Star Tribune do-it-all sports reporter Rachel Blount has been spending a lot of time on Gopher-related subjects in the last few months, so she drops by GSU this week to discuss USA Hockey’s wage dispute with its women’s hockey team (of which many Gophers are a part), the current Gopher Women’s Hockey team’s loss to Clarkson that ended their season, and the men’s hockey team’s road to their first national title in 14 years.
Every dynasty hits bumps in the road, and Gopher Women’s Hockey is no different. A rash of recent injuries have depleted the Gophers offensive options, and head coach Brad Frost has had to get creative in his personnel management. One young lady reaping the spoils of that creativity is Kelsey Cline, a defender by trade, but forward by practice in these early stretches of the 2017 portion of the Gophers campaign. Kelsey joins this week to talk about her journey with the university, the relationships she has developed, and the rest of her senior season as the Gophers try to continue their hot play against North Dakota this weekend. #ClineNation, your time has come.
What a year it has been for Gopher Women’s Hockey Sophomore Sophie Skarzynski. First, the freshman-at-the-time helped the Maroon and Gold capture their seventh national championship. As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie then, with her incredible fandom, helped her hometown Chicago Cubs break the unbreakable streak of 108 years without a World Series title. For her efforts, she gets an appearance on Gopher Sports Update. Doesn’t seem like a fitting reward, but despite the tremendously underwhelming prize, Sophie brings her fun-loving, energetic personality to the show in discussing her experience on the ice last season and how she has made Minnesota home in her short time on campus.
There are always big skates to fill in Ridder Arena, but Dani Cameranesi appears ready to step squarely into the spotlight. With Amanda Kessel and Hannah Brandt gone from the Gophers seventh national title team, the nation’s leading returning point-getter joins GSU to talk about her journey back from offseason surgery, the best graduating classes in Gopher Women’s Hockey history, and how she felt about the team’s opening weekend wins against Lindenwood.
One is far and away the best program in the country in their sport, the other is undefeated on the season. In this week’s Gopher Sports Update, we hear from two programs that are at the top of their game as head coach Brad Frost and Co. preview the Gopher Women’s Hockey 2016-17 season that is right around the corner, and head coach Tracy Claeys of Gopher Football breaks down his team’s Saturday clash with Colorado State.
It’s been seven long days since Gopher Sports Update left you with the ultimate cliffhanger, revealing the lower half of the top 10 moments of the 2015-16 athletics season, but making you wait an entire week to find out the best moments of the year that was in Gopher athletics. Well, if you haven’t rebelled and deleted gophersportsupdate.com from your favorites, we welcome you back for one of the most anticipated shows of the year, where GSU reveals the most prolific accomplishment on campus this year across the sports landscape. Hint: a picture is worth what’s approaching a thousand national titles.
Just a few weeks removed from her collegiate hockey career ending, Hannah Brandt has already earned the title of “Legend” amongst the NCAA hockey ranks. The second-leading scorer in women’s college hockey history joins the show this week to talk about her class’s third national title, and to bring a ton of humble to the show, where she tells us she isn’t even a top two athlete on campus!(?)
Another year, another title for the Gopher Women’s Hockey team, who brought home their fourth national crown in five years and seventh overall this past weekend. Host Matt Nelson has survived the chopping block (for now, #MattCan) and brings you a complete recap of the ladies semifinal win over Wisconsin and season-capping victory over Boston College. Oh, and if you’re more into Matt being negative than positive, stick around for segment three, where he gives a piece of his mind to the NCAA and CBS Sports.
We become accustomed to the success of Gopher hockey, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be celebrated! This week, we hear from head men’s coach Don Lucia after claiming another B1G regular season title, and Amanda Levielle joins to preview the women’s upcoming Frozen Four matchup with rival Wisconsin.
With the Big Ten regular season championship on the line this weekend for Gopher Men’s Hockey against Wisconsin, GSU welcomes in Jason Gonzalez of the Star Tribune to try and sort out what team we can expect to see the rest of the way: the Gophers that beat No. 6 Michigan two weekends ago, or the Gophers that were shut out by lowly Michigan State last weekend.