Outdoor game in Chicago highlights series with Wisconsin

February 14, 2013

Many things will be different between the Gophers’ game Friday at Wisconsin and their game Sunday against the Badgers. The two teams will be playing in a different city and wearing different sweaters. And...

Gophers drop to No. 2 in both polls

February 12, 2013

After six weeks atop the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, the Gophers men’s hockey team now sits at No. 2. Quinnipiac jumped Minnesota in both polls, receiving 41 of the 50 first-place...

Minnesota defender Nate Schmidt drives down the ice Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the St. Cloud National Hockey and Event Center. Schmidt has scored a goal during each of the past four games.

Minnesota splits with St. Cloud State, remains five points behind in WCHA

February 11, 2013

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The Gophers and St. Cloud State gave two capacity crowds at the National Hockey and Event Center something entertaining to watch this weekend. The two teams split their regular-season...

Gophers start season 1-3 against stiff competition in Vegas

February 11, 2013

After three losses in its opening weekend, the Gophers softball team is probably hoping that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Minnesota went 1-3 against tough competition in the Sportco Kick-Off Classic...

Gophers pull away in third, beat Huskies

February 8, 2013

The Gophers put three pucks past St. Cloud State goaltender Ryan Faragher in the first period, but they needed three goals after that to secure a 4-2 win over WCHA leader St. Cloud. Zach Budish scored...

Minnesota forward Erik Haula battles for the puck against a Boston College player Dec. 30, 2012, at Mariucci Arena.

Minnesota looks to close gap with conference leader in St. Cloud

February 7, 2013

Most hockey fans believed from the start of the season that the leader of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association would be in action this weekend for the series between Minnesota and St. Cloud State. Few...

Gophers to test luck in season-opening Vegas tourney

February 7, 2013

There are still a couple of inches of snow on the ground, but spring has definitely sprung for the Gophers softball team. Minnesota will open its season this weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Sportco...

Gophers remain No. 1 in both major polls

February 5, 2013

Taking a weekend off didn’t affect the Gophers hockey team’s position in the national polls. Minnesota (18-4-4, 10-4-4 WCHA) is ranked No. 1 for the sixth straight week in both the USCHO.com...

Gophers remain No. 1, Quinnipiac closes the gap

January 28, 2013

After a splitting a home-and-home series with Minnesota State-Mankato over the weekend, the Gophers men's hockey team remained No. 1 in the USCHO.com Poll, but not by a comfy margin. Minnesota received...

Goalies shine as Gophers split with MSU

January 28, 2013

After an emotional series with North Dakota last weekend, the No. 1 Gophers knew it wasn’t going to get much easier down the stretch. No. 14 Minnesota State-Mankato proved that notion correct over...

Mavericks upset Gophers at Mariucci

January 25, 2013

Few expected Friday’s game between the Gophers and Minnesota State-Mankato to a barnburner. In that regard, the game lived up to its expectations. But the result -- a 2-1 Mavericks win -- was unexpected. Brett...

Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox.

Star freshman goalies to face off at Mariucci

January 24, 2013

It’s rare for a freshman to stand out in his first year of college hockey. It’s even rarer for a freshman to flourish in net, but Adam Wilcox and Stephon Williams are doing just that. The two...

Albert Lea High School head coach and former Gopher hockey player Roy Nystrom coaches his team during practice on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Albert Lea, Minn. After playing for the Gophers, Nystrom began coaching the Albert Lea boys hockey team in 1973 and has earned more than 600 wins over his career.

Soft-spoken hockey coach racks up wins

January 23, 2013

Former Gophers hockey player Roy Nystrom is one of the most successful high school coaches in the country, but he won’t tell you that. The soft-spoken boys’ hockey coach at Albert Lea High...

Gophers’ Condon named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week

January 22, 2013

After having one of the better weekends of his career, Minnesota junior Nate Condon was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Condon, a Wausau, Wis., native had two goals and three assists...

Minnesota defenseman Mark Alt passes past North Dakota forward Mark MacMillan on Jan. 19, 2013 at Mariucci Arena. On Friday the Gophers defeated the Sioux 5-1, but Saturday's game ended in a 4-4 tie.

Gophers take three points from rival North Dakota

January 22, 2013

Nobody won Saturday’s game between Minnesota and North Dakota at Mariucci Arena — in more ways than one. On the ice, the top-ranked Gophers erased a two-goal deficit to tie North Dakota 4-4....

Gophers take three points in final series with North Dakota

January 20, 2013

Nobody won Saturday’s game between Minnesota and North Dakota at Mariucci Arena — in more ways than one. On the ice, the top-ranked Gophers erased a two-goal deficit to tie North Dakota 4-4....

Wilcox helps Gophers preserve lead, beat North Dakota

January 18, 2013

In a series in which fights and offensive production were a given, Friday night’s contest between Minnesota and North Dakota came down to Adam Wilcox preserving the lead until the Gophers pulled...

Rau, Schmidt pace Gophers to easier win

January 12, 2013

Minnesota needed a lucky rabbit’s foot in the way of a late penalty to defeat Alaska-Anchorage on Friday. It found an easier way to win Saturday. The Gophers dominated from the start and beat the...

Gophers squeak past Alaska-Anchorage

January 12, 2013

After back-to-back games against elite college hockey programs, the Gophers' series with Western Collegiate Hockey Association cellar dweller Alaska-Anchorage would be a walk in the park, right? Wrong. Minnesota...

Gophers back up top ranking, beat No. 2 Notre Dame

January 8, 2013

For the second straight game, the nation's No. 1 team took the ice at Mariucci Arena — only Tuesday night it was the top-ranked Gophers. Minnesota beat No. 2 Notre Dame 4-1 to back up its ranking,...

Gophers make statement, dominate Boston College

December 31, 2012

When the 2012-13 Gophers men's hockey schedule was released, a couple of games stood out. Sunday night’s bout against Boston College was one of them. But No. 4 Minnesota made easy work of the top-ranked...

Minnesota defenseman Nate Schmidt plays against Minnesota State-Mankato on Nov. 2 at Mariucci Arena.

Schmidt evolves into top defenseman

December 12, 2012

Nate Schmidt was directly involved in three of the eight goals the Gophers scored last weekend at Colorado College. But that’s no surprise to people who follow the team. The junior from St. Cloud,...

Blake Thompson to leave Gophers

December 12, 2012

Sophomore hockey defenseman Blake Thompson will leave the Gophers after this semester, Minnesota head coach Don Lucia announced Tuesday. “While I’m disappointed in Blake’s decision to...

Minnesota forward Tom Serratore skates against Minnesota State-Mankato on Nov. 2 at Mariucci Arena.

Blown lead forces team to settle for tie, 3 points

December 10, 2012

The Gophers started their weekend series with No. 19 Colorado College with a roar but finished it with a whimper. Despite holding a 3-0 lead after the first period Saturday, Minnesota tied Colorado College...

Minnesota forward Nate Condon steals the puck from Omaha on Saturday night versus Omaha at Mariucci Arena.

First-half finale to test Gophers’ defense

December 6, 2012

Colorado College boasts the No. 2 scoring offense in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. But it allows a lot of goals, too. Minnesota will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend for its...

Skjei, Reilly make U.S. juniors’ preliminary roster

December 4, 2012

Brady Skjei and Mike Reilly are one step closer to representing the United States in the 2013 International Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. The two freshmen defensemen have been named to the...

Minnesota forward Christian Isackson passes the puck against Omaha on Saturday night at Mariucci Arena.

Topsy-turvy series produces split

December 3, 2012

In one of its more strenuous tests early this season, Minnesota battled highs and lows to split with Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend. The Gophers opened their last-ever conference series against the Mavericks...

Gophers’ offense dries up in 3-2 loss

November 30, 2012

Minnesota started well against Nebraska-Omaha on Friday. Then things went south, and the Gophers lost 3-2. “The chain fell off the bike tonight,” head coach Don Lucia said. “[The Mavericks]...

Sophomore forward Kyle Rau skates against Minnesota State on Nov. 2 at Mariucci Arena.

Minnesota takes momentum into series vs. Omaha

November 29, 2012

The Gophers will play Nebraska-Omaha for the last time in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association this weekend at Mariucci Arena, ending a short conference rivalry. Omaha joined the WCHA in 2010 and...

Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox grabs the puck during a game against Minnesota State on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Mariucci Arena.

Gophers heat up, sweep Vermont

November 26, 2012

A road series against a Hockey East Conference team meant that the No. 4 Gophers spent part of Thanksgiving on a plane. Sweeping Vermont made their holiday travels worth it. The Gophers’ offense...

Minnesota forwards Christian Isackson, left, and Tom Serratore, center, make a play for a goal against Wisconsin goalie Joel Rumpel on Nov. 17, 2012 at Mariucci Arena.

Minnesota takes improvements east

November 21, 2012

The Gophers men’s hockey program has never played at Vermont‘s home rink. That will change this weekend. Minnesota will make the nearly 1,000-mile pilgrimage to Burlington, Vt., to skate with...

Solid NCAA finish ends Wilson’s long career

November 19, 2012

Head coach Gary Wilson’s career ended over the weekend as the Gophers women’s cross country team finished 22nd at the NCAA championships. Minnesota entered the event ranked 25th in the nation. “It...

Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad takes down Wisconsin defender Jake McCabe on Saturday at Mariucci Arena. The Gophers defeated the Badgers 3-1.

Minnesota ties, beats Wisconsin

November 19, 2012

The old adage is that when two rival teams play, you can throw their records out the window. Wisconsin proved that to be true at Minnesota this weekend. The Gophers and Badgers skated to a 2-2 tie Friday...

Gophers, Badgers skate to tie

November 16, 2012

Wisconsin’s men’s hockey team was supposed to have a down year, but it hardly showed it Friday when it met rival Minnesota at Mariucci Arena. The Gophers and Badgers battled throughout the...

Wilcox takes job security into border battle

November 15, 2012

If any questions remained about the Gophers’ starting goaltender, the team answered them this week. Junior Michael Shibrowski sustained an injury in practice Tuesday and will be out for a couple...

Pressure eludes Gophers at NCAAs

November 15, 2012

Minnesota’s women’s cross country team will end its season this weekend, regardless of where the team finishes at the NCAA championships. That’s the reason assistant coach Sarah Hesser...

Wilcox named WCHA Rookie of the Week

November 14, 2012

After recording his second-career shutout and a 21-save performance against Alaska-Anchorage, Minnesota freshman Adam Wilcox was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week on Tuesday.  Wilcox...

Women advance to NCAAs, men conclude season

November 12, 2012

The Gophers women’s cross country team extended head coach Gary Wilson’s career another week by earning a NCAA championship bid this weekend. Minnesota finished third at the 31-team NCAA Midwest...

Minnesota takes 3 of 4 in Alaska

November 12, 2012

The Gophers were in an unlikely position Saturday when they trailed Alaska-Anchorage in the third period. Minnesota had dominated the Seawolves on Friday in Anchorage, Alaska, but one day later, it had...

Freshman goaltender Adam Wilcox grabs the puck in the game against Minnesota State on Friday at  Mariucci Arena.

Minnesota looks to find its groove in Alaska

November 8, 2012

One might think that with a 5-2 record, the Gophers would be satisfied with the way their season has started. That’s not the case. “Our big problem right now is lacking consistency,”...