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.
Hockey and education go hand in hand for Gophers forward Leon Bristedt. The junior has had to adjust to a new team and a new country in the past three years but is taking it all in stride. “It’s been up and down this season,” Bristedt said.
Minnesota started off the spring season strong this weekend. The seventh-seed men took third at the Big Ten Match Play tournament, and the women placed sixth at the Florida State Matchup over the weekend.
Six power play goals in the game is a new record for the Gophers. No. 5 Minnesota (18-8-2, 9-3-0 Big Ten) split the series with No. 12 Ohio State (14-8-6, 5-6-1 Big Ten) with a 5-4 loss Friday and a 6-5 win Saturday. “It was a big win for us,” head coach Don Lucia told the media.
At times, his play flies under the radar, but defenseman Jake Bischoff has made a big impact for the Gophers. Bischoff, an alternate captain, has focused on his leadership role with the Gophers during the last two years.
It’s golf season again, and Minnesota is heading down south to begin its spring slate. The men’s team goes to the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fl., and the women’s team goes to the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fl. “It’s been going really well,” said men’s head coach John Carlson.
The Gophers hockey team stifled the nation’s best offense in a series sweep over the weekend. No. 6 Penn State (16-6-2, 5-4-1 Big Ten) has averaged 4.17 goals a game this season, but No. 7 Minnesota (17-7-2, 8-2-0 Big Ten) scored 10 of its own while allowing just three. “It was an important weekend,” said head coach Don Lucia.
Penn State was held to 29 shots, the fewest the team has had in a game all season. No. 7 Minnesota (16-7-2) (7-2-0 Big Ten) defeated No. 6 Penn State (16-5-2) (5-3-1 Big Ten) 5-1 Friday night at Mariucci Arena. “I thought we played really well,” said head coach Don Lucia.
Penalties haven’t been uncommon for Minnesota’s opponents this season, and the Gophers have taken advantage. Minnesota’s power play is in the top 10 nationally, the penalty kill is improving and it’s no secret that it has contributed to the Gophers’ success this season. “I think a couple of things are important,” said assistant coach Grant Potulny.
The spring season is in full swing for the Gophers tennis teams. Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams started dual matches this month, and are both off to impressive starts. Men’s tennis won over the weekend, this time in a doubleheader Saturday.