Next up: Minnesota

Minnesota Duluth sophomore defenseman Wade Bergman sat out practice this week because of an upper body injury and did hot make the travel roster to Minnesota. And center Jack Connolly reports that his brother, Chris, has been out as Boston University’s top line left winger since breaking a finger Nov. 20. No. 7-ranked BU has been 1-2-1 since losing Connolly, a team captain.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press takes a look at the Gophers, including that stat which says when Minnesota scores first, its record is 7-0-1. That John Shipley story is here.

The UMD sports information office has series notes here Minnesota sports information office has some notes here.

Some video highlights of last weekend’s Minnesota State-Mankato home sweep of the Gophers have been posted by Mankato Free Press writer Shane Frederick here.

Minneapolis Star Tribune beat writer Roman Augustoviz makes some picks in this weekend’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association series in a blog post here.

The Wall Street Journal, in Ann Arbor, Mich., this week for the Big Chill, looks at college hockey in a Thursday story here.

The WCHA column in U.S. College Hockey Online features Bemidji State here.

The No. 4-ranked UMD women will play the final college hockey games at the DECC Arena on Friday and Saturday against North Dakota. It won’t come as a surprise that the Bulldogs have an amazing win-loss record in the building, where they’ve won two NCAA titles. A News Tribune story is here.

6 thoughts on “Next up: Minnesota

  1. Okay here’s what we need to have happen for a Bulldog sweep in Rodentville and keeping the first place spot in the WCHA:
    1. Power play needs to score. It looked pretty bad against Denver, unable to crack the box to get it in tight. Way too many one-timers from the point that were blocked and turned into opposition odd-man breaks.
    2. What’s with Fonzie? He has been snakebit for a month. Fontaine needs to start scoring again and stop hitting pipes and missing open nets. Seems like he’s about to break out but bad luck hangs on.
    3. Oleksuk, Schmidt and Brown. These guys were hot early and have cooled off. They need to pick up the pace. That second line has to score more, and the third and fourth lines need to keep up the pace to give the Connolly brothers some rest.
    4. DeLisle. Step up and hustle or let someone else suit up, maybe Tardy. Dan has to pick up his game, he’s a step behind the play and fails to use his moose body to any advantage.
    5. Goalie. Will the real No. 1 goalie please stand up and play that way every night.
    Thank you, that’s my two cents worth.
    Go Dogs!

  2. Thanks for the information. I did throw out a TWEET on this, noting that Armstrong and the Pioneers won the 1968 NCAA title in Duluth.

  3. I think Virginia native and later North Star Pete Lopresti played for Armstrong.
    By the way, how did he build up such a great program in the middle of nowhere as far as hockey is concerned? How can a small private school, about the same size as UMD, be that far from any hockey hotbed and have so many national championships yet UMD, surrounded by hockey, has none?
    We must correct that, and soon.

  4. Well hothead Gwozdecki seems to be continuing their success just fine in modern times. UMD just needs to beat the jinx. This is the team to do it. This season. Now. No excuses.

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