Monday, December 31, 2007
What is going on with the Gophers hockey team? Their play is sloppy and the defense is weak. The Gopher seniors need to step up and take charge of this team before it’s too late to salvage the season.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Be sure to come back to Mariucci Arena on Sunday for a losers game and an evening winners game. This Gopher hockey fan hopes to see her favorite maroon and gold team in the winners game Sunday night. A Golden Gopher tournament win would be a perfect way to ring in the New Year. Let’s go Gophers! Buy Gopher hockey tickets from http://www.gophershockeytickets.com/ Gopher Tournament tickets start out at $49 each!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
A Gopher basketball game at Williams Arena is a great experience and if you have relatives in town this weekend, buy Gopher Basketball tickets and head out to the University for a good time! Gooooo Gophers!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I was just reading an article in the Pioneer Press that 19 year old Gopher hockey player Kyle Okposo loves being a college sophomore and playing Guitar Hero with his buddies and getting a good education. He doesn’t love the pressure that has been put on him this Gopher hockey season, but he has been producing more goals lately and has relaxed on the ice.
However, it was just announced that Kyle Okposo will forgo the remainder of the 2007-08 season and his career with the Golden Gophers to sign a contract with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. He is the eighth Minnesota player to leave college early for the professional ranks since the end of the 2005-06 season and it shows in the Golden Gophers hockey record this season. Don Lucia will need to amp up the recruiting to keep his Golden Gophers in top shape!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Sat. Dec 29 Air Force vs. Boston College 4:07 PM
Gophers vs. RIT 7:07 PM
Sun, Dec 30 RIT vs. Air Force/Boston College 4:07 PM
Gophers vs. Air Force/Boston College 7:07 PM
There are still tickets available from local brokers like Ticket King. One Dodge Holiday Classic ticket gets you into both games for the day at Mariucci. Go Gophers!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
This Golden Gopher Hockey fan thought the Gophs were going to lose Saturday night as the Sioux put up a flurry of shots in the last minute. North Dakota pulled the goalie and put on quite a rally in front of their hometown fans at Ralph Engelstad arena. In fact they rallied all third period! Minnesota led 4-1 with four minutes to go, but the Sioux refused to go down without a fight. Thankfully, the Minnesota Golden Gophers hung on for the much needed road victory.
Mike Hoeffel, a freshman Gopher forward, scored two goals for the maroon and gold and Blake Wheeler and Ben Gordon each put one between the pipes for the Gopher victory.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Dan Coleman had an outstanding overall game, scoring 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go with 11 rebounds to rack up his sixth career double-double. Coleman also scored his 1,000th career point in the second half, becoming the 34th player in the University of Minnesota school history to achieve the milestone. Congrats Dan!
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Upcoming Gopher Basketball Schedule . . .
- Sat. Dec. 8 vs. Colorado State @ Williams Arena 7:00 PM
- Wed. Dec. 12 vs. South Dakota State @ Williams Arena 8:00 PM
- Sat. Dec. 22 vs. Santa Clara @ Williams Arena 6:00 PM
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Nov 10 vs . Army @ Williams Arena…84 - 52 (WIN!)
Nov 20 vs. Iowa State @ Ames, Iowa…68 - 58 (WIN!)
Nov 24 vs. Central Michigan @ Williams Arena …77 - 59 (WIN!)
Nov 27 vs. Florida State @ Tallahassee…61 - 75 (loss)
Dec 1 vs. UC-Riverside @ Williams Arena…75 - 38 (BIG WIN!)
Dec 3 vs. North Dakota State @ Williams Arena… 88 - 56 (WIN!)
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Next up for the Gophers is yet another Michigan team as they face Michigan Tech on the Gopher home pond, Mariucci Arena. Michigan Tech is ranked 4th in the WCHA and the Gophers will have their work cut out for them.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I saved the best of University of Minnesota Gopher Athletics for last, the Gopher Mens Basketball team. This team will not win the NCAA tournament this year, but they do have promise to win more than one game (cough cough Gopher Football team cough cough). The Gopher basketball team looked strong against Army in the opener at Williams Arena beating the Black Knights 84-52. College basketball doesn’t get too exciting until after Christmas when the schedule becomes a little more intense. The month of December is all home games for the Golden Gophers so buy your Williams Arena tickets today – I will see you at the Barn! Gopher Basketball Schedule.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The only good thing about the Gopher Football team is that the football season is almost over for them. The final game of the Gopher season is this Saturday at the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome or the Misserydome as some call it. The Gophers will take on the Wisconsin Badgers at 2:30. The Minnesota Wisconisn border battle and battle for the axe has become one of the best rivalries in the NCAA and especially the Big Ten. I am sure the Gophers will lose, but it’s still a fun game to watch and lower level Gopher Football tickets are reasonable.
Monday, November 12, 2007
The Gopher hockey team is still sea-sawing through the season. After being swept by the Denver Pioneers at Mariucci Arena, the Gopher hockey team managed to sweep Minnesota State Mankato Mavericks in a home and home series. The Gophers beat the Mavericks 4 to 3 in Mankato and then 5 to 3 back at Mariucci. Next up for the Gopher Hockey team: Alaska Anchorage at Mariucci – Buy your Gophers hockey tickets soon – FYI: it’s always cheaper to go Friday nights.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Gopher Mens Basketball
Next game: Thursday Nov. 1st vs. Minnesota State Mankato (Williams Arena exhibition) - Gopher Basketball Tickets (less than $20/ea)
Record: 0 wins 0 losses
Regular Season Games Remaining: 30
Outlook: Head Coach Tubby Smith has his work cut out for him, but his tough demeanor could be just what the Gopher basketball team needs. Prediction: Gophers finish season 15-15 and spend the off season recruiting, recruiting, recruiting.
Gopher Mens Hockey
Next game: Friday Nov. 2nd vs. Denver (Mariucci Arena) - Gopher Hockey Tickets (less than $70/ea)
Record: 4 wins 2 losses
Regular Season Games Remaining: 33
Outlook: Head Coach Don Lucia has a talented Gopher hockey team, but is up against a lot of other talented teams as well. Prediction: Gophers finish season 25-10-4 and second in the WCHA.
Next game: Saturday Nov. 3rd vs. Illinois (Metrodome, Homecoming) - Gopher Football Tickets (less than $50/ea)
Record: 1 win 8 losses
Regular Season Games Remaining: 3
Outlook: Head Coach Tim Brewster will have a lot of work to do to get ready for next season. This could be the worst Gopher Football Season in University history. Prediction: Gophers finish season 2-10 and spend the off season recruiting, recruiting, recruiting.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Buy your Gopher Illinois Tickets today! Goooooooo Gophers!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Fun series facts from the Gopher website:
The Series vs. Ohio State
The Golden Gophers hold a 10-1 all-time record against the Buckeyes in a series dating back to 1968. Minnesota swept Ohio State 7-2 and 6-3 last season in its first-ever visit to Columbus. The Gophers are 5-1 against the Buckeyes at home and have won all three meetings on neutral ice. This weekend’s games mark the first time Ohio State has played a two-game series at Mariucci Arena since Minnesota posted a sweep on Jan. 2-3, 1981. The Gophers have outscored the Buckeyes 68-27 in their 10 meetings. Minnesota’s only loss in the series came in the third-place game of the Dodge Holiday Classic on Dec. 28, 1998 as the Buckeyes scored with seven seconds left in regulation for a 6-5 victory.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday night was a tough match for the Gophers. Minnesota fired 21 shots on goal in the third period and had the Tigers on their heels, but Colorado College finally broke through against Gophers’ goaltender Jeff Frazee when Chad Rau (from Eden Prairie - Donny Lu should have recruited him!) launched a shot from the slot over Frazee for the game-winner 2:42 into the extra period. The goal came after a short flurry where Frazee made three solid saves. The junior was strong in net all night long with 25 saves, including several outstanding first period stops.
The losses were tough for sure, but let’s hope the Gopher hockey team can bounce back and not take any lessons from the habitual losing Gopher football team.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Minnesota collected 307 yards of total offense to North Dakota State’s 585. Bison junior running Tyler Roehl was the star of the game, running for a school-record 263 yards on 22 carries. Adam Weber led the Gophers with 162 yards passing and one touchdown. The Golden Gopher defense was basically non existent and is definitely the worst in the league, perhaps the worst in Gopher history.
KEY POINT OF THE SEASON: Tim Brewster has his work cut out for him recruiting next year if he wants to live up to any of his promises that he made to the state of Minnesota and Gopher Nation.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The Gopher hockey team ruled the Ice Breaker Invitational and came away with the trophy, but just barely. Gopher Goalie Jeff Frazee was the star of the tourney and made a career-high 44 saves as the Michigan Wolverines outshot Minnesota 47-22 in front of 14,868 at the Xcel Energy Center during Saturday’s championship game. The Gophers squeezed the win out of Michigan with a 4-3 victory. The Gophers seized a 2-0 lead in the first period before weathering a withering Michigan attack that put 38 shots on net over the final 40 minutes.
"A day in the life of a goalie," Frazee said with a smile.
"I think Jeff Frazee earned his scholarship this weekend," Gophers coach Don
"No doubt, Frazee won the tournament for us," said freshman Gophers forward
Patrick White, who scored the winning goal at 5:27 of the third period.
It's early, of course, but Frazee's play is just one of the good signs for the Gophers. They still have several other issues to work out like building a better defensive line. All in all, the Gopher hockey team looked good back on the ice and I am ready for the season to get rolling! Let’s go Gophers!
The Gopher football team had another disappointing loss last weekend vs. Northwestern. This may be the worst loss of the season, at least it is the worst loss emotionally for Gopher Gal because the Gophers had the win in the bag and managed to let it out with just minutes to go. At one point, the Gophers had a 21 point lead - 21 points! The final score was 49-48 after a double overtime.
The Gophers' defense gave up 589 yards, including 470 passing yards and four touchdowns – ouch! Coach Tim Brewster has some definite work ahead of him and he better step up the recruiting. Next up is NDSU at the Metrdome. The North Dakota State Bison are 6-0 and are looking forward to taking on the Gophers. The Bison will draw at least 20,000 of their own fans into the Dome. Last years match-up was a hard fought game that ended with a win for the Gophers, but just barely. This Gopher Gal hates to say it, but I am no longer sure that the Gophers can beat the Bison . . . I will see you at the Gopher game!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Sat. Oct 13 Northwestern - at Evanston, Illinois
Sat. Oct 20 North Dakota State - Metrodome 11:00 AM
Sat. Oct 27 Michigan - at Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sat. Nov 03 Illinois (Homecoming) - Metrodome 7:00 PM
Sat. Nov 10 Iowa - at Iowa City, Iowa
Sat. Nov 17 Wisconsin - Metrodome
I think the Gophers can pull a victory off in the Gophers vs. North Dakota State game at the Metrodome and tickets for this match-up are pretty expensive starting off at $99 per ticket on a Gopher Football Tickets web site. I know a lot of NDSU fans make the trip to the Dome and it should be an exciting game. Let’s hope the Gophers fare better in their border battle than the Vikings did against the Packers two weeks ago.
The second win I think will come in the Gophers vs. Illinois game on Saturday November 3rd. It’s Gopher homecoming and coach Tim Brewster will do whatever is necessary to bring home the victory for his University of Minnesota students and fans. Anyone care to challenge my predictions?
Let’s hear your Gopher Football Comments!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
2007-08 Preseason WCHA Coaches' Poll
School (1st Place Votes), Points
1. North Dakota (7), 79
2. Minnesota (3), 74
3. Colorado College, 55
4. Denver, 53
5. Wisconsin, 52
6. St. Cloud State, 43
7. Michigan Tech, 41
8. Minnesota Duluth, 23
9. Minnesota State, Mankato, 19
10. Alaska Anchorage, 11
I was proud to see my Gophers score on four consecutive possessions after halftime and I kept asking myself where was that team at the beginning of the game? I am sounding like a broken record because that is what I said last week! Clearly, Tim Brewster didn’t read my recommendation that he start the Gophers off earlier in the evening to fool their minds into thinking that the first half is really the second half. Brewster even said in a post game quote:
“Our coaching staff needs to figure out a way for us to start better. We are
going to continue to put our guys in positions to make plays. Sooner or later
those breaks are going to fall our way.”
My challenge to Brewster is how many games do you need to figure this out? I think by the fourth game of the season you should have it figured out. Next up for the Gopher football squad: Ohio State at the Dome this Saturday 7pm. Lots of Gopher Football Tickets for sale , $40 (below face) to get you in the door.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
As a huge gopher football fan, I still believe in this team. It’s tough to look at last weeks loss and not want to throw up, but the Gopher Football team will take on Purdue Boilermakers this Saturday in it’s first Big 10 game and I still have high hopes for the outcome.
Last Saturday, the Gophers lost to Florida Atlantic Owls 42-39 in Florida. Gopher quarterback Adam Weber passed for 335 yards and four touchdowns and receiver Eric Decker hauled in a career-high 12 passes for 165 yards, but Minnesota couldn’t overcome seven turnovers. The defense didn’t exactly look top notch either allowing 42 points to a non-conference team?!? That’s lunacy.
The one thing I have consistently noticed about the Gophers football team this year? They always play better in the second half. Why is that? Does the pep talk in the locker room fire them up? Are they just slow starters? Maybe the Gophers should spend more time warming up before the Purdue game so they take the field with the same energy they do in the third quarter of football games.
Gopher Football Fans don’t give up! Support your team and head out to the Metrodome Saturday night. There are still good Gopher Football Tickets left and the game should be interesting to say the least. I doubt Tim Brewster will want to be embarrassed on national TV.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I was only one of over 45,000 screaming maroon and gold fans that held their breath at the Dome on Saturday as the Gophers’ offense took to the field first in the second overtime and moved the ball to the Miami 2-yard line. The drive lost steam and Minnesota was forced to attempt a 26-yard field goal which Jason Giannini pushed wide left. I heard several Gopher fans say, “well our kicker missed, but theirs won’t so lets just leave.” This Gopher Gal is glad she stuck it out because the Miami Redhawks rushed four consecutive plays, needing only to score to capture the win, but they went no further than the Gophers’ 10-yard line. The Miami kicker then lined up for a 33-yard potential game winning goal which sailed wide right.
In the third overtime, Senior cornerback Jamal Harris made his second interception of the game, ending the RedHawks’ drive in the final overtime period. Amir Pinnix made the final touchdown to win the game for the Golden Gopher football team. Pinnix finished with 126 yards on 28 carries, his fifth consecutive game with over 100 yards. Gopher Gal thought Adam Weber and Ernie Wheelwright looked solid for the Gophers, but I think Wheelwright is more successful when he catches and runs on the side of the field vs. the center. I hope Brewster sees that in the tapes and adjusts some of the Wheelwright play options to the right side. Tim Brewster announced that Gopher kicker Jason Giannini lost his role on the Gopher football team and this Gopher fan is happy. The Gopher offense needs a lineup of strong players and that includes the kicker.
Next up is a trip to Florida to take on Florida Atlantic on noon on Saturday. The Gopher team departs Thursday night and let’s hope Tim Brewster can add to his first victory with a road win. Gopher Nation is alive and well!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
The Gopher jubilee was quickly deflated as the Gopher football team looked weak against it’s Bowling Green opponent. The Gophers lost the game in overtime after Bowling Green successfully converted a two point play to win the game by one point.
The Gophers need to regroup quickly for their next game this Saturday September 8th vs. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks at 11 a.m. in the Metrodome Minneapolis. Let’s hope Tim Brewster can get his crew in line and put a mark in the win column for Gopher Football fans.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Osiecki, who lives in Burnsville, started the Burnsville High School hockey program back in 1966, and he coached there for 24 years while leading them to two state championships. Osiecki was briefly a NHL scout for the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars from 1990 to 1995. After that period, Osiecki broke new ground and barriers in the women’s game, when he coached Burnsville girl’s hockey and started the St. Olaf women’s program. Golden Gopher hockey looks bright with the addition of local hero Osiecki.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
On the defensive side, the Gophers came up with some big interceptions during the 2-minute drill, which is exactly the time the defense wants to become aggressive and not let teams gain cheap yardage on the “prevent” defense (the Gophers have a history of blowing huge leads). Saturday’s scrimmage will be analyzed by Brewster and the Gophers extensively.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Gopher fans can expect the stadium to open in the fall of 2009! That’s only two Gopher football seasons away! The new stadium will be built right across the street from Williams Arena and Mariucci Arena, making that little corner of Minneapolis a Gopher Sports metropolis! Gopher Girl can’t wait to be one of the 50,000 fans cheering on her Minnesota Golden Gophers at the brand new Gopher Football TCF Bank Stadium!
Monday, July 2, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Gopher Girl is curious what the numbers will be for new University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith who has yet to finalize his official contract. I am sure Tubby isn’t a cheap hire and I hope Brewster doesn’t have any hurt feelings when Tubby’s salary hits the news. Gopher Girl will keep you posted!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
I saw Matt on a local news station interview and he just seems so mellow and down to earth. He kept saying how playing football on Friday nights in Minnesota as a high school player you dream of playing at the University and then at the University you dream of playing in the NFL and how cool it is to see your dreams come to life. He said in an interview after he was selected, “I am so excited to be part of a great football tradition like the Pittsburgh Steelers,” said Spaeth. “I don’t think it has completely hit me yet, but I am looking forward to contributing to their new regime and helping the Steelers to future success.” I will definitely follow Matt Spaeth. Gopher Girl liked the Steelers before anyway and now I just have another reason to cheer them on. Congrats Matt!
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
The Gophers had a total of 5 touchdowns and averaged a 5.4 yard gain on every carry, giving the Minnesota offense a total of 391 yards for the day. Quarterbacks Tony Mortensen and Adam Weber completed 17 of 28 passes for a total of 178 combined yards. The Gopher defense, however, wouldn’t go down without a fight. Early in the second quarter Lee Campbell blocked Blake Haudan’s punt, which was quickly recovered by Haudan for no gain. The Gopher defense ended the game with sophomore T.J. Wentzel intercepting senior quarterback Mike Frankberg’s pass and returning it ten yards.
“It was outstanding.” Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster said, “We had a celebration today in the state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Golden Gophers shared our football team with the state of Minnesota and it was awesome.”
As for what is next? “The next step for these guys is to get in the weight room, get bigger, stronger, faster and nastier,” said Brewster who is excited to get out and recruit, “We are going to get all over the state of Minnesota. We are going to get into every high school in the state.”
The Golden Gophers will kick off the regular football season in September when they host Bowling Green at the Metrodome – I can’t wait!
Monday, April 9, 2007
Alex Daniels, 20, Keith Massey, 20, and E.J. Jones, 19, were arrested Friday after University police said an 18-year-old woman reported being sexually assaulted at the University Village apartment complex where two of the players live. The University Police received the complaint Friday morning and began “an aggressive investigation.” Head Football Coach Tim Brewster was informed late Friday afternoon and immediately suspended the three players until the investigation is complete.
The players were held over the weekend at the Hennepin County jail. Authorities had until noon today to either charge the players, seek an extension to hold them without charges or release them. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced today that the three University of Minnesota football players are being released as authorities continue to investigate the matter.
Freeman said his office had "insufficient evidence" to charge the players. "We have concluded that additional investigation is necessary to determine whether charges should be sought," Freeman said. There has been no talk as to if or when the three will be reinstated with the Gopher Football squad.
Gopher Girl hopes this issue will be taken care of quickly and fairly. If the men assaulted the girl, I hope their punishment is swift and harsh, but if they didn’t, I hope Tim Brewster and Gopher fans are reasonable and supportive. Gopher Girl just has to worry about the timing of the charges. If the assault happened last week, then why did the victim wait until the day before the big game to come forward? Gopher Girl also hopes the events surrounding these three players will send a strong message to the other Gopher Athletes to watch who you hang out with and what you do – don’t mess around. Come on Gopher players, it’s time to walk the line!!!!!
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Minnesota finished its season as the 2006-07 WCHA Regular Season and Playoff Champions and recorded the most wins in a season since the 2001-02 national champion squad went 32-8-4. The game marked the final contest for Minnesota's two seniors - defenseman Mike Vannelli and goaltender Kellen Briggs – both players will be deeply missed next year.
The Fighting Sioux have definitely been worthy opponents this year after they swept the Gophers at home a few weeks back, but the Gophs responded with a victory over them in the WCHA playoffs and I was expecting a hard fought game in the regionals for sure. I have to admit I was shocked the Gophers ended the season outside of the Frozen Four, but I wish the University of North Dakota much luck this weekend in St Louis – if it can’t be the Gophers, then let it be the Sioux!
Friday, March 23, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Let’s go Gophers!!!
Up next: NCAA Regionals! The University of Minnesota men’s hockey team was named a Number 1 seed (6th consecutive year) for the 2007 NCAA Tournament and will head to the West Regional at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Golden Gophers (30-9-3) will face Number 4 seed Air Force (19-15-5) in the first round of the national tournament on Saturday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. The Gophers have never face the Air Force team before so it should be an interesting match-up.
Monday, March 12, 2007
The Gophers looked like they were on top of the world Friday, but it came crashing down when Alaska Anchorage shocked Minnesota 2-1 in overtime on Saturday night to force a decisive game three. It was the first ever WCHA Playoff first-round loss for the University of Minnesota men's hockey team at Mariucci Arena. Leading 1-0 in the third period, the Golden Gophers allowed the Seawolves to tie the game at 16:25, setting the stage for Luke Beaverson's game-winning goal at 5:45 of the extra session. Minnesota out-shot UAA 22-14 through two periods, but Alaska Anchorage turned the tables in the last two stanzas, owning a 14-4 advantage on the shot board in the third period and overtime. It was pathetic! The puck was in the Gophers end the entire third period and overtime. Even the start of the game looked sloppy with both teams spending a lot of time in the penalty box. It was a disturbing loss.
On Sunday, the Gophers used a gritty defensive effort to upend Alaska Anchorage 3-1 and claim the best-of-three WCHA Playoff series 2-1 at Mariucci Arena. The Golden Gophers trailed 1-0 after the first period, but rallied with three unanswered goals in the second and third periods. With the win, the Golden Gophers head to the 2007 WCHA Final Five as the tournament's top seed. Minnesota will take on the winner of Thursday's play-in game between Wisconsin and Michigan Tech on Friday, March 16 at 7:07 p.m., at the Xcel Energy Center. There are still Gopher Hockey tickets available so don’t miss this hot, hot playoff series at the “X.”
Monday, March 5, 2007
After a stellar game Friday night to win the coveted MacNaughton Cup, Saturday night’s period one and two looked pathetic. The goal tending was lethargic especially when Gopher goaltender Jeff Frazee surrendered four goals on 15 shots. I expect more out of Frazee, he needs to get his head in the game!
The Gophers head into the round one WCHA playoffs at Mariucci Arena as the No. 1 seed. The Gophers play 10th-seeded Alaska Anchorage in game one on Friday March 9th, game two Saturday March 10th and, if needed, game three on Sunday March 11th. Now, Gopher Gal loves her Gophers, but I hate that the games coincide with the Minnesota State High School hockey games and the Xcel Energy Center. It’s almost hockey overload for me!
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Carl Landry scored 25 points for the Boilermakers and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Purdue to the win. Minnesota shot 41 percent from the field and owned a 34-26 advantage on the boards. Turnovers were a thorn in Minnesota's side and aided in the teams demise. The Gophers coughed the ball up a season-high 28 times including 15 in the first 15 minutes of the game. The turnovers helped Purdue build an early 13-2 lead as the Gophers did not make a basket until the 13:28 mark when Kevin Payton finally broke into the scoring column for the Gophers.
Minnesota has a bye in the final weekend of conference play. The Gophers will play Thursday at the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center in Chicago. Seeding will be announced following Saturday's conference games. I hope the University of Minnesota will play with more tenacity in the tournament than they did during the regular season. Come on Gophers, turn it up a notch!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
With the playoffs nearing ever closer, it feels good to know that Gophers have all the bases covered. We can shoot, we can defend and the goal tending has been solid. The maroon and gold now look ahead to next weekend's series against fourth-ranked St. Cloud State. The Gophers need to win at least one of the games to keep the momentum going and to silence the St Cloud uprising. Friday's game is in St. Cloud, while Saturday's face off is at Mariucci Arena. Both contests begin at 7:07 p.m., and will be televised on FSN North – I will be sitting front and center on my comfy sofa for both games! Go Gophers!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Be sure to order your Gopher Football Tickets early for the big games. Last year, I waited to get tickets to the North Dakota game until the last minute and I had to pay a lot of money to get good seats!
Gopher Football Schedule:
Sat, Sept 01 vs. Bowling Green @ Metrodome
Sat, Sep 08 vs. Miami (Ohio) @ Metrodome
Sat, Sep 15 vs. Florida Atlantic at Boca Raton, Fla.
Sat, Sep 22 vs. Purdue @Metrodome
Sat, Sep 29 vs. Ohio State @ Metrodome
Sat, Oct 13 vs. Northwestern at Evanston, Ill.
Sat, Oct 20 vs. North Dakota State @ Metrodome
Sat, Oct 27 vs. Michigan at Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sat, Nov 10 vs. Iowa at Iowa City, Iowa
Sat, Nov 17 vs. Wisconsin @ Metrodome
See you at the games! Go Golden Gophers!
Monday, February 12, 2007
Hundreds of Roysland supporters from her hometown of Fosston, Minn. made the trip to Williams Arena to see Roysland play. The majority of the 8,612 Gophers fans stayed until after the game to hear Roysland’s senior speech in which she thanked her family, coaches and teammates. Roysland had a great day on the court and her three-pointer 38 seconds into the game made her the 17th player in Minnesota history to score 1,000 career points. She finished the day with 13 points in her first game back from a broken collarbone injury suffered in a game against Iowa on Jan. 25. Sophomore guard Emily Fox led all scorers with 23 points, also dishing out four assists and collecting three steals.
The Gopher Womens basketball team has only one home game left vs. Michigan on Thursday February 22nd at Williams Arena. Don't miss the lady Gophers put on a great show! Need tickets? Check out this site: Gophers Basketball Tickets. I will see you there!
Friday, February 9, 2007
In addition to Clint signing, there were 21 other student-athletes that signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Minnesota and play football for the Golden Gophers. The list includes players from eight different states. The group includes one quarterback (Clint), two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, four offensive linemen, three defensive linemen, one linebacker, five defensive backs and two others. There are eight signees from Minnesota. I expect that number to grow even more in 2008 with Brewster's Minnesota First mentality.
Gopher Gal looks forward to seeing what Clint Brewster and the other freshmen will bring to the table in 2007! Go Gopher Football!
Monday, February 5, 2007
The Alaska Anchorage sweep was the eighth sweep of the year! Yeah Gophers!
The Golden Gophers take a week off before continuing their five-game road trip with a WCHA series at Colorado College on February 16 & 17. Both games will be televised on FSN North! YES! I love watching the Gophers on TV! If it wouldn’t have been for the Super Bowl this weekend, I would have been in a total “Sports Program On Tv” (SPOT) withdrawal . . . and yes, I just made that anagram up (-: Go Gophers!
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Let's break it down - the Sioux played really really aggressive and the Gophers couldn't stand up to:
a) the North Dakota speed
b) the North Dakota checking or
c) the Sioux shooting
the answer is d) all of the above! The goal tending by the Gophers was some of the worst I have seen this year. I think Lucia was dumb founded by the lack of goal tending enthusiasm and talent - he tried to switch it up by giving both Briggs and Frazee some ice time, but nothing seemed to help. The Gophers were out shot, out defended and out played.
The Golden Gophers head back on the road next weekend for a two-game series at Alaska Anchorage on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 2-3. Both games begin at 10:07 p.m., Central time and will not be televised - can you believe it? NOT TELEVISED...I hope my local news stations don't let me down! I need to see some good plays on sports wrap to replace the images of the Sioux trampling the Gophs that keep circling in my head.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Mike Dunbar (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator)
Everett Withers (Defensive Coordinator)
Daniel Berezowitz (Recruiting Coordinator)
John Butler (Linebackers/Special Teams)
George McDonald (Wide Receivers)
Phil Meyer (Offensive Line)
Randy Taylor (Director of Football Operations)
Brewster said in an interview, “I couldn’t be more excited that we have been able to put together top coaches and recruiters throughout the country on this staff. I say that with confidence because I know these guys personally and they are proven in their profession. This staff will work harder than any in the nation. This a special day for the Gopher Nation and all its fans.”
Gopher Gal likes Mike Dunbar the best - he is known for putting big points on the board and for a strong pass offense. It will be nice to see some up and down the field plays. There is nothing sweeter than seeing a spiraling pigskin land solidly in a Gopher Wide Receivers hands. I am looking forward to the season and looking forward to being a part of the "Brew Crew." Let's go Gophers! This could be a year where I get to wear my Maroon and Gold more than once (-:
The Gophers had a 20 point lead over the Hawkeyes and blew it in the second half. Iowa came on strong, but the Gophers never gave up. It ended up going into overtime and the Gophers squeaked by with a win. I thought the little blondie Kellie Fox played a good game - even though she missed a critical free throw point! I must admit I couldn't turn the channel until the final buzzer sounded. There were only a few people in the stands, but next time the Gophers are playing at home, I am definitely going to try and get a seat - here is a list of the remaining home games for 2007:
Thursday February 1st vs. Purdue
Thursday February 8th vs. Ohio State
Sunday February 11th vs. Indiana
Thursday February 22nd vs. Michigan
Tickets are rather inexpensive and you can get good Golden Gopher Tickets to every game; so my advice is to pick a game and just go! It will be a fun night out on the town. You could bring your kids or your buddies. Want a cool place to eat? Go to Annies in Dinkytown - they have the best burgers and malts and they aren't paying me to say that!
Let's Go Gophers Women!
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Minnesota has faced UND more times (263) than any other opponent.
The last two series the Gophers have split, much to my dismay. The match-up two weekends ago between the Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers was a classic. I was certain the Gophers could have won both games with a little more perseverance, but those Badger fans sure get rowdy! And with over 15,000 of them it looked like a sea of angry red at the Kohl Center. It was nice to see the Gophers skate well and when Brian Schack scored the first Gopher goal Friday night, I really thought the Gophers were a shoe in to win. The Wisconsin goalie really turned it up and shut the Gophers down periods 2 and 3 and let's face it the penalties killed us. Both of the Wisconsin's goals came from Power Plays!!!! Come on Gophers, we need to learn to kill the power plays or stop getting penalties (-:
Saturday's game was much better and the Gophers came away with a BIG W!!! Goalie Jeff Frazee earned his third career shutout and the one goal by Jim O'Brien was enough to win the game. Frazee turned away 24 shots from the Badgers to push Minnesota's lead in the WCHA standings to seven points over Colorado College, Denver and St. Cloud State. The Gophers have maintained an undefeated series record this season and I am so proud of them for that! Let's Go Gophers!!!
Here are a couple of interesting facts I found on gophersports.com
• The Golden Gophers lead the all-time series against Wisconsin with a 147-78-15 record, including a 55-48-10 mark on the road.
• Wisconsin has not swept Minnesota at the Kohl Center since Nov. 12-13, 1999.
• The last nine games in the series in Madison have been decided by two goals or less.
• The Golden Gophers have not been swept since Dec. 2-3, 2005, vs. Wisconsin, and have not been swept on the road since Feb. 27-28, 2004, at Denver.
• Minnesota has not been shut out in 26 games - the longest streak in the WCHA.
Friday, January 19, 2007
#1. I am a University of Minnesota Alum (I didn't make it to graduation, but I did try!)
#2. I love the Gophers especially Hockey and Football
#3. I have caught the blogging bug!
Stay tuned for more news and updates regarding the Minnesota Golden Gophers!!!