2011-12 Senior Season: Captained Minnesota to its first MacNaughton Cup since the 2006-07 season has set a career high in assists (15) and points (23) team is 15-2-1 when he records a point made his season debut and played in his first game as team captain against Sacred Heart (10/7) where he had one assist won 14 of 17 faceoffs scored one goal and took three penalties against Sacred Heart (10/8) picked up a goal against Vermont (10/21) won 10 of 14 faceoffs at Alaska Anchorage (10/28) had two points (1g-1a) including the game-winning goal at Wisconsin (11/12) scored first goal of the game against Minnesota State (12/2) had two points (1g-1a) against Minnesota State (12/3) scored a shorthanded goal with an extra attacker against Northeastern (12/31) scored a power-play goal against Notre Dame (1/7) had a career-high three assists and was +3 at North Dakota (1/14) won 12 of 19 faceoffs at Denver (2/11) won 10 of 14 faceoffs at Nebraska Omaha (2/25) after finishing his first three seasons injured, he played in his first career playoff game in the first round of the WCHA playoffs against Alaska Anchorage (3/9) scored his first goal in 17 games and had one assist against North Dakota (3/25) in the NCAA West Regional Championship game.
2010-11 Junior Season: Skated in a career high 33 games and had a breakout year with 10 goals and three assists named the Mike Crupi Most Determined Player for the second straight year missed the final game of the regular season and both playoff games against Alaska Anchorage with an injury his 33 games were one more than his two previous seasons combined as he battled injuries played on the first, third and fourth lines and saw action at both center and wing his 10 goals were a career high, as he had three combined goals in his first two years finished fourth on the team in goals scored a point in 11 of 33 games team was 7-3-1 when he recorded a point and 5-2-1 when he scored a goal tied for second on the team with two game-winning goals second on the team in faceoff attempts (370) and faceoff wins (178) made season debut against Massachusetts (10/8) had eight points (6g-2a) in a nine-game span from Oct. 22-Nov. 26 after not recording a point in the first four games of the season scored his fourth-career goal (10/22), had his fourth-career assist (10/24) and was a combined +2 against St. Cloud State named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 2 after the Colorado College series scored two goals, including the game-winner, at Colorado College (10/29) scored seventh-career goal at Colorado College (10/30) won 12 of 15 faceoffs against Wisconsin (11/5) scored his fifth goal of the year and eighth of his career against Wisconsin (11/6) had an assist at Michigan Tech (11/19) won 10 of 13 faceoffs and scored his sixth goal of the season against Michigan State (11/26) had one assist against Union (12/31) centering the top line had four goals in four games from Feb. 12-25, including two goals and the game-winner at Wisconsin (2/18) voted captain for the 2011-12 season by his teammates will be the 149th player to assume the role of either captain or assistant captain for Minnesota named to the WCHA All-Academic team.
2009-10 Sophomore Season: Competed in the first 19 games of the season before suffering a season-ending injury for the second straight year as an ankle injury against Bowling Green (1/2) sidelined him for the last 20 games finished second on the team with a plus-five rating won the team's Mike Crupi Most Determined Player award scored a goal in a win at Minnesota State (12/5) gave the Gophers a 2-1 lead midway through the second period in an eventual 3-2 win at Michigan Tech (12/12) assisted goals in each game of series sweep over Alaska Anchorage (10/30-11/1) recorded an assist in 3-3 tie at North Dakota (10/17) named to WCHA All-Academic team centered third or fourth line much of the season earned his second letter.
2008-09 Freshman Season: Played in the team's first 13 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Michigan (11/28) scored a goal in a 6-2 win over New Hampshire (11/8) put a season-high four shots on goal in win over Minnesota State (11/1) underwent successful knee surgery on Dec. 15 and resumed skating without contact late in the season centered the team's fourth line before his injury earned his first letter.
HIGH SCHOOL: Led the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL in scoring in 2007-08 with 13 goals and 24 assists in 55 games named team's Most Valuable Player named finalist for Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award after totaling 36 points in just 13 games at Academy of Holy Angels in 2006-07 earned second-team all-state honors in 2006-07 named honorable mention all-state in 2005-06 after compiling 28-40--68 in 27 games and helping Holy Angels to a 26-3-1 record and the state Class AA championship member of four conference championship teams head coach was Greg Trebil captained hockey and tennis teams as a junior and senior named to USA select national teams the past four years selected with the 176th overall pick in the sixth round by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
PERSONAL: Kinesiology major lists fishing, tennis and boating as hobbies most memorable sports thrill was winning 2005 Class AA state hockey championship son of Scott and Lisa Matson born September 16, 1988.