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Jess Myers

Jess Myers covers college hockey, as well as outdoors, general sports and travel, for The Rink Live and the Forum Communications family of publications. He came to FCC in 2018 after three decades of covering sports as a freelancer for a variety of publications, while working full time in politics and media relations. A native of Warroad, Minn. (the real Hockeytown USA), Myers has a degree in journalism/communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He lives in the Twin Cities. Contact Jess via email at jrmyers@forumcomm.com, or find him on Twitter via @JessRMyers.

When Gophers hockey practice ends, defenseman Ryan Johnson will sometimes spend an extra hour or more on the ice by himself, working on his game solo like a classic Minnesota rink rat, which is odd because Johnson hails from Southern California.
Alaska Nanooks goalie Gustavs Grigals had 36 saves as his team took an early lead and held on for a 3-2 upset of the Minnesota Gophers on Saturday in Minneapolis.
Two Minnesota Gophers scored their first goals of the season, and goalie Justen Close got a win in his first collegiate start as they won a nonconference game versus the Alaska Nanooks after a crazy week of off-ice changes and challenges.
For 30 minutes it looked like the troubles of 2021 had carried over to 2022 for the Minnesota Gophers. But trailing by two goals on the road, in search of their first sweep since October, the Gophers put 60 shots on the Michigan State net and scored six times, rallying to win game two of their weekend series, and to take over the top stop in the Big Ten.
If, as expected, Ben Meyers will be playing for Team USA in Beijing next month, he looks ready for the world stage. Playing at Michigan State, he turned in a gold medal performance as the Minnesota Gophers jumped back into Big Ten play with a decisive win.
For the third consecutive college hockey season, COVID is a part of life to one extent or another. And for the Minnesota Gophers, as the second half of their 2021-22 season begins, it is a constantly changing target as they work to stay on the ice in advance of a series at Michigan State.
Just hours before what would have been the opening faceoff of the final pre-Olympic tune-up on American soil between rivals Team USA and Team Canada, USA Hockey announced cancellation of the game due to growing concerns about COVID's spread.
The Minnesota Gophers headed into their much-needed holiday break on a high note Saturday. Two blasts from the blue line by defender Crystalyn Hengler ended up in the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs' net as the Gophers salvaged a split of their weekend WCHA series with a one-goal win.
Trailing by a goal and back on their heels versus their chief in-state rivals, the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs got a trio of third period goals, then held off a furious Minnesota Gophers rally to win the opener of their weekend WCHA series.
The Minnesota Gophers left a split at Minnesota Duluth two months ago with a sub-.500 record and lots of questions. Since then, they have provided many answers. With the Bulldogs coming to Minneapolis this weekend, both teams are well aware of the other's offensive capabilities.