Aug. 26, 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?
#2 Rau's Overtime Goal for B1G Title
The 2013-14 season marked a new age for Gopher Hockey with the team competing in the inaugural season of the Big Ten Conference. And when all was said and done, the Maroon & Gold were the first conference team to hoist the Big Ten regular-season championship trophy following a spectacular game in Ann Arbor, Mich.
In the final weekend of regular-season play, the Gophers needed just one win to seal sole possession of the trophy, but it certainly didn't come easy on March 14. After Brady Skjei gave the Gophers an early lead, Michigan rattled off two-straight goals to take a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission. Justin Kloos tied the contest late in the second, but the teams played through a scoreless third period to send the game to overtime.
In the added session, who else than Kyle Rau clinched the conference championship for Minnesota with an overtime winner at 2:44 with assists from Hudson Fasching and Travis Boyd.
The overtime winner comes in at No. 2 on our Gophers Top Plays Countdown.
Sabres Pick Mittelstadt at No. 8
A native of Eden Prairie, Minn., Mittelstadt is the highest Gophers draft pick since 2006 and the 10th Minnesota player selected by the Sabres.
Skjei Named to NHL All-Rookie Team
A native of Lakeville, Minn., Skjei skated in 80 regular-season games for the Rangers in 2016-17 with 39 points (five goals, 34 assists).
Three `U' Alums Join Vegas Golden Knights
Haula and Schmidt were expansion selections from the Minnesota Wild and the Washington Capitals, respectively, while Bischoff was part of a trade between Vegas and the New York Islanders.