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Jason Gonzalez is the Gophers men’s hockey beat writer and part of the University of Minnesota sports coverage team. He has a hand in all Gophers athletics news and the happenings around the Big Ten. Read Jason's Ice Gold blog here
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Michigan wins Big Ten baseball tournament championship

Michigan wins Big Ten baseball tournament championship

The Wolverines reached the NCAA tournament the only way they could: by winning the Big Ten.
Dominican trip helped mold Illini into baseball power

Dominican trip helped mold Illini into baseball power

Big Ten regular-season champions traveled to play in Dominican Republic
Nebraska catching some of Minnesota's baseball talent

Nebraska catching some of Minnesota's baseball talent

Two metro area standouts are expected to be a part of Darin Erstad's Huskers’ incoming 2015 recruiting class.
Gophers mull what went wrong this baseball season

Gophers mull what went wrong this baseball season

The improved Big Ten kept host Minnesota out of the conference tourney
Big Ten baseball takes over Target Field without host

Big Ten baseball takes over Target Field without host

The Gophers, traditionally one of the conference’s top teams, missed the Big Ten tournament for only the third time in the past 18 seasons.
Seniors have lifted Gophers softball to lofty heights

Seniors have lifted Gophers softball to lofty heights

The freshman-heavy lineup in 2012 finished ninth in the Big Ten, jumped to third the next year, and once they matured into upperclassmen they’ve been excellent — as they predicted.
U baseball needs sweep to make Big Ten tournament

U baseball needs sweep to make Big Ten tournament

The Gophers must sweep their final conference series this weekend against Michigan State to have any chance of being in the tournament at Target Field.
Pitcher Groenewegen, big bats lead U softball into postseason

Pitcher Groenewegen, big bats lead U softball into postseason

Every time Big Ten Player of the Year Sara Groenewegen unloads a fastball or blasts a home run she’s driven by the idea that the Gophers still have plenty to prove.
Track plans stir debate over fate of U golf course

Track plans stir debate over fate of U golf course

A new track-and-field complex isn’t yet settled, but Bolstad could include a 12-hole concept.
Gophers hope to make Big Ten baseball tournament with strong finish

Gophers hope to make Big Ten baseball tournament with strong finish

The Gophers are on the bubble for qualifying for the Big Ten tournament at Target Field.
Momentum on Gophers' side entering Big Ten tennis tournament

Momentum on Gophers' side entering Big Ten tennis tournament

Regular-season champs believe success can carry over to league tourney.
U hopes to finalize track site, Title IX inquiries by June

U hopes to finalize track site, Title IX inquiries by June

Part of the Les Bolstad Golf Course is among the options for its location.
Gophers' Reilly repeats as hockey All-America

Gophers' Reilly repeats as hockey All-America

Mike Reilly became the first Gophers hockey standout to earn back-to-back first-team All-America honors in more than a decade on Friday afternoon. The junior…
U's Guentzel gets to be hockey dad at Frozen Four

U's Guentzel gets to be hockey dad at Frozen Four

Gophers associate head coach Mike Guentzel will watch his son, Jake, play for Nebraska Omaha in the Frozen Four.
Gophers' defenseman Mike Reilly will not return for senior season

Gophers' defenseman Mike Reilly will not return for senior season

The Gophers’ All-America junior defenseman will forego his senior season and sign a professional contract soon, he said Wednesday.
Jan. 19: Zahui leads post-Banham Gophers

Jan. 19: Zahui leads post-Banham Gophers

In the absence of Rachel Banham, the Gophers’ talented sophomore center has taken her game to another level.
Wilcox, Skjei leave Gophers early for pro contracts

Wilcox, Skjei leave Gophers early for pro contracts

Goalie Adam Wilcox and defenseman Brady Skjei both decided to leave the Gophers' hockey team Wednesday with one year of eligibility remaining to pursue pro careers.
Gophers' Rau signs with Florida, set to begin pro career

Gophers' Rau signs with Florida, set to begin pro career

Kyle Rau ended his four-year Gophers career with 164 points in 160 games.
Gophers hockey had intense push toward a flat finish

Gophers hockey had intense push toward a flat finish

The pursuit of an NCAA tournament spot may have taken an emotional toll on the Gophers, who went home after a first-round loss.
Gophers thumped out of NCAA regionals by Minnesota Duluth

Gophers thumped out of NCAA regionals by Minnesota Duluth

The Gophers trailed 3-0 after the first period and never recovered against the Bulldogs, who won 4-1 and move on to play No. 1 seed Boston University in the NCAA Northeast regional.
Gophers' defenseman Reilly dishes on and off the ice

Gophers' defenseman Reilly dishes on and off the ice

Whether grilling or passing the puck, Mike Reilly draws raves.
Two-week hockey break revives UMD's spirits

Two-week hockey break revives UMD's spirits

After losing in the NCHC quarterfinals, Minnesota Duluth has been idle for two weeks. The Bulldogs take on the Gophers in the NCAA hockey regionals Friday.
Gophers draw Minnesota Duluth in NCAA hockey first round

Gophers draw Minnesota Duluth in NCAA hockey first round

The overall top four seeds are Minnesota State Mankato, North Dakota, Boston University and Miami (Ohio). With St. Cloud State also in the 16-team tournament, Minnesota programs account for a fourth of the field.
Gophers win Big Ten hockey tournament, berth into NCAA field

Gophers win Big Ten hockey tournament, berth into NCAA field

The Gophers held off Michigan 4-2 to win the Big Ten hockey tournament and claim and automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
Gophers advance to Big Ten title game with shutout over Ohio State

Gophers advance to Big Ten title game with shutout over Ohio State

Needing a victory to keep postseason hopes alive, the Gophers played strong in Detroit and moved one win from wraping up an NCAA berth.
Gophers' hockey history can't repeat itself

Gophers' hockey history can't repeat itself

Minnesota has failed in recent conference tournaments. If that happens again, the team’s season could be over.
Gophers rout Penn State again to win Big Ten hockey title

Gophers rout Penn State again to win Big Ten hockey title

Seniors had three goals and two assists as Minnesota routed Penn State
Gophers stomp Penn State, Big Ten title within reach

Gophers stomp Penn State, Big Ten title within reach

The Gophers kept their hopes of winning a conference regular-season title alive by eliminating Penn State from the race Friday night.
How will expansion reshape college hockey, Big Ten?

How will expansion reshape college hockey, Big Ten?

Arizona State recently became the 60th Division I program. No. 61 could follow soon, and either or both could wind up in the Big Ten.
Gophers senior line coming together, just in time

Gophers senior line coming together, just in time

Sam Warning joined Travis Boyd and Seth Ambroz to help solidify a veteran line of forwards that has earned the trust of coach Don Lucia,

Hannah Brandt repeats as WCHA Player of the Year; Gophers collect handful of awards

After winning the WCHA regular-season title, the Gophers women’s hockey team picked up a handful of conference awards on Wednesday, including a second Player of…
Gophers' offense shut down in loss to Michigan State

Gophers' offense shut down in loss to Michigan State

Michigan State’s scheme on defense disrupted the Gophers and allowed the Spartans to gain a split.
Gophers rally to beat Michigan State with back-up playing goalie

Gophers rally to beat Michigan State with back-up playing goalie

Goaltender and reigning Big Ten MVP Adam Wilcox sat out nursing a minor lower-body injury and freshman Nick Lehr took over in the net for his first career start.
Seniors primarily responsible for Gophers' recent hockey resurgence

Seniors primarily responsible for Gophers' recent hockey resurgence

They have scored 20 of the 30 goals in a 6-1-1 stretch.
Gophers freshman Bristedt learning on the fly

Gophers freshman Bristedt learning on the fly

Forward Leon Bristedt of Sweden has shown a flair for the game.
Gophers sweep Michigan, move into first-place tie

Gophers sweep Michigan, move into first-place tie

Instead of fighting off the perception that the sky is falling, the Gophers are showing that everything is more than OK.
Gophers skate with purpose, blow out Michigan

Gophers skate with purpose, blow out Michigan

The Gophers' plan — defense feeds offense — came together in their rout of the Big Ten leaders.
Boyd hoping for strong finish for himself, Gophers

Boyd hoping for strong finish for himself, Gophers

The senior forward has a team-high 13 goals, doubling his career total.
Boyd's hat trick helps Gophers rout Ohio State

Boyd's hat trick helps Gophers rout Ohio State

The Gophers didn’t leave any room for Ohio State to spoil their weekend, blowing past the Buckeyes 6-2 for their first Big Ten sweep, coming halfway through conference play.
Balanced Gophers hockey gets by Ohio State 4-2

Balanced Gophers hockey gets by Ohio State 4-2

Justin Kloos, who hadn’t scored a goal since Jan. 9, ended his seven-game drought with a goal and an assist to lead the Gophers over Ohio State at Mariucci Arena.
Gophers hockey coach Lucia under fire from disgruntled fans

Gophers hockey coach Lucia under fire from disgruntled fans

Gophers men's hockey coach Don Lucia has the support of the university and his program. The outside dissatisfaction, however, escalates with each failed weekend.
Late goal by Ambroz gives Gophers a tie with Wisconsin

Late goal by Ambroz gives Gophers a tie with Wisconsin

Seth Ambroz scored with two seconds left in the third period as the Gophers earned a tie before falling to Wisconsin in a shootout.

Gophers score in bunches to top Wisconsin in series opener

They turned a two-goal deficit into a two-goal lead in a span of 100 seconds against the Badgers.
Much at stake in 100th meeting of Gophers/Iowa wrestling

Much at stake in 100th meeting of Gophers/Iowa wrestling

The No. 1 Gophers will use the No. 2 Hawkeyes as a measuring stick for their national title hopes.
Gophers hockey in a slump but not discouraged yet

Gophers hockey in a slump but not discouraged yet

The unranked Gophers need to get hot soon or win the Big Ten tourney if they hope to make the NCAA field. How did they fall so far?
Bemidi State upsets No. 1 Minnesota State Mankato

Bemidi State upsets No. 1 Minnesota State Mankato

Bemidji State stunned No. 1 Mankato to win the North Star College Cup.
Gophers 'angry' after latest loss in North Star Cup

Gophers 'angry' after latest loss in North Star Cup

The Gophers finished 0-2 on the weekend at Xcel Energy Center, losing Saturday in the third place game of the North Star College Cup tournament.
MSU Mankato lives up to top ranking, beats Gophers hockey

MSU Mankato lives up to top ranking, beats Gophers hockey

Bryce Gervais had two goals and assist for the Mavericks, who advance to Saturday’s championship game against Bemidji State.
Power shift? Gophers are underdogs in North Star Cup

Power shift? Gophers are underdogs in North Star Cup

Ranked 17th, Minnesota's men's hockey team comes into this weekend's North Star College Cup in an unfamiliar spot against other teams from the state: as an underdog.
September 3: Land O'Lakes' $25 million to jumpstart U facilities upgrade plan

September 3: Land O'Lakes' $25 million to jumpstart U facilities upgrade plan

The Land O’Lakes Foundation and the University of Minnesota will announce the commitment with an athletics-heavy focus at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.
Gophers bounce back, top Badgers in series finale

Gophers bounce back, top Badgers in series finale

The penalty-filled finale was all Gophers after a three-goal first period.
One-point wonder: Gophers' tie with Badgers has a sting

One-point wonder: Gophers' tie with Badgers has a sting

The Gophers had a 49-20 advantage in shots on goal but were left feeling empty after Wisconsin took the extra point in a shootout.
After surgeries, Gophers' Connor Reilly finally scoring as expected

After surgeries, Gophers' Connor Reilly finally scoring as expected

Injuries stole 19 months of hockey from Connor Reilly. Now, the sophomore winger leads the Gophers men’s hockey team with 10 goals.

U women's basketball hopes to bounce back against Ohio State

The Gophers women’s basketball team has exceeded expectations and is working on setting new standards for the program. Sunday’s effort against No. 12 Maryland validated…
Gophers need to skate through weak Big Ten foes

Gophers need to skate through weak Big Ten foes

In a weak year for the Big Ten, the Gophers need to skate through the conference season relatively unscathed to secure its expected spot in the NCAA tournament.
Gophers take third place in Mariucci Classic with OT victory

Gophers take third place in Mariucci Classic with OT victory

Kyle Rau’s goal secured a third-place finish for the Gophers in their own tournament.
Gophers hockey returns from break with 3-2 home loss to Merrimack

Gophers hockey returns from break with 3-2 home loss to Merrimack

Merrimack goaltender Rasmus Tirronen saved 41 shots and survived a scramble in front of the net in the final seconds as the Gophers failed once again to produce in their home tournament.
In goaltender Wilcox, the Gophers put their trust

In goaltender Wilcox, the Gophers put their trust

Adam Wilcox leads the No. 8 Gophers into the second half of the season Friday in the first round of the Mariucci Classic against No. 18 Merrimack.
Gophers dress for success on field, in recruiting

Gophers dress for success on field, in recruiting

By alternating nine color uniform combos, Minnesota's players hope to look and play sharp.
Gophers wrestling is a band of brothers

Gophers wrestling is a band of brothers

Members of the top-ranked Gophers wrestling team treat each other like family — for good reason: The team has four sets of two brothers — including two pairs of identical twins — on its roster.
Minnesota State Mankato romps into NCAA Division II title game

Minnesota State Mankato romps into NCAA Division II title game

The Mavericks jumped out to a 15-0 lead and never looked back in the Division-II semifinals, breezing to victory and a spot in next weekend's championship game in Kansas City.
Gophers' Bischoff an emerging force forged off-ice

Gophers' Bischoff an emerging force forged off-ice

Jake Bischoff’s role was limited to practice and moral support during the Gophers' Frozen Four run last spring. Extra effort in the offseason put him in position to be a more regular contributor.

Glen Mason: Forget stats, Gophers-Badgers could be close

Former Gophers coach will do Big Ten Network’s telecast.
Gophers' task for the axe won't be easy: Stop Badgers' Gordon

Gophers' task for the axe won't be easy: Stop Badgers' Gordon

Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon enters Saturday’s regular-season finale against the Gophers leading college football with 2,109 rushing yards and has Barry Sanders’ 26-year-old NCAA record in sight.

Lucia's silence prompted Gophers' leaders to urge more effort

The coach’s brief postgame talk let the Gophers know they need to work harder.

Defense could decide West Division winner

An underrated piece of the West showdown: the teams’ much-improved defenses.
U volleyball needs a big rally to keep NCAA streak alive

U volleyball needs a big rally to keep NCAA streak alive

The Gophers play host to an NCAA volleyball tournament regional next month, but the team has a lot of work to do if it hopes to be around for that experience.
U-18 U.S. team beats Gophers in overtime

U-18 U.S. team beats Gophers in overtime

The national team, without a single Minnesotan on its roster, won in overtime.

Gophers' hockey looking for go-to scorer

A top goal-scorer has yet to emerge for the Gophers.
Riled up Huskers look for redemption vs. Gophers

Riled up Huskers look for redemption vs. Gophers

If the Gophers are going to win two in a row vs. Nebraska, they’ll need to beat an angry bunch.

Conferences to court Arizona State's new hockey program

Sun Devils’ program sets up shot for western expansion.

Gophers allow two early goals, suffer sweep to Duluth

It was the first time since 2009 that UMD swept its No. 1 in-state rival.

Top-ranked Gophers hockey shut out 3-0 by Duluth

Minnesota Duluth ended the Gophers’ nation best 17-game home winning streak with a 3-0 victory on Friday night.
Maye wants sweeping success to continue against Ohio State

Maye wants sweeping success to continue against Ohio State

Junior wide receiver KJ Maye rushed a career-high 10 times for 66 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s victory over Iowa and his play helped the Gophers open up the playbook.
College hockey battles inside Minnesota borders heat up

College hockey battles inside Minnesota borders heat up

This weekend’s Gophers-Bulldogs series is one of the highlights of the newly shaped in-state rivalries.
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