I Moved!

Posted October 23, 2007 by minnesotasports1217
Categories: Uncategorized


Hey i jsut wanted to let everyone know that i moved my blog to blogger because I like that much better. So anyone who wants to continue reading my coverage ( as best I can) of the Gophers Men’s Hockey team can find my new blog at:


So go check it out. I already moved one post from here to there but i won’t move the others so if you liked a past one you should probley take it off here. Thanks for reading.



Gopher Roster

Posted October 18, 2007 by minnesotasports1217
Categories: Gophers rah!

6   R.J. Anderson D 6-0 197 Jr. Lino Lakes, Minn.  (Centennial HS)

26   Jay Barriball F 5-9 156 So. Prior Lake, Minn.  (Academy of Holy Angels)  (Sioux Falls – USHL)

4   Stu Bickel D 6-3 201 Fr. Chanhassen, Minn.  (Eden Prairie HS)  (Sioux Falls – USHL)

14   Justin Bostrom F 5-9 172 Jr. Vadnais Heights, Minn.  (Mounds View HS)  (Sioux City – USHL)

16   Mike Carman F 6-0 175 So. Apple Valley, Minn.  (Academy of Holy Angels)  (USNDT)

28   Cade Fairchild D 5-11 186 Fr. Duluth, Minn.  (Duluth East HS)  (USNDT)

20   David Fischer D 6-3 192 So. Apple Valley, Minn.  (Apple Valley HS)

25   Drew Fisher F 6-3 207 Fr. International Falls, Minn.  (Moorhead HS)  (Sioux Falls – USHL)

22   Ryan Flynn F 6-3 210 So. Lino Lakes, Minn.  (Centennial HS)  (USNDT)

1   Jeff Frazee G 6-0 191 Jr. Burnsville, Minn.  (Academy of Holy Angels)  (USNDT)

13   Ben Gordon F 5-11 176 Sr. International Falls, Minn.  (International Falls HS)  (Lincoln – USHL)

11   Mike Hoeffel F 6-2 190 Fr. North Oaks, Minn.  (Hill-Murray HS)  (USNDT)

24   Mike Howe F 5-11 184 Sr. St. Cloud, Minn.  (St. Cloud Apollo HS)  (River City – USHL)

33   Alex Kangas G 6-2 190 Fr. Rochester, Minn.  (Rochester Century)  (Indiana – USHL)

19   Evan Kaufmann F 5-9 167 Sr. Plymouth, Minn.  (Robbinsdale Armstrong HS)  (River City – USHL)

12   Tony Lucia F 6-0 175 So. Plymouth, Minn.  (Wayzata HS)  (Omaha – USHL)

18   Jim O’Brien D 6-2 189 So. Maplewood, Minn.  (Pioneer HS)  (USNDT)

9   Kyle Okposo F 6-0 200 So. St. Paul, Minn.  (Shattuck-St. Mary’s School)  (Des Moines – USHL)

5   Derek Peltier D 6-0 197 Sr. Plymouth, Minn.  (Robbinsdale Armstrong HS)  (Cedar Rapids – USHL)

21   Tom Pohl F 6-1 185 Sr. Red Wing, Minn.  (Red Wing HS)  (Tri-City – USHL)

27   Brian Schack D 6-2 225 So. Lino Lakes, Minn.  (Totino-Grace HS)  (Southern Minnesota – NAHL)

35   Brent Solei G 5-7 157 Sr. Coon Rapids, Minn.  (Elk River HS)  (Fairbanks – NAHL)

29   Ryan Stoa F 6-3 217 Jr. Bloomington, Minn.  (Bloomington Kennedy HS)  (USNDT)

2   Kevin Wehrs D 5-9 165 Fr. Plymouth, Minn.  (Wayzata HS)  (Cedar Rapids – USHL)

17   Blake Wheeler F 6-4 215 Jr. Plymouth, Minn.  (Breck School)  (Green Bay – USHL)

7   Patrick White F 6-1 190 Fr. Grand Rapids, Minn.  (Grand Rapids HS)  (Tri-City – USHL)

YES!!!!!!!! ALL MINNESOTA TEAM! This is Minnesota Hockey. I dont kno much about the incoming freshman. I have only seen Patrick White and Mike Hoeffel play. They were both definitly stand outs on the ice. But that was highschool hockey and this is D1 college. I’m excited to see all the freshman play. obviously they have some kind of potential or they wouldn’t be here. obviously we have only one veteran on the blue line but that just means other people on the team need to step up and learn fast…

Gophers open Season, 2-0

Posted October 18, 2007 by minnesotasports1217
Categories: Blogroll, Gophers rah!


The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers opened their 2007-08 season last weekend in the IceBreaker Invitational at the Xcel Energy Center against RPI. The Gophers got a quick wake-up call falling behind in the first period 1-0 and then in the 2nd period 3-0. The 1st and 2nd periods are probably the ones the Gophers would like to forget about but ing the 3rd period the Gophers came and rallied to win 4-3 with Kyle Okposo scoring with a minute left in the game. Jeff Frazee led the Gophers to victory with 25 saves. The Gophers looked sluggish all game with just bearly breezing past RPI. The Gophers knew they would have to play better against Michigan the following night. The Gophers came out in the 1st period and put up goals by R.J. Anderson, his first as a Gopher, and Blake Wheeler, his second of the season. Michigan refused to give up coming back and scoring once in the 2nd and twice in the 3rd. The Gophers held on with a stop by Jeff Frazee late in the game. Allong with that stop Frazee stopped 44 shots. I would like to say that the Gophers played better on Saturday against Michigan but they really didn’t. They looked great in the 1st period but something fell out of place with the Gophers looking sluggish the rest of the game. The Gophers took a blow when Ryan Stoa left the game with a knee injury. The Gophers found out on Monday that Stoa would not be back this season as hes having surgery on his knee. Stoa is expected to return next year for his senior year.

RPI VS #6 Minnesota

First Period Scoring:
RPI: Matt Angers-Goulet Tyler Helfrich/ Andrei Uryadov

First Period Penalties:
RPI: Dan Peace- Slashing
Andrei Uryadov- Tripping
Bryan Brutlag- Cross-Checking
Andrei Uryadov- Charging

Minnesota: Ryan Stoa- Interference
R.J. Anderson- Interference

Second Period Scoring:
RPI: Chase Polacek Bryan Brutlag/ Andrew Lord
Andrew Lord –
Minnesota: Ryan Stoa Kyle Okposo/ Jay Barriball

Second Period Penalties:
RPI: Peter Merth- Tripping
MINN: Jay Barriball- Hooking
Mike Hoeffel- Interferenece

Third Period:
Minnesota: Blake Wheeler Derek Peltier
Evan Kaufmann Kyle Okposo/ Derek Peltier
Kyle Okposo Jay Barriball/ Ryan Stoa

Third Period Penalties
RPI: Erik Burgdoerfer- Hooking
Andrew Lord- Hooking
Andrei Uryadov- Too Many Men
Matt Anders-Goulet- High Sticking
Andrew Lord- Checking from Behind
Andrew Lord- 10 Game Miscounduct

Goalie Saves
Jeff Frazee Minnesota: 25
Mathias Lange RPI: 24

Three Stars
1. Kyle Okposo
2. Jay Barriball
3. Derek Peltier

First Period Scoring:
MINN: R.J. Anderson Cade Fairchild/ Jay Barriball
Blake Wheeler Mike Hoeffel/ Ryan Flynn

First Period Penalties:
MICH: Chad Langlais- Tripping
Mark Mitera-Interference

Second Period Scoring
MICH: Matt Rust Tim Miller/ Ben Winnett

Second Period Penalties:
MINN: Justin Bostrom- Interference
Justin Bostrom- Obstruction Hooking
Stu Bickel- Holding
MICH: Chris Summers- Holding

Third Period Scoring:
MINN: Ryna Flynn –
Patrick White Tony Lucia/ Justin Bostrom
MICH: Steve Kampfer Kevin Porter
Matt Rust Tim Miller

Third Period Penalties:
MINN: Tony Lucia- Holding
MICH: Matt Rust- Holding

Goalie Saves:
Jeff Frazee Minnesota: 44
Billy Sauer: 18

Three Stars
1. Jeff Frazee
2. Patrick White
3. Matt Rust (Michigan)

Over all we need to play better against C.C. this weekend… until then… GO GOPHERS!

Gophers Announce 2007-2008 schedule

Posted August 6, 2007 by minnesotasports1217
Categories: Gophers rah!

Fri, Oct 12  Boston College vs. Michigan at Xcel Energy Center   4:37 p.m.

  Fri, Oct 12  RPI at Xcel Energy Center   7:37 p.m.

  Sat, Oct 13  Third Place Game at Xcel Energy Center   4:37 p.m.

  Sat, Oct 13  Championship Game at Xcel Energy Center   7:37 p.m.

  Fri, Oct 19  Colorado College * at Colorado Springs, Colo.   8:37 p.m.

  Sat, Oct 20  Colorado College * at Colorado Springs, Colo.   8:07 p.m.

  Thu, Oct 25  Ohio State Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Fri, Oct 26  Ohio State Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Sat, Oct 27  U.S. Under-18 Team Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m. (exh.)

  Fri, Nov 02  Denver * Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Sun, Nov 04  Denver * Mariucci Arena   2:07 p.m.

  Fri, Nov 09  Minnesota State * at Mankato, Minn.   7:37 p.m.

  Sat, Nov 10  Minnesota State * Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Fri, Nov 16  Alaska Anchorage * Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Sat, Nov 17  Alaska Anchorage * Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Fri, Nov 23  Michigan State at East Lansing, Mich.   6 p.m.

  Sat, Nov 24  Michigan at Ann Arbor, Mich.   6:30 p.m.

  Fri, Nov 30  Michigan Tech * Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Sat, Dec 01  Michigan Tech * Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Fri, Dec 07  North Dakota * at Grand Forks, N.D.   7:37 p.m.

  Sat, Dec 08  North Dakota * at Grand Forks, N.D.   7:07 p.m.

Dodge Holiday Classic   Sat, Dec 29  Air Force vs. Boston College at Mariucci Arena   4:07 p.m.

  Sat, Dec 29  RIT Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Sun, Dec 30  RIT vs. Air Force/Boston College at Mariucci Arena   4:07 p.m.

  Sun, Dec 30  Air Force/Boston College Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Fri, Jan 04  Wayne State Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Sat, Jan 05  Wayne State Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Fri, Jan 11  St. Cloud State * Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Sat, Jan 12  St. Cloud State * at St. Cloud, Minn.   7:07 p.m.

  Fri, Jan 18  Minnesota Duluth * at Duluth, Minn.   7:07 p.m.

  Sat, Jan 19  Minnesota Duluth * at Duluth, Minn.   7:07 p.m.

  Fri, Jan 25  Wisconsin * at Madison, Wis.   7:07 p.m.

  Sat, Jan 26  Wisconsin * at Madison, Wis.   7:07 p.m.

  Fri, Feb 01  North Dakota * Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Sat, Feb 02  North Dakota * Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Fri, Feb 08  Denver * at Denver, Colo.   8:37 p.m.

  Sat, Feb 09  Denver * at Denver, Colo.   8:07 p.m.

  Fri, Feb 22  Wisconsin * Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Sat, Feb 23  Wisconsin * Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Fri, Feb 29  Alaska Anchorage * at Anchorage, Alaska   10:37 p.m.

  Sat, Mar 01  Alaska Anchorage * at Anchorage, Alaska   10:07 p.m.

  Fri, Mar 07  Minnesota Duluth * Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

  Sat, Mar 08  Minnesota Duluth * Mariucci Arena   7:07 p.m.

WCHA First Round   Fri, Mar 14  TBD TBD   TBA

  Sat, Mar 15  TBD TBD   TBA

  Sun, Mar 16  TBD (if necessary) TBD   TBA

WCHA Final Five   Thu, Mar 20  No. 5 vs. No. 4 at Xcel Energy Center   7:07 p.m.

  Fri, Mar 21  Semifinal #1 at Xcel Energy Center   2:07 p.m.

  Fri, Mar 21  Semifinal #2 at Xcel Energy Center   7:07 p.m.

  Sat, Mar 22  Third Place Game at Xcel Energy Center   2:07 p.m.

  Sat, Mar 22  Championship Game at Xcel Energy Center   7:07 p.m.

NCAA Regional   Fri, Mar 28  TBD at TBD   TBA

  Sat, Mar 29  TBD at TBD   TBA

  Sun, Mar 30  TBD at TBD   TBA

Thu, Apr 10  National Semifinal #2 at Denver, Colo.   TBA

  Thu, Apr 10  National Semifinal #1 at Denver, Colo.   TBA

  Sat, Apr 12  National Championship Game at Denver, Colo.   TBA

Above is the 2007-2008 schedule for the Gophers. YAY! I’m very excited for this year. This years is going to be very entertaining seeing as we play both Wisconsin and North Dakota twice this year. Ahh yes it will be a fantastic hockey season. The only downer it that Alex Goligoski went pro. That means that only Derek Peltier will be the only senior on the blue line. The Gophs will definitly need to see something from R.J. Anderson and DAvid Fischer. I also think that they are going to put Jimmy O’Brien on the blue line. I thought that was intresting since he was on the fourth line the whole year last year. but hey who am i to judge. I am very excited that Kyle Okposo is staying for at least another year. I knew he would stay. The Islanders dont want him to come yet. They dont really need him right now anyway. I can see why the Penguins would want Alex to come this year. But Alex will definitly be missed. He was my favorite player. The freshman coming in look to have good skill quality. two of them were on the Sioux Falls team that won the Clark Cup this year. Patrick White from Grand Rapids seems to be a good addition. I saw him play in the state tourney. Definitly a grinder. All in All this year should be a great year. Looking forward to giving you all the low down on all the gopher wins.

Gopher Hockey: That’s 2 but 3 is still a charm

Posted March 22, 2007 by minnesotasports1217
Categories: Gophers rah!

Ah what wounderful weekends of hockey we have had. Well probley not if your a Sioux fan or Badger fan but that’s okay you’ll get over it. Old news we won the MacNaughton cup by beating Michigan Tech whatever they didn’t even make it into the Final Five which pissed me off because i didn’t even want Wisconi in the tournament because they suck and Elliot needs to just go sign a damn pro contract so they can suck even more…. ha ha ha. Anyways so then the Gopher faced off against the Badgers and beat them with Blake Wheeler getting the Hat Trick. I do have to say one thing about the Badgers though. Brian Elliot is seriously the shit. It’s hard to say that but he does deserve a lot of credit for the team even making it to the Final Five but other than that the badgers suck. So it was very impressive for Blake Wheeler to get a Hat Trick. The Fighting Sioux beat the shit out of St.Cloud which I enjoyed watching. So that ment that the Fighting Sioux and the Minnesota Golden Gophers would get one more chance to bitch at each other across the bench. It was very entertaining to listen to the announcer named Kevin G. tell us all what was going on between the benches. It kept me busy when I got bored watching the Gophers in the Sioux end all the time. Oh and I should probley mention that the Sioux won the Final Five last year. Wow lets all click our heels together for them. Maybe we will give Oshie and Toews a beer while we are at it. While we are on that topic I think it is fucken bullshit that Bina got to play after he let his 2 underaged teamates out of a cop car. That is BS but then again they are all soooooooo important to the Sioux. Yeah well Davey boy maybe you should have though of that when you were putting Toews and Oshie out there and killing all of your penalties. I think he screwed himself but who am I to judge I’m just a kid. So the Gophers beat the Sioux in a thrilling overtime game (Which shouldn’t have went in to overtime) with Blake Wheeler getting the diving goal. Oh and I still Love how the Sioux fans bitch and bitch and bitch about the goal because it was against them. god, don’t you people have lives. It was a goal your just jealouse because for once you were getting your asses handed to you. Now to the Flynn goal that was waved off. Its a bitch and all but Tony Lucia fanned on it so yeah. But you can see in the replay he was trying to get up. but whatever all that matters is that we beat the Sioux and alls well ends well. Now on to the NCAA tourney where we play Air force and if we beat them we either play Michigan or North Dakota. Wow I’m so unimpressed. Now the Sioux get to get their hopes up that they beat Michigan and get to play us. Yeah well just so you know we are all pulling for Michigan so we can wave good bye as we head to the Frozen Four. It should be a great weekend of hockey and I hope you all have you brackets filled out and ready to go. And if any of you are pulling for and upset again. Don’t bet on it because Donny Lucia is making sure that doesn’t happen.

Friday UM VS Wisc

First Period:
MINN Blake Wheeler Jay Barriball/Brian Schack
UW Davis Drewiske –

MINN Alex Goligoski Cross-Checking
UW Matt Oliger Tripping
Jeff Likens Hooking

UW Jake Dowell Matt Olinger/Joe Piskula
MINN Mike Vannelli Tony Lucia/Mike Carmen
MINN Blake Wheeler Alex Goligoski/Mike Vannelli

MINN Ryan Flnn Hooking
UW Andrew Joudrey Tripping
Jeff Likens Cross-Checking
Jake Dowell Hooking

MINN Blake Wheeler –


Saturday Minnesota VS North Dakota


UND Kyle Radke Interference
Joe Finley Roughing
Taylor Chorney Slashing
TJ Oshie Roughing
Taylor Chorney Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Brian Lee Cross-Checking

MINN TEAM Too Mand On Ice
Evan Kaufmann Roughing
Mike Vannelli Interference

MINN Erik Johnson Tony Lucia/Mike Carmen
Ben Gordon Blake Wheeler/Mike Vannelli
UND Taylor Chorney Robbie Bina/TJ Oshie

UND Jonathon Toews Interference
Brad Miller Cross-Checking
Rylan Kaip Slashing
Chay Genoway Roughing
Joe Finley Roughing

MINN Ben Gordon
Erik Johnson Delaying the Game (That was dumb)
Tony Lucia Cross-Checking
Tom Pohl Cross-Checking
Jay Barriball Roughing
Blake Wheeler Roughing

Ryan Duncan Taylor Chorney/Robbie Bina

MINN Ryan Stoa Hooking
UND Joe Finley Tripping
Zach Jones Holding


Gophers VS Michigan Tech

Posted March 4, 2007 by minnesotasports1217
Categories: Gophers rah!

So we won the MacNaughton Cup. We beat out St.Cloud but they won the DQ cup. What ever thats fine they can have it. Um friday nights game was a lot better than Saturday nights game. Not just because we won the cup and all but we just played a lot better on friday. Maybe that had something to do with the fact that Kellen was in the net and not Jeff. God what is up with him!? It’s like when Robbie Bina got that goal against him. All Robbie had to do was throw the puck at Jeff and it went in. Yeah ROBBIE WAS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RINK! My point is made. umm friday night like I said was better. The whole team in general was working hard and it showed because they won 3-1. Mich scored first but then we came back and all that stuff. On to saturday night. For god sakes how hard is it for the fricken ref to call a tripping penalty, a holding/hooking, penalty, or how about interference! What the heck. I’m not blaming the loss on the refs because it wasn’t there fault but come on the guy has his hands over the puck and the gophers cant get it because apparently it would be slashing. It was really annoying how there were two 5 on ‘s for the huskies but when there should have been an obviouse one for us he didn’t call it. anyways im done. But first i just want to thank North Dakota for beating the shit out of St.Cloud in “The Dog Pound”

Friday night
Frist period

Second Period
MTU Malcom Gwilliam Peter Rouleau

Jim O’Brien Alex Goligoski/Ryan Flynn
Evan Kaufmann Derek Peltier/Kyle Okposo
Tony Lucia Mike Carmen/Mike Howe

Third Period

The website doesn’t have penalties so yeah find them yourself

First period
Justin St.Louis John Schwarz/Ryan Angelow
Justin St.Louis –

Evan Kaufmann Erik Johnson/Kyle Okposo

MINN Alex Goligoski Interference
MTU Jimmy Kerr Slashing
Lars Helminen Tripping

Second Period
MTU Justin St.Louis Alex Gagne/Mike Batovanja
Tyler Shelast Lars Helminen/Peter Rouleau
Jimmy Kerr Peter Rouleau/Geoff Kinrade
Mike Vannelli Derek Peltier/Mike Carmen
Evan Kaufmann Ryan Stoa/Derek Peltier

MTU Mark Malekeoff Interference
Jordan Foote Roughing
MINN Evan Kaufmann Cross-Checking
Mike Howe Hooking
Brian Schack Roughing

Thrid Period
Evan Kaufmann Ryan Stoa/Mike Vannelli


Gophers vs St.Clown

Posted March 3, 2007 by minnesotasports1217
Categories: Gophers rah!

arg! okay so friday nights game was a waste of mine and everyone elses time! for god sakes the Gophers looked like crap! it was like a flash back of the North Dakota series. Saturday night oh my gosh don’t even get me started what the hell! Somebody needs to inform the Gophers that it is a three period game not two periods. They went out there and embarassed themselves both games. It’s okay because today we play a team that is .500 but that means little in the WCHA the Gophers need to prove to everyone that they deserve to be number 1 and hey ALL YOU NEEDED LAST WEEKEND WAS A POINT AND YOU BLEW IT! Anyways it doesn’t matter because we need to focas on Mich. Tech. The huskies are fighting for home ice in the playoffs. personally i don’t think they deserve it because there are better teams out there who actully deserve it.

first period:
Ryan Lasch Matt Stephenson/ John Swanson
Nate Raduns Ryan Lasch/Casey Borer

SCSU: Dan Kronick Hooking
MINN: Erik Johnson Obstruction Interference
Derek Peltier Holding
Jay Barriball Slashing
TEAM Too Many on the Ice

Second Period:
SCSU: Ryan Lasch Dan Kronick/Justin Fletcher
MINN: Ben Gordon Alex Goligoski/ Jay Barriball

SCSU: Nate Raduns Charging
Michael Olson Hooking

Third Period
SCSU: Aaron Brocklehurst Johnswanson/ David Carlisle
Aaron Brocklehurst Justin Fletcher/Bobby Goepfert

MINN: Erik Johson Holding
Mike Carmen Slashing the Goalie
Mike Vannelli Instigating (Starting a fight)
R.J. Anderson Roughing
Ryan Flynn Obstruction Interference
SCSU: Andreas Nodl Tripping
Nate Raduns Tripping
Grant Clafton Roughing
Andreas Nodl Roughing
Ryan Lasch Holding
Grant Clafton Slashing

First Period
Evan Kaufmann Ryan Stoa/Kyle Okposo
Dan Kronick MAtt Stephenson/John Swanson

SCSU CAsey Borer Interference
Matt Stephenson Holding
Nate Raduns Hooking
MINN Ryan Flynn Cross-Checking
Justin Bostrom Interference
Tony Lucia Roughing

Second Period
Jay Barriball Blake Wheeler
Blake Wheeler Jay Barriball/Ben Gordon
Marty Mjelleli Gary Houseman/Garrett Raboin


Third Period
Nate Raduns Ryan Lasch
Matt Stephenson –
Gary Houseman Aaron Brocklehur


Anyone find it weird that there were only penalties in the first period? Or is it just me?

anyways Gophers play Tech and St. Clown plays UND for one in oour Minnesotan lives we can root for the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota… ouch that kinda hurt…