Raty Continues to Make Hockey History

Gophers alum Noora Raty made hockey history when she became the first Finnish woman to suite up for play in the Finnish second league, Mestis, earlier this fall. In her Mestis debut, Raty stopped 31 of 36 shots as Kiekko-Vantaa fell 5-2, on Oct. 22. She earned her first win in her second start on Nov. 1, stopping 43 of 45 shots in a 4-2 win. Check out a recent interview with Raty to hear what her experience playing professional hockey has been like so far and catch up on some of the tweets surrounding her Mestis debut.

Four Nations Cup: Final Recap

 2014 Four Nations Cup
 Schedule Tuesday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 8
 Location Interior Savings Centre | Kamloops, British Columbia
 Tickets Buy Tickets Now | Full-tournament ticket package ­- $99 (plus fees)
 Official Sites USA Hockey | Hockey Canada | Finland | Sweden
 Social Media @4NationsCup | @USAHockey | @HC_Women | #4NationsCup

The 2014 Four Nations Cup concluded on Saturday with Canada taking home the gold medal with a shootout win over the U.S. and Sweden claiming bronze with a 2-1 overtime win over Finland. Dani Cameranesi finished the tournament tied for the scoring lead with four points (2g-2a) in four games. Hannah Brandt (2a) and Lee Stecklein (1a) also logged points for the U.S. Meanwhile, Kelly Terry played in all four games for Canada, Mira Jalosuo played in three for Finland and Megan Bozek played in two for the U.S.

Bronze Medal Game: Sweden 2, Finland 1 (overtime)

Mira Jalosuo's Finland team fell to Sweden in overtime in the bronze-medal game. Finland took a 1-0 lead late in the second period, but Sweden tied it with 3:33 remaining in regulation and sealed the 2-1 win at the 9:00 mark of overtime. Jalosuo was not in Finland's lineup after playing in the first three games of the tournament. 

Gold Medal Game: Canada 3, United States 2 (shootout)

Five Gophers took the ice in the gold medal game as Hannah Brandt, Megan Bozek, Dani Cameranesi and Lee Stecklein skated for the U.S. and Kelly Terry represented her native Canada. Canada took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but the U.S. responded with two goals to take a 2-1 lead in the second period. Canada tied it up at 2-2 with 2:11 remaining in the middle frame, and the teams played a scoreless third period and overtime before deciding the game with a shootout.

2014 Four Nations Cup Results

Tuesday, Nov. 4:
Preliminary: United States 5, Finland 0
Preliminary: Canada 2, Sweden 0

Wednesday, Nov. 5:
Preliminary: Finland 1, Sweden 0
Preliminary: Canada 3, United States 2

Friday, Nov. 7:
Preliminary: United States 3, Sweden 0
Preliminary: Canada 3, Finland 1

Saturday, Nov. 8:
Bronze: Sweden 2, Finland 1 (overtime)
Gold: Canada 3, United States 2 (shootout)

Four Nations Cup: Day Three Recap

 2014 Four Nations Cup
 Schedule Tuesday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 8
 Location Interior Savings Centre | Kamloops, British Columbia
 Tickets Buy Tickets Now | Full-tournament ticket package ­- $99 (plus fees)
 Official Sites USA Hockey | Hockey Canada | Finland | Sweden
 Social Media @4NationsCup | @USAHockey | @HC_Women | #4NationsCup

In the final day of preliminary round play at the 2014 Four Nations Cup on Friday, the U.S. secured a place in Saturday's gold-medal game with a 3-0 win over Sweden. Meanwhile, Canada improved to 3-0-0 in preliminary round action with a 3-1 win over Finland.

Game 5: U.S 3, Sweden 0

Lee Stecklein and Dani Cameranesi each picked up an assist in the U.S.'s shutout win over Sweden. The U.S. outshot Sweden, 50-11, for the game. Cameranesi (2g-2a) is now tied with teammate Shiann Darkangelo (1g-3a) for the scoring lead among all players in the Four Nations Cup.

Game 6: Canada 3, Finland 1

Two Gopher alums faced off as Kelly Terry took the ice for Canada and Mira Jalosuo skated for Finland. Canada got on the board in the first period and extended its lead to 2-0 early in the third period, but Finland cut the lead to one with 9:24 remaining. However, the host team added its third goal in the final minute to seal the 3-1 win.

The U.S. and Canada face off for gold at 9 p.m. CT Saturday night, and Finland and Sweden meet in the bronze medal game at 4 p.m. CT Saturday.

Tuesday, Nov. 4:
Preliminary: United States 5, Finland 0
Preliminary: Canada 2, Sweden 0

Wednesday, Nov. 5:
Preliminary: Finland 1, Sweden 0
Preliminary: Canada 3, United States 2

Friday, Nov. 7:
Preliminary: United States 3, Sweden 0
Preliminary: Canada 3, Finland 1

Saturday, Nov. 8:
Bronze: Sweden vs. Finland, 4 p.m. CT
Gold: United States vs. Canada, 9 p.m. CT

2014 Skate with the Gophers Recap

Minnesota hosted its annual Skate with the Gophers event at Ridder Arena last Saturday. The Gophers welcomed 300 fans to join them on the ice along with signing autographs and posing for pictures. 

Four Nations Cup: Day Two Recap

 2014 Four Nations Cup
 Schedule Tuesday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 8
 Location Interior Savings Centre | Kamloops, British Columbia
 Tickets Buy Tickets Now | Full-tournament ticket package ­- $99 (plus fees)
 Official Sites USA Hockey | Hockey Canada | Finland | Sweden
 Social Media @4NationsCup | @USAHockey | @HC_Women | #4NationsCup

In day two preliminary round action at the 2014 Four Nations Cup, Canada rallied for a 3-2 win over the U.S. and Finland topped Sweden by a score of 1-0.

Game 3: Finland 1, Sweden 0

Mira Jalosuo and Finland got their first win of the Four Nations Cup with a 1-0 victory over Sweden on Wednesday. Minnamari Tuominen scored with just over eight minutes remaining in the third and Vilma Vaattovaara made 15 saves in the win for Finland.

Game 4: Canada 3, U.S. 2

Canada rallied from a 2-1 deficit, scoring two goals 46 seconds apart in the last five minutes of the game, to secure a 3-2 victory over the U.S. Wednesday night. Playing for her native Canada, Kelly Terry faced former Gopher teammates Lee Stecklein, Dani Cameranesi and Hannah Brandt in Red, White and Blue. The U.S. outshot Canada 32-21 for the game.

Cameranesi scored the first goal of the game to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. She now has three points (2g-1a) in two games at the Four Nations Cup to tie for the lead among all players. Brandt has two points with one assist in each game so far.

The teams are off Thursday, and the preliminary round concludes Friday at the Four Nations Cup. The gold and bronze medal game matchups are set for Saturday.

Tuesday, Nov. 4:
Preliminary: United States 5, Finland 0
Preliminary: Canada 2, Sweden 0

Wednesday, Nov. 5:
Preliminary: Finland 1, Sweden 0
Preliminary: Canada 3, United States 2

Friday, Nov. 7:
Preliminary: United States vs. Sweden, 3 p.m. CT
Preliminary: Canada vs. Finland, 9 p.m. CT

Saturday, Nov. 8:
Bronze: 4th place vs. 3rd place, 4 p.m. CT
Gold: 2nd place vs. 1st place, 9 p.m. CT

Four Nations Cup: Day One Recap

 2014 Four Nations Cup
 Schedule Tuesday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 8
 Location Interior Savings Centre | Kamloops, British Columbia
 Tickets Buy Tickets Now | Full-tournament ticket package ­- $99 (plus fees)
 Official Sites USA Hockey | Hockey Canada | Finland | Sweden
 Social Media @4NationsCup | @USAHockey | @HC_Women | #4NationsCup

Day one preliminary round matchups at the 2014 Four Nations Cup in Kamloops, B.C., saw the U.S. skate to a 5-0 victory over Finland before Canada defeated Sweden, 2-0.

Game 1: USA 5, Finland 0

Four Gophers took the ice in the first game of the day as Hannah Brandt (1a), Dani Cameranesi (1g-1a) and Lee Stecklein represented the U.S., and Mira Jalosuo skated for her native Finland. Cameranesi was named the U.S. Player of the Game. She set up the second goal of the game before scoring the third U.S. goal off a feed from Brandt. Catch up on the action and the full recap from USA Hockey below.

Game 2: Canada 2, Sweden 0

Gopher alum Kelly Terry made her debut with the Canadian Women's National Team at the Four Nations Cup. Wearing No. 41, the Whitby, Ont., native helped the tournament hosts shut out Sweden, 2-0.

Action continues at the Four Nations Cup with Finland and Sweden facing off at 4 p.m. CT Wednesday before the U.S. and Canada take the ice at 9 p.m. CT Wednesday night. The Four Nations Cup runs through Saturday with three days of preliminary games to determine the gold and bronze medal game matchups on Saturday.

Tuesday, Nov. 4:
Preliminary: United States 5, Finland 0
Preliminary: Canada 2, Sweden 0

Wednesday, Nov. 5:
Preliminary: Sweden vs. Finland, 4 p.m. CT
Preliminary: United States vs. Canada, 9 p.m. CT

Friday, Nov. 7:
Preliminary: United States vs. Sweden, 3 p.m. CT
Preliminary: Canada vs. Finland, 9 p.m. CT

Saturday, Nov. 8:
Bronze: 4th place vs. 3rd place, 4 p.m. CT
Gold: 2nd place vs. 1st place, 9 p.m. CT

Schleper Skates with Tampa Bay Lightning

In case you missed it, Gophers alumna and 2014 Olympic silver medalist Anne Schleper recently skated with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the team's morning skate as part of the 2014 IIHF World Girls Hockey Weekend.

Read more:
USA Hockey: Schleper Skates with Lightning (NHL) 
Yahoo Sports: U.S. Olympian Anne Schleper joins Tampa Bay Lightning for morning skate 
NBC Olympic Talk: Anne Schleper skates with Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning: Olympic Silver Medalist Anne Schleper Participates in Bolts Morning Skate 
Fox Sports: Olympian Anne Schleper enjoys morning skate with Lightning
Team USA: Hilary Knight, Anne Schleper Skate With NHL

Gopher Hold Preseason Media Day

Head coach Brad Frost, senior captain Rachael Bona and sophomore assistant captain Lee Stecklein previewed the 2014-15 season at the annual preseason media day for Gopher women's hockey yesterday.

BTN Women's Report Features Frost

Head coach Brad Frost appeared on the Big Ten Network's Women's Report this week. Watch the clip below.

Gopher Alum to Co-Host Sports Show

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Gopher women's hockey alum Krissy Wendell has been named the co-host of a Minnesota high school sports television program airing on 45TV this year. The two-time Olympian will co-host MN Prep Spotlight with Tori Holt. The first installment of the half-hour show is set to air at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30.

School Space Media is partnering with Hubbard Broadcasting to air the program on 45TV. MN Prep Spotlight will cover "human interest features and highlights/scores on all parts of Minnesota high school athletics." The program is scheduled to run through the end of the Minnesota State High School League Baseball Tournament and will cover all MSHSL sanctioned athletics.

"I am really excited to join the show," Wendell said. "I have always talked about how passionate I am regarding high school athletics, and I am very eager to get started this coming fall."

"Adding Krissy to our team demonstrates our commitment to providing knowledgeable and insightful analysis into prep sports in Minnesota," said School Space Media's President Brian Nicholson. "Her experience as a prep athlete, a two-time Olympian and lifelong athlete helps Prep Spotlight share stories of interesting and exceptional young athletes and those who help shape them."

Wendell competed for the Gophers for three seasons from 2002-03 through 2004-05. She was a three-time All-American and the 2005 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner. Wendell still ranks second in Gopher women's hockey career scoring with 237 points (106 goals, 131 assists). In addition to winning two NCAA national championships with the Gophers, Wendell competed for Team USA in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Wendell recently joined 45TV as a studio analyst during the MSHSL Girls Hockey Tournament as well.