Bob Motzko's Gophers beat No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth to take weekend series

The Bob Motzko era is off to a good start at the U of M.
Publish date:

After skating to a 1-1 tie in Saturday's season opener at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, the Gophers men's hockey team toppled the defending champion UMD Bulldogs 7-4 on Sunday at 3M Arena at Mariucci. 

Perhaps toppled is the wrong word since the Bulldogs dominated the pace of play most of the game, but Minnesota scored seven goals on 22 shots while the defending national champs found it just four times on 46 shots, two of their goals coming on power plays. 

“We don’t win that game without [goalie Mat Robson] standing on his head,” Gophers forward Jack Ramsey said, via

The victory is the first for new head coach Bob Motzko, who has the No. 13 Gophers off to a fast start with a 1-0-1 weekend against No. 1 UMD. And Minnesota got the job done Sunday with a balanced effort in which 11 players tallied points. 

Robson made 42 saves for the win while Brandon McManus led the Gophers with two goals and an assist. Clayton Phillips had three assists while Tyler Sheehy, Sammy Walker, Rem Pitlick, Garrett Wait and Sampo Ranta each scored a goal. 

The Gophers were completely dominated in the second period, but they cashed in on what Motzko said were their only two scoring chances. 

“We had two scoring chances in the second period and they both went in,” Motzko said.

The Gophers have an exhibition game on Saturday, Oct. 13 against the U.S. Under-18 Team in Plymouth, Michigan. 

Next Up

Ian Cole

Wild trade Greg Pateryn to Avalanche for Ian Cole

Cole won a pair of Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh and is a former first-round pick.


St. Croix County GOP chair resigns after incendiary post on official website

John Kraft sparked controversy with his 'Prepare for War' post on the party website earlier this month.

ann kim

Ann Kim's new restaurant, Sooki & Mimi, to open in February

The James Beard Award winner is the brains behind Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola, and Hello Pizza.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 1.32.19 PM

Firefighters rescue worker after trench fall in Rochester

The construction worker fell about 15 feet.

gray wolf

Grand Marais mayor's dog survives attack by wolves

He heard his 65-pound dog "screaming bloody murder" and then saw the wolves chasing her.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 12.04.55 PM

Minnesota's COVID vaccine appointment site goes live

Huge demand was expected when the site went live at noon.

emily ford

Duluth woman is hiking 1,000-plus miles on the Ice Age Trail this winter

She could be the second person ever to finish a winter-thru hike of the Wisconsin trail.

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 19

Two days in a row with fewer than 1,000 new cases.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 10.52.12 AM

After fire destroyed their house, couple forced to euthanize beloved dog

The couple's daughter has launched a fundraiser for her parents.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 10.16.14 AM

Investigation after teacher accused of lewd act during distance learning

No charges have been filed yet and the staff member has not been identified.


Gophers volleyball

Gopher volleyball takes down No. 1 Stanford

The defending champs were upset in four sets Saturday night.

Gopher hockey

Will Gopher men's hockey reach the NCAA tournament?

Don't look now, but Minnesota has cracked the top 16 in the Pairwise.

Gophers hockey

Season over: Gophers fall to Notre Dame, Motzko rips officials

Meanwhile, the Gopher women won to advance to the Frozen Four.

Brannon McManus, Gopher hockey

Gopher men's hockey off to its best start since 1939-40 season

The No. 1 team in the country continues to crush the competition.

Amy Potomak

Watch: Gophers' Potomak lands 'SportsCenter' No. 1 play of the day

The Gophers took 5 points from the Badgers in a battle of the top two teams in the country.