|First meeting||January 23, 1948|
North Dakota 5, Minnesota 3
|Latest meeting||November 29, 2019|
North Dakota 3, Minnesota 2
|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 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, holding a narrow 3–2 advantage. The teams have played 292 official games through the 2019-20 season, with Minnesota leading 142–134–16.
After the 2012–13 season, Minnesota moved to the newly-created Big Ten Conference, which began to sponsor ice hockey for the first time. Conference affiliation compelled the Gophers to leave the historic Western Collegiate Hockey Association, 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, through they would meet in the 2014 Frozen Four. 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. Nonetheless, the two programs continue to consider each other to be their most-heated foe. The non-conference meetings are scheduled to continue through the 2022-23 season.
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. Early folklore concerns partisans of the Fighting Sioux throwing dead Gophers onto the ice.
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. 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.
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.
After the Gophers had left the WCHA and catalyzed widespread conference realignment, the teams missed facing each other in the 2013–14 season. 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.
Rival accomplishments[edit | edit source]
|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|
|Hobey Baker Award Winners||4||2|
|All-time Program Record||1831–1049–201||1547–992–158|
|All-time Winning Percentage||.627||.603|
Game results[edit | edit source]
|Minnesota victories||North Dakota victories||Tie games|
References[edit | edit source]
- Rivalry Battles Continue for 'U' with UND (en).
- Oct 19, FOX Sports North (2017-10-19). McLeod Hockey Blog: Gophers-North Dakota is a rivalry for the ages (en-US).
- North Dakota-Minnesota storied rivalry fuels players | NCAA.com (en).
- Wells, Nathan. Gophers' return to North Dakota mixes old and new for college hockey's best rivalry.
- Wells, Nathan (2013-01-18). Gophers-UND: What does the rivalry really mean? (en).
- Thanksgiving feast: Gophers men's hockey vs. North Dakota.
- NCAA Tournament History (en).
- Gophers into title game with last-second goal (en) (2014-04-11).
- 19-20 hockey media guide (PDF) (en).
- Jan 19th 2013 - 11pm, Dickinson Press Staff |. Miller: There's no replacing the Minnesota-North Dakota hockey rivalry (en).
- College hockey offers fine appetizers for a big football weekend.
- Nov 27th 2019 - 2pm, Jess Myers | Brad Elliott Schlossman |. Minnesota-North Dakota rivalry: top three series wins by each program (en).
- Nov 26th 2019 - 5pm, Brad Elliott Schlossman |. North Dakota-Minnesota rivalry has changed in many ways, but still highlights the schedule (en).
- SERVICES, TH WIRE. College hockey: Great rivalry returns to ice at Frozen Four (en).
- North Dakota-Minnesota rivalry renewed at Frozen 4 (en).
- MHK Media Guide 2019 20 (PDF) (en).
|Big Ten Conference men's ice hockey|
|Teams||Michigan Wolverines - Michigan State Spartans - Minnesota Golden Gophers - Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Ohio State Buckeyes - Penn State Nittany Lions - Wisconsin Badgers|
|Venues||Yost Ice Arena (Michigan) - Munn Ice Arena (Michigan State) - 3M Arena at Mariucci (Minnesota) - Compton Family Ice Arena (Notre Dame) - Value City Arena (Ohio State) - Pegula Ice Arena (Penn State) - Kohl Center (Wisconsin)|
|Championships & awards||Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament (list of champions) - Player of the Year - Defensive Player of the Year - Goaltender of the Year - Freshman of the Year - Coach of the Year - Tournament MOP - Scoring Champions|
|Seasons||2013–14 - 2014–15 - 2015–16 - 2016–17 - 2017–18 - 2018–19 - 2019–20 - 2020–21|
|National Collegiate Hockey Conference|
|Teams||Colorado College Tigers - Denver Pioneers - Miami RedHawks - Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs - North Dakota Fighting Hawks - Omaha Mavericks - St. Cloud State Huskies - Western Michigan Broncos|
|Venues||Broadmoor World Arena (Colorado College) - Magness Arena (Denver) - Steve Cady Arena (Miami) - AMSOIL Arena (Minnesota–Duluth) - Ralph Engelstad Arena (North Dakota) - Baxter Arena (Omaha) - Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (St. Cloud State) - Lawson Arena (Western Michigan)|
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