Coffey Done For Season, Men’s Hockey Rallies For A Tie 17 Feb 18

MEN’S BASKETBALL
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota sophomore small forward Amir Coffey will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.

The university announced the news Saturday night about the 6-foot-8 Coffey, who has missed 10 of the last 12 games with the injury. He finished his second year with the Gophers with averages of 14.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 31.6 minutes.

The absence of Coffey, coupled with the removal of senior center Reggie Lynch from the lineup following sexual assault allegations against him that led to his expulsion from the university, has ruined a once-promising season for Minnesota. The Gophers (14-14, 3-12) have only won one game without Coffey. They’ve lost eight straight and dropped to 11th place in the Big Ten.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY
MADISON, Wis. – The No. 7 Golden Gopher women’s hockey team dropped game two of the Border Battle by a score of 1-0 on the road at No. 1 Wisconsin in front of a second-straight sold-out crowd at LaBahn Arena Saturday evening.

Minnesota (20-10-3, 13-8-3-2) surrendered the game’s lone goal when UW’s Maddie Rolfes scored at the 16:09 mark of the first period. The defensive battle ended with the teams combining for just 38 shots on goal as the Badgers had an 22-16 advantage for the game.

The Gophers were 0-for-4 on the power play, including an abbreviated 4-on-3 advantage, while going perfect on the penalty kill at 3-for-3.

All four games between the Gophers and Badgers were one-goal games this season, but Wisconsin (29-3-2, 20-2-2-2 WCHA) earned the sweep to cap the regular season on the road in Madison, Wis., after taking game one, 4-3.

For the series, the Gophers were led by Sydney Baldwin’s two-goal effort in game one. Grace Zumwinkle also posted multiple points in game one with one goal and one assist in the Border Battle.

No. 3 seed Minnesota begins the 2018 postseason by hosting No. 6 seed St. Cloud State in a best-of-three series in the WCHA First Round next weekend. Game times are set for 7:07 p.m. CT Friday, 4:07 p.m. CT Saturday, and 4:07 p.m. CT Sunday (if necessary) with a trip to the 2018 WCHA Final Faceoff on the line.

 No. 2 seed Ohio State hosts No. 7 seed Minnesota State and No. 4 seed Minnesota Duluth hosts No. 5 seed Bemidji State in the other two WCHA First Round series. The WCHA regular-season champion Badgers have a first-round bye straight to the WCHA Final Faceoff, which will be held at Ridder Arena on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4.

MEN’S HOCKEY
MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 10/9 Gopher Hockey program closed out the regular-season home schedule with a 1-1 overtime tie against No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday afternoon, moving to within a point of clinching home ice for the first round of the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes claimed the conference bonus point by taking the eight-round shootout by a 2-1 advantage.

Minnesota (19-13-2 overall, 10-10-2-1 Big Ten) is now unbeaten in the last four games (3-0-1) and is now 6-1-1 in the last eight contests. With the team saluting it senior class today, the Maroon & Gold also are unbeaten in the last 10 regular-season home finales (8-0-2).

In goal for the Gophers, Mat Robson matched his single-game career high with 38 saves in the series finale while facing 39 shots in the game. The sophomore moved to 7-2-1 on the year and has now allowed two goal or fewer in nine of his 11 appearances this season.

A night after falling to the Gophers by a 2-1 margin, Ohio State (20-8-4, 12-8-2-1) jumped out to a first period lead when Mason Jobst scored with 34 seconds left in the second period. The strike was the only official blemish on the night against Robson, who went on to stop six of the eight attempts he faced in the shootout.

The Maroon & Gold would rally in the third period, however, when Brent Gates Jr. scored his 11th of the year at 10:27 off feeds from Tommy Novak and Ryan Lindgren. Gates has now tallied a goal in three-straight games with six points (three goals, three assists) on his four-game point streak. Novak also moved his point streak to four games with six assists in that stretch. This time it would be the lone goal allowed by Ohio State goaltender Sean Romeo, who made 34 saves on the night.

Neither team would find the back of the net again in regulation or the five-minute overtime. The Buckeyes claimed the extra point in the shootout with goals from Tanner Lacynski and Gordi Myer. Tyler Sheehy recorded Minnesota’s shootout tally. The Buckeyes outshot Minnesota 39-35 on the night with both teams failing to capitalize on the power play as the Gophers went 0-for-3 and Ohio State was 0-for-2.

Minnesota closes out the regular-season with a two-game series next weekend at Penn State.

SOFTBALL
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 14 Minnesota (5-3) fell twice Saturday on day two of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Tallahassee, Fla. The Gophers opened up the day falling to Notre Dame 6-5 despite a late rally before falling to No. 8 Florida State 9-3 in the nightcap.

Freshman Elle Jensen led the Minnesota offense in the two games going 3-for-7 driving in one run and crossing the plate twice.

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