The Gophers battled all weekend in a physical and back-and-forth series against Ohio State. The No. 4 Gophers took one point this weekend as they dropped the first game on Friday night 3-2 and lost a tightly contested second game that ended 5-5 in regulation with Ohio State stealing the extra point in a shootout. “We can’t give up five [goals] and expect to win hockey games. I don’t think we can expect to win if we give up even four,” said Gophers head coach Brad Frost.
All 12 teams except one at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Invite were ranked in the top 25. The Gophers were the one team unranked at the event, and the team's competition proved why. Minnesota finished 12th, while Arkansas captured the victory with a team score of 16 under at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Moving to a different country can be very scary for some, but for the Gophers men’s golf top recruit Angus Flanagan, the move was nothing new. Flanagan grew up 20 miles outside London in Woking, England where he attended high school at Bradfield College.
Kelly Pannek and Sarah Potomak will be playing for the United States and Canadian national teams, respectively, when February rolls around. Currently, they are off training with their teams and will miss out on their senior and junior years of their college hockey careers, respectively. This move forced new players to step into new roles to make up for the loss of two of the best offensive players on the Gophers team last year.
The noise from freshman Grace Zumwinkle's shot and the cheers from the crowd at Ridder Arena on Friday mean that college hockey is back. The Gophers kicked off their season against Merrimack on Friday night and found themselves in an unfamiliar situation after a 4-3 loss. The Gophers backed up the loss, however, with a 4-1 win on Sunday. Goaltender Alex Gulstene earned her first win of her career.
On the sidelines Gopher fans have seen a lot of change. In January, not only did the Gophers get a new football coach, but they got a new sense of style when head coach P.J. Fleck entered the building.
Minnesota golfers had to take a boat to one the greens at Coeur d'Alene Collegiate Invite, as that part of the Idaho course is completely surrounded by water. The team struggled with the unique and unfamiliar course on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Gophers finished tied for 15th with a team score of 39 over. Colorado won the tournament with a score of 18 under.
For Felix Corwin, it was good to be home. A native of Milwaukee, the Gophers' senior finished second place in the Milwaukee Classic singles tournament as a total of four Gophers competed in the event. Senior Matic Spec also competed over the weekend, but in the Oracle Masters in Malibu, California.
Head coach John Carlson called freshman Angus Flanagan was England's second-ranked recruit before arriving to Minnesota. In Minnesota's meet at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate Tournament, Flanagan lived up to his recruiting acclaim.
Loud cheers from the Gophers players were abundant all weekend at the annual Gopher Invitational. “We had very high intensity on the court, we were excited to get out there and play,” said sophomore Kalyssa Hall. Three Gophers were crowned as champions, and the team added two more victories in doubles play. Barbara Mancera, Cammy Frei and Hall all won their respective singles flights.