Minnesota hockey, from ponds to pros.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The men's scene had plenty of movement, while Minnesota's women sent a loud and clear message to No. 1 Wisconsin.
The Pipers and Tommies both reached the Frozen Four last season and are the favorites in the MIAC.
St. Thomas, Augsburg, St. John's and Concordia (Moorhead) each received first-place votes in the coaches poll.
The Wild needs help. The Gophers need maturity. And teams like Minnesota State just need to carry momentum.
The Bulldogs and Fighting Hawks swept rivals; Boston College is off to a tough start; and a marquee border battle awaits.
Beginning Friday night against Minnesota Duluth and concluding in late November vs. North Dakota, Minnesota has a home schedule that any team would savor.
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.
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.
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.
The big series in Madison went the Badgers' way, while Minnesota State and North Dakota put on a show in Mankato.
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.
Coach Bruce Boudreau's team needs balanced scoring to succeed. Through a 1-5 start, the Wild has been nowhere close to getting that.
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.
Charlie Beattie will be the new play-by-play announcer, while Bobbie Bohlig will be the rinkside reporter.
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.
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.