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Gophers
November 6
Gophers forward Amy Potomak used a between-the-legs shot to beat Wisconsin goalie Kristen Campbell for the decisive shootout goal for the Gophers on S

Four days to savor for Amy Potomak and Gophers women's hockey

The sophomore forward's jaw-dropping shootout goal against Wisconsin caught the nation's attention and capped Minnesota's ascension to the No. 1 ranking.
Gophers
November 5
Gophers men's hockey coach Bob Motzko and forward Brannon McManus.

Faceoffs, conditioning emphasized for Gophers men's hockey team

Coach Bob Motzko is using practice this week to improve a couple of areas that were weaknesses in Minnesota's 5-3 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday.
Gophers
November 4
Gophers forward Grace Zumwinkle kept her eye on the puck while putting pressure on Wisconsin goalie Kristen Campbell during Saturday's 4-2 Minnesota v

Weekend rewind: Penn State, UMass men impress, but Gophers women own the day

The men's scene had plenty of movement, while Minnesota's women sent a loud and clear message to No. 1 Wisconsin.
Puck Drop
November 1

Hamline, St. Thomas among national contenders as Division III women's hockey season begins

The Pipers and Tommies both reached the Frozen Four last season and are the favorites in the MIAC.
Puck Drop
November 1

Tight race expected in MIAC as Division III men's hockey season begins

St. Thomas, Augsburg, St. John's and Concordia (Moorhead) each received first-place votes in the coaches poll.
Puck Drop
November 1
Coach Bruce Boudreau and the Wild are off to a 4-9 start.

One month into the season, here are some impressions on the local hockey scene

The Wild needs help. The Gophers need maturity. And teams like Minnesota State just need to carry momentum.
Puck Drop
October 28
Goalie Hunter Shepard and Minnesota Duluth shut out the Gophers 2-0 on Saturday night in Duluth to complete a series sweep.

Weekend rewind: Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota trending up

The Bulldogs and Fighting Hawks swept rivals; Boston College is off to a tough start; and a marquee border battle awaits.
Puck Drop
October 25
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Buckle up for a fun, six-week stretch for the Gophers men's hockey team

Beginning Friday night against Minnesota Duluth and concluding in late November vs. North Dakota, Minnesota has a home schedule that any team would savor.
Puck Drop
October 25
Grace Zumwinkle is part of a line that has combined for 40 points through eight games.

Schedule toughens for unbeaten Gophers women's hockey team

Second-ranked Minnesota is 8-0 through the season's first four weeks. A trip to No. 9 Ohio State this weekend and a visit from No. 1 Wisconsin on Nov. 2-3 ups the stakes for coach Brad Frost's team.
Wild
October 23
A hard-charging Jordan Greenway assisted on the Wild's first two goals in a 3-0 victory over Edmonton on Tuesday night before leaving the game because

Savvy, energy and perseverance make winning formula for Wild

Eric Staal looked young, Jordan Greenway was in 'beast mode' and Alex Stalock slammed the door in a complete effort against the high-flying Oilers.
Gophers
October 22
The Gophers got the puck past Minnesota Duluth goalie Hunter Shepard during their 7-4 victory over the Bulldogs last October.

Gophers men's hockey team embraces challenge of 'ornery' UMD

Minnesota Duluth has won the past two national championships, and Gophers coach Bob Motzko expects to see an opponent that isn't happy with its 1-3 start.
Puck Drop
October 21
Freshman Alex Turcotte leads Wisconsin with eight points on three goals and five assists.

Badgers impress, UMD struggles through early weeks in college hockey

The big series in Madison went the Badgers' way, while Minnesota State and North Dakota put on a show in Mankato.
Gophers
October 18
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Twenty years ago, Gophers women's hockey emerged as a powerhouse

The 1999-2000 national championship team will be celebrated Sunday at Ridder Arena. Its path to the title wasn't smooth, but the team grew and finally slayed its rival to the north.
Wild
October 16
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk suffered through Toronto's four-goal second period on Tuesday night.

Loss to Toronto shows the star power the Wild is lacking

Coach Bruce Boudreau's team needs balanced scoring to succeed. Through a 1-5 start, the Wild has been nowhere close to getting that.
Gophers
October 16
Gophers men's hockey coach Bob Motzko.

Motzko sees growth, lessons in Gophers' opening-weekend split

Minnesota, which split a pair of one-goal games at Colorado College last weekend, faces Niagara in its home-opening series on Friday and Saturday.
Puck Drop
October 4
Charlie Beattie, FSN announcer for Gophers men's hockey.

FSN announces new voices for Gophers men's hockey broadcasts

Charlie Beattie will be the new play-by-play announcer, while Bobbie Bohlig will be the rinkside reporter.
Gophers
October 4
Gophers defenseman Ben Brickman looked to pass against Wisconsin during the 2018-19 season.

Gophers men's hockey will have 29 of 34 games on TV

Fox Sports North will carry 19 games in the Twin Cities market, the Big Ten Network will televise nine and FOX9+ will have one. More could be added later.
Gophers
September 30
Penn State picked to win Big Ten hockey title; Gophers are fifth

Penn State picked to win Big Ten hockey title; Gophers are fifth

Minnesota, which finished third in the league last season, has 12 newcomers on its 2019-20 team. Gophers sophomore Sammy Walker is a preseason all-conference second-team pick.
Duluth
September 30
Minnesota Duluth players spilled onto the ice after the Bulldogs defeated Massachusetts 3-0 to win the 2019 NCAA men's hockey championship in Buffalo,

Defending champ Minnesota Duluth No. 1 in USCHO preseason Top 20

The Bulldogs received 59 of 60 first-place votes. Minnesota State received the other and is ranked No. 3, while St. Cloud State is No. 6.
Gophers
September 26
Coach Mike Hastings made a point with his Minnesota State Mavericks during Thursday's practice at the Verizon Wireless Center.

Puck Drop Tour fourth stop: Minnesota State

Coach Mike Hastings' Mavericks are favored to win the WCHA and return a load of talent, including top scorers Marc Michaelis and Parker Tuomie. They'll again try to get over the NCAA tournament hump.
Gophers
September 25
The Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, home of the St. Cloud State Huskies.

Puck Drop Tour third stop: St. Cloud State

It'll be a season of transition for the Huskies. The men's team aims to remain a power despite offseason losses, while the women's team returns plenty of talent under a new coach.
Gophers
September 24
Paul Bunyan and Babe were there to greet Puck Drop on its tour stop in Bemidji on Tuesday.

Puck Drop Tour second stop: Bemidji State

Both the Beavers men's and women's teams have a strong core of returning players, so upward mobility in the WCHA is their aim.
Duluth
September 23
A Duluth landmark: the Aerial Lift Bridge.

Puck Drop Tour first stop: Minnesota Duluth

Optimism is off the charts in the Twin Ports, where the Bulldogs men are primed for a run at a third consecutive NCAA championship and the women are aiming to return to the national tournament.
Duluth
September 19
Minnesota-Duluth coach Scott Sandelin

NCAA three-peat? Sandelin, Bulldogs embrace opportunity

''You can't get to three without getting two, right?'' the coach said during NCHC Media Day on Thursday.
Duluth
September 18
Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin has led his team to the past two NCAA championships but is seeking his first NCHC regular-season title.

Minnesota Duluth picked to win NCHC title

The Bulldogs, who've won the past two national championships, are seeking their first Penrose Cup as league regular-season titlists.

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