Lee Stecklein finished her senior season just short of a perfect career: four national championships. After the national semifinal loss to Clarkson University, Stecklein will leave the Gophers as one of the most storied players in program history. “It’s been a great four years at Minnesota, regardless of how it ended,” Stecklein said. “I’m gonna miss these girls, but it’s been the best four years.”
Rivalries are fostered through games of high risk and high reward. The in-state rivalry between Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth will only grow more in the NCAA quarterfinal matchup on Saturday, with the winner advancing and the loser going home.
t took almost 92 minutes for a deciding goal to break through in an all-out grudge match of the WCHA Final Faceoff Semifinal, in which Minnesota fell 2-1 to in-state rival Minnesota-Duluth.
The Minnesota baseball team started its home portion of the schedule early this year – and the Gophers fared well with a sweep. The weekend marked not only Minnesota’s first home series of the season but also its first in U.S.
The University of Minnesota baseball team has most recently been celebrated for its on-field successes. But what isn’t always seen is the work that goes into making the Gophers successful people beyond the record books — something head coach John Anderson said is a priority. “This experience is about learning and growth.
In an always-fierce border battle between the No. 1 Badgers and No. 4 Gophers, it was all about goaltending over the weekend. Minnesota split with rival Wisconsin this weekend.
Minnesota’s baseball team is back, fresh off of a Big Ten Championship, and ready to take on the 2017 campaign by storm. The Gophers were recently picked to finish sixth in the Big Ten, but the adversity is nothing new.
With playoffs looming, momentum provides the greatest spoils for any team's final series of the season. With the WCHA regular season title out of reach, momentum is exactly what the No. 4-ranked Gophers are looking for. Minnesota has been on a tear lately with victories in its last six games for full sweeps of three opponents.
The Gophers didn’t have much trouble with their opponent over the weekend and swept the North Dakota Fighting Hawks with a 4-2 victory Friday and a 6-2 win Saturday. Minnesota put on a clinic with its passing Friday night, weaving around the UND defense, and found chance after chance. “Overall really fun atmosphere, and fun on the bench... A lot of really good effort from the whole group, and happy to put the six points away,” said head coach Brad Frost. The final period was where things got interesting for both teams. Junior forward Kelly Pannek scored an empty netter late in the period from her knees in her own defensive zone to make the score 3-1. But, after a penalty from junior forward Caitlin Reilly, UND scored, making it 3-2 with under a minute to go. Senior forward Kate Schipper crushed all hopes of a comeback for UND with an empty-netter with two seconds remaining, pushing the lead to its final score of 4-2. "I'm really happy with how our team approached the game," Pannek said.
The story of this winter for the Gophers is special teams — the penalty kill and power play. No. 5 Minnesota (21-5-3, 17-4-3 WCHA) leads the nation in both, taking advantage of being a player up and also mitigating the loss of being a player down.