Gophers Are 5-0-1 All-Time On Leap Day

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Go Gophers! Craig Falkman
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Craig Falkman scored a hat trick on Feb. 29, 1964 as Minnesota beat North Dakota on the road in overtime.
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Minnesota is undefeated all-time on Feb. 29. The Gophers are 5-0-1 when playing games on Leap Day.

Minnesota won its first every Leap Day game way back in 1924 when it shutout rival Wisconsin 4-0 at home. The Gophers next played on Feb. 29 in 1952 and won 5-3 against Michigan Tech.

Twelve years later in 1964, Minnesota bounced North Dakota 5-4 in overtime on the road when Craig Falkman completed a hat trick at 3:16 of the extra session.

In 1980, Minnesota traveled to Notre Dame and beat the Irish 3-2. Gopher head coach Don Lucia was a member of the Notre Dame team that year and assisted on Notre Dame's first goal of the game. It was one of his nine assists on the season and came in front of 3,897 fans at the Notre Dame Athletic and Convocation Center.

In 1992, the Gophers improved to 28-8-0 with a 4-1 at St. Cloud State. Scoring for the Maroon and Gold were Justin McHugh, Travis Richards, Larry Olimb and Craig Johnson. Tom Newman made 16 saves in front of 6,514 fans.

Minnesota's most recent Lead Day game came four years ago when the Gophers tied 2-2 at Alaska Anchorage. Derek Peltier scored both goals for Minnesota. Oddly enough, Tony Lucia assisted on his second goal. 

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