2019–20 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey season
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Mariucci Classic, Champion
Conference T–2nd Big Ten
Home ice 3M Arena at Mariucci
Rankings
USCHO NR
USA Today NR
Record
Overall 16–14–7
Conference 9–8–7–4
Home 10–9–3
Road 6–5–4
Neutral 0–0–0
Coaches and Captains
Head Coach Bob Motzko
Assistant Coaches Garrett Raboin
Ben Gordon
Captain(s) Tyler Nanne
Sammy Walker
Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey seasons
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The 2019–20 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey season was the 99th season of play for the program and the 30th season in the Big Ten Conference. The Golden Gophers represented the University of Minnesota and were coached by Bob Motzko, in his 2nd season.

On March 12, 2020, the Big Ten announced that the tournament was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.[1]

Roster[edit | edit source]

As of September 14, 2019.[2]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Flag of Saskatchewan Close, JustenJusten Close Freshman G 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-05-20 Kindersley, Saskatchewan Kindersley Klippers (SJHL)
2 Flag of Minnesota Nanne, TylerTyler Nanne (C) Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-03-17 Edina, Minnesota Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten) NYR, 142nd overall 2014
3 Flag of Minnesota Stucker, RobbieRobbie Stucker Sophomore D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-09-30 St. Paul, Minnesota Fargo Force (USHL) CBJ, 210th overall 2017
4 Flag of Minnesota Brinkman, BenBen Brinkman Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 2000-10-04 Edina, Minnesota Edina High School (USHS–MN) DAL, 173rd overall 2019
5 Flag of Minnesota Denman, MattMatt Denman Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-04-20 Prior Lake, Minnesota Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
7 Flag of California McManus, BrannonBrannon McManus Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-07-05 Newport Beach, California Chicago Steel (USHL)
9 Flag of Minnesota Walker, SammySammy Walker (C) Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1999-06-07 Edina, Minnesota Edina High School (USHS–MN) TAM, 200th overall 2017
10 Flag of Minnesota LaCombe, JacksonJackson LaCombe Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2001-01-09 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Shattuck-Saint Mary's (Midget AAA) ANA, 39th overall 2019
11 Flag of Minnesota Sorenson, JonnyJonny Sorenson Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1999-09-21 St. Louis Park, Minnesota Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL)
12 Flag of Minnesota Marooney, JoeyJoey Marooney Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-02-18 Chaska, Minnesota Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
13 Flag of Minnesota Munson, CullenCullen Munson Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-04-04 Edina, Minnesota Janesville Jets (NAHL)
17 Flag of Minnesota Wait, GarrettGarrett Wait Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-06-13 Edina, Minnesota Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
19 Flag of Minnesota Reedy, ScottScott Reedy Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1999-04-04 Prior Lake, Minnesota USNTDP (USHL) SJS, 102nd overall 2017
20 Flag of Minnesota Zuhlsdorf, RyanRyan Zuhlsdorf Senior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-07-01 Edina, Minnesota Dubuque (USHL) TAM, 150th overall 2015
21 Flag of Arizona Burke, NathanNathan Burke Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-12-21 Scottsdale, Arizona Aberdeen Wings (NAHL)
22 Flag of Minnesota Brodzinski, BryceBryce Brodzinski Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 2000-08-09 Blaine, Minnesota Blaine High School (USHS–MN) PHI, 196th overall 2019
23 Flag of California Johnson, RyanRyan Johnson Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2001-07-24 Irvine, California Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) BUF, 31st overall 2019
24 Flag of Minnesota Nelson, JaxonJaxon Nelson Freshman F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 2000-03-30 Magnolia, Minnesota Omaha Lancers (USHL)
25 Flag of Minnesota Perbix, JackJack Perbix Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-09-13 Elk River, Minnesota Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) ANA, 116th overall 2018
27 Flag of Minnesota McLaughlin, BlakeBlake McLaughlin Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2000-02-14 Grand Rapids, Minnesota Chicago Steel (USHL) ANA, 79th overall 2018
28 Flag of Minnesota Rossini, SamSam Rossini Junior D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-06-19 Burnsville, Minnesota Penticton Vees (BCHL)
31 Flag of Minnesota Moe, JaredJared Moe Freshman G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1999-07-22 New Prague, Minnesota Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) WPG, 184th overall 2017
39 Flag of Minnesota Meyers, BenBen Meyers Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-11-15 Delano, Minnesota Fargo Force (USHL)
45 Flag of Ontario LaFontaine, JackJack LaFontaine Junior G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-01-06 Mississauga, Ontario Penticton Vees (BCHL) CAR, 75th overall 2016
51 Flag of Wisconsin Weber, NoahNoah Weber Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1998-02-15 Eagle River, Wisconsin Madison Capitols (USHL)
55 Flag of Michigan Staudacher, MattMatt Staudacher Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 2000-02-07 Fenton, Michigan Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
58 Flag of Finland Ranta, SampoSampo Ranta Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 2000-05-31 Naantali, Finland Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) COL, 78th overall 2018

Standings[edit | edit source]

2019–20 Big Ten ice hockey Standings
Conference record Overall record
GP W L T 3/SW PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#9 Penn State 24 12 8 4 1 41 79 70 34 20 10 4 121 88
#10 Ohio State 24 11 9 4 1 38 62 62 34 18 11 5 91 80
#17 Michigan 24 11 10 3 2 38 65 52 34 16 14 4 92 72
#18 Minnesota 24 9 8 7 4 38 66 62 34 14 13 7 95 94
Notre Dame 24 9 9 6 4 37 59 59 34 14 13 7 90 91
Michigan State 24 11 11 2 0 35 54 54 34 15 17 2 80 82
Wisconsin 24 7 15 2 2 25 63 89 34 14 18 2 110 124
Championship: March 21, 2020
† indicates conference regular season champion * indicates conference tournament champion
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll; updated March 1, 2020

Schedule and Results[edit | edit source]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Decision Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
October 7 5:00 PM vs. Mount Royal* 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota (Exhibition)   Close T 2–2 OT 6,482
Regular Season
October 11 8:37 PM at Colorado College* Broadmoor World ArenaColorado Springs, Colorado FSN+ LaFontaine L 2–3  3,429 0–1–0
October 12 8:07 PM at Colorado College* Broadmoor World ArenaColorado Springs, Colorado   Moe W 4–3  3,460 1–1–0
October 18 7:05 PM vs. Niagara* 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN LaFontaine W 3–2 OT 7,294 2–1–0
October 19 7:05 PM vs. Niagara* 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN Moe W 4–2  7,802 3–1–0
October 25 7:05 PM vs. #8 Minnesota–Duluth* #20 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN+ LaFontaine L 2–5  9,407 3–2–0
October 26 8:07 PM at #8 Minnesota–Duluth* #20 AMSOIL ArenaDuluth, Minnesota   Moe L 0–2  6,655 3–3–0
November 1 7:33 PM vs. #5 Notre Dame 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota BTN Moe T 2–2 3x3 OTW 7,459 3–3–1 (0–0–1–1)
November 2 4:04 PM vs. #5 Notre Dame 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN Moe L 3–5  8,008 3–4–1 (0–1–1–1)
November 8 5:31 PM at Michigan Yost Ice ArenaAnn Arbor, Michigan BTN LaFontaine T 1–1 3x3 OTW 5,373 3–4–2 (0–1–2–2)
November 9 4:01 PM at Michigan Yost Ice ArenaAnn Arbor, Michigan BTN Moe W 3–1  5,800 4–4–2 (1–1–2–2)
November 15 7:05 PM vs. #8 Penn State 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN+ LaFontaine L 2–8  8,032 4–5–2 (1–2–2–2)
November 16 7:05 PM vs. #8 Penn State 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN+ Moe L 3–6  8,203 4–6–2 (1–3–2–2)
November 22 7:05 PM vs. #16 Wisconsin 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN, FSW LaFontaine W 4–1  7,903 5–6–2 (2–3–2–2)
November 23 7:05 PM vs. #16 Wisconsin 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN+, FSW+ LaFontaine T 3–3 SOL 8,612 5–6–3 (2–3–3–2)
November 28 7:05 PM vs. #3 North Dakota* 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN LaFontaine L 3–9  8,567 5–7–3 (2–3–3–2)
December 1 7:05 PM vs. #3 North Dakota* 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN Moe L 2–3  9,823 5–8–3 (2–3–3–2)
December 6 7:01 PM at #7 Ohio State Value City ArenaColumbus, Ohio BTN LaFontaine L 2–3 OT 5,321 5–9–3 (2–4–3–2)
December 7 7:00 PM at #7 Ohio State Value City ArenaColumbus, Ohio   LaFontaine T 1–1 3x3 OTW 3,816 5–9–4 (2–4–4–3)
Mariucci Classic
December 28 7:00 PM vs. Bemidji State* 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota (Mariucci Semifinal) FSN+ LaFontaine W 5–2  7,615 6–9–4 (2–4–4–3)
December 29 7:05 PM vs. St. Cloud State* 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota (Mariucci Championship) FSN+ LaFontaine W 4–1  6,772 7–9–4 (2–4–4–3)
January 10 5:00 PM at #20 Michigan State Munn Ice ArenaEast Lansing, Michigan BTN LaFontaine L 1–4  6,346 7–10–4 (2–5–4–3)
January 11 6:00 PM at #20 Michigan State Munn Ice ArenaEast Lansing, Michigan BTN Moe W 2–0  5,923 8–10–4 (3–5–4–3)
January 17 7:00 PM vs. USNTDP* 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota (Exhibition)   Close L 1–2  6,138
January 24 7:00 PM vs. #6 Ohio State 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN+ LaFontaine W 6–3  7,489 9–10–4 (4–5–4–3)
January 25 7:30 PM vs. #6 Ohio State 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota BTN LaFontaine W 4–1  8,426 10–10–4 (5–5–4–3)
January 31 7:02 PM at Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, Wisconsin FSN, FSW+ Moe W 6–2  11,637 11–10–4 (6–5–4–3)
February 1 8:02 PM at Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, Wisconsin FSN+, FSW Moe W 4–2  13,506 12–10–4 (7–5–4–3)
February 7 7:00 PM vs. #19 Michigan State 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN+ Moe W 4–1  8,860 13–10–4 (8–5–4–3)
February 8 5:05 PM vs. #19 Michigan State 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN+ Moe L 2–4  9,661 13–11–4 (8–6–4–3)
February 14 6:10 PM at Notre Dame Compton Family Ice ArenaNotre Dame, Indiana NBCSN LaFontaine T 3–3 SOW 4,854 13–11–5 (8–6–5–4)
February 15 5:05 PM at Notre Dame Compton Family Ice ArenaNotre Dame, Indiana NBC Sports Chi+ LaFontaine W 2–1  5,804 14–11–5 (9–6–5–4)
February 21 7:30 PM at #11 Penn State #18 Pegula Ice ArenaUniversity Park, Pennsylvania BTN LaFontaine T 3–3 3x3 OTL 6,151 14–11–6 (9–6–6–4)
February 22 5:30 PM at #11 Penn State #18 Pegula Ice ArenaUniversity Park, Pennsylvania BTN LaFontaine L 2–3  6,328 14–12–6 (9–7–6–4)
February 28 7:30 PM vs. Michigan #18 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota BTN LaFontaine T 2–2 SOL 8,149 14–12–7 (9–7–7–4)
February 29 5:00 PM vs. Michigan #18 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota FSN LaFontaine L 1–2  9,613 14–13–7 (9–8–7–4)
Big Ten Tournament
March 6 7:01 PM vs. Notre Dame* #19 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota (Quarterfinal Game 1)   LaFontaine L 0–1  2,012 14–14–7 (9–8–7–4)
March 7 7:01 PM vs. Notre Dame* #19 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota (Quarterfinal Game 2)   LaFontaine W 2–1  2,281 15–14–7 (9–8–7–4)
March 8 6:01 PM vs. Notre Dame* #19 3M Arena at MariucciMinneapolis, Minnesota (Quarterfinal Game 3)   LaFontaine W 3–2  2,039 16–14–7 (9–8–7–4)
Minnesota Won Series 2–1
Remainder of Tournament Cancelled
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from USCHO.com Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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Scoring Statistics[edit | edit source]

Name Position Games Goals Assists Points PIM
Walker, SammySammy Walker C 37 11 19 30 33
McManus, BrannonBrannon McManus C/RW 37 9 18 27 10
Meyers, BenBen Meyers C/LW 37 10 16 26 8
McLaughlin, BlakeBlake McLaughlin LW 37 8 16 24 34
Reedy, ScottScott Reedy C 35 15 8 23 12
Ranta, SampoSampo Ranta LW 35 12 8 20 10
Nanne, TylerTyler Nanne D 35 4 10 14 2
LaCombe, JacksonJackson LaCombe D 37 3 10 13 14
Brodzinski, BryceBryce Brodzinski RW 37 7 5 12 16
Sorenson, JonnyJonny Sorenson F 35 6 5 11 10
Zuhlsdorf, RyanRyan Zuhlsdorf D 37 1 8 9 8
Stucker, RobbieRobbie Stucker D 35 2 6 8 4
Johnson, RyanRyan Johnson D 37 0 8 8 20
Wait, GerrettGerrett Wait LW 21 2 5 7 0
Perbix, JackJack Perbix RW 35 2 5 7 16
Burke, NathanNathan Burke F 32 3 3 6 2
Nelson, JaxonJaxon Nelson C 33 2 4 6 2
Staudacher, MattMatt Staudacher D 37 1 5 6 29
Marooney, JoeyJoey Marooney RW 20 0 4 4 8
Brinkman, BenBen Brinkman D 36 0 3 3 8
Munson, CullenCullen Munson C 16 2 0 2 2
Rossini, SamSam Rossini D 2 0 0 0 10
Close, JustenJusten Close G 3 0 0 0 0
Moe, JaredJared Moe G 16 0 0 0 0
LaFontaine, JackJack LaFontaine G 25 0 0 0 0
Bench - - - - - 10
Total 100 166 266 258

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Goaltending statistics[edit | edit source]

Name Games Minutes Wins Losses Ties Goals Against Saves Shut Outs SV % GAA
Moe, JaredJared Moe 16 829 7 5 1 34 366 1 .915 2.46
LaFontaine, JackJack LaFontaine 25 1389 9 9 6 59 671 0 .919 2.55
Close, JustenJusten Close 3 29 0 0 0 3 11 0 .786 6.09
Empty Net - 11 - - - 2 - - - -
Total 37 2260 16 14 7 98 1048 1 .914 2.60

Rankings[edit | edit source]

Poll Week
Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 (Final)
USCHO.com NR NR NR 20 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 18 18 19 18 18
USA Today NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR

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Players drafted into the NHL[edit | edit source]

2020 NHL Entry Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Player NHL Team
2 45 Brock Faber Los Angeles Kings
3 80 Jake Boltmann Calgary Flames
6 180 Joe Miller Toronto Maple Leafs

† incoming freshman

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Big Ten Statement on Competitions, Recruiting. Big Ten Conference (March 12, 2020). Retrieved on April 19, 2020.
  2. 2019–20 Men's Ice Hockey Roster. University of Minnesota Athletics. Retrieved on July 27, 2017.
  3. Minnesota Golden Gophers (Men) 2019-2020 Schedule and Results. College Hockey Stats. Retrieved on December 5, 2019.
  4. "Univ. of Minnesota 2019-2020 Skater Stats", Elite Prospects. Retrieved on March 7, 2020. 
  5. "USCHO Division I Men's Poll", USCHO.com. Retrieved on December 6, 2019. 
  6. "NHL DRAFT: Second day of NHL Draft concludes, nearly 70 players with NCAA ties chosen overall", USCHO.com. Retrieved on October 8, 2020. 

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