Frozen Four: Day One Press Conference

Watch highlights from the Gophers' first press conference at the 2014 NCAA Women's Frozen Four. Sophomore Hannah Brandt, senior Bethany Brausen and head coach Brad Frost met with the media after practice at Quinnipiac's High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center on Thursday.

Gophers Meet the Media: Big Ten Tournament

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Minnesota begins their postseason odyssey this week with a trip to the Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. The Gophers enter as the Tournament's top seed after claiming the regular-season crown and will play their first game in Friday night's semifinal at the Xcel Energy Center. Head coach Don Lucia and select players met with the media Wednesday afternoon to discuss the beginning of postseason play.

The Gophers are viewing the Big Ten Tournament as a chance to build towards a successful postseason run. "We are excited about the regular season we had, but that chapter is over. Now, we open up a new chapter this weekend," Lucia said.

Minnesota will skate at the Xcel Energy Center the next two weekends in the Big Ten Tournament and then in the NCAA West Regional. Coach Lucia is confident the team will not be looking ahead to the NCAA Tournament. "We are trying to win a championship this weekend, so there is a lot at stake."

There is no secret that last season did not end how the team envisioned after a very successful regular-season campaign. "We were dissatisfied. It has been a year of bitter taste. We finally get another shot at it," goalie Adam Wilcox said.

Minnesota's regular-season success was rewarded this past week by the conference's coaches and media. Adam Wilcox led the charge by being named the Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Goaltender of the Year. "He has been our best player," Lucia said.

The Hobey Baker Award nominee was quick to give credit to his teammates. "I could not have done it without the team," Wilcox said. "It is a great individual award to have, but at the same time it is a team award."

Adam Wilcox's teammate and roommate Mike Reilly was named the Big Ten Defenseman of they Year. "(He) made great strides with his play during the course of the year. I think he deserved to be picked as the best defenseman," Lucia said.

Mike Reilly said strides away from the rink translated to his success on it. "It was a big summer for getting stronger with Cal Dietz in the weight room."

Coach Lucia was also named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. "I have been honored because we have so many good players," Lucia said. "I am fortunate that I have a great staff to work with."

This week at the Xcel Center, the Gophers will be on an NHL-sized rink for the third-straight week. "I think we are out of the Olympic-rink mindset now," Wilcox said. "It is nice to have a couple of away games to build that road-game mentality we will need in the playoffs." Minnesota will see NHL-sized rinks the rest of the season.

Minnesota will play their first game of the tournament Friday night at 7 p.m. CT. A win on Friday means a finals appearance Saturday night. The title tilt will begin at 7 p.m. CT. All five games of the Big Ten Tournament will air live on BTN.

           -Story by Josh Brennock

Gophers in the News: Frozen Four

Catch up on some of the media coverage surrounding the Gophers' trip to the 2014 NCAA Women's Frozen Four this week. Check back often as more stories will be added as the week continues. 

The Daily Gopher: Hats Off To Terry! Gophers Beat BU 5-1!
March 15, 2014

KSTP: Gopher Women Advance to 10th Frozen Four
March 15, 2014

SB Nation College Hockey: Minnesota had "a good distraction" or two entering Saturday's game vs. BU
March 15, 2014

Minnesota Hockey Newsletter: Brandt, Bona Blossom for Gophers
March 17, 2014

Lillie Suburban News: One last Frozen Four for former Raider Brausen
March 18, 2014

Minnesota Spokesman Recorder: Gophers focus on Hockey Frozen Four
March 19, 2014

NCAA.com: These two have history
March 19, 2014

AHCA: Women's Division I Ice Hockey CCM All-Americans Announced
March 20, 2014

AHCA: Minnesota's Brad Frost Repeats at STX/AHCA Division I Women's Coach of the Year
March 20, 2014

KDUZ, KARP: Gopher Women's Hockey, Wrestlers Look for National Titles
March 20, 2014

Pioneer Press: Gophers focus on fast start vs. Badgers in Women's Frozen Four semifinal
March 20, 2014

Star Tribune: Road to three-peat goes through Badgers for U women's hockey
March 20, 2014

Star Tribune: U's Brandt famous for her goals and her falls
March 21, 2014

USCHO: Minnesota withstands Wisconsin's charge to land in women's title game again
March 21, 2014

NCAA.com: Adjustments save Minnesota
March 21, 2014

Star Tribune: U women's hockey back into national title game after beating Wisconsin
March 22, 2014

Pioneer Press: Gophers rally to beat Wisconsin in semifinals
March 22, 2014

USCHO: Minnesota believes in itself, eyes third women's national championship
March 22, 2014

Star Tribune: Clarkson's Rattray named top player in women's college hockey
March 22, 2014

Pioneer Press: Gophers' Hannah Brandt beat out for women's hockey award
March 22, 2014

Pioneer Press: Gophers keep it loose as they shoot for third straight title
March 22, 2014

Star Tribune: Gophers women to face Clarkson for NCAA hockey title
March 23, 2014

ESPN College Sports: Minnesota seeks 3rd title in row
March 23, 2014

Gophers Advance to Frozen Four

Minnesota is set to defend its back-to-back national championships when the Gophers make their 10th NCAA Women's Frozen Four appearance this week. Catch up on the NCAA quarterfinal game against Boston University and the reaction to the Gophers' 5-1 win.

Duck Invitational Qualifying

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The Gophers held a qualifying tournament to determine their lineup for Oregon's Duck Invitational (March 24-25). Matt Rachey made the travel squad with the low 72-hole score. Jose Mendez, Alex Gaugert, Jon Trasamar and Jon DuToit were exempt.

Courses the Gophers played for the qualifier:
Round 1: Raven GC at Verrado - par 72 and 7,268 yards
Round 2: DC Ranch CC - par 71 and 7,060 yards
Round 3: Greyhawk Raven Course - par 72 and 7,180 yards
Round 4: Phoenix CC - par 71 and 6,763 yards

Scores:
Matt Rachey 78-82-76-69--305
Daniel Luftspring 78-72-80-76--306
Grady Meyer 83-77-71-76--307
Charlie Braniff 81-86-78-76--321
Tyler Lowenstein 89-78-72-82--321
Genki Hirayama 80-83-82-77--322



Gophers in the News: WCHA Title, NCAA Quarterfinal and More

Catch up on Gopher women's hockey in the news this week. After the Gophers defeated Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota en route to the 2014 WCHA Final Face-off title last weekend, Minnesota's 2012-13 national championship team had the opportunity to visit the White House and meet President Obama on Monday. The Gophers have spent the rest of the week preparing for Saturday's NCAA quarterfinal game against Boston University. In addition, Noora Raty signed a contract with a professional men's hockey team in Finland this week.

Minnesota Daily: Gophers cruise to WCHA final
March 7, 2014

Star Tribune: Strong third period carries Gophers women over UMD
March 8, 2014

Pioneer Press: Gophers to host Boston U. in NCAA women's hockey quarterfinals
March 9, 2014

NCAA: Committee releases eight-team field for national championship tournament
March 10, 2014

KSTP: Gopher Women's Hockey Team Visits White House
March 10, 2014

Star Tribune: Obama praises U women's hockey
March 10, 2014

Fox 9: Gophers women's hockey team visits White House
March 10, 2014

KARE 11: U of M Women's Hockey Team makes the rounds in DC
March 10, 2014

Star Tribune: Gophers will play Boston U in quarterfinals of NCAA women's hockey tournament
March 10, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers win WCHA tournament again, head to NCAAs
March 10, 2014

The Daily Gopher: Minnesota Women's Hockey: Thrice As Nice! WCHA Final Face-off Champions Again!
March 10, 2014

USCHO: Minnesota gets all 15 first-place votes, stays atop D-I women's poll
March 10, 2014

NBC Sports: Finland goalie Noora Raty signs with men's pro team
March 11, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Obama Applauds Gophers
March 11, 2014

USCHO: Wednesday Women: Checking the final eight
March 12, 2014

Star Tribune: Ex-Gopher Raty isn't finished yet, signs with Finnish men's team
March 13, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers prepare for NCAA title defense
March 13, 2014

Gophers Meet the Media: Michigan

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The Gophers will close out the regular season with a trip this weekend to Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the No. 13 Michigan Wolverines. Wednesday afternoon, coach Don Lucia and members of the team met with the media to discuss the opportunity in front of them. 

Players and coaches have made a point all season not to focus on the Big Ten standings, but now the title is within their grasps. "It is a goal when the year begins to put yourself in the position to [win the regular-season championship,]" Lucia said. "We have had a great regular season and played very consistently from start to finish. Now, we have to do our job and try to get a win on the road this weekend."

The players want to go down as the first team to be Big Ten champions. "It would be a great start to our future in the Big Ten," defensemen Brady Skjei said. 

With the Big Ten Tournament a week away, the team wants to build good postseason habits against the Wolverines. "I think the playoff mentality really kicked in last week," junior forward Travis Boyd said. "I think we learn a pretty good lesson [last Saturday] about what it takes to win at this time of year."

This is the Gophers first trip to Yost Ice Arena since 2009. "There is not a more difficult place to play in college hockey than Yost," Lucia said.

Michigan has lost just two games on home ice this season, but Minnesota is embracing the late-season challenge. "The tempo is going to be really high against Michigan. If we make a mistake, we are going to pay. These are important lessons this time a year as we head into the playoffs," Lucia said.  

Travis Boyd is one of three current Gophers, with Brady Skjei and Hudson Fasching, who have experience playing at Yost as part of the National Team Development Program. However, entering Yost as a conference rival is an entirely different beast. "We were just a bunch of 17-year-old kids trying to go out and play," Boyd said. 

Hudson Fasching is less than a year removed from his time in Ann Arbor and will face many of his former National Team Development Program teammates. "There will probably be some chirping going around and I am ready for that," Fasching said.

A trip back to the eastern time zone this week means the games begin earlier than normal. Friday's puck drop takes place at 5:30 p.m. CT and can be seen on ESPNews. Saturday's regular-season finale begins at 6:00 p.m. CT and can be seen on the Big Ten Network. Fans can listen to both games on 1500 ESPN with Wally Shaver and Frank Mazzocco.

-Story by University of Minnesota Communications In

Gophers Visit the White House

The 2012-13 national champion Gopher women's hockey team visited Washington, D.C., March 9-10, 2014, including a special invitation to the White House to meet President Obama.

Watch Live: Gophers Visit White House

The University of Minnesota women's hockey team is capping off its perfect 2012-13 season with an invitation to meet United States President Barack Obama at the White House today. The White House is scheduled to live stream the visit, which features several other 2012-13 NCAA Division I men's and women's championship teams as well. The live stream is set to begin at 4 p.m. CT Monday.

The direct link to the stream is: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

Gophers Win 2014 WCHA Final Face-off

The Gophers won the 2014 WCHA Final Face-off title with a 3-1 win over North Dakota in the championship game Saturday night in Bemidji. Check out the reaction to the Gophers' success this weekend.