MN Daily: Gophers men’s hockey reflects on last year and season ahead

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per the Daily:

Only one Gophers men’s hockey team has won the national championship after losing in the title game the season before. That was the 1975-76 season, a part of the Herb Brooks era that saw three national championships in seven years.

Since then, four men’s hockey teams have lost in the title game.

Jaxon Nelson was recently named a captain of the men’s hockey team for his fifth and final season with the Gophers. Nelson was on the ice when Quinnipiac forward Jacob Quillian deposited the game-winning goal into the Gophers’ net.

“Honestly, I don’t really think we were missing anything,” Nelson said. “Our defensive core was the best in the country. Our forward group was probably also the best in the country. We had a great goalie with Justen [Close].”

Mason Nevers, an alternate captain in his fourth season with the Gophers, was also on the ice for the game-winning goal.

Nevers said the key bounces were not in the Gophers’ favor in that game, but that was five months ago and the Gophers want to focus on the present.

“It’s September and you can’t really win a championship right now,” Nevers said.


Go Gophers!!
 




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