As the Gophers have struggled in recent games, losing six of the last eight to Big Ten opponents, the top line of forwards' production hasn't stopped, stuttered or even plateaued.
The Gophers (11-14-4, 8-9-3 Big Ten) were stagnant over the weekend, losing 7-2 in the first game before dropping the second 6-2 to Penn State on Friday and Saturday.
The Gophers' defensive corps is made up of five underclassmen, a pair of juniors and a lone senior — Jack Sadek. Sadek, a seventh-round NHL draft pick, has had his best statistical season with a young cast of line mates surrounding him.
Minnesota got even with Michigan Saturday in a 4-3 victory after a 4-2 loss on Friday. Gophers' captain Tyler Sheehy had four points in the game.
Minnesota lost its second consecutive game Friday as the Gophers fell to Michigan 4-2. The team hasn't scored an even-strength goal through the two losses. The teams reconvene Saturday for the series finale.
Freshman Blake McLaughlin scored 23 goals with the Chicago Steel of the USHL before the Anaheim Ducks drafted him in the third round during the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
The Gophers' baseball team, which went 44-15 overall and was one series away from the College World Series last season, started practice for the 2019 season on Friday. Minnesota won the Big Ten regular season and tournament championship last season. Four Gophers were selected in the 2018 MLB draft from that team, with the highest pick being then-junior Terrin Vavra, who was the 96th overall pick.
Minnesota routed Wisconsin after a high-scoring third period to take a victory 9-4. The Gophers play Wisconsin again Saturday in the season-series finale.
Gophers athletics is offering free tickets to federal employees affected by the ongoing government shutdown.
The Gophers (9-10-4) are back on campus after over a month of winter break. While they're starting classes and getting into their normal schedules, they will play Big Ten rival Wisconsin (8-10-4) on Minnesota's own ice in the upcoming series, hoping to get their skates back under them against a familiar opponent.