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A fan of hockey from mites to the NHL, Nathan learned heartbreak at the age of six when Norm Green took his Minnesota North Stars to Dallas. Since then the heartbreaking losses have continued between Vikings, Twins, Wild and Timberwolves but he fails to give up the hope of another Twin Cities pro championship.

Presently Nathan covers the University of Minnesota hockey team for Western College Hockey and College Hockey News. In addition, he has attended Frozen Fours and is a NCAA Hockey correspondent for SB Nation.com

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Huskies top dog in NCHC

St. Cloud State became Saturday the first team to win the Penrose Cup, awarded to the NCHC regular season champion. The Huskies will face Miami in the first round of the postseason (rest of NCHC bracket inside).

Regular season title going down to final weekend

The Big Ten regular season title goes down to the final weekend. After the Gophers tied and lost a shootout, Wisconsin stayed alive with an OT win over Penn State. Minnesota leads the Badgers by 5 points entering next weekend.

"Reilly-ing" towards a title

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All 5 Minnesota goals in a 5-1 win over Ohio State featured contributions from a Reilly. Sophomore defenseman Mike Reilly had a career-high 3 assists while brother Connor had a goal and an assist. The Gophers can clinch the B1G title with a win Sat.

What's at stake over Big Ten's final 2 weekends?

Minnesota can clinch, Michigan can finish anywhere from first to fifth and plenty is on the line during the last two weekends of Big Ten play.

Friday Minnesota State Hockey Tourney Schedule

Updated brackets for Friday's Class A and AA semifinals. All 4 top seeds in Class A and 3 of the 4 in Class AA advanced.

Lakeville North & Eden Prairie advance to AA semis

The Panthers and Eagles each won a close game in Thursday's afternoon session. The two teams will play each other tomorrow night.

Maine's Shore dons Google Glass

Got 35 seconds? Then watch an interesting first-person view of a hockey shift.

Hudson Fasching traded to Buffalo

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Fasching, a Gophers freshman and 2013 4th round draft pick, sees his rights moved from Los Angeles to the Sabres as part of an NHL Trade Deadline Deal. He has 27 points (12G-15A) in 31 games this season.

Senior Slack-Off? Not at Mariucci

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Minnesota honored its five seniors Saturday with two majorly contributing in a 2-1 win over Penn State.

Gopher seniors have played big role

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Minnesota's five seniors will be honored tonight. The class, the only one to miss the NCAA Tourney, leaves college with with a Frozen Four appearance, two MacNaughton Cups and in good position for a third run at a national title and more hardware.

Minnesota's Top-Six Top Flight Friday

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Five of the six players on the top two Gopher lines scored goals as Minnesota had several more good chances go off the post or just wide in a dominant 5-1 win over Penn State.

Freibergs to play in spite of drug test report

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Kevin Gordon of the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune reports that Raifs Freibergs is still playing despite possibly failing an Olympic drug test.The Latvian-born Freibergs was the lone NCAA hockey player participating in the Sochi Olympics.

Which are the most important remaining B1G series?

As the inaugural conference stretch run heats up, we look at which Big Ten series matter most and rank them from 1-8.

Minnesota picks up pair of NAHL commits

In the last week forward Robin Hoglund (Janesville) and goalie Nick Lehr (Austin) each committed to the Gophers.

UW's Mersch, Rumpel, PSU's Goodwin B1G 3 Stars

Your weekly Big Ten Three Stars post sees a pair of Badgers honored for their roles in Wisconsin's sweep over Michigan State.

CC wins Gold Pan; honors Scott Winkler

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Saturday's 3-1 win came on what would have been Winkler's 24th birthday. Winkler passed away last summer in his native Norway from an undiagnosed heart condition

Gopher women shut out & sweep UMD

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Minnesota's special teams shined in the WCHA regular season finale. The Gophers scored 4 power play goals and killed a five minute major against Minnesota-Duluth en route to a 6-0 win Saturday.

Gophers take week of rest, learning from Olympics

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Minnesota may be idle this weekend, but that doesn't stop the hockey.

Cornell facing Penn State at MSG on November 29

While rumored for a couple months, the Big Red officially has an opponent for its annual non-conference game at the World's Most Famous Arena.

B1G 3 Stars: Gophers take top two spots

Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox and forward Hudson Fasching earned the top 2 stars for the week ending February 17. The pair are joined by a familiar name in the Big Ten - Michigan State goaltender Jake Hildebrand.

2 Wolverines suspended

The Big Ten announced Monday that Michigan's Michael Downing and Andrew Sinelli will miss Friday's game against Penn State. Both were suspended for separate incidents in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Minnesota.

Tyler Sheehy commits to Gophers

Sheehy originally committed to Ohio State. The Burnsville, MN native and Waterloo (USHL) forward is expected to join the Gophers in 2015.

Minnesota sweeps Michigan

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Four different players scored for the Gophers as the team rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit against Michigan for a 4-1 win. Minnesota maintains its 7 point Big Ten lead with 6 games remaining.

Gophers-Wolverines Saturday Line Combinations

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Pregame notes for Saturday's finale. Both teams are going with the same lineups Saturday after Minnesota took the opener 5-3

Golden Frosh

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Minnesota got goals by 4 different freshmen Friday in a 5-3 win over Michigan. The Gophers lead the nation in first-year contributions with 41 and the Big Ten by 7 points.

Gophers-Wolverines Lines

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Tom Serratore returns to the lineup for Minnesota while Steve Racine, who played well in relief of Zach Nagelvoort last Saturday, is in net for Michigan. Full line combinations for both teams.

On regional tourneys & gridlock

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There are several similarities when it comes to regional tournaments throughout the country. That's also why it makes sense to show the biggest one nationally.

Skoff first Penn State player named 3 Stars

The sophomore goalie earned the Big Ten's second star this week for his role in PSU's 4-0 shutout Saturday over Michigan. He is joined by Wisconsin goalie Joel Rumpel (for his role in the Badgers' sweep of Minnesota) and MSU forward Greg Wolfe.

Penn State earns first B1G win

A three goal first period by the Nittany Lions and 32 saves by Matthew Skoff turned Saturday's series finale against Michigan into a one-sided affair.

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UMD's Crandall celebrates with "Bernie" dance

There might not be a better representation of what the shootout means in college hockey than by having a goaltender pretending to be a dead guy brought back to life by voodoo.

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