Skip to main content

Big Ten Hockey Tournament: Gophers end season on loss to Michigan

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Michigan Wolverines 5

Minnesota Gophers 3

After a late-game rally last night to advance to the final round of the Big 10 hockey tournament, Minnesota was unable to overcome deeper, more experienced Michigan team, ending their season with a 20-12-7 record.

1) Penalties and power plays make all the difference

While the Gophers started the game with a little more zip than they did during Friday's sluggish first period, an early boarding penalty for Gopher forward Ryan Reilly allowed Michigan to force an easy advantage goal at the 9-minute mark. Minnesota would give up another power play goal early in the second period and one more in the third, spending 8 agonizing minutes with a player in the penalty box throughout the night.

2) Strong second period nearly wins it

After a spotty opening to the second period, the Gophers gained a burst of energy from sophomore forward Leon Brisdet, who hammered Vinni Lettieri assist from the slot to put Minnesota on the scoreboard. The Gophers would score two more unanswered goals in the second period, one from defenseman Jake Bischoff, who snuck one around Michigan goalie Steve Racine during a chaotic scrum around the net, and one from Justin Kloos on the Gopher's only power play of the evening.

3) Gophers season draws to a close

Minnesota needed a Big 10 tournament win to land a berth in the NCAA hockey tournament, so tonight's loss marks the end of the team's 2015-2016 campaign. In a postgame press conference, head coach Don Lucia was complementary in summation of his team's season.

https://twitter.com/GopherHockey/status/711384686681919488

Tweet of the Night:

A massive shot from team captain Justin Kloos gives the team hope in the second.

https://twitter.com/GopherHockey/status/711363509930471424

Next Up

Chet Holmgren

Chet Holmgren dominates in NBA Summer League debut

The No. 2 overall pick looked the part in the Thunder's win over the Jazz.

Reader-submitted video taken of people throwing fireworks at people and cars on July 4, 2022.

Frey: Police faced 'whack-a-mole' situation on chaotic Fourth of July

The mayor says law enforcement resources were being pulled all over the city as violent scenes unfolded.

image

Body recovered from Mississippi River near hydro plant in St. Paul

Authorities say the body appeared to have been in the river for months.

Braxton Sorenson

Charges: Lakeville driver didn't call 911 after fatally striking teen on bicycle

The 15-year-old boy was killed while riding his bike along a route he frequented.

Crystal Lake in Robbinsdale

Body found along shoreline of Crystal Lake

Police identified the body as a male Tuesday afternoon.

ATV

Little Falls man killed in ATV crash over holiday weekend

The 55-year-old apparently lost control and was partially ejected from the vehicle on Sunday.

Ellie Ragin

Police chief reveals new details in 'heartbreaking' search for Elle Ragin

Police reveal new details that led investigators to Stearns County.

Subway Series new menu

Subway overhauling menu, offering 1M free subs on July 12

The "Subway Series" menu change is set to take over beginning July 12.

Reader-submitted video taken of people throwing fireworks at people and cars on July 4, 2022.

Watch: Fireworks fired at people, buildings in downtown Minneapolis

Footage shared widely on social media shows chaotic scenes downtown on Fourth of July evening.

Ellie Ragin

Search for missing Elle Ragin shifts to park in Stearns County

Mississippi River County Park is closed to the public until further notice.

storm, severe weather, derecho

Developing derecho likely to blast southwest Minnesota

Damaging winds up to 90 mph are the main threat.

Screen Shot 2022-07-05 at 12.29.03 PM

Two Minneapolis restaurants announce closures

It's the end of the line for Pie & Mighty and Bunny's Bar & Grill.

Related