In his first full professional season, Rau is tied for the Portland Pirates (AHL) team lead with 17 goals this year and ranks second on the squad with 27 points.
The Gophers have won four-straight regular-season conference titles including back-to-back Big Ten championships.
Minnesota opens the series on Friday, Nov. 27 and concludes the two-game meeting on Sunday, Nov. 29.
The Gophers compete in a home-and-home series with Minnesota State this weekend.
The Maroon & Gold boast a 26-14-3 all-time record against Notre Dame including a 4-1-0 mark over the last three years.
Pride On Ice returns for season three and is produced by Gopher Digital Productions.
Minnesota beat Ohio State, 1-0, under the lights at TCF Bank Stadium.
Minnesota beat RPI, 6-2, in the Mariucci Classic.
Seth Ambroz scored his second goal of the game in the final minute to lead Minnesota past Wisconsin 4-3.
Gophers win 6-2 over Michigan on Friday night at Mariucci
Men's Ice Hockey vs. North Dakota -- Frozen Four
Men's Hockey Action
Men's Hockey vs UND NCAA West Regional 03.25.12
Men's Hockey vs Boston U NCAA Regional 03.24.12
2014-15 | SENIOR SEASON
Team captain • a member of Minnesota's 100-point club. • Senior CLASS Award nominee • appeared in all 39 games as a senior. • tied for second on the team in points with 41 along with Travis Boyd. • led the team in scoring with 20 goals and was fourth in assists. • tallied a goal and two assists in a season opening victory over UMD. • had an assist in a victory over RPI. • named to the 2014 Ice Breaker Classic All-Tournament Team. • picked up two goals and two assists in a weekend sweep of Bemidji State. • Tallied an assist in a 4-3 overtime victory over SCSU. • added 3 assists in a series sweep over Notre Dame. • picked up an assist in a 6 - 2 road victory over Boston College. • notched a goal and an assist in a 3-2 road loss to Northeastern. • added two power play goals in a 5-0 win and a 3-3 tie at Michigan State. • notched three points in the Mariucci Classic including an assist against Merrimack, an assist against RIT, and the overtime game winner against RIT. • awarded the Big Ten's second star of the week honor for tallying three points during the 24th annual Mariucci Classic. • picked up an assist in a 3 - 4 overtime loss at Michigan. • added a power play goal during North Star College Cup action against Minnesota State. • totaled two assists in a road series at Wisconsin. • netted a power play goal and an assist in a 6 -2 route of Ohio State. • tallied a hat trick in the Gopher's 300th win at Mariucci Arena, a 6-2 victory over Michigan. • added an empty net goal in the Gopher's 2-0 victory over Michigan. • for his efforts against Michigan, was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week. • tacked on an assist in a 3-4 overtime loss at Penn State. • scored a pair of goals in a 2 - 4 loss to Michigan State. • netted a goal in a 4-2 victory at Ohio State. • scored a goal and added two assists in a 5 - 0 route of Penn State. • netted a pair of goals in a 6-2 win over Penn State to secure the Big Ten regular season title. • for his 5 point weekend in a series sweep of Penn State, was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week. • tallied two points, a goal and an assist, in the Gopher's 4-2 victory over Michigan in the Big Ten Championship.
2013-14 | JUNIOR SEASON
Team co-captain • Second Team All-American • Second Team All-Big Ten b member of the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team • appeared in all 41 games and led the Gophers with 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) • returns as the second-leading active scorer in the NCAA with 123 career points, first in career game-winning goals with 19, second in career power-play goals with 22, third in career goals with 47 and fourth in career assists with 76 • team was 21-4-4 when Rau tallied a point and 10-0-0 when he tallied more than one point • led the team with six game-winning goals • never went more than two games without a point (doing so just twice during the season) • opened the season with three points (one goal, two assists) in the season opener against Merychurst -- a 6-0 Minnesota win -- including the game winner • added a pair of assists against Boston College in a 3-3 overtime tie • picked up a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win over Minnesota Duluth • repeated the two-point effort in a 4-3 victory over Wisconsin b became the 80th member of Minnesota's 100-point club with an assist against Colgate • scored twice, including the game winner, in the Gophers' 6-1 win over RPI • tallied a goal and an assist in Minnesota's 4-4 overtime tie with Duluth • picked up two assists in a 4-1 victory over Michigan at Mariucci Arena b notched a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win over Ohio State b scored the overtime winner in a 3-2 victory at Michigan to clinch the inaugural Big Ten regular-season title for Minnesota • added Minnesota's lone goal in the Big Ten tournament • totaled six points (two goals, four assists) during the NCAA tournament • scored the game-winning goal and added an assist Minnesota's 7-3 win over Robert Morris to open the tournament • scored again in a 4-0 victory over St. Cloud State to send the Gophers to the Frozen Four • tallied two assists including the game-winner with 0.6 seconds left in a 3-2 win over North Dakota at the Frozen Four • ended the season with an assist against Union in the national championship game • earned the team's John Mariucci Outstanding Student-Athlete Award winner • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned third letter.
2012-13 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Appeared in all 40 games as a sophomore for the Gophers this season • collected 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) • tied for first in the nation with seven game-winning goals • a +12 for the season • Led the team in power-play points during the regular season 18 (6G, 12A) • led the WCHA in game-winning goals with six during the regular season • had a two-point night with a goal and an assist against Michigan State (10/13) • scored the only goal of the game just 12 seconds into the first period against Canisius (10/28) • netted two power-play goals, including the game-winning goal, at Alaska Anchorage (11/9) • tallied an empty-net goal to clinch a victory for the Gophers in the Boarder Battle vs. Wisconsin (11/7) • scored the game-winning goal and assisted on a Zach Budish goal at Vermont (11/23) b collected at least one point in every weekend series for the Gophers prior to the holiday break. • recorded a power-play goal in the third period to give the Gophers a 3-0 lead over Air Force (12/29) • tallied a season-high three points with two goals and an assist against Boston College to help the Gophers win the Mariucci Classic, 8-1 (12/30) b notched another multi-point game with a goal and an assist against Alaska Anchorage (1/11) • recorded his first career hat trick against Alaska Anchorage (1/12) • awarded WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors on January 15th after registering six points (four goals, two assists) the previous weekend against Alaska Anchorage. • assisted on three of the Gophers' four goals at Minnesota State (1/26) • collected a pair of assists, one in the first period and one in the third period, in a 4-2 victory at St. Cloud State (2/8) • netted the game-winning goal in the third period against Minnesota Duluth in a 5-3 victory (2/22) • registered assists on the first two goals of the game, one by Erik Haula and one by Nick Bjugstad, at Bemidji State (3/9) • set up a Ben Marshall goal and scored the game-winning goal in game one of the WCHA playoffs against Bemidji State (3/15) • All-WCHA Academic team honoree.
2011-12 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team • national Rookie of the Month for October after scoring seven goals and recording six assists • three-time WCHA Rookie of the Week (Oct. 18, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28) • second on the team in points (43) and third on the team in goals (18) and assists (25) • led team in power-play goals (9) and finished second in plus-minus (+23) • led team with six game-winning goals to tie Trent Klatt (1991-92) for ninth all-time in a single season • his 18 goals were the most by a Gopher freshman since the 2006-07 season (Jay Barriball had 20 and Kyle Okposo had 19) • his 43 points werethe most by a Gopher freshman since the 2008-09 season (Jordan Schroeder had 45) • had at least one point in 19 of 25 WCHA games (team was 16-3-0 in those games) • scored at least one point in 27 of40 games and team was 21-5-1 in those games • had a team-high eight-game point streak (7g-6a) from Oct. 14-Nov. 5 and a seven-game point streak (3g-6a) from Jan. 27-Feb. 25 • made college debut against Sacred Heart (10/7) and scored 56 seconds (game-winning goal) into the game for his first point as a Gopher • scored two power-play goals at Minnesota Duluth (10/14) • scored the game-winning power-play goal against Minnesota Duluth (10/15) • had an assist and scored the game-winning goal just 44 seconds into the game against Vermont (10/21) b recorded two points (1g-1a) against Vermont (10/23) • dished out two assists at Alaska Anchorage (10/28) • had two points (1g-1a) including a shorthanded empty-net goal at Alaska Anchorage (10/29) • scored the game-winning goal with 46 seconds left in regulation against North Dakota (11/5) • picked up a third-period goal at St. Cloud State (11/18) • tallied on goal at Michigan State (11/26) • scored the game-winning goal and picked up six penalty minutes against Minnesota State (12/3) • had three points (1g-2a) including Minnesota's first goal of the game against Michigan Tech (12/10) • missed both games of the Mariucci Classic (12/30 and 12/31) while playing for the United States in the World Junior Championship • scored Minnesota's lone goal at North Dakota (1/13) • had two assists at North Dakota (1/14) • recorded a goal and 15 penalty minutes at Denver (2/10) • dished out two assists against Bemidji State (2/17) • scored two power-play goals in a win at Nebraska Omaha (2/25) • blocked a team-high four shots against Wisconsin (3/3) • had two assists against Alaska Anchorage (3/10) in Game 2 of the first round of the WCHA playoffs • recorded one goal and one assist against North Dakota in the WCHA Final Five semifinals (3/16) • registered the first four-point game (1g-3a) of his career against Boston University (3/24) in the NCAA West Regional semifinals.
Represented the United States at the 2012 World Junior Championship • tied for first on Team USA with two power-play goals, tied for third with three goals and tied for fifth with five points • competed for the United States Under-18 Team at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in Piestany, Slovakia • recorded an assist and had a plus/minus of +1 in three games.
Finished 2010-11 playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL under Kevin Hartzell • put up 10 points in the final 11 games of the regular season • led the Stampede in playoff scoring with 12 points in 10 games • played high school hockey for Eden Prairie for head coach Lee Smith • won Minnesota's Mr. Hockey Award and earned first-team all-state honors in 2010-11 after leading the Eagles to a Class AA state championship in 2010-11 • scored the winning goal against Duluth East in triple overtime of the 2011 Class AA state championship game on 3/12 • tallied game-winning goal in double overtime against Wayzata to clinch the 2011 Section 6AA championship on 3/2 • was second-team all-state in 2009-10 • helped Eagles win 2008-09 Class AA state championship along with former Gopher Nick Leddy • named AP all-state honorable mention • drafted by the Florida Panthers with the 91st overall selection (third round) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
Marketing major • most memorable sports thrills were winning the 2009 and 2011 Minnesota High School Class AA state hockey championships • brother, Chad, skated for Colorado College from 2005-09 and is currently in the Minnesota Wild organization • son of Mike and Lynne Rau • father, Mike, played baseball for Minnesota • born October 24, 1992.
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Remembering Former Gov. Wendell Anderson
Anderson was a Gopher Hockey alum and won a silver medal as a member of the 1956 U.S. Olympic Team.
Ward Joins Sabres Coaching Staff
A defenseman for the Gophers, Ward was a three-year letter winner who played in 70 career games with seven points.