The Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team celebrated the 2003-04 season at a team banquet Saturday afternoon. Keith Ballard was named the John Mariucci Most Valuable Player by a vote of his teammates. Read more to find out the other award winners.
May 8, 2004
Sophomore forward Thomas Vanek scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Gopher hockey team to a 5-2 win over Notre Dame in the semifinal of the 2004 NCAA Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The top-seeded Golden Gophers fell behind 2-0 to the #4 seed Fighting Irish before scoring five unanswered goals in the second and third period to advance to tomorrow's regional championship game. Minnesota will play Minnesota-Duluth for spot in the 2004 Frozen Four in Boston on April 8-10.
March 27, 2004
Colorado Springs natve freshman goaltender Kellen Briggs stopped 23 of 24 shots to lead the Gophers to a 2-1 road win over Colorado College. Briggs, playing in his first collegiate game in his home state, made several big saves, including two on breakaways to push Minnesota's unbeaten streak to five games (3-0-2). Junior defenseman Keith Ballard was the offensive star, scoring the game-winning goal early in the third period. The Golden Gophers are now 8-1-2 in their last 11 games.
January 10, 2004
Minnesota is back in the national rankings, while BU is finally healthy. That's why this weekend's series at Mariucci Arena between two college hockey powerhouses should be a dandy. Read more to find out how the series breaks down and what to expect.
January 2, 2004