Robson, Gophers Shut Down Top Ranked Huskies 08 Jan 18

MEN’S HOCKEY
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – Darian Romanko’s early third-period goal proved to be the game-winner in a defensive affair as the tenth-ranked Gopher Men’s Hockey program shut out No. 1 St. Cloud State 2-0 at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Sunday evening.

No. 10 Minnesota (13-10-1, 4-7-1-1 Big Ten) defeated the top-ranked team in the nation for the first time since a dominating 8-1 win over Boston College at the Mariucci Classic back on Dec. 30, 2012. The Gophers have not shut out the top-ranked team in the nation in the past 18 seasons when scores against ranked opponents were tracked. St. Cloud State (13-3-3, 7-2-1 NCHC) stumbles for just the third time this season and first in its last nine games

Robson stopped all 34 shots he faced to earn his second victory as a Gopher and Minnesota’s second shutout in its last four games. Hrenak made 19 saves for St. Cloud State. The Gophers were 0-for-2 on the power play while holding the Huskies to an 0-for-3 night.

Minnesota hosts Michigan in a Big Ten series next weekend at 3M Arena at Mariucci, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. opening face-off Friday night between the Gophers and Wolverines.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MINNEAPOLIS – Nine different Gophers scored as Minnesota pulled out a close Big Ten victory over Michigan State at Williams Arena this afternoon. 

The Gophers spread the around ball around all game long. Eight Gophers scored in the first half alone and three broke double-digits on the afternoon.

Kenisha Bell led the team with 20 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals. In her second start of the season, Bryanna Fernstrom scored 14 points and recorded seven rebounds. Senior Carlie Wagner put the team on her back with a big fourth quarter and finished with 15 points.

The Gophers capitalized off numerous Spartan turnovers with 29 points off of Michigan State’s 23 turnovers. Minnesota also saw strong play in the paint, scoring 40 points with strong nights from Fernstrom, Jessie Edwards and Taiye Bello.