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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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Gophers star Amanda Kessel returns to women's hockey team

Gophers star Amanda Kessel returns to women's hockey team

Kessel missed the last two seasons with the Gophers. She suffered a concussion while playing for the USA in Sochi.
After a big comeback against Purdue, Gophers wrestle No. 2 Iowa next

After a big comeback against Purdue, Gophers wrestle No. 2 Iowa next

Junior Ben Morgan had a memorable duals debut.
Not just Jared: Minnesota connections in Super Bowl

Not just Jared: Minnesota connections in Super Bowl

T hough the Vikings aren't playing in the Super Bowl, it doesn't mean Minnesota's presence won't be felt. We've found several connections to the Vikings or…
Wild seeks to go into All-Star break feeling good about itself

Wild seeks to go into All-Star break feeling good about itself

After Saturday's 4-3 loss at San Jose, Wild coach Mike Yeo recalled that the final game before last year's NHL All-Star break turned into a "real rallying point" for his team.
Lucia tells criticized hockey players he's proud of them

Lucia tells criticized hockey players he's proud of them

Despite negativity flaring up after three months of playing losing hockey, Don Lucia has been impressed with how his young group works.

Daily fantasy sports: Here to stay in Minnesota?

The Legislature is expected to take up the growing conundrum surrounding daily fantasy sports when Minnesota lawmakers convene for the year on March 8.
Lucia feels the heat but wants to keep his seat as Gophers coach

Lucia feels the heat but wants to keep his seat as Gophers coach

Don Lucia has experienced both championship celebrations and the fury of Gophers hockey fans over the years. He said that some people have wanted him gone for years because he's not a Minnesota graduate.
Yeo builds some play time into Wild's practice

Yeo builds some play time into Wild's practice

The Wild spent 60 minutes Sunday afternoon with the team's part-time skating and skills instructor, Aaron Ness, trying to work out the kinks that have led to four straight losses and back-to-back shutouts.
Third-period goals help Gophers hockey sweep Michigan State

Third-period goals help Gophers hockey sweep Michigan State

The Gophers are above .500 this season after sweeping Michigan State.
Gophers hockey scores early, often in rout of Michigan State

Gophers hockey scores early, often in rout of Michigan State

Hudson Fasching scored two goals for the second straight game and Leon Bristedt compiled three assists for the Gophers in a 5-2 victory.
Vikings rookie CB Waynes believes he can make bigger impact

Vikings rookie CB Waynes believes he can make bigger impact

With Terence Newman becoming a free agent, there is a chance Waynes could slide into a starting role next season.
Vikings notes: Third-coldest game in NFL history sees temperature hit 6 below

Vikings notes: Third-coldest game in NFL history sees temperature hit 6 below

The frigid conditions evidently had an impact on the flow of the wild-card matchup that ended with Seattle rallying and then holding on for a 10-9 victory.
Vikings notes: Turner says the cold won't move him to change game plan

Vikings notes: Turner says the cold won't move him to change game plan

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner doesn't expect the extreme cold to largely affect the Vikings' play-calling in Sunday's wild-card game against Seattle at TCF Bank Stadium.
Vikings to cope with cold in different ways

Vikings to cope with cold in different ways

The Vikings haven't had an outdoor home playoff game since 1976. Sunday's will be one for the (weather) record books.
Zimmer: 'Spotty' Bridgewater needs to settle down

Zimmer: 'Spotty' Bridgewater needs to settle down

The Vikings quarterback's bad game came after three quality outings against Arizona, Chicago and the New York Giants in which he combined for 734 passing yards, five touchdown passes, no interceptions and an average passer rating of 118.6.
After one-game return, Vikings' Joseph likely to sit out again

After one-game return, Vikings' Joseph likely to sit out again

Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph missed a third consecutive practice Friday and is doubtful for Sunday's regular-season finale at Green Bay.
Vikings Peterson sets sights on third NFL rushing title

Vikings Peterson sets sights on third NFL rushing title

Adrian Peterson can become only the second player to win an NFL rushing title after age 30.
Zimmer is happy to have Vikings skilled trio back

Zimmer is happy to have Vikings skilled trio back

A few seconds into Mike Zimmer's news conference on Monday, the Vikings coach emphasized the importance of having safety Harrison Smith, nose tackle Linval Joseph and linebacker Anthony Barr back on the field together Sunday night in a 49-17 victory over the New York Giants.
Vikings notes: Zimmer grateful to U as TCF Bank Stadium stay nears its end

Vikings notes: Zimmer grateful to U as TCF Bank Stadium stay nears its end

The Vikings played their final regular-season game at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday night. The two-year relationship with the University of Minnesota whizzed by for…
Vikings notes: Third-down conversions show a turnaround

Vikings notes: Third-down conversions show a turnaround

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been nearly perfect when passing on third down over the past two weeks.
Vikings notes: Peterson OK after ankle injury

Vikings notes: Peterson OK after ankle injury

Adrian Peterson said he knew his first-half left ankle injury wasn't serious, "but it hurt like heck initially."
Vikings notes: Joseph could return for Bears game; Barr, Smith both out

Vikings notes: Joseph could return for Bears game; Barr, Smith both out

The Vikings' injured defensive corps didn't make much progress this week with two of their three top players ruled out and the other questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago.
Given chance to play, rookie safety Harris led Vikings in tackles

Given chance to play, rookie safety Harris led Vikings in tackles

Undrafted free agent Anthony Harris had eight tackles last week in his first start for the Vikings.
No Viking misses injured nose tackle Joseph more than Floyd

No Viking misses injured nose tackle Joseph more than Floyd

Sharrif Floyd has spent the past two weeks filling in for Linval Joseph, out because of a toe injury, while Tom Johnson has taken over Floyd's position at the three-technique tackle spot.
Zimmer breaks down Vikings' final offensive play

Zimmer breaks down Vikings' final offensive play

The Cardinals strip-sacked Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on third-and-10 from the Arizona 31 and recovered the ball with 5 seconds remaining.
Wild notes: Dubnyk skips two-game road trip to heal

Wild notes: Dubnyk skips two-game road trip to heal

Devan Dubnyk, hampered by a groin strain, stayed behind for the Wild's two-game western road trip. Darcy Kuemper will start his second consecutive game Friday night at Arizona.
Vikings add a pair of safeties as Exum goes on IR

Vikings add a pair of safeties as Exum goes on IR

The Vikings signed safeties Shaun Prater and Anthony Harris to the 53-man roster Tuesday and placed safety Antone Exum Jr. on injured reserve.
Four injured Vikings safeties miss practice, and three others on defense

Four injured Vikings safeties miss practice, and three others on defense

The Vikings practiced without four safeties, two linebackers and a nose tackle on Monday and it'll be at least a few weeks until safety Antone Exum Jr. is back on the field.
Eight carries leave Peterson flustered over Vikings' play-calling

Eight carries leave Peterson flustered over Vikings' play-calling

Peterson wasn't happy with his team's play-calling a week after he ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns at Atlanta. He said the Vikings were outcoached and outplayed.
Fresh start, lesser competition: Gophers open Big Ten hockey

Fresh start, lesser competition: Gophers open Big Ten hockey

The Big Ten has gone through growing pains since forming in 2013-14 and has earned only three NCAA tournament bids, two of which were automatic.
Vikings tight end Rudolph drops his embarrassment

Vikings tight end Rudolph drops his embarrassment

Tight end Kyle Rudolph has gotten past his gaffe in Oakland with superb blocking and a long TD catch vs. Packers.
Line takes blame for part of Vikings' woes

Line takes blame for part of Vikings' woes

The line accounted for three of the Vikings' eight penalties — a fourth was declined — and allowed six sacks in the 30-13 loss to the Packers.
Vikings notes: Defense helps Lacy to his first 100-yard day of 2015

Vikings notes: Defense helps Lacy to his first 100-yard day of 2015

Eddie Lacy continued his success against the Vikings by running for 100 yards on 22 carries in Green Bay’s 30-13 victory Sunday at TCF…
Gophers use clock well against Illinois at end of first half

Gophers use clock well against Illinois at end of first half

The Gophers scored on Illinois just before the half on a 15-play drive.
Vikings' Hunter hoping for sack in first shot at Packers' QB

Vikings' Hunter hoping for sack in first shot at Packers' QB

Danielle Hunter, the NFL's youngest player, seeks a sack of a superstar to add to rookie achievements.
Vikings rookies to get first taste of Packers rivalry

Vikings rookies to get first taste of Packers rivalry

Many of the young faces around the Vikings locker room are still new to the rivalry with Green Bay. Rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs said Monday he hasn't heard much about it, and first-year defensive end Danielle Hunter couldn't say much about it.

Gophers fall 3-2 to MSU Mankato in overtime

The Gophers frittered away prosperity, losing a 2-goal lead with 3:30 left.
Scorers finally show up for Gophers hockey in victory over MSU Mankato

Scorers finally show up for Gophers hockey in victory over MSU Mankato

Lettieri and Cammarata got goals, and renewed confidence, in U's victory.
Gophers, MSU Mankato both hope hockey rebounds continue

Gophers, MSU Mankato both hope hockey rebounds continue

In-state rivals meet this weekend hoping to build on recent successes.
Zimmer says Vikings have to keep winning close games

Zimmer says Vikings have to keep winning close games

The past two victories had game-ending field goals, and the combined margin of victory during the current four-game winning streak is only 21 points.
Vikings notes: Linebacker Cole lost for the season after fracturing ankle

Vikings notes: Linebacker Cole lost for the season after fracturing ankle

The Vikings lost middle linebacker Audie Cole for the season after he fractured his right ankle in Sunday's 21-18 victory against St. Louis.
Keeping penalties down becoming part of the Vikings' culture

Keeping penalties down becoming part of the Vikings' culture

It's no fluke that the Vikings are NFL's least-penalized team. Zimmer demands it.
Bridgewater all about helping defense

Bridgewater all about helping defense

The Vikings are ranked 29th in the league in touchdown production. They have only 14 touchdowns through seven games, compared to first-place Arizona's 32 through eight games.
Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers hurts Gophers in variety of ways

Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers hurts Gophers in variety of ways

The Michigan safety caused problems for the Gophers on offense, defense and kick returns
Vikings notes: Zimmer wants penalty-prone Rhodes to stay aggressive

Vikings notes: Zimmer wants penalty-prone Rhodes to stay aggressive

Xavier Rhodes doesn't need to change his physical approach.
Vikings' Blair Walsh kicking on a straighter path

Vikings' Blair Walsh kicking on a straighter path

A one-day, laid-back kicking session during the bye week was the medicine Blair Walsh needed to begin flushing out any remaining issues he picked up in the preseason and carried into the first few weeks of the regular season.
Peterson insists illness was from shrimp, not dip

Peterson insists illness was from shrimp, not dip

It has been well-documented that Adrian Peterson is allergic to various seafood and carries an EpiPen with him often to deal with these allergies.
Joseph's play on Vikings defensive line gets Zimmer's attention

Joseph's play on Vikings defensive line gets Zimmer's attention

Linval Joseph has combined for 22 tackles during the Vikings' 4-2 start and had six in Sunday's 28-19 victory at Detroit.
First victory smooths bumpy start by Gophers hockey

First victory smooths bumpy start by Gophers hockey

The shutout helped answer some questions going forward this year.
Vikings' Munnerlyn finds his niche in the nickel

Vikings' Munnerlyn finds his niche in the nickel

Captain Munnerlyn has combined for 14 tackles and made life difficult for receivers during the Vikingss' 3-2 start.
Close game for Vikings presents Zimmer with a chance to educate

Close game for Vikings presents Zimmer with a chance to educate

"With all these games in the NFL coming down to seven-point games and three-point games, coming down to the wire, there were some great situations for our team to learn about that I think will be big factors," Zimmer said Monday.
Vikings notes: Hunter steps in at defensive end after Griffen calls in sick

Vikings notes: Hunter steps in at defensive end after Griffen calls in sick

Pro Football Talk reported that the NFL will investigate the Vikings' failure to disclose Griffen's illness before making him inactive on Sunday.
Minnesota Duluth continues its success against Gophers

Minnesota Duluth continues its success against Gophers

The Bulldogs beat the Gophers for the fifth game in a row.
Vikings' Locke is meticulous in his preparation

Vikings' Locke is meticulous in his preparation

Game preparation starts early — like clockwork — for the Vikings punter.
Newest Viking Easton quickly hits the books

Newest Viking Easton quickly hits the books

The newest Viking, guard/center Nick Easton, took over Gerald Hodges' former locker at Winter Park and practiced with the team for the first time on Monday.
Gophers hockey shut out by Vermont in season opener

Gophers hockey shut out by Vermont in season opener

Minnesota's season opened with a flop, a 3-0 loss to Vermont at Mariucci Arena.
Gophers hockey opens season without custom high national ranking

Gophers hockey opens season without custom high national ranking

The young team will start the season without a high national ranking.
Vikings head for bye week with 'solid foundation'

Vikings head for bye week with 'solid foundation'

Teddy Bridgewater doesn't believe in moral victories, but the quarterback put a positive spin on the Vikings' first quarter of the season before heading into the team's bye week.
Vikings defensive backs are unified for big challenge

Vikings defensive backs are unified for big challenge

The Vikings unit that scuffles in practice aims to double that intensity against the Broncos.
Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes appears to be on road to quick recovery

Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes appears to be on road to quick recovery

Coach Mike Zimmer said he already has passed one test after suffering a concussion on Sunday.
Vikings notes: Rhodes suffers concussion, 3 other Vikings hurt

Vikings notes: Rhodes suffers concussion, 3 other Vikings hurt

The Vikings lost four players, including starting cornerback Xavier Rhodes, to injuries during their 31-14 victory over San Diego on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Former high school teammates Waynes, Gordon to be rivals Sunday

Former high school teammates Waynes, Gordon to be rivals Sunday

Cornerback Trae Waynes was the Vikings' 2015 first-round draft pick (11th overall) out of Michigan State. Running back Melvin Gordon was the Chargers' first-round draft pick (15th overall) out of Wisconsin.
Vikings notebook: Turner facing former team

Vikings notebook: Turner facing former team

Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner faced a lot of questions about his time with the Chargers on Thursday at Winter Park.
Vikings' Greenway gets used to diminished role

Vikings' Greenway gets used to diminished role

When the Vikings restructured his contract in March to free up cap space, it was understood his playing time would be diminished, and that was apparent Sunday, when he assisted on two tackles.
Vikings notes: Sendejo has strong game as starter

Vikings notes: Sendejo has strong game as starter

The only thing coach Mike Zimmer asked of his strong safety was to make safe plays. But which strong safety would get a chance in that role was unknown until an hour before kickoff.
Vikings notes: Players trust in Bridgewater

Vikings notes: Players trust in Bridgewater

Receiver Charles Johnson, who caught two passes for 27 yards from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the Week 1 loss, said everyone is working to get on the same page.
Vikings' Turner seeks better pass protection from his offensive line

Vikings' Turner seeks better pass protection from his offensive line

Detroit, the Vikings' opponent on Sunday, piled up 12 sacks over two games against Minnesota last season.
Saints hope to put icing atop season in American Association playoffs

Saints hope to put icing atop season in American Association playoffs

After a 74-26 regular season in a new stadium, St. Paul takes aim at the American Association postseason crown.
Gopher to watch: Yu Zhou, diving

Gopher to watch: Yu Zhou, diving

More than a decade after leaving home as a child to begin diving competitively, and across an ocean and half a continent, Yu Zhou became an NCAA national champion for the Gophers.
Gopher to watch: Michael Kroells, wrestling

Gopher to watch: Michael Kroells, wrestling

Michael Kroells is just as comfortable explaining the essence of aerospace engineering, his major, as he is detailing the technical skills required to pin a 260-pound body.
Lynx coach Reeve working hard to get backups ready to play

Lynx coach Reeve working hard to get backups ready to play

Renee Montgomery, Anna Cruz, Shae Kelley and Sylvia Fowles — all of whom joined the Lynx in July — got most of Cheryl Reeve's attention early in the week of practice.
Whalen hopes ankle heals to allow her to play in postseason

Whalen hopes ankle heals to allow her to play in postseason

Lindsay Whalen said her injury is bursitis; she is in a walking cast. "I'll take the rest and get strong and get healed and come back when I can."
Gophers will take time in the hunt to find new athletic director

Gophers will take time in the hunt to find new athletic director

Multiple sources told the Star Tribune the process of hiring a new Gophers' athletics director is likely to extend through the football and basketball seasons, leaving interim athletic director Beth Goetz at the helm until at least the spring.
Ultimate road trip brings Gophers' volleyball team together

Ultimate road trip brings Gophers' volleyball team together

Gophers volleyball players trained, bonded during March trek to Japan.
U's athletics village project delayed again

U's athletics village project delayed again

Regents chair remains hopeful project still will gain approval this fall.
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