Puck Drop

Puck Drop

Minnesota hockey, from ponds to pros.


Wild road trip was a success when you look off the ice

The Los Angeles Kings, led by goalie Jonathan Quick, fended off the Wild and forward Jordan Greenway in a 3-1 victory on Tuesday night.

A 3-1 loss at Los Angeles on Tuesday night left the team 2-2 on its 10-day road trip, but GM Bill Guerin struck the right chords this week.


College hockey heavyweights Denver, Minnesota Duluth set to face off

Minnesota Duluth defeated Denver 3-0 in the 2019 NCHC tournament semifinals at Xcel Energy Center.

The top-ranked Pioneers and No. 7 Bulldogs have combined to win the past three men's national championships, and they meet Friday and Saturday in Duluth.


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

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

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.


Faceoffs, conditioning emphasized for Gophers men's hockey team

Gophers men's hockey coach Bob Motzko and forward Brannon McManus.

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.


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

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

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


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.


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.


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

Coach Bruce Boudreau and the Wild are off to a 4-9 start.

The Wild needs help. The Gophers need maturity. And teams like Minnesota State just need to carry momentum.


Weekend rewind: Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota trending up

Goalie Hunter Shepard and Minnesota Duluth shut out the Gophers 2-0 on Saturday night in Duluth to complete a series sweep.

The Bulldogs and Fighting Hawks swept rivals; Boston College is off to a tough start; and a marquee border battle awaits.


Buckle up for a fun, six-week stretch for the Gophers men's hockey team

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Beginning Friday night against Minnesota Duluth and concluding in late November vs. North Dakota, Minnesota has a home schedule that any team would savor.


Schedule toughens for unbeaten Gophers women's hockey team

Grace Zumwinkle is part of a line that has combined for 40 points through eight games.

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.


Savvy, energy and perseverance make winning formula for Wild

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

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

The Gophers got the puck past Minnesota Duluth goalie Hunter Shepard during their 7-4 victory over the Bulldogs last October.

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.


Badgers impress, UMD struggles through early weeks in college hockey

Freshman Alex Turcotte leads Wisconsin with eight points on three goals and five assists.

The big series in Madison went the Badgers' way, while Minnesota State and North Dakota put on a show in Mankato.


Twenty years ago, Gophers women's hockey emerged as a powerhouse

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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.


Loss to Toronto shows the star power the Wild is lacking

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk suffered through Toronto's four-goal second period on Tuesday night.

Coach Bruce Boudreau's team needs balanced scoring to succeed. Through a 1-5 start, the Wild has been nowhere close to getting that.


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

Gophers men's hockey coach Bob Motzko.

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.


FSN announces new voices for Gophers men's hockey broadcasts

Charlie Beattie, FSN announcer for Gophers men's hockey.

Charlie Beattie will be the new play-by-play announcer, while Bobbie Bohlig will be the rinkside reporter.


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

Gophers defenseman Ben Brickman looked to pass against Wisconsin during the 2018-19 season.

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.


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.