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MinnesotaGoldenGophers 2002–03 Minnesota Golden Gophers
NCAA Division I National Champions
WCHA Tournament Champions
NCAA Championship Game, W 5–1 vs. New Hampshire
Conference T-2nd WCHA
Ranking
USA Today/AHCA 2[1]
USCHO.com 2[1]
2002–03 Record 28–8–9[2]
Home Record 14–4–6
Road Record 9–4–3
Neutral Record 5–0–0
Head Coach Don Lucia
Captain Grant Potulny
Alternate captains Paul Martin
Nick Anthony
Arena Mariucci Arena
Seasons
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The 2002–03 Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey team represented the University of Minnesota in the 2002–03 NCAA Division I men's hockey season, winning the Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament championship and the NCAA national championship. The team was coached by Don Lucia and played their home games at Mariucci Arena.

The WCHA tournament championship was Minnesota's twelfth and its first since the 1995–96 season. It was their fifth NCAA national championship and marked the first time the team had won back-to-back national championships.

Before the seasonEdit

RecruitingEdit

RosterEdit

Goaltenders
# State Player Year Hometown (Previous School) Previous Team
31 Flag of Minnesota Travis Weber Sophomore Hibbing, MN (Hibbing High School) USNDT - NAHL
33 Flag of Minnesota Justin Johnson Sophomore Ham Lake, MN (Blaine High School) Lincoln - USHL
34 Flag of Minnesota Dustin Smieja Freshman St. Paul, MN (St. Paul Johnson High School)
<center>Defensemen
# State Player Year Hometown (Previous School) Previous Team
2 Flag of Nova Scotia Peter Kennedy Freshman Brookfield, Nova Scotia (Cobequid Educational Centre) Ottawa Jr. Senators - CJHL
3 Flag of Minnesota Chris Harrington Freshman St. Cloud, MN (St. Cloud Apollo High School) Omaha - USHL
4 Flag of Minnesota P.J. Atherton Freshman Edina, MN (Edina High School) Cedar Rapids - USHL
6 Flag of Minnesota Judd Stevens Sophomore Wayzata, MN (Wayzata High School) Green Bay - USHL
10 Flag of Minnesota Paul MartinA Junior Elk River, MN (Elk River High School)
13 Flag of Minnesota Keith Ballard Sophomore Baudette, MN (Millard North High School) Omaha - USHL
19 Flag of Minnesota Matt DeMarchi Senior Bemidji, MN (Manly Central High School) North Iowa - USHL
20 Flag of Minnesota Joey Martin Junior Rogers, MN (Buffalo High School) Omaha - USHL
<center>Forwards
# State Player Year Hometown (Previous School) Previous Team
5 Flag of Minnesota Jon Waibel Junior Baudette, MN (Pioneer High School) USNDT - NAHL
7 Flag of Minnesota Gino Guyer Freshman Coleraine, MN (Greenway High School)
9 Flag of Minnesota Andy Sertich Freshman Coleraine, MN (Greenway High School)
14 Flag of Minnesota Chad Roberg Senior Duluth, MN (Duluth East High School)
16 Flag of Minnesota Nick AnthonyA Senior Faribault, MN (Shattuck-Saint Mary's) Twin Cities - USHL
17 Flag of Minnesota Garrett Smaagaard Sophomore Eden Prairie, MN (Eden Prairie High School)
18 Flag of North Dakota Grant PotulnyC Junior Grand Forks, ND (Red River High School) Lincoln Stars - USHL
21 Flag of Minnesota Troy Riddle Junior Minneapolis, MN (Valley High School) Des Moines - USHL
23 Flag of Minnesota Tyler Hirsch Freshman Bloomington, MN (Shattuck-Saint Mary's)
24 Flag of Minnesota Matt Koalska Junior St. Paul, MN (Hill-Murray High School) Twin Cities - USHL
25 Flag of Minnesota Jerrid Reinholz Sophomore Ramsey, MN (Anoka High School) UMD, Des Moines - USHL
26 Flag of Austria Thomas Vanek Freshman Graz, Austria (O'Gorman High School) Sioux Falls - USHL
27 Flag of Minnesota Barry Tallackson Sophomore St. Paul, MN (St. Paul Johnson High School) USNDT - NAHL
28 Flag of Minnesota Brett MacKinnon Sophomore Wayzata, MN (Wayzata High School) Cedar Rapids - USHL
29 Flag of Minnesota Jake Fleming Sophomore Osseo, MN (Millard North High School) Omaha - USHL

Season standingsEdit

Note: PTS = Points; GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#5 Colorado College 28 19 4 5 43 125 70 42 30 7 5 190 103
#2 Minnesota* 28 15 6 7 37 106 81 45 28 8 9 189 122
#11 Minnesota State 28 15 6 7 37 116 104 41 20 11 10 155 144
#13 North Dakota 28 14 9 5 33 103 82 43 26 12 5 172 120
#14 Minnesota-Duluth 28 14 10 4 32 95 80 42 22 15 5 153 119
St. Cloud State 28 12 11 5 29 96 85 38 17 16 5 124 118
Denver 28 11 11 6 28 95 85 41 21 14 6 152 102
Wisconsin 28 7 14 4 18 61 101 40 13 23 4 93 134
Michigan Tech 28 7 18 3 17 77 116 38 10 24 4 109 154
Alaska-Anchorage 28 0 22 6 6 41 111 36 1 28 7 57 143
Championship: Minnesota
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll

Regular seasonEdit

# Date Opponent# Rank# Site Score Goaltender Record Points
1 October 12* vs. #15 Ohio State #1 Xcel Energy CenterSt. Paul, MN 7–2 Weber 1–0–0
2 October 18* @ #3 New Hampshire #1 Whittemore Center ArenaDurham, NH 5–5 (OT) Johnson 1–0–1
3 October 19* @ #3 New Hampshire #1 Whittemore Center Arena • Durham, NH 1–3 Weber 1–1–1
4 October 25 @ Michigan Tech #2 John J. MacInnes Student Ice ArenaHoughton, MI 5–4 Weber / Johnson 2–1–1 2
5 October 26 @ Michigan Tech #2 John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena • Houghton, MI 3–3 (OT) Johnson 2–1–2 3
6 November 1* Alabama-Huntsville #4 Mariucci ArenaMinneapolis, MN 12–1 Weber 3–1–2
7 November 2* Alabama-Huntsville #4 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 4–2 Johnson 4–1–2
8 November 8 @ Minnesota State #3 Alltel CenterMankato, MN 2–3 Weber 4–2–2 3
9 November 9 @ Minnesota State #3 Alltel Center • Mankato, MN 7–4 Johnson 5–2–2 5
10 November 15 #7 Colorado College #8 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 3–7 Johnson 5–3–2 5
11 November 16 #7 Colorado College #8 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 2–2 (OT) Weber 5–3–3 6
12 November 22 Michigan Tech #9 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 4–2 Weber 6–3–3 8
13 November 23 Michigan Tech #9 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 2–1 Weber 7–3–3 10
14 November 29* Michigan State #9 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 5–5 (OT) Weber 7–3–4
15 December 1* #8 Michigan #9 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 1–3 Weber 7–4–4
16 December 6 @ Wisconsin #10 Kohl CenterMadison, WI 3–0 Weber 8–4–4 12
17 December 7 @ Wisconsin #10 Kohl Center • Madison, WI 3–2 Weber 9–4–4 14
18 December 9* Team Italy (exh.) Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 4–2 Weber 9–4–4
19 December 27*$ Yale #7 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 7–3 Weber 10–4–4
20 December 28*$ #6 Boston College #7 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 2–1 (OT) Weber 11–4–4
21 January 3 St. Cloud State #4 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 3–4 Weber 11–5–4 14
22 January 4 @ St. Cloud State #4 National Hockey CenterSt. Cloud, MN 3–3 (OT) Weber 11–5–5 15
23 January 10 #1 North Dakota #7 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 2–4 Weber 11–6–5 15
24 January 11 #1 North Dakota #7 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 6–3 Weber 12–6–5 17
25 January 17* U.S. Under-18 Team (exh.) Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 6–0 Johnson 12–6–5
26 January 24 Minnesota State #8 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 2–2 (OT) Weber 12–6–6 18
27 January 25 Minnesota State #8 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 4–4 (OT) Weber 12–6–7 19
28 January 31 @ Alaska Anchorage #7 Sullivan ArenaAnchorage, AK 4–0 Weber 13–6–7 21
29 February 1 @ Alaska Anchorage #7 Sullivan Arena • Anchorage, AK 4–1 Johnson 14–6–7 23
30 February 7 @ #1 Colorado College #7 World ArenaColorado Springs, CO 2–6 Weber 14–7–7 23
31 February 8 @ #1 Colorado College #7 World Arena • Colorado Springs, CO 3–2 Johnson 15–7–7 25
32 February 14 Wisconsin #7 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 5–2 Weber 16–7–7 27
33 February 15 Wisconsin #7 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 8–1 Johnson 17–7–7 29
34 February 21 @ Minnesota-Duluth #6 Duluth Entertainment Convention CenterDuluth, MN 5–4 Weber 18–7–7 31
35 February 22 @ Minnesota-Duluth #6 Duluth Entertainment Convention Center • Duluth, MN 4–5 (OT) Johnson 18–8–7 31
36 February 28 #13 Denver #7 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 3–3 (OT) Weber 18–8–8 32
37 March 1 #13 Denver #7 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 8–5 Weber 19–8–8 34
38 March 7 @ #2 St. Cloud State #6 National Hockey Center • St. Cloud, MN 5–3 Weber 20–8–8 36
39 March 8 #2 St. Cloud State #6 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 1–1 (OT) Weber 20–8–9 37
*Non-Conference Game. Hall of Fame Game. College Hockey Showcase. $Dodge Holiday Classic.
#Rankings from USA Today/American Hockey Coaches Association poll released prior to games.

PostseasonEdit

WCHA PlayoffsEdit

# Date Opponent# Rank# Site Score Goaltender Record
1 March 14* Michigan Tech #6 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 3–1 Weber 21–8–9
2 March 15* Michigan Tech #6 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 5–2 Weber / Johnson 22–8–9
3 March 21 vs. #9 Minnesota State #5 Xcel Energy Center • St. Paul, MN 3–2 (OT) Johnson 23–8–9
4 March 22$ vs. #1 Colorado College #5 Xcel Energy Center • St. Paul, MN 4–2 Johnson 24–8–9
*WCHA First-Round (best of three). WCHA Final Five Semifinal. $WCHA Final Five Championship.
#Rankings from USA Today/American Hockey Coaches Association poll released prior to games.

NCAA PlayoffsEdit

# Date Opponent# Rank# Site Score Goaltender Record
1 March 28* Mercyhurst #4 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 9–2 Weber 25–8–9
2 March 29 #6 Ferris State #4 Mariucci Arena • Minneapolis, MN 7–4 Johnson / Weber 26–8–9
3 April 10 vs. #4 Michigan #2 HSBC ArenaBuffalo, NY 3–2 (OT) Weber 27–8–9
4 April 12$ vs. #3 New Hampshire #2 HSBC Arena • Buffalo, NY 5–1 Weber 28–8–9
*NCAA First-Round (West Regional). NCAA Quarterfinal (West Regional). NCAA Semifinal (Frozen Four). $NCAA Championship (Frozen Four).
#Rankings from USA Today/American Hockey Coaches Association poll released prior to games.

Season Stats Edit

Scoring LeadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Thomas Vanek 45 31 31 62 60
Troy Riddle 45 26 26 52 50
Keith Ballard 45 12 29 41 78
Matt Koalska 41 9 31 40 26
Paul Martin 45 9 30 39 32

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player GP TOI W L SO Sv% GAA
Travis Weber 34 1994 18 6 7 .902 2.50
Justin Johnson 14 765 10 2 2 .885 2.90

Awards and recordsEdit

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Official 2007 Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Records Book", NCAA.org, National Collegiate Athletic Association, 2006. Retrieved on 2007-10-26. 
  2. (2006) 2006–07 Minnesota Men's Hockey Yearbook. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics. 
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