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Fourth line shines in Saturday win

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’

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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...

U men and women have success

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...

Stearns is a vaulting veteran

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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...

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

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...

Battle-tested Vols back for more

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...

Netzer and Albert help Gophers leap down south at Texas Relays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

U nabs Midwest No. 1 seed

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...

Broadmoor stays put

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...

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

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

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

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

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...

Ryan Potulny’s return sparks team

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 sweet home: 1st round advantage secured

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...

Home ice on the line at Mariucci Arena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...