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Apple Valley's Gable Steveson didn't waste time feeling sorry for himself after losing in the heavyweight title match at the Big Ten tournament, his only defeat after 30 victories.
Chantal Nack started slow, now is a Big Ten champ competing in the NCAAs.
Lee Stecklein scored 49 seconds into overtime for the winner, sparking a loud celebration at Tria Rink in St. Paul as the Whitecaps beat the Buffalo Beauts.
Minnesota's National Women's Hockey League team has been a boon to the league.
The Whitecaps defeated the Metropolitan Riveters 5-1 in the Isobel Cup semifinals at Tria Rink. That put the Whitecaps into Sunday's championship game against Buffalo.
Minnesota is 9-1 in the NCAA quarterfinal home games, and this one is back at Ridder Arena.
The Wild enters Thursday's game against Dallas one point out of a wild-card berth yet without a power-play goal in six games. The first faceoff is vital, and it's something we've been lacking lately," Bruce Boudreau said.
After going 30-0, U freshman Gable Steveson lost 4-3 to Penn State's Anthony Cassar in the finals. Here's the full story and video of the title match.
In their first NWHL season, they secured the top seed and home ice for playoffs.
The unbeaten freshman is the only Gopher still in contention for a title.
Gophers coach Brad Frost worried the senior might ease up, but she keeps delivering.
Unbeaten Penn State heads the Big Ten field; the Gophers, led by Gable Steveson, seek a top-five finish.
A look at this weekend's tournament at Ridder Arena.
Currently fifth in the World Cup overall standings, Jessie Diggins, 27, said it has been "a year of learning" as she figures out how to pace herself off the snow as well as on.
Former Bemidji State standout Brad Hunt is 'more relaxed' after coming to the Wild in a trade.
Minnesota lost 3-2 despite holding a 2-0 lead after the first period in the opener of the final Big Ten series of the season.
Devan Dubnyk's self-esteem has remained unshaken, and he is expected to be back in the net Tuesday against Anaheim as the team wraps up a four-game set at Xcel Energy Center.
Five of the people hired to coach high-profile Twin Cities sports teams in the last few years are still in their 30s, part of an unprecedented move toward hiring leaders with different skills than were once expected from leaders.
"I don't understand it,'' goaltender Devan Dubnyk said. "Ever since I've been here, playing at home has been a huge advantage for us."
Lindsey Vonn's final race is Sunday morning. The Buck Hill product will leave the sport with 82 World Cup victories, the most by any woman in history, and the only Olympic downhill gold won by an American woman.
Zero goals since Jan. 7 for winger Mikael Granlund prompted Wild coach Bruce Boudreau to make bold switch.
Kyle Rau, the former Eden Prairie star and Gophers captain, has a team-leading 14 goals and 16 assists in 45 games at Iowa.
Injuries took a toll on Burnsville native Lindsey Vonn; next week's stop in Sweden will be the last for the only American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill skiing.
The goalie is 4-0 since being selected for the Western Conference.
Gabriel Landeskog will be the Central Division's last representative thanks to fan balloting. Goalie Devan Dubnyk is the Wild's representative.
With the weight of a five-game losing streak lifted off its shoulders, the Wild showed up in high spirits Sunday for practice.
After identifying herself as "Athlete A" in the USA Gymnastics sexual-abuse scandal that sent team doctor Larry Nassar to prison, Maggie Nichols of Little Canada won the NCAA all-around championship competing for the University of Oklahoma. 'I found out how strong I really am.'
Stanford and Nebraska treated 18,000-plus at Target Center to a thrilling final.
Both rival coaches expected a great final — and it was that, going the distance at Target Center.
Seeking its sixth NCAA title and its third in the past four years, Nebraska rules the college volleyball world in other ways as well, including a 29-station radio network.
The sudden end didn't diminish Hugh McCutcheon's pride in a season that will be remembered as one of the Gophers' best ever. The team finished 19-1 in the Big Ten and recorded the most league victories in program history.
After sweeping its first three foes in the NCAA tournament, Nebraska did it again Saturday, defeating Oregon 25-22, 25-23, 25-17 in the regional finals at Maturi Pavilion to reach its fourth consecutive Final Four.
Oregon was one of only three teams to beat the Gophers this season.
As fans grow more excited at the possibility of watching the Gophers make the Final Four at Target Center, coach Hugh McCutcheon is trying to manage those expectations.
Gophers senior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson was named Big Ten MVP while coach Hugh McCutcheon nabbed another top honor.
Jackson Erdmann has passed for 40 touchdowns this season, second most in the nation, and his 2,727 passing yards lead the MIAC. It is off the field, though, where Erdmann considers himself a true warrior.
The second pair, Jared Spurgeon and Jonas Brodin, has become an exceptional shutdown tandem through the first 21 games, but coach Bruce Boudreau is willing to reshuffle the top four.
Kirill Kaprizov, 21, was drafted by the Wild in and is perhaps the team's most highly anticipated prospect. "He's going to be a terrific player for us,'' Paul Fenton said.
The third-ranked Gophers made quick work of the error-prone Boilermakers in a packed Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, a night coach Hugh McCutcheon skipped his International Volleyball Hall of Fame induction.
As the successful regular season winds down, freshmen CC McGraw and Adanna Rollins have been key to the Gophers' success.
Eric Staal has 399 career NHL goals, and his next will make him the sixth active NHL player and 96th overall to reach the 400-goal mark. It could come as soon as Saturday
Freshman Adanna Rollins had 20 kills and 14 digs to lead the way for the third-ranked Gophers, and Stephanie Samedy added 13 kills against the No. 5 Cornhuskers.
The Gophers enter Saturday's match against No. 5 Nebraska with a 15-2 record, sweeping eight of their first nine Big Ten opponents. But there's five weeks to go before the 64-team NCAA tournament field is announced.
The Gophers opened a homestand with another victory over a top opponent.
The Wild was outshot 82-51 in a loss at Colorado and shootout loss to Las Vegas.
Former Minnesota Duluth forward Katie McGovern scored the Whitecaps' first goal on a power play, much to the delight of a 1,200-fan sellout.
Tierney Wolfgram, the two-time defending Class 1A cross-country champion, was the youngest woman in the top 25 by eight years, and one of two Minnesota teens to finish in the top 50.
Faced with a classic dilemma — and with little time to consider his choices — Shadrack Kipchirchir asked himself: Should I stay, or should I go?
Shadrack Kipchirchir, Leonard Korir and Sara Hall hit the finish line almost simultaneously at last October's TC 10 Mile. All will be back on Sunday morning.
This summer, Charlie Coyle some intensive study in the art of creating more quality chances — and putting them in the net
Knowing what to expect in the NHL has allowed the young Wild forward to think only about showing he is ready to make a significant leap.
Veteran defenseman Matt Bartkowski has remained positive despite some idle times while playing for NHL teams.
In a loaded conference — seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 18 in the country — this match was just as fierce and thrilling as coach Hugh McCutcheon expected.
After four knee surgeries and a lot of sitting, Taylor Morgan has turned into a force.
The big rookie skated between Joel Eriksson Ek and Charlie Coyle in Monday night's game in Winnipeg.
The veteran defenseman continues to be a mentor for his younger Wild teammates as he prepares for his ninth pro season.
The Gophers are heading to the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge at Stanford, where they will play No. 18 Oregon on Friday and No. 4 Stanford on Sunday.
Life hasn't been the same for Team Shuster since winning Olympic gold in curling.
Call heavy favorite Mr. Jagermeister's triumph another growth spurt for the Minnesota colt.
Mr. Jagermeister is being hailed as one of the best Minnesota-bred thoroughbreds in years. The bay has won five of seven starts at Canterbury, including three blowout victories in state-bred stakes.
University of Minnesota leaders are launching new strategies to entice fans amid a multimillion-dollar drop in vital sports like men's basketball, football and men's hockey.
St. Thomas, which has won 28 consecutive MIAC games and three straight conference titles, is tied with St. John's for the longest string in league history.
The Gophers got a match-high 14 kills from sophomore Stephanie Samedy against Florida State at Target Center, the most potent weapon in a balanced attack.
National-power Minnesota opens the season against tough opponents this weekend at Target Center, where the volleyball Final Four will be held in December.
Ryan Suter, Zach Parise and Luke Kunin are all recovering from different injuries. New GM Paul Fenton wouldn't reveal specifics but said each is progressing.
Hugh McCutcheon, 48, already has coached the American men to an Olympic gold medal, the U.S. women to silver and the Gophers to two Final Fours.
The NHL team will assist the NWHL team with marketing, promotions and practice rink hosting.
The Lynx have one of the WNBA's toughest remaining schedules, reducing the margin of error for a team that has struggled to find its footing.
Former castoff Allie Quigley honored her late father with on-target shooting in Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game and the three-point contest
WNBA president Lisa Borders said she wants to see the league's players paid more, adding that both the fans and the league are responsible for making that happen.
The newest NWHL team also signed American standout Kendall Coyne Schofield.
The average career in the WNBA is only 3½ years, and 2018 salaries range from about $41,000 to $115,500. Having a plan for life after basketball is a message spread by the league's veterans.
Chad Kerley conquered pressure, dethroned BMX Street champ.
Ronda (Curtin) Engelhardt, the former head coach at Breck School, will coach the NWHL team along with Jack Brodt. Robb Stauber, head coach of the gold-medal winning U.S. women's team, said he "decided not to take the job."
Gophers AD Mark Coyle on Wednesday briefed the U of M Board of Regents about athletic and academic achievements. "It's nice when you have good news to tell," he said.