Minnesota–North Dakota men's ice hockey rivalry
First meeting January 23, 1948
North Dakota 5, Minnesota 3
Latest meeting November 29, 2019
North Dakota 3, Minnesota 2
Statistics
Meetings total 292
All-time series Minnesota leads, 142–134–16
Largest victory North Dakota, 9–0 (1989)
Minnesota, 10–1 (1992)
Longest win streak Minnesota, 11 (1973–1975)
Longest unbeaten streak Minnesota, 12 (1973–1975)
Current win streak North Dakota, 4 (2017–Present)

The Minnesota–North Dakota ice hockey rivalry is an intercollegiate ice hockey rivalry[1][2][3][4][5][6] between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and North Dakota Fighting Hawks. The rivalry is between two of the most successful programs in the sport, as the teams have combined for 13 national titles and 43 Frozen Four appearances in the NCAA tournament. Minnesota has met North Dakota five times in the national tournament,[7] holding a narrow 3–2 advantage.[8] The teams have played 292 official games through the 2019-20 season, with Minnesota leading 142–134–16.[9]

After the 2012–13 season, Minnesota moved to the newly-created Big Ten Conference, which began to sponsor ice hockey for the first time.[10] Conference affiliation compelled the Gophers to leave the historic Western Collegiate Hockey Association,[11] which the Gophers and Fighting Sioux had competed in together for 47 years. As a consequence of the move, the two would not play each other for two consecutive regular seasons, ending a run of 66 consecutive years of regular-season meetings,[3] through they would meet in the 2014 Frozen Four.[12] After the two year hiatus, the programs have scheduled non-conference matchups to preserve the rivalry, though the series no longer consists of the four game slate that constituted the old conference schedule.[13] Nonetheless, the two programs continue to consider each other to be their most-heated foe.[13] The non-conference meetings are scheduled to continue through the 2022-23 season.[3]

Series history[edit | edit source]

The series dates back to 1948, though Minnesota counts 1930s games against North Dakota before it became a varsity program in the official standings.[14] Early folklore concerns partisans of the Fighting Sioux throwing dead Gophers onto the ice.[14]

Minnesota topped the Fighting Sioux in overtime in the national championship of the 1979 NCAA tournament, the first national postseason meeting between the two programs. In Detroit, the Gophers would down the Sioux in coach Herb Brooks's last game for Minnesota.[12] Eight Gophers played the following year for Brooks as part of the Miracle on Ice team representing the United States in the 1980 Winter Olympics.[12][2]

In 2005, the programs would meet in the Frozen Four for the second time. North Dakota raced to a 4–0 lead and held on despite two late goals from the Gophers. The win propelled North Dakota to the national championship, in which they lost to the Denver Pioneers.[12]

After the Gophers had left the WCHA and catalyzed widespread conference realignment,[15] the teams missed facing each other in the 2013–14 season.[12] However, they met in the postseason, in the 2014 Frozen Four. Tied at 1 goal apiece, Justin Holl scored with 0.6 seconds left in the final period to secure a miracle win for the Gophers, as they advanced to the NCAA title game.[12]

Rival accomplishments[edit | edit source]

The following summarizes the accomplishments of the two programs.[9][16]

Team Minnesota Golden Gophers North Dakota Fighting Hawks
NCAA National Titles 5 8
NCAA Frozen Four Appearances 21 22
NCAA Tournament Appearances 37 32
NCAA Tournament Record 55–38 52–26
Conference Tournament Titles 15 11
Conference Championships 18 18
Hobey Baker Award Winners 4 2
All-Americans 65 77
All-time Program Record 1831–1049–201 1547–992–158
All-time Winning Percentage .627 .603

Game results[edit | edit source]

Minnesota victoriesNorth Dakota victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 1948 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–3
2 1948 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 7–4OT
3 1949 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–3OT
4 1949 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–4
5 1949 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 12–5
6 1949 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 7–6
7 1950 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 7–3
8 1950 Rochester, MN North Dakota 6–5
9 1950 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 3–2
10 1950 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 8–5
11 1951 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 8–4
12 1951 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 7–2
13 1951 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–2
14 1951 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 3–2
15 1952 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–1
16 1952 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–3
17 1952 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 9–2
18 1952 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 6–4
19 1953 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 7–5
20 1953 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–2
21 1953 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 3–0
22 1953 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 3–1
23 1954 Grand Forks, ND Tie2–2
24 1954 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–0
25 1954 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–3
26 1954 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 8–2
27 1955 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 6–4
28 1955 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 5–3
29 1955 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 6–0
30 1955 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 7–0
31 1956 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–0
32 1956 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–3
33 1956 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 8–4
34 1956 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 7–0
35 1957 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 3–2OT
36 1957 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 4–3
37 1957 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 4–1
38 1957 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 7–1
39 1958 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 7–5
40 1958 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 5–3
41 1958 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–1
42 1958 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–5OT
43 1959 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 4–3
44 1959 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 6–2
45 1959 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–5
46 1959 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–2
47 1960 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 9–3
48 1960 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 4–1
49 1960 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–5
50 1960 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–1
51 1961 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 9–2
52 1961 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–3OT
53 1961 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 6–4
54 1961 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 4–3OT
55 1962 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 4–1
56 1962 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 5–4OT
57 1962 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 3–2
58 1962 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–5OT
59 1963 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 6–4
60 1963 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 3–2
61 1963 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–3
62 1963 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–3
63 1964 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 4–2
64 1964 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–4OT
65 1964 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–3
66 1964 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 3–1
67 1965 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 5–4OT
68 1965 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 3–1
69 1965 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–0
70 1965 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–4
71 1965 St. Paul, MN Minnesota 6–4
72 1966 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 3–1
73 1966 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–4
74 1966 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 6–2
75 1966 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 6–1
76 1966 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–2
77 1967 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 5–4OT
78 1967 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 3–2
79 1967 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 3–2
80 1967 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 3–2
81 1967 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 7–2
82 1968 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 4–1
83 1968 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 5–1
84 1968 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 3–2
85 1968 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 3–0
86 1968 Bloomington, IN North Dakota 5–45OT
87 1969 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 3–2
88 1969 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–2
89 1969 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–2
90 1969 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–3
91 1969 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 4–3OT
92 1969 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–2
93 1970 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–3
94 1970 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 1–0
95 1971 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 4–1
96 1971 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 6–0
97 1971 Grand Forks, ND Tie3–3
98 1971 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 2–0
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
99 1971 Madison, WI Minnesota 5–2
100 1972 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 7–3
101 1972 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 4–3
102 1972 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–2
103 1972 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–1
104 1973 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–2
105 1973 Grand Forks, ND Tie2–2
106 1973 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 3–2
107 1973 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–2
108 1973 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 7–3
109 1973 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 11–3
110 1974 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 2–1
111 1974 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 2–1
112 1974 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–4
113 1974 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–0
114 1975 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 7–0
115 1975 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–2
116 1975 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 4–2
117 1975 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 6–3
118 1976 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–3
119 1976 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–1
120 1976 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 4–3
121 1976 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 3–2
122 1977 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 7–4
123 1977 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 8–6
124 1977 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 8–7OT
125 1977 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 6–3
126 1978 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–2
127 1978 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 4–2
128 1978 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–1
129 1978 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 6–3
130 1979 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–2
131 1979 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 4–2
132 1979 Detroit, MI Minnesota 4–3OT
133 1979 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–3
134 1979 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 7–6
135 1980 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 5–3
136 1980 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 6–2
137 1980 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 9–8
138 1980 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 4–3OT
139 1981 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 2–1
140 1981 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 11–3
141 1981 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 5–2
142 1981 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 7–5
143 1982 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 3–1
144 1982 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–1
145 1982 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 5–4
146 1982 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–2
147 1983 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–2
148 1983 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 2–1
149 1983 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 4–3
150 1983 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 1–0
151 1984 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 3–1
152 1984 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 7–4
153 1984 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–4
154 1984 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 6–3
155 1984 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–3
156 1984 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–4
157 1984 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–1
158 1984 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–3
159 1985 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 6–1
160 1985 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–2
161 1985 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 7–4
162 1985 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 3–2
163 1986 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 6–3
164 1986 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 6–0
165 1986 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 4–1
166 1986 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 4–1
167 1987 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–2
168 1987 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–2
169 1987 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–3
170 1987 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–3
171 1987 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 4–2
172 1987 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–2
173 1988 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 4–3
174 1988 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 7–3
175 1988 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 2–1
176 1988 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 7–1
177 1989 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 9–0
178 1989 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 9–3
179 1989 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 6–5
180 1989 Grand Forks, ND Tie4–4
181 1990 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–4
182 1990 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 7–4
183 1990 St. Paul, MN Minnesota 5–4
184 1990 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–1
185 1990 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 6–3
186 1991 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 4–1
187 1991 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 11–5
188 1991 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 4–2
189 1991 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 8–2
190 1992 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 10–1
191 1992 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–3
192 1992 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 5–3
193 1992 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 9–2
194 1992 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 3–1
195 1992 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 8–4
196 1992 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 8–4
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
197 1993 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 6–1
198 1993 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–2
199 1993 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 6–4
200 1993 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–4OT
201 1993 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 6–5
202 1993 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 3–0
203 1994 Grand Forks, ND Tie3–3
204 1994 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 7–2
205 1994 Grand Forks, ND Tie4–4
206 1994 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–3
207 1995 Minneapolis, MN Tie3–3
208 1995 Minneapolis, MN Tie5–5
209 1995 St. Paul, MN Minnesota 3–2
210 1995 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 4–2
211 1995 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 6–1
212 1996 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 8–2
213 1996 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 7–5
214 1996 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 3–2
215 1996 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 10–6
216 1997 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–4
217 1997 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–2
218 1997 St. Paul, MN North Dakota 4–3OT
219 1997 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 6–5
220 1997 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 3–2
221 1998 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–2
222 1998 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–3
223 1998 Minneapolis, MN Tie4–4
224 1998 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 5–3
225 1999 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–4
226 1999 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–5
227 1999 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 6–2
228 1999 Minneapolis, MN Tie2–2
229 1999 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 3–2
230 2000 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 1–0
231 2000 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 5–2
232 2000 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 7–5
233 2000 Grand Forks, ND Tie5–5
234 2001 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 4–1
235 2001 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–1
236 2001 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 7–5
237 2002 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 4–3
238 2002 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 2–1
239 2002 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 6–4
240 2002 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 4–3
241 2002 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 7–2
242 2002 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 4–3OT
243 2003 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 4–2
244 2003 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 6–3
245 2003 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 7–3
246 2003 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 5–3
247 2004 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 4–2
248 2004 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 2–1
249 2004 St. Paul, MN Minnesota 5–4
250 2004 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–2
251 2004 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 6–0
252 2005 St. Paul, MN North Dakota 4–2
253 2005 Columbus, OH North Dakota 4–2
254 2005 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 4–3
255 2005 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 4–3
256 2006 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 6–1
257 2006 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 4–2
258 2007 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 5–3
259 2007 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 7–3
260 2007 St. Paul, MN Minnesota 3–2OT
261 2007 Denver, CO North Dakota 3–2OT
262 2007 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–2
263 2007 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 4–3
264 2008 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 2–1OT
265 2008 Minneapolis, MN Tie1–1
266 2009 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–3
267 2009 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–1
268 2009 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–0
269 2009 Grand Forks, ND Tie3–3
270 2010 Minneapolis, MN Tie3–3
271 2010 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–1
272 2010 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 6–0
273 2010 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 4–2
274 2010 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–1
275 2011 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 3–2
276 2011 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–1
277 2011 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 2–0
278 2011 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 3–2
279 2012 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 2–1
280 2012 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 6–2
281 2012 St. Paul, MN North Dakota 6–3
282 2012 St. Paul, MN Minnesota 5–2
283 2013 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 5–1
284 2013 Minneapolis, MN Tie4–4
285 2014 Philadelphia, PA Minnesota 2–1
286 2016 Minneapolis, MN Tie5–5
287 2016 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 2–0
288 2017 Grand Forks, ND Minnesota 2–1
289 2017 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota 4–0
290 2018 Las Vegas, NV North Dakota 3–1
291 2019 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 9–3
292 2019 Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 3–2
Series: Minnesota leads 142–134–16

References[edit | edit source]

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