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The winger was hurt when the Capitals' Tom Wilson accidentally stuck him in the eye with his stick.
The Gophers will lament the missed chances and mistakes that created a rueful ending to a game that had begun so well but ended their season.
The fourth-ranked River Hawks have lost only one game since losing four in a row in January.
Greetings from SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H., where the top-seeded Gophers will play Notre Dame at 2:30 p.m. today in the NCAA Northeast Regional.
Gophers defenseman Jake Bischoff ignored the pain in blocking 87 shots this season. "You've just got to be willing to have a little pain for your teammates," he said.
Sophomore goalie Eric Schierhorn enters his first NCAA tournament looking for letters — Ws, to be exact — not numbers.
The only other in-state team to make the tournament was Minnesota Duluth, the No. 1 seed in the West Regional in Fargo and No. 2 seed overall.
North Dakota will play down the road in Fargo and host that regional.
Vinni Lettieri has had his best year as a Gopher, and he's looked good doing it.
The 23-member team announced Wednesday it will not play in the world championships unless USA Hockey makes "meaningful progress'' toward more equitable treatment of the women's program.
Three win top Big Ten awards, but freshman defenseman Ryan Lindgren is out for the year because of a lower-leg injury that will require surgery.
After Saturday's pregame ceremony to honor his team's six seniors, Gophers coach Don Lucia thought his players seemed drained of emotion.
Gophers men shut out MSU to keep their streak of conference success.
Sporting a head full of hockey hair, Ryan White has brought grit and physicality to the Wild since being traded from Arizona on Feb. 26.
Early lead, solid goaltending send visitors to tight victory.
With Christian Folin sidelined for at least three weeks because of an arm injury, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau expected the team would recall a defenseman from its AHL affiliate in Iowa. He needed one sooner than he thought.
Blues coach's visit includes taking on former team and son chasing Class 2A hockey title.
The Gophers senior has six game-winning goals. He also has three shorthanded goals, tied for fourth in the nation, and five on the power play.
Marlene Stollings unveiled a novel experiment: naming all four Gophers freshmen as captains for the month of February. She's extending it into this week's Big Ten tournament.
The team sprint pair son the first U.S. medal in classic technique race.
They'll get feel for league tourney's vibe before stepping on the court.
Captain Justin Kloos scored from the slot off of a feed by Rem Pitlick to break the tie.
The Badgers' big second period swung the tide Friday night. It led to a 3-2 border battle victory that forced a tie atop the Big Ten standings with Gophers
Gophers coach Marlene Stollings said she considers everything that happens in February — for good or bad — to be an important part of her team's learning curve.
The Gophers have shown a knack for launching big comebacks. Over the past 16 games, the Gophers have gone 6-2 when their opponent has scored first.
Defense will be paramount this weekend, as the Gophers face the nation's most potent offense in a critical Big Ten series against Penn State.
The women's swim team once again has two Big Ten title threats in the breaststroke. Senior Kierra Smith and freshman Lindsey Horejsi top the pack.
The Gophers won consecutive Big Ten games for the first time this season, two days after a 34-point victory over Rutgers.
The Gophers are ranked fifth in the country entering Friday's meet in Iowa City against No. 11 Iowa and No. 1 Oklahoma, and the school hopes to host a national championship.
USA Curling instituted a new method of funding and training its elite athletes in 2014 after just one Olympic medal.
The Gophers scored early and often while shutting down the high-powered Nittany Lions.
Gophers fans have been slow to embrace new conference foes since the switch from the WCHA to the Big Ten in 2013. Don Lucia said improved competition in the Big Ten this season should help.
The Wild's place atop the Western Conference standings lightened the mood at Monday's practice, but not the workload.
The Gophers overcame the nation's stingiest defense with an outstanding performance from goalie Eric Schierhorn and goals from Leon Bristedt, Ryan Norman, Taylor Cammarata and Justin Kloos.
The Bulldogs became the fourth different champion in as many seasons.
UMD overcame a 1-0 deficit with three consecutive goals, extending its win streak over the Gophers to a program-record seven consecutive games.
The University of Minnesota quietly issued a statement saying the North Star College Cup for Division I hockey teams in the state will end its four-year run this weekend. Coaches expressed mixed feelings.
The Wild has never led the conference this late in the season. Its previous best was during 2011-12, when Minnesota was in first place on Dec. 17 after 33 games.
Whitney Tinjum and Bryanna Fernstrom played for Chisago Lakes. Both are making the most of their time with the Gophers, who resume Big Ten play Wednesday against Illinois at Williams Arena.
Gwen Jorgensen enters the Rio Games as the most dominant, decorated athlete in her sport's history.
The victory extends their winning streak to five and keeps the Gophers tied with Penn State for first place in the Big Ten.
By rediscovering his faith in himself, Eric Schierhorn uncluttered his mind and his game, putting him on a much smoother path
The Gophers won their ninth in a row in the series.
P.J. Fleck's energy and optimism drew high marks.
The Gophers have won eight in a row in the Border Battle.
If Jessie Diggins maintains her position in the overall standings, she would match the best-ever performance by an American in the Tour de Ski.
The guard who became the Gophers' No. 1 scorer saw that number hung in the rafters of Williams Arena on Sunday.
The Gophers trailed by only a point in the middle of the fourth quarter before slipping back.
Simone Biles lived up to the expectations by taking top honors in the women's all-around while teammate Aly Raisman got some redemption by grabbing silver.
The Gophers didn't get the NCAA title they pined for, but coach Hugh McCutcheon believes the seniors achieved their ambition of setting up the program for long-term success.
Gophers, Nebraska both lost Thursday night's matches.
Stanford, the nation's best blocking team, overpowered the Gophers on Thursday night to put an end to Minnesota's season one match shy of a national title spot.
The Cardinal beat the Gophers 3-1 in its own tournament in September.
Playing for coach Hugh McCutcheon means that the Gophers' volleyball team has accepted a different kind of college life, one that favors perspiration over parties.
Hugh McCutcheon said he'd like to "just continue to build on the foundation we've built, and hopefully, keep this tradition of excellence and see where it takes us.''
En route back to the Final Four, the Gophers unlocked victory after victory with their in-game adjustments and won their regional by sweeping UCLA.
Minnesota's victory over No. 8 UCLA was the Gophers' 36th victory in a row in the Sports Pavilion, and secured a spot in next week's national semifinals against Stanford.
The top seed Gophers dropped the second set but came back strong to close out Missouri on Friday night.
Coach Hugh McCutcheon pushed the Tapp twins - Paige and Hannah - to new heights as part of a six-member senior class that has brought Minnesota to volleyball's Sweet 16 at the Sports Pavilion.
The Gophers have to refocus after an injury to Hawaiian star disrupts flow.
The Gophers steamrolled their way past North Dakota to win their 32nd consecutive home match.
The once-shy Gophers star accepted a challenge to be a dominant force. It's working.
After starting the season 4-0, the Gophers dropped their third straight game as they couldn't keep up with No. 8-ranked Florida State.
The Gophers played North Dakota on Sept. 16, their first-round opponent at home Friday, beating the Fighting Hawks 3-1 in their first home match of the season. They have gone 13-0 at the Sports Pavilion, extending their home unbeaten streak to two full seasons.
Carlie Wagner was one of six Gophers to finish in double figures during the 103-87 rout over the Crimson.
Junior guard Carlie Wagner is the only player assured of a place in the starting lineup. The rest, coach Marlene Stollings hopes, will be spread equitably among a fast group.
Reinforcements came four deep Wednesday, and their presence was enough to brighten coach Bruce Boudreau's mood, even while star Zach Parise remains sidelined.
With a superb all-around effort Saturday — anchored by the goaltending of Eric Schierhorn — the No. 13 Gophers beat No. 3 North Dakota 2-0 in a tense matchup fitting for the two teams.
The Gophers fell behind North Dakota by two goals in the first eight minutes, then rallied repeatedly to record only the 16th tie in a series that has spanned 292 games.
Friday, the Gophers and North Dakota will open their first regular-season series since conference realignment drove them apart in 2013.
Serious and focused, rookie Joel Eriksson Ek already is proving to be a quick study. Now about those goal celebrations ...
But age questions already being raised for 2017.
The Lynx led by six at halftime in a head-spinning game that featured 24 lead changes and 11 ties in front of a crowd of 19,423 The lead changed hands four times in the final 23.4 seconds before Nneka Ogwumike's game-winning basket.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve unloaded on WNBA officials after her team's 77-76 loss in Game 5, criticizing them for not calling a shot clock violation on Los Angeles with 1 minute, 12 seconds left in the game.
With a victory over Los Angeles in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals, the Lynx can join the Houston Comets as the only teams to win four titles. "They were my favorite team," Maya Moore said.
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