For this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily talks to somebody knowledgeable on the Gophers next opponent. This week, Minnesota will travel to Evanston, Illinois to face the Wildcats. We talked to Ben Pope, who covers football for the Daily Northwestern. Pope is a reporter for the Wildcats' football and men's basketball teams.
Sam Rossini came to the Gophers this year on a path similar to many others. He's learned to play at the collegiate level day by day, and it is unclear whether he will see the ice this weekend as No. 7 Minnesota hosts No. 13 Harvard for the two teams’ first matchup in two years. Rossini has the second best shooting percentage on the Gophers and is averaging 0.50 goals per game as a freshman defenseman.
Defensive lineman Steven Richardson hasn't showed his impact in his season stats, but his presence on the defensive line has opened gaps for other Minnesota rushers to come through.
Minnesota lost on Friday 5-4 in overtime, and tied 6-6 on Saturday against the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend, dropping their record to 7-4-1 this season.
Minnesota rebounded from last week's loss to surge back in its fifth win of the season Saturday. The Gophers ran away with a victory against the Cornhuskers Saturday 54-21 in Minnesota’s second Big Ten win this year at TCF Bank Stadium. “We needed to start fast," said head coach P.J. Fleck. "It's a big game for both [Minnesota and Nebraska]. Whoever strikes first you can take the spirit out of somebody else, and we did that.”
Minnesota’s rivalry with Nebraska was renewed when the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten In 2011, but the results haven’t gone the Gophers’ way since then. The Cornhuskers beat Minnesota 24-17 in Nebraska last season. Minnesota (4-5, 1-5 Big Ten) has lost two consecutive Big Ten games, while Nebraska (4-5, 3-3 Big Ten) is 1-3 in its last four games.
Minnesota’s junior goaltender Eric Schierhorn has won seven of 10 games for the Gophers this season, and he has a chance to make it eight or nine against Michigan this weekend.
For wide receiver Phillip Howard, patience is key this year. Howard is in his first season playing for the Gophers, and by adjusting to the passing game, looks to continue to make headway against Minnesota’s next opponent, Nebraska. He has 103 yards receiving, which ranks third on the team.
Due to inconsistencies in the passing game, the Wolverines have rotated in different quarterbacks throughout the season. So to beat Minnesota on Saturday, Michigan went to the ground.
For this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily talks to somebody knowledgeable on the Gophers next opponent. This week, Minnesota will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan to face the Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. We talked to Orion Sang, who covers football for the Michigan Daily.