gophers need to end a trend

The Gophers’ NCAA tournament hopes rest on how they fare in the Big Ten tournament this weekend. If they win the Big Tens, they’ll earn an automatic bid to the NCAAs. But recent history shows Minnesota hasn’t fared well in conference tournaments. The Gophers haven’t won a game in a conference tournament since 2010. Their last conference tournament title was the WCHA Final Five in 2007, and they are on a three-game losing streak in conference semifinals:

Year Conference tournament result NCAA result

2014 Lost 3-1 to Ohio State in Big Ten semis Advanced to championship game, lost to Union

2013 Lost 2-0 to Colorado College in WCHA semis Lost in first round to Yale

2012 Lost 6-3 to North Dakota in WCHA semis Advance to Frozen Four, lost to Boston College in semis

2011 Swept by Alaska-Anchorage in WCHA first rd. Did not qualify

2010 Lost two games to one to North Dakota in WCHA first rd. Did not qualify

2009 Lost 2-1 to Minnesota Duluth in WCHA play-in game Did not qualify

2008 Went 2-1 in WCHA Final Five, falling to Denver in final Lost in first round to Boston College

2007 Won WCHA Final Five in OT over North Dakota Lost in overtime to North Dakota in regional final