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Questions aplenty surround U hockey

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

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...

Shutouts have U looking dangerous

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

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...

Hot goaltender could carry U through playoffs

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...

Seawolves bring stingy defense to U

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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...

U hockey sweeps past Tech

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...

Fourth liners step up for U

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 has plenty in common with Tech

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

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

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;

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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...