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. English speaker.

Controlling the play for long stretches, the Minnesota Gophers built a four-goal lead then withstood a Michigan State rally in the third period to close their six-game road trip with a 5-1-0 mark.
The goalie stood strong early and the offense took over late as the Minnesota Gophers beat an upstart Michigan State team for the 10th time in a row, opening up a close contest late for their most lopsided win of the season.
The goalie stood strong early and the offense took over late as the Minnesota Gophers beat an upstart Michigan State team for the 10th time in a row, opening up a close contest late for their most lopsided win of the season.
Michigan State has a new coach, a new attitude and a familiar name in goal, but don't tell the Spartans that it's a big deal to have Minnesota -- ranked atop one national poll -- visiting this weekend. They're all about getting better, no matter the foe.
Playing in what may be his professional home someday, Gophers rookie Logan Cooley put on a show, while Justen Close made an emphatic return from illness as Minnesota survived a strong challenge from the Sun Devils.
Jaxon Nelson scored twice and rookie goalie Owen Bartoszkiewicz put in a strong performance for a 6-3 win and a weekend sweep of the Wolverines.
On a night where both teams were missing key players due to illness, sophomore Rhett Pitlick scored twice and rookies did the rest of the heavy lifting as the Minnesota Gophers never trailed in a key road win at Michigan.
Six University of Michigan players were sidelined due to an illness for Thursday's game against the University of Minnesota in Ann Arbor, Mich. In order to fill their lineup, the Wolverines had former Austin Bruins goalie Tyler Shea — the Wolverines' third-string goalie — dress as a forward.
Trailing in the second period, the Minnesota Gophers got goals from two of their more experienced forwards to overcome red-hot Penn State and head out on a six-game road trip on a high note.
The Minnesota Gophers coach said his team played 35 minutes of good hockey versus high-flying Penn State. That was not nearly enough to win a 60-minute game, as the Nittany Lions toppled the nation's top-ranked team for the second time in a week.