Jason Gonzalez has covered an array of sports at all levels over the last six 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 is nearing two years with the Star Tribune.
Follow Jason on Twitter @JGonStrib
Email to talk Gophers.
The Gophers go for a trio of sweeps against in-state rivals on Sunday evening. A win against Minnesota-Duluth would complete a 6-0 run over Bemidji State, Minnesota-State and Minnesota-Duluth.
UMD was the last in-state rival to find success against the Gophers. The Bulldogs tied the Gophers late last season, 2-2, at Mariucci Arena. Here’s more on the rivalries in Sunday’s preview:
The Gophers men’s hockey team doesn’t need the Western Collegiate Hockey Association to keep its in-state dominance. Through five nonconference meetings with former WCHA members and in-state rivals, the Gophers are perfect.
They can complete a trio of sweeps against Minnesota opponents on Sunday when Minnesota Duluth returns to Mariucci Arena.
Completing this run in their first year outside of the WCHA is important to the Gophers. They kicked off the in-state rivalries with a sweep at Bemidji State in mid-October. Last weekend, they swept Minnesota State Mankato. OnFriday, they cruised past UMD 6-1.
“The Minnesota rivalries are huge for us. We want to be the best team in Minnesota,” Gophers senior forward Tom Serratore said. “We were 4-0 coming into [Friday night], and that is something we take pride in at the U.”
• Mariucci Arena entertained fans before Sunday's game with a Vikings-Packers feed on the jumbotron. Here’s a look at the ice cheerleaders warming up while Green Bay mounted its comeback.
• Sunday’s 4:10 p.m. game is on FSN, live-streamed online by BTN2Go.com, and can be heard on 1500-AM.
No. 19 Minnesota-Duluth at No. 1 Gophers: Full series preview.
Friday’s hockey feature: Nate Condon is a special breed of Gophers hockey captain.
Game story from the Gophers' 6-1 victory on Friday night.
• Line changes: Forwards Connor Reilly and Christian Isackson replace A.J. Michaelson and Gabe Guertler on the fourth line. On defense, Bischoff jumps to the first line, Justin Holl comes out, and Jake Parenteau returns on the second line.
Forwards (left wing, center, right wing)
Sam Warning, Kyle Rau, Hudson Fasching
Nate Condon, Justin Kloos, Taylor Cammarata
Tom Serratore, Travis Boyd, Seth Ambroz
Connor Reilly, Christian Isackson, Vinni Lettieri
Defensemen (left, right)
Brady Skjei, Jake Bischoff
Mike Reilly, Jake Parenteau
Ben Marshall, Michael Brodzinski
Twin Cities products in the opposing lineup (Minnesota-Duluth):
Forwards: Tony Cameranesi, Plymouth, Minn.; Kyle Osterberg, Lakeville, Minn.; Caleb Herbert, Bloomington, Minn.; Justin Crandall, Lakeville, Minn.; Charlie Sampair, White Bear Lake, Minn.; Cal Decowski, Andover, Minn.
Defenseman: Willie Raskob, Hastings, Minn.; Luke McManus, Apple Valley, Minn.; Derik Johnson, Bloomington, Minn.
Goaltenders: Aaron Crandall, Lakeville, Minn.; Matt McNeely, Burnsville, Minn.
• Extra post-game video from Friday night. To view video on mobile devices, scroll to bottom of page and click "View on full website" link.
Gophers goaltender Adam Wilcox:
Gophers forward Kyle Rau: