Minnesotan Tucker Hibbert won his ninth consecutive gold medal in SnoCross on Thursday night at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., tying the record for consective wins in any X Games competition.

Hibbert, of Pelican Rapids, finished the race in 16 minutes, 5.7 seconds, nearly 11 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

It was his 10th gold overall in this snowmobile race; his first came in 2000.

"It's no secret that X Games is my favorite event of the year," Hibbert said before competing. "It was my first pro race and a place I've always felt at home."

After winning, he tweeted: "Unreal feeling. Excited, relieved and so proud of how hard #Team68 worked to get here."

U women at Bemidji St.

The No. 3-ranked Gophers women's hockey team will play a WCHA series at No. 7 Bemidji State this weekend. The opener is at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sanford Center, the second game at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Minnesota (22-3, 17-3) swept the Beavers 4-0 and 8-3 at home in mid-November.

Bemidji State (17-7-2, 12-7-1) is third in the conference standings — 14 points behind the second-place Gophers. Beavers junior goalie Brittni Mowat is seventh in the nation with a 1.57 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage.

The Gophers lead the nation in scoring, averaging 5.4 goals per game.

United signs two of 'best'

Minnesota United FC defenders Justin Davis and Kevin Venegas have signed long-term contracts with the club at undisclosed terms. Both players were named to the 2015 NASL Best XI.

Davis led the Loons in minutes and league defenders in goals with five. Venegas tied a club single-season record with six assists while also scoring two goals.

United players report for preseason training Monday.

U softball rated No. 14

The Gophers softball team is ranked No. 14 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I preseason poll. That's its highest preseason ranking ever.