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Minnesota men's hockey prepares for NCAA regionals

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 season, Saturday. “[Notre Dame is] a lot like our own team,” said head coach Don Lucia.


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

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 Tournament Sunday and will play No. 10 seed Notre Dame in Manchester, New Hampshire on Saturday. The rollercoaster weekend for Minnesota started Friday when the team played the longest game in Big Ten Tournament history with Penn State. The Gophers looked poised to hold off the Nittany Lions offense in the second overtime period, but the lone penalty in extra minutes on Minnesota proved fatal. A turnover along the boards put the Nittany Lions defenseman Erik Autio open in front of the Minnesota net and he broke the 3-3 tie 93:33 into the conference game, sending Penn State to its first Big Ten Tournament title game. Minnesota’s key to the extended game was its goaltender — Eric Schierhorn. In one of the strongest performances in his two years with the Gophers, the sophomore goalie faced 63 shots and saved 59 of them, a career-high for saves in a game. “The goalies played [well],” head coach Don Lucia told the media Friday.


Justin Kloos thrives in last year at Minnesota

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 on home ice this weekend against Michigan State and the emotions are up in the air. “[I’m] not really sure what to expect,” Kloos said.


Gophers split series with Wolverines in Ann Arbor

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 Gophers weren’t ready to be swept by the Wolverines and won 4-1 Saturday. “We played the game the right way [Saturday],” head coach Don Lucia told reporters Saturday.


Gophers lose a close one in first game of border battle

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 Friday. The teams are now tied for first in the Big Ten standings.


Tyler Sheehy and Gophers' top line thrive together

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 is incredible,” said forward Tyler Sheehy.


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

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 Ten) with late goals from captain Justin Kloos and forward Rem Pitlick to win 6-3 Friday and a thrilling 4-3 overtime win Saturday.