Aug. 5, 2014
From 0.6 to 45,021, there were plenty of memorable moments for Gopher Hockey over the course of the 2013-14 season. We're counting down the 10 best over the next few weeks. Will your favorite Gopher Hockey moment make the cut?
#8 Condon Nets 100th Point vs. RMU
In his four years with the Maroon & Gold, arguably no one was more dependable than forward Nate Condon, and the senior captain certainly came up big for the Gophers to open last year’s NCAA tournament.
The Wausau, Wis., native makes his debut on our Top Plays Countdown with his two-goal performance against Robert Morris to kick off the road to the Frozen Four.
After 16 minutes of scoreless play to open the NCAA West Regional, Condon broke the log jam late in the first period while the Gophers added on two more to head into the locker room up 3-0 after the first. But it’s Condon’s second goal of the night that makes it onto our countdown.
Leading 5-3 late in the third, the captain fired a long-range shot into an empty net to pad the lead. The goal made Condon just the 81st member of Minnesota’s 100-Point Club as the Gophers went on to top the Colonials 7-3 and eventually win the NCAA West Regional.
Condon would go on to tally five points in the NCAA tournament, ending his college career with 103 points. The senior played in 159 games and missed just one game in his career (the second contest of his freshman season) while ending his career with 158-straight appearances for the Maroon & Gold. Condon also led the Gophers to a pair of Frozen Four appearances including the national championship game last year and three-straight regular-season conference titles (a first for Gopher Hockey).
Martin, Kessel Face Off for Stanley Cup
Gopher alums will face off in the Stanley Cup Final for the fourth time in program history.
Haula to Skate for Finland at World Cup
A native of Pori, Finland, Haula is coming off a career year with the Wild - setting new career highs for points (34), goals (14) and assists (20).
Pitlick, Westby Earn USA Hockey Honors
Pitlick was named the Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year while Westby was tabbed the Adult Player of the Year.