Check out this week's edition of Rinkside to learn more about A.J. Michaelson, Saturday's banner unveilings, the Minnesota goaltending corps, and Coach Lucia's Twitter.
No. 8/9 Minnesota hosts Vermont on Saturday at Mariucci Arena. Game time is 7 pm CT.
The Gophers return to action next weekend at Mariucci Arena against Border Battle rival Wisconsin.
Minnesota will now play RIT in the consolation game on Saturday at 7 p.m. while Merrimack will take on conference rival UMass-Lowell for the tournament title at 4 p.m.
Minnesota has now tallied a power-play goal in five-straight games.
The Gopher hockey team routed UMD, 6-1, at Mariucci Arena.
Ben Marshall scored with less than a minute to play to send Minnesota past Bemidji State, 4-3.
Paced by Kyle Rau's hat trick, the Gophers swept Alaska Anchorage with a 7-1 win.
Men's Hockey Home Opener vs. Vermont
2014-15 | JUNIOR SEASON
Appeared in 34 games for the Maroon & Gold as a junior • totaled two points, a goal and an assist in his junior campaign • tallied his first point, an assist, in a 2-3 loss to Merrimack in the Mariucci Classic • scored his first goal in a 5-7 road loss at Michigan • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned the team’s Donald M. Clark Community Service Award • earned third letter.
2013-14 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Appeared in 14 games for the Gophers • totaled three points (one goal, two assists) • made his season debut in Minnesota's opener against Mercyhurst • tallied an assist in the Gophers' 3-2 win over New Hampshire to capture the Ice Breaker Tournament title • scored in the Gophers' 6-1 win over Minnesota Duluth • assisted on a Minnesota goal in a 3-2 victory over Penn State • earned second letter.
2012-13 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Appeared in 22 games for the Gophers as a freshman in 2012-13 • collected six points (three goals, three assists) and is currently a +4 • appeared in his first college game in a 5-1 victory over Michigan State (10/12) • recorded his first point as a Gopher when he assisted on a Seth Ambroz goal at Vermont (11/23) • scored the game-winning goal, the first goal of his college career, in a 3-1 victory at Vermont (11/24) • assisted on a Christian Isackson goal against Notre Dame to pick up his second assist of the season. (1/8) • netted the second goal of his career in a 7-1 victory over Alaska Anchorage. He was also a +2 on the night. (1/12) • registered an assist on a Justin Holl goal against Bemidji State. He dug the puck of the corner and found Holl in the slot (3/8) • netted the game-tying goal in the third period of game two of the WCHA playoff series against Bemidji State (3/16) • earned first letter.
Played for the third-place United States at the 2011 World Junior A Hockey Challenge in Langley, B.C., skating with fellow Gopher Mike Reilly • Recorded three assists in four games and won a gold medal skating for Team USA at the 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Huttwil, Switzerland.
Played the 2011-12 season for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL, coached by P.K. O'Handley • followed a 20-point regular season with seven points in a 15-game run to the Clark Cup final • participated in the 2012 CCM USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Muskegon, Mich. • played six games for the Black Hawks after completing high school season in 2010-11 • played three years of prep hockey at Apple Valley for coach Jerry Hayes • put up a school-record 62 points in his final season with the team • left as his high school's fourth all-time leading point-scorer (121) and second all-time leading goal scorer (62), winning two team MVP awards • helped lead the Eagles to a Section 3AA championship in 2009-10 and was named team captain for the following season • in 2011-12, was an all-state honorable mention honoree, was named to the All-Lake Conference team, and won Apple Valley's Bird of Prey Award • earned the Eagles' Rookie of the Year Award in 2008-09 • also played golf in high school • reached the state tournament and was named Team MVP in his sophomore year and was team's captain for the following year.
Plans to study business and marketing education• honor roll student at Apple Valley • hobbies include golfing, fishing, and going to his cabin • most memorable sports thrills were playing in the Minnesota state high school hockey tournament and the USHL's Clark Cup final • son of Jeff and Kris Michaelson • born Feb. 8, 1994.
Blue Line Club Holiday Auction
This year's Gopher Hockey Blue Line Club auction runs until Sunday, Dec. 6 at 12 p.m. CT.
Gophers Fall in Series Opener
The series concludes on Sunday, Nov. 29 with a 6 p.m. puck drop at Mariucci Arena.
Gopher Hockey Live: SCSU
Follow the action as the Gophers open the weekend series with St. Cloud State on Friday.