Jason Gonzalez has covered an array of sports at all levels over the last nine years. He learned ice hockey, however, long before — during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah (his hometown). He got a close up look of legendary Gophers alum Herb Brooks and other Minnesota hockey greats. Jason has been with the Star Tribune since 2012.

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Gophers reclaim No. 1 in men's hockey polls + video

Posted by: Jason Gonzalez Updated: March 3, 2014 - 1:08 PM

The Gophers reclaimed No. 1 in the polls on Monday.

Notre Dame’s weekend upset of Boston College (25-5-4 overall record) cleared the way for the Gophers (23--4-5) and they took care of the rest with a sweep of Penn State.

“It closes a chapter of our home ice this year, and to go through 20 games with only one loss, it shows how well we played at home all season long,” Gophers coach Don Lucia said.

Boston College, who held the top spot for the last three weeks, drops to No. 2. Union is No. 3. St. Cloud State and Wisconsin each climbed a spot to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

Minnesota State climbed two spots to No. 17 and Minnesota-Duluth returned to the Top 20 at No. 19.

Up next for the Gophers is Ohio State, who has been on the verge of the Top 20 for several weeks. The Gophers' final opponent, Michigan, jumped a spot to No. 12.

Complete USCHO poll.

Sights and sounds from Senior Night, read Saturday's 2-1 Gophers' victory game story + postgame blog.

• Gophers' first line is revving up, read Friday's 5-1 Gophers' victory game story + postgame blog.

• Last week's Gophers hockey feature: Reilly brothers make Gophers hockey history + video.

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Baltimore - LP: W. Chen 1 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Masterson 7
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 5 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: A. Caminero 2
NY Yankees - LP: C. Sabathia 1 FINAL
Detroit - WP: A. Simon 2
Cincinnati - WP: A. DeSclafani 6 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta 1
Cleveland - LP: C. Allen 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Robertson 4
Minnesota - LP: K. Gibson 1 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: E. Volquez 7
San Diego - WP: O. Despaigne 14 FINAL
Colorado - LP: J. De La Rosa 3
Oakland - WP: D. Otero 6 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: M. Shoemaker 3
Houston - WP: T. Sipp 7 FINAL
Seattle - LP: D. Farquhar 5
Milwaukee 82 FINAL
Chicago 91
New Orleans 87 FINAL
Golden State 97
NY Rangers 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
St. Louis 0 FINAL
Minnesota 3
Anaheim 5 FINAL(OT)
Winnipeg 4


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