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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The pair of Gophers hockey wins, women’s and men’s, on Saturday reminded college hockey why each is ranked No. 1 in the country.
For at least one more day, the Gophers women defied the idea that North Dakota would break their now 62-game winning streak by blowing out their rival 6-1.
Two hours later, next door at Mariucci Arena, the Gophers men showed off their depth with backup goaltender Michael Shibrowski’s 3-0 shutout of in-state rival Minnesota State.
It’s becoming tougher for Gophers men’s coach Don Lucia to pick a lineup each night, he said. The freshman class is challenging the older guys for jobs, which he likes, and on Saturday night he gave defenseman Jake Bischoff a chance to play in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Bischoff responded by scoring the game’s first goal.
Gophers women’s coach Brad Frost is also benefitting from his freshmen class. Megan Wolfe scored her first two collegiate goals on Saturday afternoon to spark a four-goal second period. Last weekend at St. Cloud State, freshman Dani Cameranesi scored the game-tying goal in a late comeback to extend the streak.
See what both coaches and teams had to say about Gophers hockey's successful Saturday in the below post-game videos.
I’ll be back for more Gophers women’s hockey on Sunday. We’ll see if North Dakota can recover from Saturday’s beating.
Gophers women’s 6-1 victory over North Dakota game story.
Gophers men’s 3-0 victory over Minnesota State game story.
Gophers senior goaltender Michael Shibrowski:
Gophers coach Don Lucia:
Recap from women's 6-1 victory over North Dakota.