Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Last time Gophers near top of national ratings was almost 3 years ago

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Gophers, Men's hockey Updated: October 31, 2011 - 2:05 PM

The last time the Gophers men's hockey team was as high as No. 5 in the national ratings -- which they are this week in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll -- was in late January 2009.

They were rated No. 5 going into the Minnesota State Mankato series on Jan. 30 and 31 and lost both games to the Mavericks 6-2, 3-1. That dropped them to No. 9 and they lost twice to Wisconsin 3-2, 5-4 the following weekend. They were never higher than No. 11 after that.

The Gophers are 7-1-0 this season and leading the nation in scoring, averaging just over five goals per game. They also started well in 2008-09 and were unbeaten through 11 games (7-0-4). They finished that season 17-13-7, meaning they were 10-13-3 after that fast start.

After a 6-0-3 start in WCHA in 2008-09, their final record was barely above .500 at 12-11-5, which put them in fifth place. 

 

 

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