No. 16 Minnesota (5-0) swept the opening weekend of the season at the UNLV SportCo Kickoff Classic with five victories.
Minnesota's offense looked as good as it has all year, coming alive to complete the sweep of Wisconsin in its own arena. No. 12 Minnesota (18-13-1, 9-10-1 Big Ten) defeated No. 17 Wisconsin (14-15-3, 8-11-2-1 Big Ten) with an offensive explosion in a 7-1 win Saturday.
Another game came down to the wire for Minnesota. No. 12 Minnesota (17-13-1, 8-10-1 Big Ten) took down No. 17 Wisconsin (14-14-3, 8-10-2-1 Big Ten) 4-2 Friday night thanks to some heroics from its captain.
Seniors Jack Glover and Steve Johnson will play their last regular-season border battle against the Badgers this weekend in Madison, Wisconsin in a fight for home-ice advantage in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Johnson has tallied more points than Glover and been a mainstay in the Gophers' defense, while Glover fights for points and has earned his starting position back in his final year.
Job applications can involve a long, arduous process, with potential employees waiting months to hear back. While that may be the case for some, it doesn't describe new Minnesota head coach Jamie Trachsel's path to the Gophers.
Minnesota (17-6, 6-4 Big Ten) couldn't keep the magic of the three-game win streak on Sunday. The Gophers lost to Iowa (18-7, 6-5 Big Ten) 92-84 Sunday, dropping to sixth in the Big Ten standings.
Former Minnesota safety Damarius Travis is the Gophers' only representative in the Super Bowl this year. But his role on the Patriots is different from when he was on the Gophers.
After the team's upset on Friday, the Gophers were looking for more defensive stops and overtime magic in the second game of the series against Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish prevented both from happening. No. 13 Minnesota (16-13-1, 7-10-1 Big Ten) failed to get the sweep of conference rival and No. 1 Notre Dame (20-5-1, 14-2-0 Big Ten) in a 4-1 loss Saturday at 3M Arena at Mariucci.
It ended up being a walk-off victory for Minnesota. No. 13 Minnesota (16-12-1, 7-9-1 Big Ten) beat No. 1 Notre Dame (19-5-1, 13-2-0 Big Ten) 1-0 in overtime, the second upset of its kind for the Gophers this season.
No. 13 Minnesota (15-12-1, 6-9-1 Big Ten) faces off against No. 1 Notre Dame (19-4-1, 13-1-0 Big Ten) this weekend. The Gophers will look to boost their offense after numerous shakeups in an effort win more games in the last four series of the season.