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Questions aplenty surround U hockey

Published March 29, 1999

For the second season in a row, the lords of hockey did not smile upon Doug Woog's team. At about this time a year ago, the consensus opinion was that the Gophers' first bad season in memory was a fluke....

No. 1 North Dakota knocks U out of Final 5

Published March 29, 1999

The Gophers men's hockey team was feeling confident heading into the WCHA Final Five at Target Center. Minnesota had the home ice advantage, was fresh off two commanding shutouts of upstart Alaska-Anchorage...

Hot goaltender could carry U through playoffs

Published March 15, 1999

It's one of the immutable laws of playoff hockey: If the goalie is hot, the team has a good chance of going deep into the playoffs. If that time-tested rule holds true, watch out for Minnesota. Freshman...

Shutouts have U looking dangerous

Published March 15, 1999

The Gophers men's hockey team is suddenly very, very dangerous. Minnesota won its first round WCHA playoff series against Alaska-Anchorage with a pair of commanding shutout victories, 4-0 and 1-0. The...

U to meet St. Cloud State in Final Five

Published March 15, 1999

Minnesota men's hockey coach Doug Woog was a little wary of having to play St. Cloud State in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. But the Gophers dodged that bullet by drawing Alaska-Anchorage, which...

Seawolves bring stingy defense to U

Published March 12, 1999

The Gophers men's hockey team will face a series of extremes in the first round of the WCHA playoffs this weekend against Alaska-Anchorage. The Gophers' (12-17-9 overall, 10-12-6 in the WCHA) newfound...

Second season set to begin in WCHA; awards distributed

Published March 11, 1999

With the first round of the WCHA playoffs a mere one day away, league coaches were in a very aggressive mood during the WCHA teleconference on Tuesday. Each coach is still trying to develop the perfect...

Breakdowns

Published March 9, 1999

The Gophers men's hockey team has been fighting the biggest, meanest opponent of all -- themselves -- throughout the season, with only limited success. Minnesota's physical and mental breakdowns have haunted...

Westrum works

Published March 8, 1999

In its last six games, the Gophers men's hockey team has scored more goals and brought the puck into the offensive zone with more efficiency than in any other stretch of the season. A major reason for...

Badgers turn back U at home

Published March 8, 1999

The bad news for the Gophers men's hockey team this weekend was that it could not beat Wisconsin at home for the first time since 1993. The good news is that the games really didn't mean anything anyway. Minnesota...

U hopes to continue

Published March 5, 1999

The numbers don't lie in this series. The Gophers men's hockey team has owned Wisconsin at home. The Badgers have not defeated the Gophers in Minnesota since 1992-1993 season, and have never won in the...

Home ice for WCHA playoffs set, seedings still up in air

Published March 4, 1999

With the top five home-ice positions for the first round of the WCHA playoffs solidified, all the remaining four teams can do is look back in regret. The teams' fate was set when Colorado College pulled...

Four goals earns Berg weekly WCHA nod

Published March 2, 1999

In an announcement that should come as a shock to no one, Gophers senior Reggie Berg was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. Berg's output throughout the season could be best described as enigmatic....

Seniors carry the load in

Published March 1, 1999

DULUTH, MINN. -- Of the 14 goals scored this weekend by the Gophers men's hockey team, 11 were netted by seniors. Not bad for a crew that's struggled for most of the season. "I think (the seniors are peaking),"...

Hockey locks up home ice in Duluth

Published March 1, 1999

DULUTH, Minn. -- Something that looked like a distant, unattainable goal just a few weeks ago came to fruition Saturday night -- the Gophers men's hockey team will host a series in the first round of the...

Bulldogs hockey crowd awaits Spehar, Angell

Published February 26, 1999

When Minnesota's men's hockey team takes on Minnesota-Duluth this weekend in the final homestand of the year for the Bulldogs, it will be the first homecoming for freshman Nick Angell. It will also be...

Huskies’ Weasler is player of the week

Published February 25, 1999

Well, it happened again. For the eighth time this year, Minnesota's men's hockey team has made a player of the week out of a member of the opposing team. This week's winner: St. Cloud State goaltender...

Is there an exorcist in the house? U needs help

Published February 24, 1999

The Gophers men's hockey team might want to hire a witch doctor to exorcise the evil spirits lurking in the locker room, because there might very well be some voodoo messing with Minnesota. It started...

Ties throw wrench in U hockey playoff plans

Published February 22, 1999

The Gophers men's hockey team should have known it was going to be a frustrating weekend when the misfortune started before the puck even dropped. During player introductions in a darkened National Hockey...

Effort isn’t enough: U searching for offense

Published February 22, 1999

This weekend's series with St. Cloud State was indicative of the Gophers men's hockey team's problems all season. Good effort, no offense. Minnesota outshot the Huskies 87-to-52 and had five more power...

Women’s hockey sweeps Providence

Published February 22, 1999

Fans of high-scoring hockey need not attend. One of the more defensive women's hockey teams in the country came in for a weekend series at Mariucci Arena, as No. 2 Gophers (25-2-2) hosted No. 6 Providence...

Face-off with tradion: U hockey might change exclusive recruiting policy

Published February 19, 1999

The recruiting practices of Gophers coach Doug Woog have been questioned ever since he took the helm of the men's hockey program during the 1985-86 season. Following legendary coach John Mariucci's lead,...

St. Cloud ‘nut house’ waiting for U

Published February 19, 1999

As the Gophers men's hockey team prepares to take on St. Cloud State in a home-and-home series, with the first game in St. Cloud tonight, it seems as if the Gophers have been fighting two opponents: the...

One-time forward helps shore up U defense

Published February 16, 1999

The Gophers men's hockey team has had excessive troubles on the blue line. The deterioration of senior Bill Kohn's play has been a primary factor. Kohn currently leads the team with 25 penalties and is...

Seniors setting example for U hockey

Published February 15, 1999

The leaders on a hockey team -- or any team for that matter -- are usually the players who have been around the longest. In the case of the Gophers men's hockey team, seniors Wyatt Smith, Reggie Berg,...

Gophers help Anchorage to split

Published February 15, 1999

The Gophers men's hockey team might have made a serious statement heading into the final leg of the play-off drive by beating Alaska-Anchorage on Sunday, after beating the Seawolves 5-1 on Saturday. But...

Always-pesky Alaska brings top defense to town

Published February 12, 1999

The Gophers men's hockey team is beginning to feel the heat of the playoff push. The team had an impromptu hour-and-a-half players-only meeting before practice on Thursday. When asked about what topics...

Rookie goalie tearing up

Published February 11, 1999

When the Gophers men's hockey team faces Alaska-Anchorage Saturday and Sunday at Mariucci Arena, they will also take on someone who is widely considered one of the toughest and hottest goaltenders in the...

Spehar headed to Duluth?

Published February 9, 1999

It's been an issue that has dogged junior Dave Spehar since he decided to join the Gophers men's hockey team -- Why not Minnesota-Duluth? There has also been some controversy between the Duluth, Minn.,...

Men’s hockey team falls flat at Colorado College

Published February 8, 1999

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Following the Gophers men's hockey team's ugly 5-1 loss to No. 5 Colorado College on Friday, coach Doug Woog said he was confident that his team would turn it around and win...

Power play runs dry for

Published February 8, 1999

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Gophers men's hockey team suffered one of its toughest setbacks of the year in a 3-1 loss to No. 5 Colorado College on Saturday. It wasn't that the Gophers were particularly...

Gophers looking

Published February 5, 1999

With the Minnesota men's hockey team seemingly on an upswing, looking back on previous losses could have a negative impact. So the Gophers are trying at all costs to avoid talking about the humiliating...

Surprise Seawolves

Published February 4, 1999

It's been an interesting ride for both Minnesota-Duluth and Alaska-Anchorage as they head into this weekend's series at Anchorage. The Bulldogs have been a disappointment for most of the season. But if...

U’s Leimbek earns WCHA offensive award

Published February 2, 1999

Seldom-used fourth-liner Matt Leimbek was honored Monday by the WCHA as its offensive player of the week. The freshman from Rochester, Minn., has not been a regular staple in the Gophers lineup, but will...

Fourth liners step up for U

Published February 1, 1999

Minnesota's Matt Leimbek has been wallowing in the muck of the practice squad for the majority of the year. After this weekend, expect to see him in the lineup every weekend. Leimbek was instrumental in...

U hockey sweeps past Tech

Published February 1, 1999

If the Gophers men's hockey team looked a little uncomfortable doing the stick salute at center ice after their sweep of Michigan Tech, forgive them. It's been awhile. Minnesota (9-13-6, 7-8-3 WCHA) celebrated...

U has plenty in common with Tech

Published January 29, 1999

Although the Gophers men's hockey team won't admit it, it must be nice to finally face a team that isn't in the top 10 in the country. But that doesn't mean this upcoming series against Michigan Tech will...

Teams gearing up for WCHA playoffs

Published January 28, 1999

The underlying theme of this year's race for a WCHA home playoff series is parity. Only 16 points separate the second- and ninth-place teams in the conference, and 11 points is the difference between third...

U feeling fine after Sioux sweep

Published January 26, 1999

Following No. 1 North Dakota's Saturday 6-5 victory over Minnesota, senior captain Wyatt Smith was found sitting on a bench in the hallway outside of the Gophers' locker room. But instead of sulking or...

No. 1 North Dakota outguns U;

Published January 25, 1999

The Gophers men's hockey team's winless streak has reached an all-time high -- or is that low? -- of 10 games, after No. 1 North Dakota's sweep of Minnesota, 5-4 and 6-5. But, surprisingly, the Gophers...

Fans a factor as Sioux seventh man

Published January 25, 1999

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- In hockey, the home ice advantage is something a team can rely on and feed off of during a close-knit contest. And this energy doesn't come from the familiarity of the ice surface...

Trip to Grand Forks tougher than ever for U

Published January 22, 1999

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for the Gophers men's hockey team, it gets to travel to Grand Forks, N.D., to take on the No. 1 team in the country, fresh off a dominating sweep of...

St. Cloud, Duluth face

Published January 21, 1999

It isn't exactly two major powerhouses going at it, but the emotion will be there. St. Cloud State (10-11-1, 6-10-0 WCHA) will travel to Duluth to take on last place Minnesota-Duluth (6-12-2, 3-11-2 WCHA)...

Senden lends a stable hand to U

Published January 20, 1999

Throughout his one and a half years with the Gophers men's hockey team, Stuart Senden has been one of its most consistent performers. And for a Minnesota team that has wallowed in inconsistent efforts...

Gophers tied up by Minnesota St.

Published January 19, 1999

The Gophers men's hockey team came into its weekend series against Minnesota State believing a sweep could get the squad back in a winning frame of mind. After this series, Minnesota might be tired of...

Power play a problem for Gophers

Published January 19, 1999

Success on the power play has been streaky at best for the Gophers men's hockey team this season. That trend continued in the Gophers' pair of ties against Minnesota State. On Friday night, the man-advantage...

Hockey

Published January 15, 1999

The Gophers men's hockey team's (7-11-4 overall, 5-6-3 in the WCHA) upcoming series with Minnesota State (9-9-2) won't count toward any particular standings or ratings. But for the emotional state of the...

Tigers, Sioux battle for WCHA lead

Published January 14, 1999

The main event of the WCHA season will take place in the Colorado Springs World Arena when No. 1 North Dakota takes on No. 7 Colorado College. The rosters for this game read like a college hockey all-star...

Inconsistency drowns U again

Published January 11, 1999

DENVER -- The Gophers men's hockey team has been very vocal about raising the level of their game, and more specifically, their intensity and goal-scoring. Minnesota fans better hope there's a plan B. The...

U’s fourth line sets example

Published January 11, 1999

COLORADO SPRINGS -- For most of the season, sophomore winger Stuart Senden wallows in obscurity. He's just another third- or fourth-liner, doing his best to give quality minutes to the team. But something...

Denver, Gophers seeking stability

Published January 8, 1999

While it's not the Minnesota-Denver match-up sports fans are waiting to see, there's still a lot riding on this weekend's Gophers-Pioneers men's hockey series. This intriguing match-up features two teams...

St. Cloud, CC limp into big WCHA series

Published January 7, 1999

Regardless of what Gophers fans might think, one of the more important series in the WCHA this weekend will not be played in Denver. Up the road from Minneapolis at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud,...

Hauser squashes goalie controversy

Published December 1, 1998

The departure of junior goaltender Willy Marvin has squashed all talk of a goaltending controversy for Minnesota's men's hockey team. With unproven freshmen Ryan Westrum and Rob LaRue behind him, Adam...

Clark spurs Gophers comeback

Published December 1, 1998

Minnesota's guard Kevin Clark entered a mystical place in the second half of the Gophers' 72-61 victory over Oregon, one that many have talked about but only few can explain. Clark entered the zone. "One...

Men’s hockey recovers to beat Michigan State

Published November 30, 1998

The Gophers men's hockey team opened the College Hockey Showcase on Friday looking more like the squad responsible for six losses than the one that racked up six wins. Minnesota failed to capitalize on...

Freshman blue-liner helps U on offense

Published November 30, 1998

The Gophers men's hockey team hasn't had a goal-scoring defenseman since Mike Crowley roamed the blue line from 1994 to 1997. In fact, the lack of offensive defensemen has become a glaring deficiency for...

Hockey searches

Published November 25, 1998

Although they are not WCHA opponents, this weekend's Gophers men's hockey games won't be any less important. Michigan and Michigan State will be in town for the College Hockey Showcase. The Gophers face...

Nathaniel makes plays at point

Published November 25, 1998

In the battle for the point guard position, transfers Mitch Ohnstad and Terrence Simmons have garnered most of the publicity. But after tonight, people might start pointing the spotlight in Kevin Nathaniel's...

Women’s hockey whips MSU

Published November 23, 1998

Minnesota's women's hockey team was served another cupcake on Friday, and they gobbled it up. Minnesota State fell prey to a swarming Gophers offense and stringent defense in the 8-1 decision. Minnesota...

Men’s hockey splits with Anchorage, sits in middle of WCHA

Published November 23, 1998

The Gophers men's hockey team spent most of the week talking about how it needed four points at Alaska-Anchorage in order to hang with the rest of the pack in the WCHA. But with a weekend split the Gophers...

Stingy Seawolves

Published November 20, 1998

The Gophers men's hockey team will be in a situation this weekend that it hasn't experienced for awhile. They'll be the favorite. After playing well against No. 1 North Dakota before succumbing to superior...

North Dakota, Colorado square off for top ranking

Published November 19, 1998

In a series that is worthy of a Michael Buffer introduction, No. 3 Colorado College travels to Grand Forks to take on current No. 1 North Dakota for first place in the conference, and probably first place...

Offensive defensemen lift Gophers hockey

Published November 17, 1998

The sign outside of Williams Arena that previews coming attractions in Minnesota athletics should have shown a disclaimer before announcing the Gophers and North Dakota series. Beware of flying pigs and...

Gophers come close, but No.1 North Dakota earns tie, win

Published November 16, 1998

Two things became evident during Minnesota's weekend showing against No. 1 North Dakota, in which the Gophers lost Saturday 5-3 and tied Friday 4-4. They know what it's going to take to play with the best...

U hockey program will retire John Mayasich’s

Published November 13, 1998

Minnesota's men's hockey team will do something Saturday night it has never done before in its 77-year history. The Gophers will retire the number of one of their own. Former Gopher and Olympic champion...

CC, Denver vie for bragging rights

Published November 12, 1998

If one WCHA series this weekend had to be labeled the "games of the week," Colorado College-Denver would definitely be near the top of the list. The undefeated Tigers are red hot after dismantling a previously...

Colorado College hammers U with big plays

Published November 10, 1998

After two lopsided games this weekend, the overall sentiment in both men's hockey locker rooms didn't seem to be disappointment, disgust or elation, but confusion. How could one team look that good, and...

Strong defense can’t hold back rushing Badgers

Published November 9, 1998

Perhaps Minnesota's men's hockey team should have changed its name for the weekend from the Gophers to the G-phers, because there was no "o" to be found this weekend against Colorado College. And if there...

U hockey falls to Harvard, 3-1

Published November 6, 1998

Minnesota's women's hockey team kicked off the home portion of its home schedule Thursday against No. 5 Harvard. The matchup was expected to provide a glimpse into the Gophers' chances this season. But...

CC provides early season test

Published November 6, 1998

The Gophers men's hockey program is accustomed to sitting in first place. But after last season, in which Minnesota stumbled early and often, sitting atop the WCHA must feel like new. Only Gophers coach...

UMD and North Dakota playing with slim rosters

Published November 5, 1998

Old-time hockey came to Grand Forks, N.D., last Saturday, when Minnesota-Duluth and North Dakota got together for their series finale. The game ended with 64 total penalties, adding up to 257 minutes of...

He shoots, he scores — he dances?

Published November 3, 1998

After freshman John Pohl put back a rebound shot to score his first career goal for the Gophers men's hockey team, Pohl proceeded to party like a madman. It started with a jump, then a little turn, then...

Hauser helps U in Wisconsin sweep

Published November 2, 1998

With the big two of the WCHA coming up -- Colorado College and North Dakota -- a good showing in Wisconsin was critical for the Gophers men's hockey team. Mission accomplished. Minnesota (5-2-1 overall,...

Pohl, Spehar give U added scoring punch

Published November 2, 1998

Dave Spehar and John Pohl might have the perfect pedigrees to be scoring machines for the Gophers men's hockey team. Pohl broke Spehar's all-time high school scoring mark. But until this weekend, you haven't...

U hopes Wisconsin will be gracious host

Published October 30, 1998

The Gophers men's hockey team has been here before -- injured and embarrassed, coming off a series in which they played below expectations. Last season, Michigan Tech swept Minnesota on the road. Last...

U’s Pagel suffers knee injury, out vs. Wisconsin

Published October 29, 1998

Gophers coach Doug Woog said after the Minnesota-Duluth series he felt lucky to not have anyone hurt yet. Perhaps he should have knocked on a nearby hockey stick. Minnesota center Rico Pagel will miss...

Instant replay issue

Published October 27, 1998

The issue of instant replay is one of those hot-button topics that seems to keep coming back like a fungus. And in the last two Gophers series, it has again reared its hideous head. The first case came...

Final seconds last too long for U

Published October 26, 1998

In a mere 30 seconds on Saturday, the Gophers men's hockey team went from elation to devastation. A spirited third-period comeback appeared to give Minnesota a much-needed shot of momentum and a shot at...

Goofy goal boosts U against St. Cloud

Published October 26, 1998

There were no black cats crossing the path of the puck, and the moon wasn't full. But still the men's hockey team's weekend series with St. Cloud State couldn't have been any more strange. Minnesota opened...

St. Cloud next on U’s rugged road

Published October 23, 1998

With a firing line of Wisconsin and Colorado College coming up for Minnesota in the next few weekends, it might be difficult for the Gophers not to look past St. Cloud State. But coach Doug Woog thinks...

Rookie Hegland finds new team to lead

Published October 22, 1998

The Gophers women's hockey team will have a new player on their team this year who should be familiar to Minnesota sports fans, even though she hasn't played hockey competitively in over four years. Call...

Miskovich named player of the week

Published October 21, 1998

Aaron Miskovich broke out Saturday night against Minnesota-Duluth and showed why he should be considered a scoring threat, scoring two goals in a 3-1 Gophers hockey win. The WCHA recognized Miskovich's...

Rookies knock

Published October 20, 1998

It's a cliche that might be overused but is still appropriate for describing the banner crop of freshman defensemen on the Gophers men's hockey team: bigger, stronger, faster. Three Gophers are living...

Miskovich leads Gophers to 3-1

Published October 19, 1998

It may not have looked it on the Mariucci Arena ice, but there was a party going on -- and Aaron Miskovich was the guest of honor. The sophomore forward and 1997 Mr. Hockey scored two goals, one shorthanded,...

North Dakota the class of WCHA

Published October 16, 1998

In 1995, Colorado College set the WCHA mark for greatness when they won their third consecutive regular-season title. Expect that record to be tied this year. North Dakota is without a doubt the class...

U hockey opens WCHA with Duluth

Published October 16, 1998

It must be that time of the year. When Gophers defenseman Nick Angell threw a nasty check on teammate Erik Wendell in practice Thursday, smearing him against the boards like a bug on a windshield, it didn't...

Inexperienced goalies in

Published October 13, 1998

Due to deaths and injuries, efforts have been made at several college campuses across America to curb freshman hazing. Unfortunately, these efforts have not yet reached college hockey. Freshman Adam Hauser,...

Hockey splits in

Published October 12, 1998

All of a sudden, after three years spent on the lonely side of the bench, Gophers goaltender Willy Marvin has become a very valuable commodity. Marvin made the first start of his career on Saturday, and...

U hockey breaks the ice

Published October 9, 1998

Put the little plastic goals back on the street. The cars have passed by, the offseason is over. Game on. The 1998-99 Minnesota men's hockey team opens the season in the 2nd annual Team Cheerios Icebreaker...

Hockey wakes up from long summer’s nap

Published October 2, 1998

Anyone who's ever had a bad day can relate. When the end mercifully comes, you flop down on the bed, grab your favorite stuffed animal and nod off for a few hours. When you wake up, you feel refreshed...

New faces, goals for women’s hockey

Published September 25, 1998

It's called the next level. It's a fictional place that teams are always trying to find. Players want to take their ability to this place, fans want to see their teams go there, coaches take heat for not...

Siblings earn high marks for U golf

Published April 24, 1998

The two strawberry blond people sat down in their respective chairs and smiled politely. The man and woman talked and laughed when asked about their respective lives and games. Both had a coolness, almost...

Ending bittersweet for U women’s swimmers

Published March 30, 1998

The giant pool party called the NCAA women's swimming and diving national championships was the final send-off for three of Minnesota's top swimmers -- Olga Splichalova, Kim Wilson, and Gretchen Hegener. Combined,...

Tournament is hard lesson for women’s hockey

Published March 30, 1998

Remember when you were 8 years old and you were forced to eat your brussels sprouts? It's likely your parents' justification was, "Because they're good for you." That is what the Gophers women's hockey...

Women’s hockey team gets bid to play in final four

Published March 17, 1998

At about this time last year, the University of Minnesota was infected with March Madness because of the men's basketball team's success. Although the men's hoops team did not make the NCAA field this...

Women’s hockey wins, now must wait

Published March 9, 1998

Mariucci Arena is now closed for Minnesota's women's hockey team. The sticks are put away and the uniforms are hung up for the time being, following the Gophers 10-2 rout of Augsburg in their final home...

The competition improves, but U still thrives

Published March 2, 1998

The disparity in the quality of opponents the Gophers women's hockey team faced this weekend compared to the three feeble teams Minnesota pounded in previous weeks was evident. There was also a major...

Women’s hockey cruises to easy victory over Gustavus

Published February 23, 1998

Those who thought the Gophers women's hockey team would be a bit rusty Sunday against Gustavus Adolphus after a 14-day layoff would have been correct for the first half of the first period. After that,...

Canada’s Supreme Court QUestions Quebec’s right to secede

Published February 17, 1998

OTTAWA (AP) -- Opening a historic, high-risk court case, the federal government argued Monday before the Supreme Court that neither Canadian nor international law gives Quebec the right to secede unilaterally. Quebec's...

U women’s hockey takes advantage of sweet foes

Published February 9, 1998

When a superior team plays a squad of an obviously lower caliber, that inferior team is referred to as a "creampuff" or some other dainty pastry. Sometimes, when playing a creampuff, a team enters a place...