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The NCAA Division I Council still is scheduled to meet April 23-24, with St. Thomas' proposed move from D-III on the agenda and the Summit League an enthusiastic suitor.
How does the story of this season end? With blank pages for the Mavericks.
If the world operated as we'd been expecting, about 40,000 people would have filled U.S. Bank Stadium today and Minnesota's Gable Steveson would have taken his first steps toward an NCAA wrestling title.
A day after announcing that its championship events would be played in front of no spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA on Thursday pulled the plug entirely.
When the NCAA announced Thursday that it was canceling the remainder of winter sports championships and all spring sports because of the coronavirus pandemic, it hit Minnesota and neighboring North Dakota hard.
The wrestling event is still scheduled for March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Organizers had hoped to shatter its attendance records, but the big stadium will be mostly empty.
In a display of how fluid the coronavirus crisis is, an NCAA official said Tuesday morning the March 19-21 wrestling event will be held as planned. By Tuesday afternoon, the NCAA indicated changes could be coming.
Minnesota defeated Metropolitan in overtime and will play for the title Friday.
Nick Granowicz scored early in the third period and Strauss Mann made 27 saves for the Wolverines, spoiling the Gophers' possible party. Minnesota will still host a first-round playoff series, vs. Notre Dame.
Minnesota needed to beat Michigan on Friday night at 3M Arena at Mariucci for a chance to win the Big Ten title outright. Instead, the Gophers tied Michigan 2-2, then lost the extra point in a shootout.
For Ryan Donato, fourth-line duty has meant making the most of his opportunities. His 12 goals in 55 games rank sixth on the team
Red-hot Minnesota plays this weekend at Penn State, where the Gophers have lost six straight by a lopsided, with a chance to clinch the Big Ten title.
The Mavericks, drubbed 7-2 by St. Cloud State in the all-Minnesota tournament on Saturday, were engaged from the get-go
Goals by Sammy Walker, Tyler Nanne and Bryce Brodzinski in a span of 1 minute, 40 seconds in the second period helped the Gophers claim the championship
Former players, teammates, friends, family and a former governor on Sunday saluted former Gophers coach Doug Woog, who died Dec. 14.
Coach Bob Motzko got his 300th victory and a chance to play his former team.
A public celebration of the life of Doug Woog will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at South St. Paul High School.
Freshman Zach Okabe scored four goals, a tournament single-game record.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk hasn't played since Nov. 16 while dealing with his wife's medical situation. "I've got everything lined up at home,'' he said. "I'm looking forward to getting back with the guys.''
In their eight series openers this season, the Gophers have a 2-4-2 record and have been outscored 31-19.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk has missed the past four games with the Wild and will likely be out for a few more because his wife, Jenn, is facing health problems that have required hospitalization.
The third-ranked Fighting Hawks administered the beatdown of the Gophers in front of a raucous pro-North Dakota crowd and raised their record to 11-1-2.
A look back at the Gophers' 37-15 victory over Wisconsin last November to finally end the streak.
They last played Oct. 27, 2018, but the fierce rivalry persists.
Wisconsin surged in the third period, scoring two goals to force overtime. Neither team scored in the overtimes.
Blake McLaughlin and Scott Reedy scored first-period goals, and Jonny Sorenson and Sampo Ranta scored in the third.
When Minnesota and Wisconsin meet this weekend, fans will see two of the nation's youngest men's hockey teams looking to mature quickly. Right now, the Badgers are doing a bit better.
Two of them have ties to the state or Wolverines.
Be it home, road or wherever, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau just wants his team to start collecting points after a 4-9-1 start.
Grace Zumwinkle scored two goals, and Sarah Potomak and Alex Woken had one each as No. 2 Minnesota beat the top-ranked Badgers in the border rivals' first meeting of the season.
Wisconsin beat Minnesota for last season's NCAA championship. They'll meet again Saturday and Sunday at Ridder Arena.
Sammy Walker scored 97 seconds into the second overtime after the Gophers rallied in the third period.
They open conference play against the undefeated Irish.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck accepted Bob Motzko's invitation to join a practice, try out his goaltending skills, have some fun and offer some inspirational words to the hockey team.
Coach Bruce Boudreau will have a tough decision to make with 13 healthy forwards available in Dallas.
Minnesota Duluth, which entered the game a surprising 1-3, got a goal and two assists from All-America defenseman Scott Perunovich on its way to an efficient victory.
The Bulldogs scored on their first shot, and then turned the game over to goalie Hunter Shepard.
The Gophers play the two-time defending NCAA champs Friday in Minneapolis and Saturday in Duluth.
Sammy Walker beat Niagara goalie Brian Wilson 46 seconds into overtime, giving Minnesota a 3-2 victory in its home opener.
UMass Lowell interrupted Minnesota Duluth's celebratory mood by beating the Bulldogs 3-2.
The sophomore center leads Minnesota in scoring and continues to develop her game.
The coach knows he'll go through peaks and valleys with a team that has 11 freshmen. 'I'm good with that,' he said.
Led by high-scoring forward Gabbie Hughes and Olympic gold medal-winning goalie Maddie Rooney, Minnesota Duluth wants to become a women's hockey power again.
The Bulldogs have won the past two NCAA championships and have a team loaded for a three-peat. Getting there, the coach knows, will take a lot of work.
Nick Wolff and Scott Perunovich have been paired together the past two national-championship seasons at Minnesota Duluth. But as the season starts, they've been split. Will it last?
Leading a program that wins through hard work and grit, Serratore makes sure that players and coaches keep learning.
A veteran Huskies team won the NCHC last season. In his second year in the Granite City, Larson will have a younger team with opportunities for growth.
Defenseman Tommy Muck, a senior captain from Eagan, and Zach Driscoll, a junior goalie and former Eastview standout, are making their mark with the Beavers.
The Anchorage native traded figure skates for hockey skates, and she's developed into a standout player for the Beavers.
The Mavericks have an experienced, talented core returning, but there's work to be done to earn an NCAA breakthrough.
Seniors Marc Michaelis and Parker Tuomie, both high-scoring forwards from Germany, believe the Mavericks have a chance for a special season.
The 1980 Olympic gold medalist and his Mavericks face a stiff challenge in the rugged WCHA.
A serious health scare at last spring's world championships has the thoughtful senior from Zurich, Switzerland, enjoying every moment on the ice.
Sammy Walker and Blake McLaughlin scored goals, and each of the Gophers' new goalies played one period against the Cougars
The senior earned second-team All-America honors last season and takes on leadership duties for the Huskies.
Captains Tyler Nanne, a senior, and Sammy Walker, a sophomore, give the Gophers hockey team a two-tiered leadership structure.
A grand slam by Chesny Young put the Saints ahead in the sixth inning, en route to their first title in 15 years.
Jack Blatherwick, a longtime Minnesota high school coach, received the 2019 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey.
In May, the MIAC Presidents' Council announced it was involuntarily removing St. Thomas, which will line up on the football field against schools that demanded the Tommies find somewhere else to play.
Krissy Wendell, one of the most-decorated players in Minnesota history, will be one of five 2019 inductees into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, USA Hockey announced Wednesday.
Redshirt freshman Trey Lance completed 10 of 11 passes for 185 yards and four touchdowns and added 116 rushing yards, including TD runs of 61 and 33 yards.
The Twin Cities area has more than 15,000 North Dakota State alumni, so there's a built-in fan base that can augment the caravan that will travel down I-94 from Fargo.
"Just hearing how confident he is in the way he's thinking is going to be good for us.," said veteran defenseman Jared Spurgeon.
Zach Parise says he's looking forward to seeing who will be chosen to replace Paul Fenton and the direction the new leadership will take the Wild after last season's struggles.
St. Thomas has two more seasons of MIAC football before it embarks on a to-be-determined future after being ousted from the conference.
Winger didn't relish Paul Fenton's firing, even after he was nearly traded twice.
The WCHA will have men's hockey this season, but it remains uncertain if the Alaska programs will survive and be part of it.
Seven teams plan to abandon the league, compounding problems for Alaska's two college hockey programs.
The three current members of the WCHA men's league that aren't involved in the move are the ones that are the furthest away from the Minnesota-based conference — Alabama Huntsville, Alaska and Alaska Anchorage.
Maurice Greene's victory created Saturday night's the buzz around the octagon. Hours later, Francis Ngannou put a cap on the night with a quick and decisive TKO.
The St. Cloud resident, who got hooked on crocheting before his fighting career, will challenge Brazil's Junior Albini in a heavyweight UFC bout Saturday at Target Center.
The Gophers announced a class of 11 incoming freshmen for 2019-20, a group that includes six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies
A title-game loss months ago still bothers the high-scoring defenseman.
A title-game loss still bothers the high-scoring defenseman, who'll begin his Gophers career this fall but first will hear his name called in the NHL draft this weekend.
The Wild goalie and the Canterbury Park announcer are good friends and part-owners of a filly, One Famous Ocean, that's had some success at the Shakopee horse track.