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Minnesota 2 – Penn State 1


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A spinorama goal scored less than seven minutes from full time by a blue-collar veteran skating in his very last collegiate game ever contested on home ice spoiled a noteworthy performance from the the visitors’ third-string netminder as the # 2 ranked MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS edged the PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 2-1 on Senior Night at the Mariucci Ice Arena in Minneapolis and completed the two-game Big Ten Conference series sweep in the process.

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Golden Gophers backup netminder MICHAEL SHIBROWSKI, the 23-year-old senior from Andover who made two appearances for Colorado College as a freshman before transferring back home to the University of Minnesota three years ago, effectively smothers the puck against visiting the visiting Penn State Nittany Lions during the Big Ten Conference series at the jam-packed Mariucci Ice Arena in Minneapolis.
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March 1, 2014
Mariucci Ice Arena – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance : 10,045

MINNESOTA 2 – PENN STATE 1

12:37 … MINN – Boyd (Ambroz, Brodzinski)
37:14 … PSU – Loik (Varley)
53:15 … MINN – Serratore (Boyd, Marshall)

shots-on-goal : MINN 37 ( 13 + 9 + 15 ) – PSU 27 ( 11 + 8 + 8 )

penalty minutes : Penn State 6 – Minnesota 4

MINNESOTA : Shibrowski – Skjei, M. Reilly ; Marshall, Brodzinski ; Parenteau, Holl – Warning, Rau, Fasching ; Serratore, Condon, Ambroz ; Boyd, Kloos, Cammarata ; C. Reilly, Guertler, Lettieri

PENN STATE : Musico – Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Varley ; Yanis, Sweetland – Milley, Scheid, Bailey ; Goodwin, Holstom, Saar ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, Richard, Friedman

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Minnesota 5 – Penn State 1


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After conceding the opening goal a little more than three minutes into the contest with novices who were skating on an Olympic-sized ice surface for the very first time in school history, the unflappable hosts reacted by scoring three times unanswered before the arrival of the first intermission and then added a fourth tally just thirty seconds into the second frame as the # 2 ranked MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS easily dispatched the PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 5-1 in the first of a two-game Big Ten Conference weekend set in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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Minnesota right wing HUDSON FASCHING, the 18-year-old homegrown freshman from Burnsville who was the fourth round choice (# 118 overall) of the Los Angeles Kings at the 2013 NHL Draft last summer and represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Scandinavia a couple of months ago, swings out in front of the Penn State net during the Big Ten Conference battle at the Mariucci Ice Arena in Minneapolis.
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February 28, 2014
Mariucci Ice Arena – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance : 9,929

MINNESOTA 5 – PENN STATE 1

03:12 … PSU – Brooks (Saar, Goodwin)
07:55 … MINN – Warning (M. Reilly)
11:05 … MINN – Fasching (Marshall, Boyd)
16:10 … MINN – Rau (Fasching)
20:30 … MINN – Cammarata (Boyd, M. Reilly) – ppg
32:30 … MINN – Condon (unassisted) – shg

shots-on-goal : MINN 36 ( 14 + 12 + 10 ) – PSU 31 ( 10 + 12 + 9 )

penalty minutes : Minnesota 12 – Penn State 10

MINNESOTA : Wilcox – Skjei, Holl ; M. Reilly, Parenteau ; Marshall, Brodzinski – Warning, Rau, Fasching ; Condon, Kloos, Cammarata ; Serratore, Boyd, Ambroz ; C. Reilly, Guertler, Lettieri

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Varley ; Yanis, Brooks – DeRosa, Scheid, Bailey ; Goodwin, Holstrom, Saar ; Richard, Glen, Friedman, Olczyk, McDonagh, Loik

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Cowardly Nittany Lions Or Minnesota Not Nice?


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Holy smokes!

There is NO legitimate hockey school in all of New England that would even begin to permit such a malicious provocation as this lovely little photo displayed here, which was not at all appreciated on a visit to the Facebook page entitled “BIG TEN HOCKEY”, pass without at least some sort of response.

But not so much as even a timid or trepid reply such as, “Excuse me, please, I was wondering what might have befallen the famous ‘Minneosta Nice’?”?

Never, ever, ever in a million years — particularly NOT in the well-heeled and well-mannered Ivy League.

Quite oftentimes in life, silence IS consent.

Yes, I find this display to be utterly disgraceful, as I do the innumerable Penn State Apologists who strangely continue to demoralize, dispirit and depress while demonstrating that they really do have no absolutely idea how to properly stand up for themselves in the traditional college hockey environment. Perhaps I should confess that I never attended the Pennsylvania State University, discontinue this misguided Nittany Lions charade and just finish out the season following the legitimate New England hockey school that I can say I went to.

Cowardly Nittany Lions or Minnesota Not Nice? — YOU make the (expletive deleted) call.

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Minnesota 5 – Penn State 2


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Two goals and an assist from the third-leading scorer in all the Big Ten Conference in the last twenty-three minutes of the contest finally broke the brave home side’s back once and for all as the # 1 ranked MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS outclassed the PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 5-2 to complete the sweep in the first Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey series ever held at the sparkling Pegula Ice Arena in State College.

The mighty Golden Gophers, who have now upped their mark this season to fifteen wins against just two losses with three ties, took another early lead for the second consecutive night to leave the embattled Nittany Lions with yet another uphill climb. Once again, penalties were at the very heart of Penn State’s undoing as the visitors took immediate advantage of the hooking call against right wing MAX GARDINER, the third round selection (# 74 overall) of the St. Louis Blues at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft who began his collegiate career at the University of Minnesota but left after appearing in less than half of the Golden Gophers’ games on the 2010/11 NCAA schedule. Center TRAVIS BOYD, the 20-year-old junior from Hopkins who was chosen by the Washington Capitals in the sixth round (# 177 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, soon put head coach DON LUCIA’s troops in the driver’s seat by striking for his sixth goal of this 2013/14 season.

Thanks to the efforts of the two opposing goaltenders at either end, the scoreboard remained frozen at 1-0 in favor of Minnesota for almost thirty-five worth of game time but the Golden Gophers eventually added a second goal late in the second period when left wing SAM WARNING (20 ga, 7 go, 24 pts), one of the always extremely rare University of Minnesota players who was NOT born in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, took a nice pass from freshman center JUSTIN KLOOS on a two-on-rush and skillfully one-timed the puck past Penn State freshman goaltender EAMON MCADAM (6 ga, 4.23 avg, .885 svpct), the homegrown freshman from Perkasie who was the third round pick (#70 overall) of the New York Islanders at the 2013 NHL Draft this past summer. The undrafted junior from Chesterfield, Missouri, then netted his second goal of the game a little more than six minutes into the final frame to leave the Nittany Lions staring at a 3-0 deficit and put the result beyond doubt.

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Penn State right wing KENNY BROOKS (13), the 22-year-old sophomore from Las Vegas, Nevada, who has now scored four goals in 42 career NCAA contests for the Nittany Lions, looks to skate around Minnesota defenseman BRADY SKJEI (2), the 19-year-old sophomore from Lakeville who was the first round choice (# 28 overall) of the New York Rangers at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft who recently represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden, during the inaugural Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey series ever conducted at the $ 88.0 million dollar Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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Penn State WAS unlucky to hit both the crossbar as well as the goal post, it must be mentioned, and did manage to launch a very respectable 38 shots on the Minnesota goal. But Golden Gophers netminder ADAM WILCOX, the workhorse sophomore from South St. Paul who was snatched by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the sixth round (# 178 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, also had polished form, in addition to the obvious good fortune, on his side in State College. Nittany Lions right wing KENNY BROOKS (17 ga, 2 go, 4 pts) spoiled the shutout bid by banking a loose puck off of Wilcox into the back of the net and give the sellout crowd of 6,154 spectators something to shout about, nevertheless.

Almost immediately, experienced Golden Gophers senior winger NATE CONDON, the seventh round choice (# 200 overall) of the Colorado Avalanche at the 2008 NHL Draft, restored Minnesota’s three-goal cushion in the sloppy third period but Penn State, once again, was able to put one back for PSU pride with time winding down. Canadian legionnaire CURTIS LOIK (12 ga, 3 go, 5 pts), the 20-year-old sophomore from North Vancouver, British Columbia, who has been in and out of the Nittany Lions’ line-up this term, finished off a rush by lifting the puck over the shoulder of Wilcox at close range. For the second consecutive evening, it will also be noted, the home side were assessed a crippling penalty very late in the contest which certainly hampered all offensive efforts.

Kloos, the undrafted 20-year-old from Lakeville who has been a pleasantly surprising offensive force (20 ga, 8 go, 21 pts) for the Golden Gophers this term, notched his third point on the night and closed out the traditionally powerful University of Minnesota’s very first visit to the lovely Pegula Ice Arena by shooting a puck into the Penn State empty net with exactly four seconds left.

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Penn State Nittany Lions left wing CURTIS LOIK (15) looks to chip the puck past Minnesota Golden Gophers defenseman MICHAEL BRODZINSKI (20), the 18-year-old freshman from Ham Lake who was the fifth round selection (# 141 overall) of the San Jose Sharks at the 2013 NHL Draft this past summer, during the historic first Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey series ever hosted by the sensational Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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January 12, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 6,154

MINNESOTA 5 – PENN STATE 2

02:25 … MINN – Boyd (Fasching, M. Reilly) – ppg
37:15 … MINN – Warning (Kloos, Marshall)
46:06 … MINN – Warning (Brodzinski, Kloos)
50:01 … PSU – Brooks (Glen)
50:18 … MINN – Condon (Warning, Marshall)
56:30 … PSU – Loik (Juha)
59:56 … MINN – Kloos (Boyd, Condon) – eng

shots-on-goal : PSU 38 ( 12 + 11 + 15 ) – MINN 25 ( 9 + 10 + 6 )

penalty minutes : PSU 12 – MINN 8

PENN STATE : McAdam – Juha, Yanis ; Koudys, Thompson ; Jensen, Varley – Goodwin, Scheid, Milley ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Bailey, Holstrom, Gardiner ; Olczyk, DeRosa, Saar

MINNESOTA : Wilcox – Skjei, Holl ; M. Reilly, Brodzinski ; Bischoff, Marshall – Warning, Kloos, Condon ; Cammarata, Rau, Fasching ; Serratore, Boyd, Ambroz ; C. Reilly, Guertler, Lettieri

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Minnesota 3 – Penn State 2


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In a match most befitting the occasion of the very first Big Ten Conference contest in history at the brand new Pegula Ice Arena in State College, it was only a deadly accurate laser with four minutes remaining that killed off another legitimate comeback attempt as the # 1 ranked MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS barely survived the plucky PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 3-2 in the first of game of an odd Sunday & Monday series.

With the five-time NCAA national champions arriving in State College for the very first time and the Nittany Lions coming off one of the school’s worst beatings ever at the hands of Boston College in the 2nd Annual Three Rivers Classic, Penn State head coach GUY GADOWSKY elected to give freshman goaltender EAMON MCADAM just his fifth start of this 2013/14 season. Some might have had cause for concern when Minnesota defenseman BRADY SKJEI, the first round pick of the New York Rangers at the 2012 NHL Draft who recently represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden, netted only two minutes and thirty-seven seconds in with what was actually the Golden Gophers’ first official shot on the Nittany Lions’ goal. Then again, sophomore MATTHEW SKOFF had allowed consecutive goals on Wisconsin’s first two shots of the game when the Badgers blasted the visiting Penn State 7-1 on the occasion of the Nittany Lions’ very first official Big Ten Conference not too long ago, so, hey.

McAdam, much to the youngster’s credit, quickly pulled himself together and would go on to deliver what could certainly be labled a second ‘quality start’ out of his last three appearances for Penn State. The 19-year-old rookie, to review, had stopped 41 shots when the Nittany Lions lost last season’s Frozen Four finalist UMass – Lowell back in November. And, now, the mighty University of Minnesota has done much to formally welcome the developing McAdam to big time Division I college hockey, as well.

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Penn State defenseman NATE JENSEN (24) is one of seven “club hockey veterans”, or holdovers from the Nittany Lions squad that spent the 2011/12 season skating in the American Collegiate Hockey Association preparing to make the transition to full-fledged NCAA Division I status … Penn State had exactly four ‘club veterans’ (Jensen, Taylor Holstrom, Mike McDonagh and Tommy Olczyk) in the line-up for the inaugural Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey match ever hosted by the Pegula Ice Arena … Nate’s father, DAVID H. JENSEN, was a standout defenseman at the University of Minnesota before appearing with the United States Olympic team at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and then skating briefly in the National Hockey League for the Minnesota North Stars.
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The Golden Gophers had already wasted three opportunities with the power play when Penn State defenseman MARK YANIS, the sophomore from Grosse Point Woods, Michigan, who has missed the Nittany Lions’ last four games, was assessed a tripping penalty a little past the halfway point of the historic Big Ten contest at The Peg. But visiting Minnesota would not fail again and quickly doubled their lead when sophomore defenseman MIKE REILLY, the fourth round choice (# 98 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2011 NHL Draft who earned a gold medal with the United States squad at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships in Russia twelve months ago, ripped a shot from the right point past McAdam. It was an eighth goal already this term for the Golden Gophers blueliner, whose older brother, right wing Connor Reilly, had drawn an assist on the first goal of the game from the defenseman Skjei.

There were, in fact, moments when it seemed as if the Golden Gophers were just about to break open the floodgates but each and every time McAdam was on hand to effectively put his finger in the dyke.

Penn State were able to apply a bit of sustained pressure late in the second period and, finally, clawed their way back into the contest two minutes before the final intermission. Left wing DAVID GOODWIN (15 ga, 4 go, 10 pts), the freshman from Des Peres, Missouri, who has emerged as one of the Nittany Lions’ better offensive players this season, started the play out along the boards with an inviting centering pass to the front of the net. Veteran center TAYLOR HOLSTROM (16 ga, 2 go, 7 pts), the redishirt junior from Yorba Linda, California, who was Penn State’s third-leading marksman with nine goals last term, simply redirected the puck past Minnesota shot-stopper ADAM WILCOX, the sophomore from South St. Paul who was snapped up in the sixth round (# 178 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and breathed new life into the Pegula Ice Arena all at once.

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Penn State Nittany Lions center TAYLOR HOLSTROM raises his stick high into the air to signal his second goal of this 2013/14 NCAA season scored late in the second period against the # 1 ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers during the inaugural Big Ten Conference match ever contested at the Pegula Ice Arena. Perhaps rather appropriate, then, that it should be the redshirt junior from Yorba Linda, California, to account for the very first Big Ten Conference goal ever recorded by the Nittany Lions on their home sheet of ice. It was, of course, the veteran Holstrom who also shot the game-winner in overtime when Penn State upset the six-time NCAA champion Wisconsin Badgers on the road in Madison last spring.
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Clearly infused with a surge of confidence created by the late second period strike, Penn State came out flying to start the third and final period. And the new $ 88.0 million dollar hockey rink on campus in University Park erupted in earnest when the Nittany Lions were able to find the equalizer. Parked in the Golden Gophers’s crease, Penn State center DAVID GLEN (15 ga, 2 go, 4 pts) was able to get his stick on a wrist shot from the left point by defenseman NATE JENSEN (16 ga, 2 go, 6 pts, – 9 def rat), the redshirt junior from Shorewood, Minnesota.

It was not only a much needed goal for the Nittany Lions but also the Canadian legionnaire from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, himself — Glen, of course, led all Penn State players by scoring 16 goals in all 27 NCAA games last season but has struggled massively with the proverbial ‘sophomore slump’ this time around.

In the meantime, the number one ranked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers would gather themselves and go onto to fire a grand total of nineteen shots on the Penn State net. McAdam would finish with a career high 42 saves but, truth be told, one always did have a sense that visiting head coach DON LUCIA’s boys would come up with a game-winner sooner or later. Minnesota defenseman BEN MARSHALL, the junior from Mahtomedi who was tabbed by the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round (# 201 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, made sure overtime would not be necessary after taking a drop pass at the blue line and advancing to the top of the circle before unleashing an unmitigated rocket which rang in off the iron.

It really was an excellent effort from the overwhelming underdog, if not quite enough.

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Penn State goaltender EAMON MCADAM (34), the 19-year-old freshman from Perkasie who was the third round pick (# 70 overall) of the New York Islanders at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft, is in perfect position to thwart Minnesota right wing HUDSON FASCHING (24), the 18-year-old freshman from Burnsville who was the fourth round selection (# 118 overall) of the Los Angeles Kings at the very same 2013 NHL Draft and has just recently returned with the United States squad from the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden, during the very first Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey match ever contested at the new Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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January 12, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 5,999

MINNESOTA 3 – PENN STATE 2

02:37 … MINN – Skjei (Michaelson, C. Reilly)
31:34 … MINN – Reilly (Boyd) – ppg
38:09 … PSU – Holstrom (Goodwin, Thompson)
43:45 … PSU – Glen (Jensen, Yanis)
55:59 … MINN – Marshall (Rau, Fasching)

shots-on-goal : MINN 45 ( 12 + 14 + 19 ) – PSU 30 ( 9 + 10 + 11 )

penalty minutes : PSU 12 – MINN 4

PENN STATE : Skoff – Juha, Williamson ; Koudys, Thompson ; Jensen, Yanis – Goodwin, Holstrom, Scheid ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, DeRosa, Saar ; Bailey, McDonagh, Milley

MINNESOTA : Wilcox – Skjei, Holl ; M. Reilly, Brodzinski ; Bischoff, Marshall – Warning, Condon, Kloos ; Cammarata, Rau, Fasching ; Serratore, Boyd, Ambroz ; Michaelson, Lettieri, C. Reilly

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Summarizing The Mighty University of Minnesota Golden Gophers


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University of Minnesota center KYLE RAU, the 21-year-old junior from Eden Prairie who was picked in the third round (# 91 overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft by the Florida Panthers and later apperared with the United States team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships held in western Canada, has flourished in his role for the Golden Gophers as an experienced playmaker this term and continues to average at least one point per game (18 ga, 5 go, 19 pts) as he has done in each of his three NCAA collegiate campaigns thus far.
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The struggling PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (won 4 lost 10 tied 1) will, at least on paper, face their toughest test of this 2013/14 NCAA season when the traditionally strong and currently # 1 ranked UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS (won 13 lost 2 tied 3) visit State College for an odd Sunday & Monday series as the PEGULA ICE ARENA hosts Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey for the very first time ever.

No other academic institution in history has won games at the annual NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament than the 52 matches that the mighty University of Minnestoa already have. Only one other school has made more than the 34 total appearances at the annual men’s ice hockey tournament than the proud Golden Gophers already have (the University of Michigan has qualified for the yearly collegiate knockout competition on 35 occasions). Indeed, only two other programs have reached the championship game of the annual NCAA men’s ice tournament more than the eleven times that the habitual juggernaut that is the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers have (the Wolverines and the University of North Daktoa, two schools that have always imported Canadians liberally, have both made a dozen trips to the NCAA Final).

Perhaps most impressive of all, there is no other college hockey program in the United States over the years that has graduated as many as the 97 players (virtually all of them being American) to the vaunted National Hockey League than the always loaded University of Minnesota already have to date.

The Golden Gophers lost five of their six top scorers from last season’s squad including left wing ERIK HAULA (Minnesota Wild) and defenseman NATE SCHMIDT (Washington Capitals), both of whom have skated more than a dozen games in the NHL this season. But the University of Minnesota never ever runs short on quality homegrown talent from the Land of 10,000 Lakes and simply continues to always call upon the next generation of the willing and able to dutifully uphold the traditional standard of excellence that the locals are accustomed to. Typically, the young players who come from all parts scattered about the State of Hockey respond favorably to such overt pressure to perform and this year has been no exception.

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University of Minnesota left wing SAM WARNING (11), the undrafted junior from Chesterfield, Missouri, who currently leads the number one ranked team in all of college hockey with both 16 assists as well as 21 points this season, is one of the always rare Golden Gophers who does not originally hail from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, itself.
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HUDSON FASCHING, the 18-year-old right wing from Burnsville who was snapped up by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (# 118 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft and recently represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden, spearheads another promising crop of freshmen for head coach DON LUCIA’s highly rated squad. TAYLOR CAMMARATA, the 18-year-old right wing from Plymouth who was plucked in the third round (# 76 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, and center JUSTIN KLOOS, the undrafted 20-year-old from Lakeville, are two more rookies skating for the Golden Gophers who have done very well while quickly adjusting to the pace and skill level of the collegiate game. Kloos (18 ga, 7 go, 18 pts), Fasching (17 ga, 6 go, 14 pts) and Cammarata (16 ga, 4 go, 13 pts) all presently stand among the top six point scorers for the University of Minnesota this season.

And then there have been the two freshmen blueliners, MICHAEL BRODZINSKI (14 ga, 5 go, 9 pts, + 6 def rat) as well as JAKE BISCHOFF (12 ga, 3 go, 6 pts, + 11 def rat), who have both contributed nicely for the Golden Gophers despite sharing the sixth defenseman’s spot for the better part of this season. Both rookie rearguards should be featuring regularly since the dependable JAKE PARENTEAU (13 ga, 0 go, 1 pts, + 13 def rat), an experienced albeit undrafted senior from Franconia, went out with a broken leg in early December. Brodzinski, the 20-year-old from Ham Lake who was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round (# 141 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, attended the same Blaine High School in the State of Minnesota as did the Penn State Nittany Lions’ leading goal-scorer this season, redshirt sophomore left wing ERIC SCHEID (15 ga, 8 go, 13 pts).

As is to be expected at a perennial powerhouse such as the University of Minnesota, several returning players from the Golden Gophers team that surprisingly fell to the Ivy Leaguers from Yale University in the first round of the annual NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament last spring have elevated their game to a higher level this season. Third-line right wing SETH AMBROZ (18 ga, 9 go, 14 pts), the 20-year-old junior from New Prague who was taken by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fifth round (# 128 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has already equaled his goal production from all of last term. Defenseman MIKE REILLY, the 20-year-old sophomore from Chanhassen who was also snatched by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fourth round (# 98 overall) of that very same 2011 NHL Draft, found the back of the net a total of three times in 37 games for Minnesota all of last season but has absolutely terrorized opposing shot-stoppers this term by lighting the lamp on no less than seven occasions after just 18 contests on behalf of the irrepressible Golden Gophers.

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University of Minnesota defenseman MIKE REILLY (5), a valuable member of the United States squad which won the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Russia twelve months ago, is the younger brother of a set of undrafted twins who also happen to skate for the # 1 ranked Golden Gophers … CONNOR REILLY is a redshirt freshman right wing who has contributed four goals and seven points in 15 NCAA games while RYAN REILLY is a sophomore left wing who is pointless after two varsity appearances for the Minnesota Golden Gophers this term.
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Third-line center TRAVIS BOYD (18 ga, 5 go, 12 pts), the 20-year-old junior from Hopkins who was tabbed in the sixth round (# 177 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals, is yet another Golden Gophers skater who has already exceeded his goal-scoring total from all of last season. NATE CONDON (18 ga, 2 go, 10 pts), the 23-year-old senior left wing from Wasau, Wisconsin, whose rights were reserved by the Colorado Avalanche in the seventh round (# 200 overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft, is just one of eight University of Minnesota forwards who have already reached double digits in terms of points scored. The Penn State Nittany Lions, to compare directly, have just one forward with ten or more points this term.

Such is the depth up front for the lethal Golden Gophers this season, there has been no room in the line-up for an experienced player such as CHRISTIAN ISACKSON (9 ga, 1 go, 4 pts), the 21-year-old junior from Pine City who was the seventh round choice (# 203 overall) of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2010 NHL Draft and appeared in all 40 NCAA games while registering 20 points (four goals) for the University of Minnesota a year ago.

Low-scoring Penn State will soon find out why six of the seven defensemen on the Golden Gophers’ roster are, in fact, legitimate professional prospects who have already been drafted by National Hockey League clubs. The most experienced is JUSTIN HOLL, the 21-year-old senior from Tonka Bay who was nabbed in the second round (# 54 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Black Hawks and has already skated in 119 NCAA contests (7 go, 31 pts). The most intriguing, at least as far as the talent scouts are concerned, is BRADY SKJEI, the 19-year-old sophomore from Lakeville who was the first round pick (# 28 overall) of the New York Rangers at the 2012 NHL Draft and just recently returned with the United States contingent that appeared at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden.

The Golden Gophers will undoubtedly start ADAM WILCOX (17 ga, 2.14 avg, .923 svpct), the 21-year-old sophomore workhorse from South St. Paul who was selected by the Tampa Bay Ligtning in the sixth round (# 178 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, between the pipes in the Big Ten home opener for Penn State. Indeed, ever since arriving on campus in Minneapolis, the tireless Wilcox has appeared in all but two of the University of Minnesota’s 58 NCAA varsity ice hockey contests the past two seasons. Depending upon how things go versus the overmatched Nittany Lions at the Pegula Ice Arena on Sunday evening, a confident University of Minnesota bench boss Lucia might just see it fit to give MICHAEL SHIBROWSKI, the 23-year-old redshirt senior from Andover who began his collegiate career at Colorado College but has been a loyal backup for the Golden Gophers the past three years now, just his second start of this 2013/14 season on Monday night.

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University of Minnesota goaltender ADAM WILCOX (32), an honorable mention All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association selection following a successful freshman campaign (39 ga, 1.88 avg, .921 svpct) that only concluded last spring when the Golden Gophers were upset in the first round of the annual NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament by the eventual national champions from Yale University, could very well appear in only one of the historic first two Big Ten Conference matches against inexperienced Penn State at the new Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.

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Historic Night Of Big Ten Hockey – Minnesota Stifles Wisconsin, As Usual


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After conceding a relatively early first period goal to its fierce arch-rival from right next door, the number one ranked team in all the land effectively bore down hard to play a disciplined brand of relentless, attacking hockey as the proud MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS simply stifled the visting WISCONSIN BADERS 4-1 in the first official Big Ten Conference men’s ice hockey match to ever have the puck dropped.

The red-shirted Badgers, who came into this historic contest rated # 12 in the USCHO.com poll and # 13 according to the USA Today/USA Hockey rankings, jumped out in front after six and a half minutes when Land of 10,000 Lakes native JOSEPH LABATE, the junior left wing from Burnsville who was chosen by the Vancouver Canucks in the fourth round (# 101 overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, found the back of the net at the Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. Wisconsin have never done well on their travels to the Twin Cities, however, and it would take the Golden Gophers less than three minutes to get themselves back on level terms thanks to a power play strike from defenseman MIKE REILLY, the sophomore from Chanhassen who was grabbed in the fourth round (# 98 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Less than four minutes thereafter, right wing SETH AMBROZ, the junior from New Prague who was tabbed by the very same Columbus Blue Jackets in the fifth round (# 128 overall) of the very same 2011 NHL Draft, sent Minnesota ahead to stay by using Wisconsin goaltender LANDON PETERSON as a backboard while actually stationed behind the net.

For all its hard work to limit the punchless Badgers to just four second period shots-on-goal, the Golden Gophers remained at risk until redshirt freshman right wing CONNOR REILLY, the undrafted, younger brother of the Minnesota defenseman who had scored earlier in the contest, stepped forth to light the lamp with a little more than nine minutes left in the third period. Reilly, who was promoted to the second line as a result injury to TAYLOR CAMMARATA (12 ga, 3 go, 11 pts), the talented freshman who was the third round selection (# 76 overall) of the New York Islanders at the 2013 NHL Draft, did rather well to fake a pass and realign his angle before beating the Wisconsin goaltender Peterson. The ambitious Ambroz, meanwhile, finished off the hapless visitors (whose all-time away record opposite the University of Minnesota now drops to an unsightly 27 wins against 92 losses with eight ties) and guaranteed his name will live on forever in the annals of Big Ten Conference ice hockey history by shooting into an empty net and scoring his second goal of the evening on this most momentous occasion.

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University of Minnesota right wing SETH AMBROZ raises his stick after scoring the first of his two goals against the visiting University of Wisconsin that gave the hosting Golden Gophers a first period lead which would never be relinquished during the history-making Big Ten Conference ice hockey match at the Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.
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November 29, 2013
Mariucci Arena – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance : 9,948

MINNESOTA 4 – WISCONSIN 1

06:31 … WIS – LaBate (Zengerle, McCabe)
09:23 … MINN – M. Reilly (Rau) – ppg
13:14 … MINN – Ambroz (Serratore, Holl)
50:46 … MINN – C. Reilly (Condon, Kloos)
58:26 … MINN – Ambroz (Marshall, Boyd)

shots-on-goal : MINN 45 (15 + 12 + 18) – WIS 25 (8 + 4 + 13)

penalty minutes : WIS 16 – MINN 14

MINNESOTA : Wilcox – Skjei, Holl ; M. Reilly, Parenteau ; Marshall, Brodzinski – Warning, Rau, Fasching ; Condon, Kloos, C. Reilly ; Serratore, Boyd, Ambroz ; Michaelson, Guertler, Lettieri

WISCONSIN : Peterson – McCabe, Simonelli ; Schulze, Faust ; Wittchow, Drake – LaBate, Zengerle, Barnes ; Zulinick, Kerdiles, Mersch ; Besse, Dahl, Little ; Navin, Meuer, Soleway

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University of Minnesota goaltender ADAM WILCOX (32), the sophomore from South St. Paul who was the sixth round selection (# 178 overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2011 NHL Draft but was yanked by Golden Gophers head coach Don Lucia his last time out after conceding five times in 35 minutes versus the traditional intra-state rival University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, makes the save to disappoint University of Wisconsin defenseman JAKE MCCABE (19), the offenisve-minded junior from Eau Claire, who was the second round choice (# 44 overall) of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2012 NHL Draft, during the very first Big Ten Conference ice hockey game ever contested at the Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minneapolis.

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Yale Bulldogs Chomp Minnesota Gophers In Epic NCAA Clash


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Yale University defenseman GUS YOUNG (2), the junior out of Dedham, Massachusetts, who was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the seventh round (# 184 overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, stretches to poke check the puck away from Minnesota captain ZACH BUDISH (24), the homegrown senior right wing from Edina who was chosen by the Nashville Predators in the second round (# 41 overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, during the NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament first round contest watched by the paltry crowd of 2,289 spectators at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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A carelessly-played puck that was cleverly intercepted behind the net led directly to a lightining-quick goal just nine seconds into the overtime session as # 15 YALE UNIVERSITY pulled off a shocking 3-2 upset over the five-time national champion UNIVERSITY of MINNESOTA to open the 2013 NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament in sensational fashion.

On paper, the West Regional semifinal contest between the upstart Bulldogs, who had been blanked in both of their games at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference final tournament in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the # 2 ranked Gophers appeared to be a bit of a mismatch in both contemporary and historical terms. Whereas Yale had three skaters who have been drafted by National Hockey League clubs in uniform for the NCAA first round clash in Grand Rapids, Michigan, no fewer than 14 players plus the starting goaltender for Minnesota have already been reserved by NHL teams. Furthermore, no college hockey program on the planet has more NCAA tournament victories under its belt than the mighty proud Gophers.

Indeed, the traditional powerhouse from the Land of 10,000 Lakes has produced 25 First Team (West) All-America players, four of whom also won the coveted Hobey Baker Award presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate ice hockey player, while no less than 93 University of Minnesota players, to date, have gone on to skate at least one professional contest in the world-class NHL after leaving the Minneapolis campus.

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Yale University’s uncompromising defenseman GUS YOUNG (2) lands a solid blow to the chin of Minnesota center NICK BJUGSTAD (27), the homegrown junior from Blaine who was the first round pick (# 19 overall) of the Florida Panthers at the 2010 NHL Draft, during the surprising opening contest of this year’s 2013 NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament.
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Yale University, meanwhile, qualified for its first NCAA tournament more than six decades ago back in 1952 and proudly points to eight First Team (East) All-America selections in school history but actually only won its very first game at the annual NCAA tournament as recently as 2010. Since head coach KEITH ALLAIN was brought on board ahead of the 2006/07 campaign, the Bulldogs have undoubtedly been enjoying the Ivy League institution’s most successful era on ice ever. Four NCAA tournament appearances in the past five seasons by Yale, who have graduated a total of 14 players to the NHL through the years, serve as testament to that fact.

Yale, to review, has now skated at the annual NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament a grand total of six times in school history.

Allain is actually a product of the Yale program, himself, having been a goaltender for four seasons in the late 1970s under long-time Bulldog bench boss TIM TAYLOR. After graduating from Yale in the spring of 1980, the 54-year-old native of Worcester, Massachusetts, eventually went on to work with a pair of NHL clubs, serving as an assistant coach of the Washington Capitals for four seasons and as the goaltending coach of the St. Louis Blues for three years. Under the astute direction of Allain, Yale set a new school record for wins (24) during the 2008/09 season and then re-set that same mark yet again (28) only two years later.

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Minnesota left wing KYLE RAU (7), the homegrown sophomore from Eden Prairie who was the third round pick (# 91 overall) of the Florida Panthers at the 2011 NHL Draft, is stopped at close range by Yale University’s senior Canadian legionnaire JEFF MALCOLM (33) as Bulldog defensemen THOMAS FALLEN (22), the sophomore from Plymouth, Minnesota, and RYAN OBUCHOWSKI (14), the freshman from Canton, Michigan, look to clear the rebound during the West Regional semifinal contest at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Minnesota, who will, in part, always be known for having supplied head coach Herb Brooks and seven Gopher players to the United States national team that famously won the Olympic gold medal at the Lake Placid Games in 1980, started off well enough against Yale in the 2013 NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament opener and quickly generated the contest’s first three shots on goal.

Yale, however, had the next half dozen as the undisciplined Gophers had two different players skate to the penalty box within the game’s first four minutes. The Bulldogs did not capitalize on either of the power play opportunities, although Yale did come extremely close. A fierce one-timer from Bulldogs right wing ANDREW MILLER, the undrafted senior from Bloomfield Hills in Michigan, slammed into the goalpost before bouncing harmlessly away.

Minnesota had its chance with the man-advantage when Yale defenseman RYAN OBUCHOWSKI was dispatched to the sin bin for interference in the first period but the Gophers were ineffective. Head coach DON LUCIA’s charges were also a bit unlucky, as well, when a shot caromed off the pads of Yale senior netminder JEFF MALCOLM, the Canadian legionnaire from Lethbridge, Alberta, and then onto the goalpipe. Nevertheless, it would be the Ivy Leaguers who led their WCHA counterparts 11-7 in the shots-on-goal department when the first period of play was completed.

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Yale killed off another penalty early in the second period before finally scoring the team’s first goal in more than 132 minutes of post-season playoff hockey this spring.

Bulldogs defenseman ROB O’GARA, the freshman from Massapequa, New York, who was tabbed in the fifth round (# 151 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins, headmanned the puck to Miller streaking up the right side of the ice. Once inside the offensive zone, the second leading scorer for Yale with 36 points in 34 NCAA games this season patiently waited for KENNY AGOSTINO, the fifth round (# 140 overall) pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2010 NHL Draft, to come free late in the slot. A clinical top-shelf finish by the junior from Flanders, New Jersey, left Minnesota backstop ADAM WILCOX absolutely no chance whatsoever.

Agostino’s 16th goal of the season tied Miller for the leadership on the Yale squad this term while snapping the scoreless deadlock at the 7:08 mark of the middle period.

In another 16 seconds, though, the Bulldogs would be shorthanded again as a result of Canadian legionnaire ANTOINE LAGANIERE being caught for hooking a Minnesota player. And, not so long after that penalty expired, the Yale parade to the penalty box continued as Canadian legionnaire COLIN DUECK, the senior defenseman by way of Calgary, Alberta, received two minutes for holding. But the Gophers power play was just not in synch as Minnesota remained scoreless despite four cracks at skating with the extra attacker.

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Yale University defenseman GUS YOUNG (2) wrists a puck goalward bound …
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In what was developing into the quintessential low-scoring struggle, the Bulldogs struck for what appeared to be a massive insurance goal with a little over four and half minutes remaining in the second period.

Yale defenseman MATT KILLIAN, the 19-year-old sophomore from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, who has missed a considerable amount of time this season on account of injury, had his shot at the point snuffed out by the Minnesota defense but Bulldogs center CLINTON BOURBONAIS, the homegrown junior from Colchester, gained possession of the loose puck near the blue line. A little pass back to the point enabled stay-at-home Yale defenseman GUS YOUNG to wrist a seeing-eye puck through a maze of players and past the Gophers netminder Wilcox. Young’s second goal of this 2012/13 term (and fifth, overall, in three seasons skating for the Bulldogs) seemingly left the Gophers with a genuine mountain to climb.

After all, # 15 Yale did outshoot # 2 Minnesota by the not-so-close count of 20-15 over the course of the first two periods of play at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

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Minnesota defenseman SETH HELGESON (4), the homegrown senior from Fairbault who was the fourth round selection (# 114 overall) of the New Jersey Devils at the 2009 National Hockey League Draft, hammers Yale University’s Canadian legionnaire ANTOINE LAGANIERE (28), the undrafted senior right wing from Ile Cadieux, Quebec, who has scored 33 goals for the Bulldogs the past two seasons combined, during the NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament opener at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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By the time the puck dropped for the third and final period of play in the NCAA tournament opener with Yale, the punchless Gophers had now gone more than 109 minutes of post-season playoff hockey without having scored a goal, themselves. Minnesota, of course, had been blanked by Colorado College at the semifinal stage of the WCHA tournament before arriving in Grand Rapids. But once the Bulldogs defenseman Dueck was boxed for his second minor infraction of the contest, the Gophers were finally able put a puck in the back of the net at the Van Andel Arena.

Minnesota defenseman NATE SCHMIDT, the homegrown junior from St. Cloud who led all Gopher blueliners with nine goals this season, floated a dipping wrist shot from the point on the power play that handcuffed the Yale netminder Malcolm and halved the Bulldogs’ lead at the 8:12 mark of the last period.

Sufficently energized and awoken from the long goal-scoring slumber, the Gophers continued to press their attack. Indeed, Minnesota would go on to double-up Yale 12-6 in the shots-on-goal category over the final twenty minutes of play as the Bulldogs were definitely now back on their heels. The Gophers pulled level with only 6:20 remaining after Finnish import ERIK HAULA, the junior center who was tabbed by the in-state Minnesota Wild in the seventh round (# 182 overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft and was soon to be joining the ranks of the professionals in North America, sent a precise pass from behind the to net out in front for linemate ZACH BUDISH.

The smooth re-direction from Budish, one of five different Gophers to top double-digits in goal-scoring this season, saw to it that overtime in Grand Rapids would be required to settle this particular matter.

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Yale University center JESSE ROOT (20), the undrafted junior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who finished as the fifth leading scorer with 24 points (seven goals) for the Bulldogs as a sophomore last season, chases after Minnesota’s homegrown defenseman NATE SCHMIDT (29), the undrafted junior from St. Cloud who would sign a professional contract with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League shortly after the Gophers’ elimination from the NCAA tournament, during the West Regional semifinal contest at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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And so it was time for a moment of Minnesota Gophers’ ice hockey history that will forever live in infamy.

After the Gophers had won the opening face-off of the overtime session, Minnesota defenseman BEN MARSHALL controlled the puck and routinely skated backwards into his own zone on the right. Nearing the goal line, the homegrown sophomore from Mahtomedi who was taken by the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round (# 201 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft then attempted to bank the puck off the boards behind the net for his defense partner. But the pass lacked sufficient pace off the bounce and the enterprising Agostino darted in for Yale to steal the puck behind the cage. A quick feed out front for Bulldog center JESSE ROOT allowed the junior from Pittsburgh to pot what was, perhaps, the most important goal ever scored in the history of Yale ice hockey.

Many experts believe Root’s tally to be the fastest overtime goal ever recorded in the entire 65-year history of the NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament.

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Minnesota netminder ADAM WILCOX (32), the workhorse freshman from South St. Paul who appeared in all but one of the Gophers’ forty collegiate contests this season (39 ga, 1.88 avg, .921 svpct), rests dejectedly on one knee as Yale University players excitedly rush to congratulate the not-pictured overtime goal-scoring hero Jesse Root after the undrafted native of Pittsburgh tallied to knock the five-time national champion out of this year’s 2013 NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament.
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NCAA West Regional Semifinal
Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, Michigan
YALE 3 – MINNESOTA 2 … (overtime)

27:08 … YALE – Agostino 16 (Miller, O’Gara)
35:28 … YALE – Young 2 (Bourbonais, S. Wilson) – ppg
48:12 … MINN – Schmidt 9 (Haula, Rau) – ppg
53:40 … MINN – Budish 14 (Haula)
60:09 … YALE – Root 10 (Agostino)

MINNESOTA : Wilcox – Helgeson, Marshall ; Reilly, Alt ; Skjei, Schmidt – Rau, Bjugstad, Condon ; Warning, Haula, Budish ; Serratore, Boyd, Ambroz ; Parenteau, Isackson, Holl

YALE : Malcolm – Young, O’Gara ; Fallen, Obuchowski ; Dueck, Witek – Agostino, Root, Miller ; Orzetti, Bourbonais, Laganiere ; Balch, S. Wilson, Day ; Ruffolo, Cooper, Killian

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Colorado College Clips # 2 Minnesota For Chance At WCHA Crown


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Colorado College goaltender JOE HOWE (31) safely clears the puck from danger before hard-charging Minnesota left wing SAM WARNING (11) can intervene during the WCHA ‘Frozen Five’ semifinal contest at the Xcel Energy Center in the Land of 10,000 Lakes’ capital city, St. Paul.
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A pair of early goals against the run of play at the beginning of the second period left the number two ranked team in the country to chase a game it would never catch in futility as streaking underdog COLORADO COLLEGE closed down # 2 MINNESOTA 2-0 in the semifinal round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s post-season playoff tournament.

The Tigers, of course, had already pulled off a couple of giant-killings in the WCHA playoffs before the shutout victory over the Gophers in St. Paul on Friday night. Colorado College, who ended the regular season sporting the sub-par record of 14 wins against 17 losses with five ties, had dropped the first game of the opening round to fierce intra-state arch-rival Denver University, then ranked # 6 in the country by the influential “Pairwise Comparison Ratings”, before rallying to win the last two on the road and qualify for the Frozen Five tournament. Next, the Tigers were decisively outshot and needed extra time in St. Paul against seven-time NCAA champion North Dakota (the three-time defending WCHA playoff champion who had entered Thursday night’s Frozen Five contest ranked # 7 in th “Pairwise Comparison Ratings” and boasting a record of 21 wins against 11 losses with seven ties) but were finally able to prevail 4-3 on a goal by Canadian legionnaire PETER STOYKEWYCH, the sophomore defenseman from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who was selected in the the seventh round (# 199 overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers.

Five-time NCAA champion Minnesota, meanwhile, had come into the WCHA semifinal clash with Colorado College on the heels of another highly successful regular season consisting of 26 wins against only seven losses with five ties and a second straight conference title (albeit a MacNaughton Cup shared with St. Cloud State) ; in its very last season of WCHA competition before the historic transition to the spectacular new Big Ten conference next season, the Gophers were looking the lift the Broadmoor Trophy (emblematic of playoff success) for the first time since 2007.

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Colorado College left wing ALEXANDER KRUSHELNYSKI (16), the undrafted junior from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, who is the son of former NHL winger and two-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Krushelnyski, celebrates with Tigers right wing CHARLIE TAFT, the 21-year-old sophomore out of Edina, Minnesota, after the latter scored an all-important insurance goal early in the second period of the WCHA semifinal against # 2 ranked Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center in the capital city of St. Paul.
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Once again at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the unsung Tigers ceded large amounts of ice and opportunities to the higher-ranked opponent but were able to persevere as Colorado College goaltender JOE HOWE, the 23-year-old senior from Plymouth, Minnesota, turned aside all 35 Gopher shots in what must stand as his signature performance of the season.

Colorado College grabbed a truly stunning lead when Canadian legionnaire RYLAN SCHWARTZ, the senior from Wilcox, Saskatchewan, who leads the Tigers in both goals and points this season, tallied just 59 seconds into the second period; less than three and a half minutes later, native Minnesotan CHARLIE TAFT gave the Gophers a veritable mountain to climb by scoring a second goal for Colorado College, who economically generated a total of just 20 shots in the entire contest.

Minnesota, who are all but guaranteed to still receive an at-large bid and make a 34th all-time appearance at the NCAA tournament this year despite the WCHA playoff defeat, failed to take advantage of a significant opportunity when Colorado College defenseman JOE MARCIANO, the undrafted senior from Alta Loma, California, picked up a five-minute major for cross checking four and a half minutes into the final period.

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Minnesota head coach DON LUCIA, the homegrown native of Grand Rapids who was a defenseman at the University of Notre Dame and chosen by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 10th round (# 168 overall) of the 1978 National Hockey League Draft back in the day, watches as the final seconds of the Gophers’ last-ever WCHA playoff contest tick away in the disappointing loss to Colorado College at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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WCHA Semifinal
Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, Minnesota
COLORADO COLLEGE 2 – MINNESOTA 0

20:59 … CC – Schwartz 19 (Stoykewych, McDermott)
24:24 … CC – Taft 7 (Krushelnyski)

MINNESOTA : Wilcox – Helgeson, Marshall ; Parenteau, Schmidt ; Reilly, Alt – Rau, Bjugstad, Isackson ; Warning, Haula, Budish ; Michaelson, Condon, Holl ; Serratore, Boyd, Ambrose

COLORADO COLLEGE : Howe – Stoykewych, Boivin ; Harstad, McDermott ; Young, Marciano – Krushelnyski, Schwartz, Taft ; Skalbeck, Winkler, Rapuzzi ; Fejes, DiGiando, Hamburg ; Maric, Collett, Hanson

Note — Minnesota dressed fourteen of their fifteen players who have been drafted by National Hockey League clubs. Freshman defenseman BRADY SKJEI, the first round choice (# 28 overall) of the New York Rangers at the 2012 NHL Draft last summer, was the one pro prospect who did not appear for the Gophers. As for the other side, Colorado College had all four of its NHL draft picks in uniform for the WCHA semifinal.

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