Streak Comparisons: How Do the Gophers Stack Up?

The Gophers enter this weekend's series against the Wisconsin Badgers riding an NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey record 51-game winning streak. The women's hockey winning streak trails a handful of unbelievable streaks but surpasses other NCAA Division I sports' marks for consecutive wins. Check out how some of the most impressive streaks in college athletics compare.

Note: Not all sports are included, and the records include winning streaks only (not unbeaten streaks).

NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball
109 matches: Penn State, Sept. 21, 2007 to Sept. 10, 2010

NCAA Division I Women's Soccer
92 games: North Carolina, Oct. 12, 1990 to Sept. 30, 1994

NCAA Division I Women's Basketball
90 games: Connecticut, 2008-10

NCAA Division I Men's Basketball
88 games: UCLA, Jan. 30, 1971 to Jan. 17, 1974

NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey
51 games: Minnesota, Feb. 18, 2012 to present

NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse
50 games: Maryland, March 9, 1995, to April 20, 1997

NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision
47 games: Oklahoma, 1953 to 1957

NCAA Division I Softball
47 games: Arizona, April 5, 1996 to March 23, 1997

NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse
42 games: Cornell, March 20, 1976 to May 20, 1978

NCAA Division I Baseball
34 games: Texas, 1977; Florida Atlantic 1999

NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey
30 games: Rensselaer, Nov. 24, 1984 to March 22, 1985; Cornell, Nov. 22, 1969 to Nov. 21, 1970

NCAA Division I Men's Soccer
25 games: Navy, 1964 to 1965

How does Minnesota's record match up among professional sports records? The Gophers crush them!

NHL
35 games (unbeaten streak): Philadelphia Flyers (25-0-10), Oct. 14, 1979 to Jan. 6, 1980
17 games (winning streak): Pittsburgh Penguins (17-0-0), March 9 to April 10, 1993

NBA
33 games: Los Angeles Lakers, Nov. 5, 1971 to Jan. 7, 1972

MLB
26 games (unbeaten streak): New York Giants, Sept. 7 to Sept. 30, 1916 (includes one tie)
21 games (winning streak): Chicago Cubs, 1935

NFL
21 games: New England Patriots, Oct. 5, 2003 to Oct. 24, 2004

WNBA
18 games: Los Angeles Sparks, June 26 to Aug. 11, 2001

Check out ESPN's 33 Best Streaks in Sports History (dated March 28, 2013) and the Longest Winning Streaks of All Time (compiled by the Associated Press in March 2013). Unfortunately, neither list mentions Gopher women's hockey, but both lists include some impressive numbers!