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Limited in game time, Rossini finds ways to leave impression

November 16, 2017

Sam Rossini came to the Gophers this year on a path similar to many others. He's learned to play at the collegiate level day by day, and it is unclear whether he will see the ice this weekend as No. 7...

Gophers defensive lineman Steven Richardson navigates the field at TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 8, 2016.

Unnoticed in stats, Steven Richardson makes impact on Minnesota defense

November 16, 2017

Defensive lineman Steven Richardson hasn't showed his impact in his season stats, but his presence on the defensive line has opened gaps for other Minnesota rushers to come through. Richardson has just...

Forward Tommy Novak goes after the puck during the Gophers game against Michigan State at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Nov. 3.

Gophers end win streak with loss and a tie

November 13, 2017

The Gophers produced the offense that the Minnesota coaching staff was waiting for, but it wasn’t enough for the win. Minnesota lost on Friday 5-4 in overtime, and tied 6-6 on Saturday against the Wolverines...

Running back Rodney Smith runs the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Minnesota turns on the scoring to rout Nebraska

November 12, 2017

Minnesota rebounded from last week's loss to surge back in its fifth win of the season Saturday. The Gophers ran away with a victory against the Cornhuskers Saturday 54-21 in Minnesota’s second Big Ten...

Benched Gophers watch a replay on the big screen during the game against Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 4 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Gophers lost to the Wolverines 33-10. 

Daily Breakdown: Minnesota should bounce back against Nebraska

November 11, 2017

Minnesota’s rivalry with Nebraska was renewed when the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten In 2011, but the results haven’t gone the Gophers’ way since then. The Cornhuskers beat Minnesota 24-17 in Nebraska...

Goalie Eric Schierhorn observes the game at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Oct. 3.

Eric Schierhorn has ‘played his best hockey as a Gopher’ this season

November 9, 2017

The Gophers’ goaltender is showing his best play early on this season. Minnesota’s junior goaltender Eric Schierhorn has won seven of 10 games for the Gophers this season, and he has a chance to make...

Wide receiver Phillip Howard eyes his opponents during the game against Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Through a ‘dip’ and a ‘surge,’ wide receiver Phillip Howard learns on the fly

November 9, 2017

For wide receiver Phillip Howard, patience is key this year. Howard is in his first season playing for the Gophers, and by adjusting to the passing game, looks to continue to make headway against Minnesota’s...

Minnesota looks to rebound against Nebraska

November 7, 2017

The Gophers are taking a break this week after their two consecutive rivalry games against Iowa and Michigan. Minnesota faces Nebraska Saturday and the Gophers will use what they learned from their losses...

Defensive lineman Nate Umlor and defensive back Adekunle Ayunde attempt to tackle Michigan quarterback Chris Evans on Saturday, Nov. 4, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Gophers lost to the Wolverines 33-10.

Michigan running backs blow by Minnesota defense

November 6, 2017

Due to inconsistencies in the passing game, the Wolverines have rotated in different quarterbacks throughout the season.  So to beat Minnesota on Saturday, Michigan went to the ground. The Gophers...

Questions from the Other Side: Michigan Daily writer Orion Sang

November 4, 2017

For this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily talks to somebody knowledgeable on the Gophers next opponent. This week, Minnesota will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan to face the Wolverines at Michigan Stadium....

Long snapper Payton Jordahl runs onto the field before a game against Middle Tennessee at TCF Bank Stadium on Sept. 16.

Gophers’ longsnapper shows his faith through service and family life

November 2, 2017

Spirituality is a big part of head coach P.J. Fleck’s culture, and longsnapper Payton Jordahl embodies that. Being the team's longsnapper, Jordahl won’t have the flashiest plays when the Gophers visit...

Forward Casey Mittelstadt follows the puck in the Gophers game against Penn State on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3M Arena at Mariucci. The Gophers won 6-3.

After coming in as a highly touted recruit, Casey Mittelstadt has proven himself at the Division I level

November 2, 2017

One of the Gophers' top scoring threats this season has been a 18-year-old freshman. Forward Casey Mittelstadt is second on the team in scoring with seven points this season. The Gophers are 5-3-0 now...

Wide receiver Mark Williams attempts to catch a pass from Quarterback Demry Croft at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Gophers lose out on Floyd of Rosedale trophy after unsuccessful final drive

October 30, 2017

The Gophers kept it close late in Saturday's game, which came down to Minnesota’s final possession. With his team down 17-10, quarterback Demry Croft was wrapped up on fourth down with 56 seconds left,...

Merrick Jackson celebrates his forced fumble with Thomas Barber at the homecoming game against Illinois at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Daily Breakdown: Gophers slight underdog against Hawkeyes

October 28, 2017

Minnesota (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten) is facing Iowa (4-3,1-3 Big Ten) Saturday for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy. The game will feature another shot for quarterback Demry Croft, who is listed as a co-starter on...

Middle blocker Molly Lohman jumps to spike the ball against Purdue on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the Maturi Pavilion.

After five sets, Gophers come out on top against Fighting Illini

October 26, 2017

Maturi Pavilion was rocking, and the No. 5 Gophers had a winning streak on the line. Minnesota (20-2, 9-2 Big Ten) beat Illinois 3-2 on Wednesday evening in a five-set win for the team’s eighth consecutive...

Jack Ramsey sees elevated role on new line for Gophers

October 26, 2017

On the defensive side of the game, forward Jack Ramsey has been a solid contributor. Ramsey has tallied two points and has blocked shots in key times for the Gophers as the team heads into their face-off...

Running back Shannon Brooks runs with the ball on Saturday, Sept. 30 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Gophers using three different running backs for matchup against Iowa

October 26, 2017

The Gophers running backs have a situation they are used to — splitting time and finding success. When the Gophers go down to Iowa to meet the Hawkeyes for the two teams’ 111th matchup, the Gophers...

Quaterback Demry Croft gets tripped up at the homecoming game against Illinois at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 21.

After Croft’s performance against Illinois, Fleck goes back to co-starters

October 25, 2017

Yet again, the quarterback situation is up in the air for Minnesota. The Gophers (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten) had 24 points in its victory against Illinois. Quarterback Demry Croft had only one touchdown pass in...

Senior forward Mike Szmatula lines up for a shot on North Dakotas goal on Oct. 20 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Minnesota splits penalty-filled weekend in North Dakota

October 23, 2017

Minnesota was able to overcome a shot deficit Friday, but not Saturday. The Gophers (3-3-0, 1-1-0 Big Ten) played to a 2-1 win Friday night, but lost in a rout 4-0 to the Fighting Hawks (4-1-1, 0-0-0 NCHC)...

Linebackers Jonathan Celestin, Kamal Martin and Thomas Barber run into formation on Saturday, Oct. 21 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers defeated Illinois 24 to 17 during the Homecoming game.

Linebackers tackle, score and help Gophers earn homecoming victory

October 22, 2017

The Gophers linebackers held the team's lead late in the fourth quarter, and they even added to it themselves. Minnesota (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten) and the linebacker group limited Illinois to 282 total yards...

Gophers beat Fighting Hawks in first game at Grand Forks since 2012

October 21, 2017

The Gophers faced their old rival back at Ralph Engelstad Arena for the first time since 2012. Reminiscent of the past battles between North Dakota and Minnesota, the game came down to the wire. No. 8...

Questions from the Other Side: Daily Illini sports editor Cole Henke

October 21, 2017

For this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily interviews someone knowledgeable on the Gophers' next opponent. This week's opponent is Illinois. This week, the Daily interviewed the Daily Illini sports editor...

Quarterback Demry Croft hands the ball to running back Rodney Smith at TCF Bank Stadium on August 31.

Demry Croft returns to Gophers’ offense after initially losing quarterback competition

October 19, 2017

Just a month ago, the quarterback controversy looked settled and the job was Conor Rhoda’s, but that may not be the case anymore. Minnesota attempted a fourth-quarter comeback only to get within three...

Forward Darian Romanko fights for the puck at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Gophers show promise on even-strength, struggle on power play

October 19, 2017

The unproven players are proving themselves – except on the power play. No. 8 Minnesota will play its longtime arch-rival No. 4 North Dakota this weekend, and the Gophers' scoring is largely one-sided...

Quick Hitters: Michigan State 30, Minnesota 27

October 16, 2017

Final score: Michigan State 30, Minnesota 27. Recap: Another Big Ten game spelled another Big Ten loss for the Gophers, keeping them winless in conference games this season. Backup quarterback Demry Croft...

Forward Casey Mittelstadt follows the puck during the Gophers game against Penn State on Sunday at 3M Arena at Mariucci. The Gophers won 6-3.

Minnesota splits games with Penn State in first Big Ten series

October 16, 2017

Two different starts brought two different results for Minnesota in the first weekend of Big Ten play.  Minnesota (2-2-0, 1-1-0 Big Ten) split its first Big Ten series of the season with Penn State...

Wide receiver Mark Williams shows excitement after a Gophers first down during the game against Michigan State on Saturday, Oct. 14 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Spartans beat the Gophers 30-27. 

Through the rain and a quarterback change, Minnesota falls short against No. 21 Michigan State

October 16, 2017

Worried about losing three straight conference games, the Gophers put in backup quarterback Demry Croft late in the second quarter against No. 21 Michigan State. Croft found his rhythm in the fourth quarter...

The Gopher football team runs onto the field on Saturday, Sept. 30 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Daily Breakdown: Gophers face tough task with first ranked opponent in Michigan State

October 14, 2017

Minnesota is winless in the Big Ten this season, and they might stay that way for another week. After two consecutive conference games, two consecutive losses to Big Ten teams and two consecutive games...

Quarterback Conor Rhoda prepares to pass the ball on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Minnesota quarterback Conor Rhoda ‘has to continue to fail to grow’

October 12, 2017

The Gophers came into this season with questions at quarterback, and after five games, the position is Conor Rhoda's — for now. While he has 54 completions per his 97 attempts, he has also thrown four...

Sophomore forward Tyler Sheehy skates down the ice at Mariucci Arena on Feb. 4, 2017.

Sheehy embarks on first season as captain

October 12, 2017

The Gophers are about start another campaign in the Big Ten, and for the first time since 2015-16, they have a new leadership core. That group of four players is led by junior Tyler Sheehy, picked as captain...

Head coach P. J. Fleck observes the game on Saturday, Sept. 30 at TCF Bank Stadium.

For the Gophers, quarterback issue remains growing concern

October 11, 2017

Minnesota’s schedule doesn’t get much easier from here. The Gophers (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) face Michigan State (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday, and Minnesota has work to do to prevent more...

Goaltender Eric Schierhorn watches forward Leon Bristedt reach to block a pass against Wisconsin at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

Minnesota squanders opening game, beats Union the next game

October 9, 2017

The Gophers looked to avenge a seven-game losing streak to the Bulldogs dating back to 2014.  Despite being tied on the scoreboard 3-3 at the end of regulation, the Gophers fell to the Bulldogs 4-3...

Defensive backs Adekunle Ayinde and Antonio Shenault celebrate a successful play on Sept. 30 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Turnover-ridden game leaves Gophers with second consecutive loss

October 9, 2017

The Gophers did what head coach P.J. Fleck preaches every week — they won the turnover battle. But that didn't help the team pull off the win. Minnesota (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) fell to Purdue (3-2, 1-1 Big...

Questions from the Other Side: Purdue Exponent Sports Editor Conner Klotz

October 6, 2017

For this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily will interview someone knowledgeable about Minnesota’s next opponent. This week, the Gophers are playing Purdue. The Daily talked this week with Conner Klotz. Klotz...

Gophers forward Mike Szmatula looks for a passing outlet against Michigan on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Mariucci Arena.

‘Bulldog’ Szmatula serves important role for Gophers

October 5, 2017

Forward Mike Szmatula's hard work shows both on and off the ice. Szmatula has used a combination of faith, family and gritty play style to elevate himself and become an assistant captain for the Gophers...

Running back Rodney Smith runs with the ball on Saturday, Sept. 16 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Fleck says Minnesota ‘needs to do a better job sustaining blocks’ to help Rodney Smith’s production

October 5, 2017

Rodney Smith is supposed to be one of the two featured backs for Minnesota. Last Saturday, he got the carries, but the yards didn’t follow. Smith only had 35 yards on 18 carries against Maryland, which...

Freshman forward Casey Mittelstadt reaches to score the first goal of his career as a Gopher for a 6-2 exhibition win over Alberta on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 3M Arena at Mariucci.

Minnesota nets six in exhibition game against Alberta

October 3, 2017

When you’re picked eighth overall in the NHL draft, the expectations can be high. Freshman Casey Mittelstadt was that eighth overall pick, and in only his second shift for the Gophers, he scored the...

Two Gophers players go in for the tackle on Saturday, Sept. 30 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota loses in last two minutes to Maryland

September 30, 2017

The start to the Big Ten season left the Gophers empty-handed in the standings. Minnesota (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) lost to Maryland (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) 31-24 Saturday as injury and competition plagued the team...

Head coach P.J. Fleck cheers on players after the Gophers scored a touchdown on Saturday, Sept. 16 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Daily Breakdown: Minnesota can take advantage of yet another backup quarterback against Maryland

September 29, 2017

Minnesota is 3-0 heading into the first game of conference play this season. After routing Middle Tennessee State 34-3 before the team’s bye week, it now has ample time to prepare for the Big Ten. The...

Athletics Director Mark Coyle sits down to talk with the Minnesota Daily to field questions on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at Bierman Field Athletic Building.

Coyle on football team: ‘P.J. has come in and has brought a sense of urgency to our program’

September 29, 2017

The Minnesota Daily sat down with Athletics Director Mark Coyle on Sept. 21 for the first question and answer segment of the school year. Topics included the new leadership of the football program, changes...

Junior defensive back Jacob Huff runs in for a touchdown against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 16 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Jacob Huff becomes integral part to the defensive back core

September 28, 2017

Minnesota’s defensive back core is proving to be deeper than expected this season. Safety Jacob Huff has shown improvement from last season, especially against Middle Tennessee State. Huff is coming...

Head coach P.J. Fleck cheers on players after the Gophers scored a touchdown on Saturday, Sept. 16 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Gophers coming off bye week healthier than their Big Ten opponent

September 27, 2017

Conference play is set to begin, and Minnesota is looking to stay undefeated. The Gophers have a better chance of doing that with their top-two running backs returning, and it looks like they will win...

Running back Kobe McCrary runs with the ball on Saturday, Sept. 16 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

‘Spare tire’ McCrary stars in absence of two starting running backs

September 17, 2017

Kobe McCrary started the game as a third-string running back and ended it with three touchdowns. McCrary had 107 rushing yards and three scores Saturday while running back Shannon Brooks didn't play and...

Questions from the other side: Middle Tennessee State beat writer Anthony Florella

September 15, 2017

For this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily will interview someone knowledgeable about Minnesota’s next opponent. This week, the Gophers' opponent is Middle Tennessee State. The Minnesota Daily talked...

Wide receiver Tyler Johnson waits for the snap on Aug. 31 at TCF Bank Stadium.

With Rhoda as the starter, Johnson should see increase in role

September 14, 2017

What does it mean for Tyler Johnson to see Conor Rhoda named starting quarterback? Rhoda and Johnson have connected on many passes in just two games this season, and now that Rhoda will be getting most...

Conor Rhoda throws a pass on Thursday, Aug. 31 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers beat Buffalo 17 to 7.

Conor Rhoda named starting quarterback for Gophers

September 11, 2017

Minnesota’s quarterback situation is finally settled — for now. Quarterback Conor Rhoda has been named thestarting quarterback for Minnesota, a Gophers spokesperson confirmed Monday. Rhoda shared the...

Quick Hitters: Breakdown of Minnesota’s last game

September 11, 2017

Minnesota: 48, Oregon State: 14 Sept. 9, 2017 Reser Stadium    Recap: Minnesota’s running game got back to its old form Saturday. The two running backs in Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks scored...

Running back Shannon Brooks runs through the open field on Thursday, Aug. 31 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers beat Buffalo 17 to 7.

Minnesota goes to the ground game to beat Oregon State on the road

September 11, 2017

It didn't matter which one P.J. Fleck put in, running backs Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith were both effective. Minnesota (2-0) ran through Oregon State (1-2) with 253 yards and five touchdowns on the...

Defensive back Jacob Huff celebrates after swatting down a pass on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat Buffalo 17-7. 

Daily Breakdown: Minnesota has slight advantage over Oregon State’s weak defense

September 9, 2017

The opening game of Minnesota’s 9-4 season in 2016 came to a 30-23 win against Oregon State. Now, the Gophers will play the Beavers again Saturday evening. While the Gophers’ offense was held to only...

Offensive lineman Conner Olson prepares to block on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Depth at offensive line still an issue with Fleck as head coach

September 7, 2017

Only one Gophers offensive lineman that is currently with the team started in last season’s first game. The ground game for Minnesota against Buffalo should have been the team’s strong point with the...

Wide receiver Tyler Johnson waits for the next play on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Johnson had more yards in the game against Buffalo than any other game in his career and scored the first touchdown of the night. 

Gophers’ offense looks to rebound against Oregon State

September 6, 2017

Minnesota’s victory against Buffalo didn't satisfy head coach P.J. Fleck. The Gophers, with high expectations from the new coaching staff, didn’t have a dominant game against a team they could have...

Wide receiver Tyler Johnson readies for the next snap on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. The Gophers beat Buffalo 17 to 7.

Johnson excels in season opener against Buffalo

September 1, 2017

It didn’t take long for wide receiver Tyler Johnson to make an impact in his second season with the Gophers. The sophomore had 141 yards — matching his yards from all last season — and a touchdown...

Gophers linebacker Kamal Martin runs into the end zone for the Gophers during their game against Purdue at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 5, 2016.

Linebackers at the forefront for Minnesota’s depleted defense

August 29, 2017

Looking to fix one of its biggest weaknesses, the Gophers football team turned to one of its strengths: the linebackers.  Two key defensive backs left the team after they were expelled and a starting...

Senior forward Sydney Squires poses for portraits at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul on Aug. 9, 2017.

Sydney Squires, the ‘goofy’ one, keeps the mood light and expectations high for Minnesota

August 21, 2017

If the game is down to the wire and the Gophers need a goal, or someone just needs a smile on their face, senior Sydney Squires is the one they turn to. While she didn’t start in many games last season,...

Junior Jordan Murphy looks around during the Pro-Am tournament on Wednesday, July 26 at DeLaSalle High School.

Jordan Murphy finds offseason training in Pro-Am as Gophers look to improve from last season

August 2, 2017

After a recent exit from the Pro-Am league Monday, Gophers basketball player Jordan Murphy is ready to get back to the collegiate season.Murphy played in the Twin Cities Pro-Am League this summer, a basketball...

Alabama defensive lineman transfers to Gophers

July 27, 2017

Filling a future need, a defensive tackle has transferred to Minnesota.Former Alabama defensive tackle O.J. Smith announced he has transferred to the University of Minnesota on Twitter Thursday.Smith won’t...

Junior Connor McHugh swimming the mens 200 meter breaststroke at the Gophers first meet of the season against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center on Oct 13. 2016.

Minnesota swimmer breaks two records at Minneapolis tournament

July 25, 2017

The Gophers felt right at home in a Minneapolis tournament.Numerous swimmers from Minnesota competed at the Minneapolis Speedo Sectional right at the University’s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center from...

Gophers swimmer stays in Minneapolis for summer, competes in local tournament

July 25, 2017

Junior Kaela Marcus was ready for the Minneapolis Speedo Sectional.“It used to be a big goal of mine to qualify for sectionals,” Marcus said. “It’s pretty fun to come back and compete like this...

Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen plays against the Tulsa Shock on July 12 at the Target Center. Whalen, a former Gophers player, will compete in her first Olympics in London.

After 13 years in the WNBA, Lindsay Whalen stays involved with her alma mater

July 20, 2017

From Hutchinson, Minnesota to Minneapolis, Lindsay Whalen hasn’t strayed from Minnesota.She didn’t leave her school behind either.Whalen, a former Minnesota point guard from 2000-04, has proven she...

Head coach P.J. Fleck speaks at the Grands at Mulligans in Sartell, Minn., on Wednesday, Jun 7.

Gophers deal with early decommitments

July 19, 2017

Jalen Mayfield, a four-star recruit from Michigan, announced on Twitter he was committed to the Gophers on Feb. 18.In late March, Mayfield had decommitted from Minnesota and later announced he had chosen...

Former Gophers rower makes U.S. national roster

July 14, 2017

Minnesota rowing and Anna Cruse accomplished a first over the summer.Cruse, a Minnesota rower who graduated in 2017, was the first rower from the University of Minnesota to qualify and be selected for...

Senior Logan Storley wrestles against Illinois at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 18.

Logan Storley: From the mat to the cage

July 10, 2017

After four years as an All-American wrestler for Minnesota, Logan Storley is taking on a different fighting technique.Storley signed with Bellator MMA in late June, and is prepping for his first match...

Senior Paige Tapp spikes the ball on Saturday Oct. 29, 2016 in the Sports Pavilion.

Five former Gophers volleyball players earn spot on U.S. National team roster

July 5, 2017

The game didn’t end for the most recent graduates of the Gophers volleyball program.Team USA is starting prep for the Olympics next summer, and there is a Minnesota connection on the team. Five Gophers...

Felix Corwin returns the ball at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Gophers men’s tennis earns a bid to the NCAA tournament

May 4, 2017

Minnesota’s hot start and solid season paid off Wednesday.The Gophers will play in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014-15.“I don’t think that will pose, necessarily, any different challenge,”...

Freshman Tina Kreinis returns the ball during the match against Ohio State on Friday, April 14, 2017.

Gophers tennis teams lose in Big Ten tournament; Merzbacher coaches final dual

May 1, 2017

When the women’s tennis team fell behind 3-0, it looked like head coach Chuck Merzbacher would end his career with a blowout loss.But the team tied it up at 3-3, only to fall in the dual’s final match...

Stefan Milicevic returns the ball at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Women and men Gophers tennis teams split dual matches

April 24, 2017

Minnesota’s regular season ended with splits on both sides.The Gophers men’s team pulled off a win Sunday against Indiana 4-3 after a close loss against Purdue 4-3 Friday. On a Sunday where the weather...

Junior Caroline Ryba returns the ball during a match against Ohio State on Friday, April 14, 2017.

Caroline Ryba sets a high standard on the court, in the classroom for Gophers tennis

April 20, 2017

Junior Caroline Ryba has demonstrated her high-scoring abilities on the tennis court and in the classroom.Ryba, achemical engineering major, maintains one of the highest grade point averages on the...

Gophers’ Potulny to be head coach at Northern Michigan

April 18, 2017

Minnesota has another departure this offseason – this time it comes from behind the bench.The Gophers’ assistant coach and former captain, Grant Potulny, left Minnesota to become the head coach at...

Senior Maja Vujic returns the ball during a match against Ohio State on Friday, April 14, 2017.

Gophers women’s tennis team shines; men left with work to do

April 17, 2017

The women’s team had a successful showing over the weekend for the Gophers, especially for their head coach.Minnesota had two decisive victories this weekend over Purdue 6-1 Friday and Indiana 5-2 Sunday.“We...

Thomas Longbella shines in UMN freshman golf season

April 13, 2017

No matter the sport, no matter the setting, competitiveness is in his blood.One of Minnesota’s newest golfers, freshman Thomas Longbella is a competitive player for many reasons.“It was always a goal...

Riley Johnson plays at the Windsong Golf Club during the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 13, 2015.

Gophers finish fourth at Princeton Invitational

April 12, 2017

Minnesota took a trip east this weekend, and they made it worthwhile.The Gophers shot an 869, and finished fourth out of 14 teams at the Princeton Invitational in Princeton, New Jersey this weekend.After...

Sophomore forward Connor Reilly celebrates with teammate Ryan Collins after scoring a goal during the Gopher Mens Hockey game against St. Cloud State University on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Mariucci Arena.

Defenseman Ryan Collins leaves Gophers early for deal with Blue Jackets

April 5, 2017

Though the season ended nearly two weeks ago, Minnesota found its first early men’s hockey departure.Defenseman Ryan Collins signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL Wednesday and will forgo...

Justin Kloos, Jake Bischoff and Vinni Lettieri play at Mariucci Arena.

Trio of Gophers hockey seniors sign to NHL teams, others may follow

March 30, 2017

Minnesota’s season ended earlier than anticipated — but now three Gophers players will pursue lifelong dreams sooner.So far, seniors Vinni Lettieri, Jake Bischoff and Justin Kloos have signed with...

Gophers defense Jake Bischoff fights to maintain control of the puck while playing against Penn State in Mariucci Arena on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.

Gophers Jake Bischoff signs with New York Islanders

March 28, 2017

The soft-spoken alternate captain took the first step to his future hockey career.Senior Jake Bischoff signed with the team that drafted him, the NHL’s New York Islanders, Tuesday.“I wouldn’t trade...

Senior forward Vinni Lettieri looks to steal the puck on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at Mariucci Arena. The Gophers tied 5-5 against the University of North Dakota.

Gophers senior Vinni Lettieri goes pro with New York Rangers

March 27, 2017

Monday marked the first day a departing Minnesota player made it official.Senior Vinni Lettieri inked his first NHL contract Monday with the New York Rangers.“Being a Gopher is something I will...

Senior forward Justin Kloos

Gophers men’s hockey season ends after loss to Notre Dame

March 27, 2017

Only one No. 1 seed lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament — and that team was the Gophers. No. 1-seed Minnesota (23-12-3) was upset by the No. 4-seed Notre Dame (22-11-5) 3-2 Saturday, and...

Gophers forward Mike Szmatula looks for a passing outlet against Michigan on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Mariucci Arena.

Minnesota men’s hockey prepares for NCAA regionals

March 23, 2017

A future Big Ten rivalry in the making takes some of its first steps Saturday.No. 5 Minnesota (23-11-3) begins the NCAA tournament against No. 12 Notre Dame (21-11-5), which will join the Big Ten next...

Goaltender Eric Schierhorn watches forward Leon Bristedt reach to block a pass against Wisconsin on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Mariucci Arena.

Gophers lose first game in Big Ten finale, still earn top seed for NCAA Tournament

March 20, 2017

Minnesota fell out of the Big Ten Tournament in its first game Friday, but the Gophers still finished the weekend on top.While the team didn’t win, the Gophers were selected as a one-seed for the NCAA...

Senior forward Justin Kloos passes the puck up the ice against Wisconsin on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Mariucci Arena.

Justin Kloos thrives in last year at Minnesota

March 9, 2017

In his last weekend at Mariucci Arena, Minnesota’s captain has the opportunity to break out of his tie for 28th place in all-time Gophers scoring.Senior Justin Kloos is about to play his last series...

Sophomore forward Tyler Sheehy skates down the ice at Mariucci Arena on Feb. 4, 2017.

Gophers split series with Wolverines in Ann Arbor

March 6, 2017

With the conference lead at stake and down 1-0 in the series, the Gophers came away with a victory Saturday and again put themselves atop the Big Ten.Michigan bested Minnesota 5-3 Friday, but the No. 5-ranked...

Justin Kloos, Jake Bischoff and Tyler Sheehy play at Mariucci Arena.

Three Gophers players up for Hobey Baker, nation’s top college hockey award

March 2, 2017

Sixty-six college hockey players, including three Gophers, have been nominated for this year’s Hobey Baker award.The award’s history is deeply rooted in the state. The Hobey Baker is awarded annually...

Gophers forwards Justin Kloos and Tyler Sheehy fight for the puck against Wisconsin on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Mariucci Arena.

Gophers men’s hockey regain Big Ten lead with split

February 27, 2017

Minnesota’s “Captain Clutch” struck again over the weekend to help the Gophers hang onto a Big Ten conference lead. Minnesota split the weekend series with Wisconsin with a 3-2 victory Saturday led...

Senior forward Vinni Lettieri looks to steal the puck on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at Mariucci Arena. The Gophers tied 5-5 against the University of North Dakota.

Gophers lose a close one in first game of border battle

February 25, 2017

The Gophers had more than doubled the Badgers in shots Friday, but it wasn’t enough to lead to victory.No. 4 Minnesota (20-9-2, 11-4-0 Big Ten) lost to No. 19 Wisconsin (17-10-1, 11-4-0 Big Ten) 3-2...

Tyler Sheehy, left, and Rem Pitlick, right, watch a play unfold at Mariucci Arena on Feb. 4.

Tyler Sheehy and Gophers’ top line thrive together

February 23, 2017

There’s no better time for a team to have all its top scorers playing their best than just a few weeks before the playoffs.The Gophers are that team, and goal scoring is their strength.“Our mindset...

Gophers forward Justin Kloos controls the puck while playing against Michigan at Mariucci Arena on Feb. 26, 2016.

Minnesota men’s hockey team wins back-to-back in weekend games

February 20, 2017

Late-game heroics from captain Justin Kloos and forward Rem Pitlick led the Gophers to two victories over the weekend.No. 5 Minnesota (20-8-2, 11-3-0 Big Ten) swept No. 9 Penn State (18-8-2, 7-6-1 Big...

Gophers forward Leon Bristedt carries the puck into the Ohio State zone on Dec. 2, 2016, at Mariucci Arena.

Leon Bristedt’s journey at Minnesota combines hockey and education

February 16, 2017

Hockey and education go hand in hand for Gophers forward Leon Bristedt.The junior has had to adjust to a new team and a new country in the past three years but is taking it all in stride.“It’s been...

Runar Arnorsson plays at the Windsong Farm Golf Club during the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 13, 2015.

Gophers start spring seasons on high note

February 14, 2017

Minnesota started off the spring season strong this weekend.The seventh-seed men took third at the Big Ten Match Play tournament, and the women placed sixth at the Florida State Matchup over the weekend.“We...

Gophers forward Vinni Lettieri chases the puck into the corner against Michigan on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Mariucci Arena.

Minnesota sets power play goal record in split at OSU

February 13, 2017

Six power play goals in the game is a new record for the Gophers.No. 5 Minnesota (18-8-2, 9-3-0 Big Ten) split the series with No. 12 Ohio State (14-8-6, 5-6-1 Big Ten) with a 5-4 loss Friday and a 6-5...

Jake Bischoff, left, eyes the puck at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis on Friday, Feb. 4, 2017. The Gophers beat Penn State 5-2 for their sixth consecutive win.

Jake Bischoff hones leadership and skills in senior season

February 9, 2017

At times, his play flies under the radar, but defenseman Jake Bischoff has made a big impact for the Gophers.Bischoff, an alternate captain, has focused on his leadership role with the Gophers during the...

Junior Heather Ciskowski plays at the fourth annual Minnesota Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at the Minikahda Club.

Gophers golf teams set to begin spring seasons

February 9, 2017

It’s golf season again, and Minnesota is heading down south to begin its spring slate.The men’s team goes to the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fl., and the women’s team goes to the Don Veller...

Darian Romanko, cente, eyes the puck at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis on Friday, Feb. 4, 2017. The Gophers beat Penn State 5-2 for their sixth consecutive win.

Minnesota scores sweeps Penn State in weekend games

February 6, 2017

The Gophers hockey team stifled the nation’s best offense in a series sweep over the weekend.No. 6 Penn State (16-6-2, 5-4-1 Big Ten) has averaged 4.17 goals a game this season, but No. 7 Minnesota (17-7-2,...

Gophers forward Rem Pitlick skates into the Michigan zone on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Mariucci Arena.

Gophers knock off nations’ top offense

February 4, 2017

Penn State was held to 29 shots, the fewest the team has had in a game all season. No. 7 Minnesota (16-7-2) (7-2-0 Big Ten) defeated No. 6 Penn State (16-5-2) (5-3-1 Big Ten) 5-1 Friday night...

Gophers forward Justin Kloos controls the puck while playing against Michigan at Mariucci Arena on Feb. 26, 2016.

Minnesota’s power play is now ranked seventh in the country

February 2, 2017

Penalties haven’t been uncommon for Minnesota’s opponents this season, and the Gophers have taken advantage.Minnesota’s power play is in the top 10 nationally, the penalty kill is improving and it’s...

Sophomore Felix Corwin returns the ball to Illinois State in the Baseline Tennis Center on Feb. 27.

Men extend streak, Women fall for first time

January 31, 2017

The spring season is in full swing for the Gophers tennis teams.Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams started dual matches this month, and are both off to impressive starts.Men’s tennis won over...

Gophers goaltender Eric Schierhorn watches the puck against the Bulldogs in the North Star College Cup at the Xcel Energy Center in St.Paul on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. The Bulldogs beat the Gophers 3-2.

Gophers take third in final North Star College Cup

January 30, 2017

A Minnesota tradition that never was, the North Star College Cup, went out with a whimper for the Gophers Saturday evening.Minnesota lost to Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 Friday night and was victorious against...

Gophers forward Rem Pitlick skates into the Michigan zone on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Mariucci Arena.

Pitlick shaping up to have productive freshman season

January 26, 2017

In a fiercely competitive battle of in-state teams, there’s no better stage for one of Minnesota’s most promising young forwards to show his potential.Gophers forward Rem Pitlick is one of just a few...

Gophers forward Justin Kloos controls the puck while playing against Michigan at Mariucci Arena on Feb. 26, 2016.

Gophers split away rival series against Badgers

January 23, 2017

In true border battle fashion, the Gophers and Badgers kept things interesting in their first meetings of the season over the weekend.No. 7 Minnesota (14-6-2, 6-2-0 Big Ten) defeated Wisconsin (11-8-1,...

Gophers forward Vinni Lettieri chases the puck into the corner against Michigan on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Mariucci Arena.

On men’s hockey team, Lettieri finds his stride in senior season

January 19, 2017

Senior forward Vinni Lettieri hasn’t always been a staple for the Gophers but is truly proving in his final season the impact he can make.As No. 7 Minnesota (13-5-2) prepares for a border battle matchup...

Gophers forward Vinni Lettieri chases the puck into the corner against Michigan on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Mariucci Arena.

Gophers men’s hockey sweep Wolverines

January 17, 2017

Weekends with two victories are becoming business as usual for Minnesota.No. 9 Minnesota (13-5-2, 5-1 Big Ten) emerged victorious on both Friday and Saturday over Michigan (8-11-1, 1-5 Big Ten).Friday,...

Sophmore forward Tyler Sheehy tries to steal the puck on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at Mariucci Arena. The Gophers tied 5-5 against the University of North Dakota.

Speed propels No. 9 Minnesota to 5-2 victory over Michigan

January 14, 2017

The Big Ten season resumed with a bang Friday for the Gophers.No. 9 Minnesota (12-5-2) outlasted Michigan (8-10-1) 5-2 in the first game of the weekend series.Gophers star forward Tyler Sheehy put on his...