Gophers Return to B1G Play with Michigan
Jan. 10, 2018

 2017-18 Gopher Hockey
 Game 25 No. 9/11 Minnesota vs. Michigan
    Date Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
    Time 7:00 p.m. CT
    TV FOX Sports North PLUS (Channel Guide)
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 Game 26 No. 9/11 Minnesota vs. Michigan
   Date Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
   Time 7:00 p.m. CT
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 Location 3M Arena at Mariucci | Minneapolis, Minn.
 Game Notes Minnesota | Michigan | Big Ten
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Gopher Hockey returns to Big Ten action this weekend when Michigan comes to campus for a pair of league contents at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Both games in the Friday/Saturday series are slated for 7 p.m. CT puck drops on FOX Sports North PLUS.

Against the Wolverines
Minnesota is 139-125-15 all-time against Michigan entering this weekend's series. Junior captain Tyler Sheehy leads all active Gophers with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 11 career games against the Wolverines including six points (two goals, four assists) earlier this season in a series at Ann Arbor. Sheehy recorded a career-high four points (one goal, three assists) on Nov. 11, 2017 at Yost Ice Arena.

Robson Blanks Top-Ranked Huskies
Gophers sophomore Mat Robson improved to 2-1-0 on the year with Sunday's 2-0, 34-save shutout over then-No. 1 St. Cloud State (Robson's first career shutout). Robson, who leads all Big Ten goalies with a .964 save percentage and a 1.01 GAA, was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week -- his second-straight conference weekly honor. Sunday's win marked Minnesota's first win over the No. 1 team in the country since topping Boston College 8-1 on Dec. 30, 2012.

Romanko Makes Them Count
Junior forward Darian Romanko notched the first game-winning goal of his career in Sunday's win over the Huskies. In 96 career games, Romanko has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) although he makes the most of his goals...Minnesota is 3-0-1 all-time when the junior finds the back of the net.

Szmatula Continues Hot Streak
Senior forward Mike Szmatula leads all active Gophers with 115 points (46 goals, 59 assists) in 125 career games. The alternate captain has goals in three-straight games entering the weekend (Szmatula's longest streak with the Gophers) and points in four-straight games.

Lindgren, Mittelstadt Help U.S. to Bronze Medal
Sophomore Ryan Lindgren and freshman Casey Mittelstadt helped the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team to a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. Lindgren, who helped the U.S. claim gold last year, served as an alternate captain for the team while Gopher Hockey alum Grant Potulny served as an assistant coach for the U.S. The University of Minnesota has now been represented at 40 of the 42 IIHF World Junior Championships dating back to the inaugural event in 1977. Mittelstadt was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after leading the event with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in seven games.

Lucia Wins 450th Game with Gophers
Minnesota head coach Don Lucia became the first coach in Gopher Hockey history to win 450 games with the program on Saturday night as the Maroon & Gold took down Army West Point 4-1 at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Lucia is the winningest coach in program history with a 451-241-72 mark with the Gophers and a 730-396-101 career record.

Sheehy Nears 100-Point Club
Team captain Tyler Sheehy continues to approach Gopher Hockey 100-Point Club as the junior forward currently has 97 career points (39 goals, 58 assists) in 97 games with the program. A First Team All-America, the Big Ten Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Award finalist last season, he would be the 84th member of the 100-Point Club -- senior forward Mike Szmatula reached the milestone earlier this season.

Stoa Named to U.S. Olympic Squad
First Team All-American alum and former captain Ryan Stoa will represent the Gophers on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Team at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Stoa skated in 120 career games with 97 points (47 goals, 50 assists) from 2005-2009 and currently skates for Spartak Moskva in the KHL. Additionally, Gopher Hockey alums Robb Stauber (head coach) and Bret Strot (associate head coach) will be on staff for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Team. Gopher Hockey has featured at least one representative (player or coach) at every Olympic Games since 1936.

Schierhorn Climbs Gophers Record Book
Junior goaltender Eric Schierhorn continues to climb the Gophers goaltending record books. The two-time Big Ten Goaltender of the Year now has 11 career shutouts (tied for third in program history with Bud Wilkinson and George Clausen...only Adam Wilcox and Kellen Briggs have more with 13 each) while his 54 career wins (54-38-4) are now tied for seventh in program history with Steve DeBus.

Lettieri Makes NHL Debut
Vinni Lettieri became the 115th Gopher Hockey alum to play in the NHL last night when he debuted for the New York Rangers. The forward, who is the 20th Gopher to play in the NHL this year, scored in his first NHL game. Lettieri is the third Gopher to make his NHL debut this season, joining Justin Kloos (Minnesota Wild) and Travis Boyd (Washington Capitals).

Schierhorn's Historic Streak Comes to an End
Two-time Big Ten Goaltender of the Year Eric Schierhorn's historic streak in goal for the Gophers came to an end last month. The junior, who owns a 55-38-4 career record for the Maroon & Gold, started 94-straight games in net -- the longest streak in school history and the fourth-longest streak in NCAA history.

Sheehy Steps Up as Captain
Forward Tyler Sheehy had one of the best individual seasons in recent program history during the 2016-17 campaign. A First Team All-America, the Big Ten Player of the Year and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, Sheehy tallied 53 points (20 goals, 33 assists) -- the most points in a season by a Gopher since Ryan Potulny notched 63 during the 2005-06 season. Now a junior, Sheehy will serve as team captain for Minnesota this year while Mike Szmatula, Leon Bristedt and Ryan Lindgren will serve as alternate captains.

Big Ten's Best
In addition to the first four regular-season titles in Big Ten Conference history, Minnesota also boasts a conference-best record of 58-26-8-1 in 92 regular-season games since the inaugural year of Big Ten play in 2013-14. The Gophers also boast an impressive 34-8-3-0 mark in conference games on home ice and have set and matched a conference single-season record with 14 wins in 2013-14, 2015-16 and 2016-17

Gophers in the NHL Draft
Fourteen current Gophers have had their names called at the NHL Entry Draft including newcomers Casey Mittelstadt (2017, 1st Round, eighth overall), Clayton Phillips (2017, 3rd round, 93rd overall), Scott Reedy (2017, 4th Round, 102nd overall) and Connor Hurley (2013, 2nd Round, 38th overall). Mittelstadt is Minnesota's highest active draft pick, the 20th First Round selection in program history and the team's highest draft pick since 2006. Twelve NHL teams hold draft rights for Gophers, led by the Nashville Predators and the Buffalo Sabres with two each.

Our Home, Our Hockey
The Gophers boast an all-time record of 335-131-48 in the 24-year history of 3M Arena at Mariucci (formerly Mariucci Arena). Since the start of the 2011-12 season, the Maroon & Gold lead the NCAA in home wins (95) and home winning percentage (.758). Minnesota is 34-8-3-0 in Big Ten games on home ice including one victory at TCF Bank Stadium for the 2014 Hockey City Classic.

Gophers Head to NYC Next Week
The Maroon & Gold have an interesting schedule following this weekend's series as they'll play Michigan State in East Lansing on Thursday before moving the matchup to Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday as part of the Big Ten Super Saturday Doubleheader. This will be Minnesota's first appearance at the current Madison Square Garden. Previously, the Gophers played two games at Madison Square Garden III for the ECAC Holiday Festival during the 1966-67 season. Minnesota went 1-1-0 at the tournament, losing to 5-8 to Boston University on Dec. 20, 1966 and then beating St. Lawrence 11-3 on Dec. 21, 1966. Gopher men's basketball opens the doubleheader against Ohio State at 11 a.m. CT before the hockey nightcap at 7 p.m. CT.




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