Minnesota Scene: Surgery for U's Parenteau goes well, expected back in eight weeks

  • Updated: December 11, 2013 - 12:12 AM

Gophers senior defenseman Jake Parenteau announced on Monday night via Twitter that surgery on his broken right leg was successful.

Parenteau was injured while checking a Michigan State player early in Friday night’s 2-2 tie on the road. He was helped off the ice and taken to a hospital for X-rays.

Gophers coach Don Lucia said he hopes Parenteau can return in eight weeks. The senior has appeared in 13 of the Gophers’ 16 games and has one assist. He’s played a big part in the Gophers’ power play and penalty kill and has a plus-13 rating.

Senior forward Tom Serratore is also out with a lower-body injury that could keep him sidelined into 2014.

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U wrestlers move to No. 1

The Gophers moved up two spots to No. 1 — ahead of Penn State and Iowa — in this week’s InterMat college wrestling ratings based on tournament strength.

Three Gophers are rated No. 1 at their weights: juniors Nick Dardanes and Scott Schiller at 149 and 197 pounds, respectively, and two-time defending NCAA champion Tony Nelson, a senior, at heavyweight.

Six others are rated from No. 3 — junior Dylan Ness at 157 — to No. 19.

U volleyball coach, three players honored

Hugh McCutcheon of the Gophers was named the North Region coach of the year in volleyball, and three of his players — seniors Tori Dixon and Ashley Wittman and junior Adrianna Nora — made the all-region team.

The Gophers, the 10th seed in the NCAA tournament, play No. 7 Stanford at 6 p.m. Friday in the semifinals of the Lexington, Ky., regional.

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• Gophers freshman forward Justin Kloos is the Big Ten’s third star of the week. He had one goal and two assists as Minnesota tied Michigan State 2-2 — and lost a shootout — and won 3-2. Spartans goalie Jake Hildebrand was the second star with 44 saves in the first game of that series and 35 in the second.

• The Gophers women’s hockey team received all 19 first-place votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine’s poll. Minnesota has been No. 1 for 38 consecutive polls, dating to March 20, 2012. Wisconsin is ranked second this week, North Dakota fifth.

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