From Day One of this countdown, you knew it was coming - Justin Holl's last second game winner against North Dakota in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal.
Kyle Rau's game winner against Michigan on March 14 comes in at No. 2 on our countdown.
Minnesota topped Ohio State 1-0 in front of 45,021 fans at TCF Bank Stadium as part of the Hockey City Classic.
The North Star College Cup final comes in at No. 5 on our Top Plays Countdown.
Kyle Rau's 100th career point clocks in at No. 9 on our Gophers Top Plays countdown.
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.
The Gopher hockey team routed UMD, 6-1, at Mariucci Arena.
Minnesota opened the 2013-14 season with a 6-0 win over Mercyhurst.
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
Men's Hockey vs Wisconsin 03.02.12
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) 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) 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 secondin 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 werethe 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) 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.
International: 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.
High School: 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.
Personal: Plans to major in marketing 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.