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
The University of Minnesota announced that leading scorer Erik Haula has been named an alternate captain for the rest of the season.
Line combinations for Friday night's Minnesota-Vermont non-conference hockey game. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports North and NESN at 6 p.m. CT.
To get a sense of Minnesota's opponent this weekend, we asked College Hockey News Hockey East writer Scott McLaughlin to give us the low down about the Vermont Catamounts.
Minnesota makes their first regular season trip to the East Coast since 2005 this weekend when they face Vermont in a non-conference series. The Gophers are currently second in the WCHA and coming off of 3-1 win against Wisconsin
Down 1-0 and facing a 33 second 5x3, Minnesota's penalty kill came through in a way their power play had not this weekend. It sparked the turnaround for the Gophers, who got goals from Nick Bjugstad, Tom Serratore and Kyle Rau to defeat Wisconsin 3-1
The full line combinations for both Minnesota and Wisconsin as they play the second game of their two-game series at 8 p.m. CT on BTN.
The sophomore goalie, making his second start of the season, made 41 saves as Wisconsin held off a potent Minnesota offense and killed two five minute majors. Michael Mersch scored twice for the Badgers while Zach Budish & Erik Haula scored for UMN.
Minnesota is keeping close to what worked last weekend in Anchorage, where the team took 3 of 4 points, with just a couple changes.
SB Nation Minnesota was lucky enough to talk with Bucky's Fifth Quarter hockey beat writer Andy Johnson about this weekend's series between Minnesota and Wisconsin.