Minnesota rallied off four-straight goals to tie an NCAA record with its fifth-straight conference crown.
GopherSports.com checked in with Minnesota senior goaltender Ryan Coyne for last weekend's "Around the Dasher" Q&A.
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.
Kyle Rau scored twice in the second period to lead the Gophers on Saturday night.
Minnesota opens the season on Friday at 7 p.m. against Mercyhurst.
Men's Hockey vs. Wisconsin 3-12-16
CAREER NOTES AND HONORS
Skated with the Gophers from 2012-2016 • helped Minnesota capture four-straight regular-season conference championships as well as the 2015 Big Ten playoff title • also helped the Gophers to three NCAA tournament berths including an appearance in the 2014 NCAA national championship game • three-year letter winner.
2015-16 | SENIOR SEASON
Made two regular-season appearances for the Maroon & Gold including his college debut in a relief appearance at Michigan • also came on to close out a Senior Night win over Wisconsin in the regular-season finale as the Gophers captured the Big Ten regular-season championship • earned third letter.
2014-15 | JUNIOR SEASON
Stopped five shots in 20 minutes of action during Minnesota’s exhibition win over Northern Alberta • earned second letter.
2013-14 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Did not see action during the 2013-14 season for Minnesota • earned first letter.
2012-13 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Did not see action during the 2012-13 season for Minnesota.
Made 13 appearances for the Chicago Hitmen of the NAHL in 2011-12, coached by Brent Agrusa • posted a 3-7-2 record and made 408 saves in 628 minutes for Chicago • owned a .883 save percentage • also spent time with the Aberdeen Wings and the Texas Tornadoes but did not see action with either squad • played prep hockey at Maple Grove for coach Gary Stefano • two-year starter for the Crimson and earned all-conference honors (Northwest Suburban Conference) in 2009-10 and 2010-11 • Star Tribune First Team All-Metro in 2010-11 • Owns Maple Grove career records in games played (59), saves (1,088), wins (33), shutouts (12), goals against average (2.00) and save percentage (.910) • posted a 20-4-2 record in his final season with the Crimson (2010-11) and recorded Maple Grove single-season records for shutouts (eight) and save percentage (.923) • served as team captain for the 2011-12 season • also played soccer for the Crimson.
Born July, 24, 1993 • native of Plymouth, Minn. • son of Mike and Sandy Coyne.
Novak to Miss Rest of Season
Novak has played in all 57 games and has 41 points (11 goals, 30 assists) since joining the Gophers last year.
Lettieri's Hat Trick Leads `U' to Sweep
The Gophers have now won six-straight games (tying the school record in the Big Ten era) and eight of the last nine contests.
Sheehy Paces Gophers in 5-2 Win
Five Gophers tallied multi-point games including a three-point night from leading scorer Tyler Sheehy as the Gophers picked up a 5-2 conference win.