Kyle Rau's backhand, five-hole, shootout goal from Saturday's inaugural North Star College Cup championship game was featured on the NCAA's Top Five Plays of the Week. Check it out:
Rau, along with fellow junior Seth Amborz, tallied shootout goals after Minnesota and UMD battled to a 4-4 overtime tie on Saturday night. At the other end of the ice, Adam Wilcox turned away both shootout attempts he faced after matching his career best performance with 38 saves in the game. The shootout win was Minnesota's first in four attempts this season.
The Gophers return to Big Ten action this weekend at home against Michigan State. Friday's opener is set for 8 p.m. (BTN, BTN2Go.com, 1500 ESPN) while Saturday's finale is set for 7 p.m. (FSN+, BTN2Go.com, 1500ESPN.com).
Ryan Stoa with the Colorado Avalanche.
Former Minnesota All-American Ryan Stoa has been recalled by the Washington Capitals and has joined the team in Buffalo ahead of tonight's game with the Sabres. Stoa is a game-time decision according to the Capitals with tonight's game set for 6:30 p.m. CT on the NBC Sports Network.
"Ryan's played well down there (with Hershey)," Washington head coach Adam Oates said during today's media availability. "He's a good skater, and we're trying to stay as fast as we can."
Stoa spent four seasons at the 'U' and totaled 97 career points (47 goals, 50 assists) in 120 games. In his final season with the Gophers (2008-09), Stoa led the WCHA in scoring with 46 points in 36 games and earned First Team All-America and First Team All-WCHA honors.
The Bloomington, Minn., native was selected 34th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and has appeared in 37 career NHL games with Colorado, registering seven points (four goals, three assists) and 20 penalty minutes.
Stoa, 26, has skated in 36 games with Hershey (AHL) this season, registering 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) and 39 penalty minutes. The forward is one of four former Gophers who have skated for the Bears this season along with Nate Schmidt, Ryan Potulny and Jeff Taffe. Schmidt has also spent time in the NHL with the Capitals this season. Stoa has registered 152 points (75 goals, 77 assists) and 244 penalty minutes in 259 career AHL games with Lake Erie and Hershey.
Stoa would be the 16th former Gopher to skate in the NHL this season joining Keith Ballard (Minnesota), Nick Bjugstad (Florida), Alex Goligoski (Dallas), Erik Haula (Minnesota), Erik Johnson (Colorado), Phil Kessel (Toronto), Nick Leddy (Chicago), Jordan Leopold (St. Louis), Paul Martin (Pittsburgh), Aaron Ness (New York Islanders), Kyle Okposo (New York Islanders), Nate Schmidt (Washington), Jordan Schroeder (Vancouver), Thomas Vanek (New York Islanders) and Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg).
The University of Minnesota women's hockey team was in full force as 14 members of the team volunteered with the Special Olympics at the state poly hockey tournament, Sunday, Jan. 26 in Golden Valley, Minn.
The Gopher contingent of Milica McMillen, Sidney Peters, Amanda Leveille, Kate Flug, Kate Schipper, Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Paige Haley, Kelsey Cline, Shyler Sletta, Baylee Gillianders, Sarah Davis, Bethany Brausen and Kelly Terry were in attendance from 12-6. The group interacted with the participants and presented awards during the Special Olympics ceremony.
The Gopher women's hockey team has always had a long-standing tradition of community service. Earlier this month, the team held a teddy bear toss
to donate to Toys for Tots, while Feb. 8 game against Bemidiji State, the team will hold a Gold Out as proceeds go towards Amplatz Children's Hospital and Unlimited Dance Marathon
In his first NHL game since suffering an injury on Oct. 19, Gophers alum Jordan Schroeder scored both of Vancouver's goals in a 4-2 loss to Edmonton on Monday night.
"Some hockey gods repaid me tonight," Schroeder said. Here's the forward's first goal of the season, followed by his second.
It was the second two-goal game of Schroeder's young NHL career. His first came back on February 13, 2013 against the Flames - the same night he scored his first NHL goal.
Okposo Tallies Three Points
Much like Schroeder, Kyle Okposo factored into all of his team's goals on Monday in the Islanders's 6-3 loss to Boston.
Down 3-2 in the second and with two assists already, Okposo tallied his 23rd goal of the year to move into a tie for the team goal lead (Okposo ranks second on the Islanders with 57 points). The Bruins would go on to score three-straight for the win.
"We came out sluggish... and obviously weren't having a good first 10 minutes," Okposo said. "We controlled the second half of that first period and then the second period I thought we played well. At the end of the day we have to put it all in, bury some chances and clean up a few things in the d-zone."
Martin and Pens Continue Success
Despite recently coming back from injury, Penguins defenseman and future U.S. Olympian Paul Martin logged 21:52 of ice time in Monday's 3-0 win over Buffalo -- second most among Pittsburgh's skaters. The Penguins have won 15 of their last 16 games.
Goligoski Adds Two Assists
Alex Goligoski tallied a pair of assists as well as four blocks, two hits and logged a game-high 24:39 of ice time in Dallas' 4-3 loss to Erik Johnson and the Colorado Avalanche. Goligoski now has seven assists in the last four games.
A few Gophers have already made their mark in the University of Minnesota's all-time top-10 performer list in just the second week of the indoor track and field season. Three Gophers delivered top-10 performances at the Jack Johnson Classic last weekend: Alex Beckman (60-meter hurdles), Lyndsey Thorpe (weight throw) and Audra Winter (pentathlon).
1. Dawn Solberg, 8.58 (2007)
2. Yvette White, 8.72 (1999)
3. Shari Schutz, 8.75 (2005)
4. Liz Woolford, 8.75 (2003)
5. Vanessa Nelson, 8.75 (2004)
6. Nicole Carroll, 8.77 (2008)
7. Neketa Sears, 8.79 (1999)
8. Liz Roehrig, 8.80 (2006)
9. Alex Beckman, 8.81 (2014)
10. Kelly Stalpes, 8.85 (2009)
1. Liz Alabi, 69-0 3/4, 21.05m (2007)
2. Beth Howard, 64-1 3/4, 19.55m (2000)
3. Aubrey Schmitt, 63-1 1/4, 19.23m (2001)
4. DeAnne Hahn, 62-1, 18.92m (2010)
5. Devin Stanford, 60-1 1/4, 18.32m (2013)
6. Jeri Johnson-Chambers, 57-7 3/4, 17.57m (2013)
7. Caty Dongoske, 56-6 3/4, 17.24m (2011)
8. Sara Clinkenbeard, 56-2 1/2, 17.13m (2003)
9. Lyndsey Thorpe, 55-10 1/2, 17.03m (2014)
10. Jess Stephan, 55-8 1/4, 16.97m (2006)
1. Liz Roehrig, 4,218 (2008)
2. Apasha Blocker, 3,715 (1996)
3. Jacenta Spandl, 3,698 (2005)
4. Polly Oas, 3,675 (1984)
5. Maggie Jaunich, 3,641 (2005)
6. Christine Gulbrandsen, 3,526 (1998)
7. Nikki Schultz, 3,518 (2009)
8. Jess Herauf, 3,516 (2012)
9. Audra Winter, 3,504 (2014)
10. Nicole Murphey, 3,461 (2012)
In addition, Katie Murgic and Cami Gilson improved their ranks among the all-time top-10 Gopher pole vaulters at the season-opening Northwest Open.
1. Alicia Rue, 14-4 1/2, 4.38m (2010)
2. Samantha Sonnenberg, 14-1 1/4, 4.30m (2010)
3. Becca Pilkerton, 13-7 1/4, 4.15m (2011)
4. Andrea Smith, 13-6 1/4, 4.12m (2008)
T-5. Katie Murgic, 13-1 1/2, 4.00m (2014)
T-5. Cami Gilson, 13-1 1/2, 4.00m (2014)
7. Laura Massey, 13-0 1/4, 3.97m (2008)
T-8. Monica Stearns, 12-10, 3.91m (2003)
T-8. Ashley Nord, 12-10, 3.91m (2007)
10. Erica Findlay, 12-6, 3.81m (2003)
The Gophers travel to Ames, Iowa, for the Bill Bergan Invitational this Friday and Saturday.
We've been busy the last couple weeks, but so have our Gopher alums in the NHL including big nights from Nick Bjugstad and Blake Wheeler on Sunday.
Bjugstad, who ranks third among Panthers and 10th among all NHL rookies this season with 11 goals, scored on this smooth shootout attempt for the eventual winner in Florida's 5-4 shootout win over Detroit:
Wheeler, meanwhile, notched the eventual game winner in regulation for Winnipeg's 3-1 rally over Nick Leddy and the Chicago Blackhawks and then the forward pocketed an empty net goal go boot. Wheeler leads the Jets with 21 goals this season while his 43 points are one off the team lead.
"I think we loosened up in the second intermission," Wheeler said after the game. "We almost had to laugh at ourselves a bit the way the game had gone, especially the first period. They were all over us and our goalie was huge."
The J Robinson Intensive Camps aren't just making wrestlers
better as athletes, but as individuals. Along with teaching the core
values of discipline, dedication, sacrifice, hard work, responsibility,
accountability and service, the camps also teaches them to give back to a
The 37-year head coach and his youth camps donated $5,701 to
the Smile Network International and presented a check towards the non-profit
organization at their monthly luncheon, Thursday, Jan. 23 in Minneapolis.
The Smile Network is a Minnesota-based non-profit,
humanitarian organization that provides life altering, reconstructive surgeries
and related health care services to impoverished children and young adults in
developing countries. For every $500 raised, the Smile Network has the
ability to perform a surgery on a child or adult.
Each summer, youth wrestlers who attend the J Robinson
Intensive Camps have the opportunity to donate money towards the Smile Network.
At the conclusion, Robinson Intensive Camps match the total youth donation, all
of which goes directly towards the Smile Network. Now in its fifth year
donating towards the Smile Network, the camps have raised over $7,000 in just the
past two seasons.
The North Star
MINNEAPOLIS -- Don't miss your chance to see the North Star College Cup up close and personal tonight at the Beacon Public House on campus.
The North Star College Cup will be at the Beacon from 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT tonight as part of this week's Don Lucia Radio Show on 1500 ESPN. Fans attending tonight's show are invited to have their picture taken with Minnesota's newest trophy following a thrilling shootout win over UMD in the event's championship game on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center.
The Don Lucia Radio Show returns to the airwaves of 1500 ESPN for the 2013-14 season, airing live on Mondays during the year from the Beacon Public House inside the Commons Hotel on campus. Join Lucia and co-host Wally Shaver on Mondays throughout the season with each show airing live from 6:00-6:30 p.m. CT on 1500 ESPN.
This week, the Don Lucia Radio Show looks back at a hectic month of January that saw Minnesota play Penn State for the first time ever, win the Hockey City Classic against Ohio State at TCF Bank Stadium and capture the inaugural North Star College Cup last weekend at Xcel Energy Center to extend the nation's longest unbeaten streak to 12 games. Lucia and Shaver will also preview this weekend's Big Ten Conference series against Michigan State. The Spartans come to Mariucci Arena this weekend for a two-game series -- Friday's 8 p.m. tilt is on the Big Ten Network while Saturday's 7 p.m. finale is on FOX Sports North PLUS (Channel Guide
). Both games can also be heard live on the 1500 ESPN airwaves.
For the second-season in a row, Beacon Public House will host a live viewing of the Don Lucia Radio Show with food and drink specials every Monday night for Gopher Hockey fans. Learn more about Beacon Public House here.
Although the Gopher volleyball program is in between the fall and spring seasons, head coach Hugh McCutcheon is busy within the volleyball world.
McCutcheon travels to Lausanne, Switzerland this week, serving his second year of a four-year term on the FIVB Coaching Commission. As a part of their annual meetings, FIVB gathers together 11 groups, which began Jan. 22. The coaching commission meetings start Jan. 28.
As the secretary of the coaching commission, McCutcheon is the only United States coach represented on 12-person panel. Nominated by USA Volleyball and NORECA, McCutcheon represents USA Volleyball, while other individuals and zones travel yearly from Russia, Brazil, Poland, Japan and France, to name a few. The coaching commission discusses modifications and improvements to the international game.
McCutcheon came to Minnesota after an illustrious 11-year career with USA
Volleyball as he earned two medals with the United States Men's and
Women's Olympic teams. McCutcheon mentored the U.S. Women's National
Volleyball Team to a 106-39 record in his four years after leading the
U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team program to the 2008 Olympic Games
gold medal. Counting his 107-33 record leading the U.S. Men's program
from 2005 to 2008, McCutcheon held a combined record of 213-72 with USA
Gopher volleyball will report for the spring season in March as spring competition will be held in April. The spring schedule will be announced in the near future.
Today USA Hockey announced the 22 players that have been selected to the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that will take part in the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's Under-18 World Championship, March 23-30, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary. The roster includes future Gophers Sydney Baldwin and Nina Rodgers, who will join Minnesota in fall 2014.
Baldwin and Rodgers are two of nine players on the roster who helped the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team collect the silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Women's Under-18 World Championship in Heinola, Finland.
The team was selected following the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Winter Camp, held Dec. 27-31, at Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The IIHF Women's Under-18 World Championship is being played for the seventh time and will include teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) and again in 2011 and the silver medal in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
USA Hockey Release: 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Unveiled
U.S. Roster: 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team
GopherSports.com: Women's Hockey Signs Four