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Fourth line shines in Saturday win

Published June 26, 2009

There were two roars in the Mariucci Arena crowd Saturday that were noticeably more deafening than the others. The first came early in the third period when junior Jerrid Reinholz put the Gophers ahead...

Throwing coach Anderson ‘like a second mom’

Published May 5, 2004

Many track and field throwers coming into the Minnesota track and field program have not thrown a hammer before. After all, the hammer throw isn't even an event in Minnesota State High School League meets. So...

Erickson eyes throwing at Big Tens and beyond

Published May 4, 2004

Ever since Minnesota thrower Karl Erickson exploded onto the Minnesota's men's track and field scene two years ago as a freshman, people have been telling him of his potential. Erickson broke the Gophers'...

Three meets, one large helping of success for U

Published May 3, 2004

Minnesota's men's track and field team split into three parts over the weekend, with some athletes staying home at the St. Thomas Invitational, others bussing to the Iowa Twilight meet and the distance...

Nelson happy to have landed in Minnesota

Published April 28, 2004

Take a quick peek at Minnesota's women's track and field roster, and you'll see the usual plethora of Minnesota- and Wisconsin-raised athletes. But listed right smack in the middle is freshman Sarah Nelson,...

Riter shows he’ll go the distance

Published April 27, 2004

Last weekend at the Drake Relays, the emphasis for Minnesota's men's track and field distance runners was on the relay races, in which they responded by winning the 4x800 and distance medley relays. This...

U men and women have success

Published April 26, 2004

DES MOINES, Iowa - When Ryan Ford took the handoff for the anchor leg of the distance medley relay at the Drake Relays on Saturday, his teammates had given him nearly a 100-meter head start. And as his...

Senior pole vaulter Monica Stearns continues to shatter her own school record

Published April 26, 2004

DES MOINES, Iowa - Under ideal weather conditions at the Drake Relays on Friday, senior Monica Stearns propelled herself over the pole vault bar, gave a high-five and hugged vaulting coach Caroline White. The...

Stearns is a vaulting veteran

Published April 21, 2004

Minnesota's women's track and field coach Gary Wilson is sending some experienced athletes and some first-timers to this weekend's Drake Relays. Leading the crowd of veteran tracksters is senior pole vaulter...

U’s Potter eager to run at Drake

Published April 20, 2004

On Saturday at the Carleton Relays, Minnesota senior sprinter Mitch Potter opened his outdoor track and field season with a 200-meter dash. Potter said he was not necessarily supposed to try in the Division...

Staying put paying off for U’s Frawley

Published April 14, 2004

Last year, as a junior on Minnesota's women's track team, Alean Frawley had a bug in her ear all year long. Coach Gary Wilson was trying to convince Frawley, who redshirted her freshman season, to return...

Men’s track and field team places second at top-notch meet

Published April 12, 2004

Once a year, Minnesota's men's track and field team goes to Eugene, Ore., to Hayward Field ññ one of the most tradition-rich track homes in the world. It's what coach Phil Lundin calls "our annual pilgrimage...

Reder a real record breaker

Published April 9, 2004

April 2, in the Texas Relays, Minnesota men's track and field thrower Lynden Reder heaved the hammer 62.67 meters ññ a new school record. But for Reder, the new record was not that earth-shattering....

Hess expands her repertoire in steeplechase

Published April 7, 2004

As a high schooler running on the gravel roads near her home outside Paynesville, Minn., Jen Hess likely avoided mud puddles when the weather got sloppy. Now, as a sophomore on Minnesota's women's track...

Women’s team par for course in N.C.

Published April 5, 2004

Minnesota's women's track and field season, at this point, is like a relay team in midrace. The runner coming down the straight-away represents intense preseason training, and the runner awaiting the baton...

Breck’s Wheeler commits

Published April 5, 2004

Breck High School hockey star Blake Wheeler verbally committed to play college hockey at Minnesota for the 2005-06 season. He announced his decision Saturday, after making an unofficial visit to the University...

Battle-tested Vols back for more

Published April 2, 2004

Minnesota's run to its first-ever Final Four has been the feel-good story of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. On the other side of the bracket looms top-seeded Tennessee, which has been hanging...

Despite limited practice outdoors, Gophers set for N.C.

Published April 2, 2004

The Texas Southern University Relays on March 21 was just a taste of warm weather for Minnesota's women's track and field team. Now, heading to Durham, N.C., for the Duke Invitational today, the Gophers...

Netzer and Albert help Gophers leap down south at Texas Relays

Published April 1, 2004

When Minnesota's men's track team begins competition in the Texas Relays today, high jumpers Kevin Netzer and John Albert look forward to some stiff competition from other schools and a little friendly...

Despite gains, it’s an early offseason

Published March 31, 2004

Monday marked the start of the offseason for Minnesota's men's hockey team - the first offseason to start before April since 2001. And for players returning for the 2004-05 season, the goal is to get right...

Gophers lose game, chance at three-peat

Published March 29, 2004

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Heading into the third period trailing Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA Midwest Regional final, players on Minnesota's men's hockey team weren't too worried. After all, a week earlier...

The state of hockey

Published March 26, 2004

It took a season full of ups and downs, injuries and comebacks, but Minnesota's men's hockey team is finally back to the spot it was at this time during the last two seasons - heading into the NCAA Regionals...

Senior class to be remembered

Published March 25, 2004

Against St. Cloud State on March 13, Minnesota men's hockey senior Troy Riddle flipped the puck into the net in the third period to earn a hat trick. Fans at Mariucci Arena accordingly littered the ice...

Lucia expects low-scoring game

Published March 24, 2004

Minnesota's men's hockey team took Monday off to heal from bumps taken while beating Minnesota-Duluth and North Dakota en route to the WCHA Final Five title. Tuesday, the Gophers got back to work in preparation...

U’s Buzard running with experienced group

Published March 23, 2004

As a young athlete, it never hurts to learn from a mentor. In the NFL, Steve Young learned behind Joe Montana. In the NBA, Tim Duncan tuned his skills under David Robinson. For Minnesota's men's track...

Broadmoor stays put

Published March 22, 2004

Clutch players emerge in clutch situations, and Minnesota men's hockey senior Grant Potulny has made a career out of doing just that. Saturday's WCHA Final Five Tournament turned into padding for Potulny's...

U nabs Midwest No. 1 seed

Published March 22, 2004

Minnesota-Duluth's men's hockey team might have defeated Minnesota four times during the regular season, but the Gophers' 7-4 win in the semifinals of the WCHA Final Five Tournament Friday was all it took...

Men’s hockey set to face St. Cloud State, again

Published March 12, 2004

On March 5, Minnesota's men's hockey team won a free-wheeling 7-4 game against St. Cloud State. Then Saturday, the Gophers completed the sweep with a 4-2 win over the Huskies. Tonight, St. Cloud State...

Harrington brings hard-hitting defense

Published March 11, 2004

Minnesota men's hockey sophomore Chris Harrington said he used to be a St. Cloud State fan - for a couple years, anyway. He said he used to root for Denver and St. John's as well, but that's what happens...

Gophers’ Vanek hits yet another scoring milestone

Published March 10, 2004

Minnesota's men's hockey forward Thomas Vanek scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the Gophers' 4-2 win over St. Cloud State last Friday. The next night he assisted on Ryan Potulny's game-winning...

U’s Smaagaard out for the playoffs

Published March 9, 2004

Minnesota men's hockey junior Garrett Smaagaard will have surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season, he said Monday. The forward injured...

Home sweet home: 1st round advantage secured

Published March 8, 2004

Things weren't going Keith Ballard's way for two periods Saturday. One pass from Minnesota men's hockey goaltender Kellen Briggs careened off Ballard's stick, leading to a St. Cloud State goal. Late in...

Ryan Potulny’s return sparks team

Published March 8, 2004

Minnesota men's hockey forward Thomas Vanek gained control of the puck three minutes into the second period of Saturday's game and dashed toward the net. The Mariucci Arena crowd's noise rose in anticipation...

Home ice on the line at Mariucci Arena

Published March 5, 2004

After a stale series in Denver last weekend, Minnesota's men's hockey players realized they needed a kick in the butt. They got it on Monday in practice, as coaches administered intense battling and skating...

Johnson struggles with missed chances

Published March 4, 2004

Last summer, when Minnesota men's hockey goaltender Justin Johnson heard fellow netminder Travis Weber was leaving the team, he said he didn't know what to think. On the one hand, he had become close friends...

Deciding games on tap in the WCHA

Published March 3, 2004

All Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia asked for in the Gophers' series at Denver was to clinch at least fifth place in the WCHA. Fifth place would mean Minnesota plays its first round of the WCHA...

Rocky road: Gophers get swept

Published March 1, 2004

DENVER ññ One play characterized Minnesota's men's hockey team's weekend series. Down by two goals late in the third period Saturday, goaltender Justin Johnson sprinted toward the bench to give the Gophers...

‘Terrible’ play gets better

Published March 1, 2004

DENVER - While Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia sat outside the locker room following Friday's 6-2 loss to Denver, the players inside asked one another to look in the mirror and tell the rest of...

Gophers need another strong performance from Briggs

Published February 27, 2004

After last Saturday's 5-2 win over Alaska-Anchorage, Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia was asked what he thought of goaltender Kellen Briggs' performance. "He only let in two goals a game," Lucia...

Coaches hope Guyer can start a fire

Published February 26, 2004

Minnesota men's hockey forward Gino Guyer scored 21 career goals leading into last weekend's series against Alaska-Anchorage, and before the puck dropped Friday, he watched all of them. Assistant coach...

Gophers can gain ground Friday

Published February 25, 2004

After being swept by Minnesota-Duluth, coach Don Lucia commented on the Bulldogs' enviable position - being able to control their own destiny in the WCHA. But by sweeping Alaska-Anchorage a week later,...

Strong finishes help Gophers sweep Alaska-Anchorage

Published February 23, 2004

When Minnesota's men's hockey team headed to the locker room after the first period Saturday, it held a lead at 2-1. Lately, the Gophers seem to have trouble getting past two goals before the third period,...

Guyer breaks out of slump

Published February 23, 2004

For Minnesota's men's hockey forward Gino Guyer, it just took seeing what he was doing wrong to break out of his slump. Guyer hadn't scored a goal since Jan. 16 against Minnesota State-Mankato and was...

Alaska’s Hill returns to the U

Published February 20, 2004

Before the 1999-2000 season, the Minnesota men's hockey team landed Colorado College's successful coach Don Lucia. In addition, Minnesota opted to sign Lucia's assistant coach John Hill. As a pair, the...

Gophers’ Waibel the definition of a role player

Published February 19, 2004

When Minnesota-Duluth forward Junior Lessard scored a power-play goal in the third period to put the Bulldogs up 3-1 in last Saturday's game, it put a figurative dagger in Minnesota's hopes of earning...

Next three weeks key in WCHA

Published February 18, 2004

After Saturday's men's hockey game against Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth forward Marco Peluso said hearing the announcer proclaim North Dakota's loss to Colorado College sent shivers down his spine. After...

Bulldogs season sweep Gophers for first time ever

Published February 16, 2004

DULUTH, Minn. - With 11 seconds left in Saturday's Minnesota men's hockey game against Duluth, frustrated Gophers Keith Ballard and Tyler Hirsch hacked away at the scores of brooms fans at the Duluth Entertainment...

U swept by Minnesota-Duluth, again

Published February 16, 2004

DULUTH, Minn. - If there is one thing Minnesota's men's hockey team has relied on this season, it has been its specialty teams. But moments after the Gophers were whistled for having too many men on the...

Crucial series ahead in Duluth

Published February 13, 2004

After playing its last six games on the Olympic-sized rink at Mariucci Arena, Minnesota's men's hockey team faces a different challenge this weekend. After going 5-1 while watching teams come to Minneapolis...

Leader of the ‘D’ adds a ‘C’ to his jersey

Published February 12, 2004

In his three years as a Minnesota men's hockey player, defenseman Keith Ballard has played with some prominent team captains. Jordan Leopold and Johnny Pohl shared the honor in 2001-02. Grant Potulny took...

Badgers’ sweep hurts Gophers

Published February 11, 2004

In most instances, Minnesota men's hockey fans would not be caught dead cheering for North Dakota. However, with Minnesota tied alongside Wisconsin and St. Cloud State for third place in the WCHA going...

Beavers’ intense play challenges men’s hockey team

Published February 9, 2004

When Bemidji State scored a breakaway goal in the last second of the first period Friday, many of the 9,907 in attendance at Mariucci Arena probably shrugged it off as a fluke. After all, the Gophers had...

Men’s hockey team sweeps

Published February 9, 2004

Heading into the third period Saturday, Minnesota's men's hockey team found itself in a familiar position - holding a 2-1 lead. On Friday night, it took all the Gophers had to hold down Bemidji State in...

Men’s hockey looks to stay strong on the ice

Published February 6, 2004

After Minnesota's men's hockey team finished last weekend's sweep against Wisconsin, the team was finally able to breathe easier. The Gophers earned a tie for third in the WCHA, with some big matchups...

Reinholz picks up play for Gophers

Published February 5, 2004

On Jan. 24, Minnesota men's hockey junior Jerrid Reinholz spent his Saturday morning at the University recreation center playing a game of pickup basketball. That night, without him in the lineup, the...

U sends Badgers home pointless

Published February 2, 2004

Near the end of a Wisconsin power play late in Saturday's men's hockey game against Minnesota, the Badgers managed their first shot on goal of the third period. Then, during Minnesota's line change, Wisconsin...

U looks to avenge early season showing vs. Badgers

Published January 30, 2004

Although third place wasn't a preseason goal, Minnesota's men's hockey team would have loved this opportunity two months ago. Sitting next-to-last in the WCHA standings, the Gophers were defeated and tied...

Men’s hockey frosh Irmen ready to fill in for Potulny

Published January 29, 2004

Usually by this point in Minnesota's men's hockey season, many players' hair has grown to traditional hockey length. Notable examples are Matt Koalska and Barry Tallackson. Gino Guyer and Andy Sertich...

Gophers captain Potulny out until March with shoulder injury

Published January 27, 2004

Saturday's 2-1 victory over North Dakota turned bittersweet for Minnesota's men's hockey team as senior captain Grant Potulny left the game with a shoulder injury. As a result, the forward is expected...

Deep hole in Mariucci ice causes 51-minute delay

Published January 26, 2004

Friday night's men's hockey game between No. 5 Minnesota and No. 1 North Dakota was just warming up when referees stopped the game to cool some ice down. Less than two minutes after senior Grant Potulny...

Gophers split with UND

Published January 26, 2004

For a split-second Saturday, the crowd at Mariucci Arena was hushed. In the closing seconds of the third period, after holding North Dakota to one goal on only 14 shots, it appeared that the third period...

No. 1 Sioux in town for crucial series

Published January 23, 2004

The Minnesota men's hockey team's weekly media day gave the Mariucci Arena corridor a circus-like atmosphere Wednesday. Besides the four or five reporters usually waiting outside the locker room, several...

Steady and solid Riddle sparks men’s hockey turnaround

Published January 22, 2004

When Minnesota men's hockey senior Troy Riddle scored a power-play goal late in the first period last Friday against Minnesota State-Mankato, he further solidified his place in Gophers hockey history. That...

Gophers coming to life on the ice

Published January 20, 2004

MANKATO, Minn. - Late in Minnesota's men's hockey game against Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday, a Mavericks fan flung a dead gopher onto the ice. This might have been appropriate a few months ago during...

Gophers continue to roll, sweep Mavericks on the road

Published January 20, 2004

MANKATO, Minn. - Midway through the third period of the Minnesota men's hockey team's victory against Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday, forward Thomas Vanek was looking for his third assist of the game. After...

Men’s hockey team rolls past Latvians 7-1

Published December 12, 2003

During the Minnesota men's hockey team's exhibition game against HC Riga 2000 of Latvia on Thursday, Gophers coach Don Lucia wanted to try new line combinations and give ice time to players who have not...

Gophers set for exhibition with Latvian team

Published December 11, 2003

Last weekend's men's hockey series at Alaska-Anchorage showcased two distinctly different Minnesota teams. Friday night, the Gophers came out of the gates on fire, going three-for-three on the power play...

Gophers fail to get to .500 with split in Alaska

Published December 8, 2003

For Minnesota's men's hockey team this season, scoring four goals in a game translates into wins. But four goals were not enough Saturday, when the Gophers (7-8-1, 4-7-1 WCHA) lost to Alaska-Anchorage...

Alaska trip is prime opportunity for men’s hockey to go above .500

Published December 5, 2003

After Wednesday's practice, Minnesota's men's hockey team made the six-hour flight to Anchorage, Alaska, in preparation for the weekend series. Tonight's and Saturday's games, held three time zones west...

Pair of men’s hockey players falling into enforcer role

Published December 4, 2003

During the seven-game stretch this season, Minnesota's men's hockey team played with defensemen Keith Ballard and Chris Harrington not in the lineup. Several players were forced into roles with which they...

Gophers hope winning ways continue in Michigan

Published November 26, 2003

Now that they seem to be playing Gophers hockey as they know it, players on Minnesota's men's hockey team are looking forward to the Thanksgiving weekend College Hockey Showcase. The Gophers play in East...

Sweep! Sweep! Gophers trounce Huskies

Published November 24, 2003

The 3-0 victory over Michigan Tech by Minnesota's men's hockey team Saturday marked a series of firsts for the Gophers' freshman. The first-year players experienced their first post-game hockey stick salute...

Ballard’s return sparks Gophers blueliners

Published November 24, 2003

Minnesota men's hockey defenseman Keith Ballard sprawled out in front of the net early in the third period Saturday and took a second whack at the puck. The second go-around forced the puck into the back...

Ballard expected to skate in weekend series with Tech

Published November 21, 2003

It's been a long time since Gophers fans have seen No. 13 on the ice, but this weekend, they might get their chance when defenseman Keith Ballard laces up his skates for Minnesota's (2-7-1, 1-6-1 WCHA)...

Despite high school injury, missed season, Smaagaard excels

Published November 20, 2003

Whether off the boards or just in front of a wayward hockey stick, the passes were right on the money. During last weekend's men's hockey series at Wisconsin, Minnesota forward Thomas Vanek scored goals...

Oh brother, where art thou?

Published November 18, 2003

His season was to be a dream come true for the Potulny brothers. Freshman Ryan Potulny came to Minnesota to join his older brother, Grant, who helped lead the Gophers to the last two national men's hockey...

Once teammates, Vanek and Bruckler now foes

Published November 17, 2003

This weekend's men's hockey series in Wisconsin was dominated by a pair of Austrians. And not just any Austrians; Minnesota's Thomas Vanek and Wisconsin's Bernd Bruckler were best friends growing up in...

Gophers go winless despite solid effort

Published November 17, 2003

Minnesota's men's hockey team's equipment manager was busy Saturday night. Broken hockey sticks needed replacing every couple minutes, it seemed, as the Gophers battled in the midst of a 3-3 tie against...

Line combinations shaken up for series with Badgers

Published November 14, 2003

This week in practice, Minnesota's men's hockey team came out hard, and the coaches kept it short. "We didn't get our warm-up slow drills like we normally get," senior Troy Riddle said. "We got right after...

Hirsch puts hockey struggles into perspective

Published November 13, 2003

Late in Saturday's men's hockey game against now top-ranked North Dakota, Minnesota forward Tyler Hirsch's stick jammed into a Sioux player's skate. Hirsch ripped the stick out and shrugged off the two...

Gophers come up empty in Grand Forks series

Published November 10, 2003

When Minnesota's men's hockey team lined up at center ice to shake hands after Saturday's game, the players kicked aside several brooms some of the 11,986 fans threw onto the rink. The brooms represent...

Following sweep, players question team’s heart

Published November 10, 2003

Going into the weekend series against North Dakota, Minnesota's men's hockey team was looking forward to one of college hockey's greatest rivalries. Minnesota defeated the Sioux in eight of their last...

Gophers take to the road to battle the Sioux

Published November 7, 2003

Minnesota men's hockey captain Grant Potulny always looks forward to playing against North Dakota. "That's the series for me," Potulny said. "It's special." Unfortunately, last year he missed the series...

Briggs adjusting to college hockey ways

Published November 6, 2003

During last weekend's series against Denver, Minnesota's men's hockey team took to the ice with freshman Kellen Briggs in net. One of just six non-Minnesotans on the Gophers' roster, the freshman from...

Men’s hockey shows promise, gains split with Denver

Published November 3, 2003

When Denver's men's hockey team traveled to Minneapolis over the weekend, it hoped to extend its undefeated season. On Friday, however, the Pioneers ran into a Minnesota hockey puck massacre. Five Gophers...

Team’s top talents turn it around for men’s hockey

Published November 3, 2003

In Minnesota's men's hockey team's convincing win over Denver on Friday, the major difference from the team's previous games was that the Gophers carried out the things they talked about all week. Minnesota's...

Men’s hockey looking for first conference win

Published October 31, 2003

Thirty minutes into practice Wednesday, Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia raised his voice. "Do your own job, don't worry about someone else's," Lucia told his team. Going into this weekend's series...

Men’s hockey looking for answers

Published October 30, 2003

Maybe the early segment break hurt team development. Perhaps the defensive corps is more depleted than first thought. Possibly the team was overconfident after winning two consecutive national championships. Regardless...

Bostrom verbally commits to Gophers for 2005-06 hockey season

Published October 29, 2003

Justin Bostrom of Vadnais Heights, Minn., verbally committed to Minnesota's men's hockey team for the 2005-06 season Friday, he confirmed Tuesday. "It really wasn't much of a decision," Bostrom said. "I've...

Men’s hockey opens WCHA season at home flat

Published October 27, 2003

With 10 seconds left in Saturday's game against Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth men's hockey forward Luke Stauffacher skated to daylight and shot the puck into the empty net. The goal was the finishing touch...

Family, former players honor Brooks’ hockey legacy

Published October 27, 2003

During the first intermission of Minnesota's men's hockey game Saturday against Minnesota-Duluth, all 10,159 fans stood and cheered. On the Mariucci ice, more than 50 former hockey players pointed their...

Men’s hockey to open WCHA season at home

Published October 24, 2003

Minnesota's men's hockey team hasn't played a game in two weeks. Since then, the team has held only six official practices. One might say the Gophers are trying to play a little catch-up with the rest...

Rival WCHA schools seeing ice action

Published October 23, 2003

Minnesota's men's hockey team went back to work Friday after holding four days of captain's practice. The Gophers practiced extra hard Friday and Saturday, simulating what normally would be game time for...

Men’s hockey team without official practices this week

Published October 16, 2003

Minnesota's men's hockey team held only seven practices before traveling to Omaha, Neb., for its first game Oct. 10 in the Maverick Stampede Tournament. After a disappointing loss to Maine and an uneven...

Shaky start for men’s hockey at Omaha tourney

Published October 13, 2003

Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia summed up Friday's 4-0 loss to Maine in one play. A Keith Ballard pass 5:48 into the first period was deflected and converted into a Maine goal - one of many Minnesota...

Goaltending duo plays as advertised, each start once

Published October 13, 2003

Last week, it was made clear that both Minnesota men's hockey goaltenders would see playing time at the Maverick Stampede over the weekend. True to his word, coach Don Lucia gave the duo ample ice time. Each...

Hockey to open season vs. top opponent

Published October 10, 2003

In April 2002, in its NCAA championship game against Maine at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the Minnesota's men's hockey team pushed the game into overtime. On the power play, then-sophomore Grant...

Men’s hockey goalies battle it out

Published October 9, 2003

Goaltenders typically spend more time on the ice before and after practice than other hockey players. But for Minnesota men's hockey goalies Justin Johnson and Kellen Briggs, the extra preparation this...

Goaltender Frazee verbally commits to men’s hockey team

Published October 8, 2003

One of Minnesota's top men's hockey goaltender prospects verbally committed to the Gophers on Saturday. Jeff Frazee, a junior playing for the USA Under-17 development team in Ann Arbor, Mich., will come...

15-year-old Mueller verbally commits

Published October 2, 2003

Fifteen-year-old Peter Mueller of Bloomington, Minn., verbally committed to Minnesota's men's hockey team Monday, Mueller's mother Linda confirmed Wednesday. Mueller is believed to be the first 1988-born...