Gophers in the News: UND, Olympics Preview

Catch up on Gopher women's hockey in the news this week. The media recapped Minnesota's sweep over St. Cloud State last weekend and previewed this weekend's series at North Dakota, along with previewing the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Star Tribune: U women's hockey wins on Leveille's third consecutive shutout
Jan. 25, 2014

Pioneer Press: Meghan Lorence scores twice in 3-0 win over St. Cloud State
Jan. 25, 2014

Star Tribune: Gophers women's hockey sweeps St. Cloud State
Jan. 25, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Minnesota sweeps SCSU amid penalties
Jan. 27, 2014

USCHO: Lorence scores twice as Minnesota shuts out St. Cloud State
Jan. 24, 2014

GopherSports: Gophers Volunteer with Special Olympics
Jan. 28, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers shoot to avenge loss to UND
Jan. 30, 2014

Star Tribune: 'Extra fire' on both sides of Gophers-UND women's hockey rivalry
Jan. 31, 2014

Grand Forks Herald: UND to host Minnesota in rivalry game this weekend
Jan. 31, 2014

Let's Play Hockey: 2014 Ms. Hockey, Senior Goalie semifinalists announced
Jan. 30, 2014

New York Times: In Rinks Beyond Sochi, a Chance for Players Left Behind
Jan. 31, 2014

Check out in-depth stories on Rachel Ramsey and Hannah Brandt that appeared this week.

Minnesota Daily: Ramsey carries the torch
Jan. 28, 2014

Kaz Watch: Hannah Brandt stays golden as Gophers sophomore
Jan. 28, 2014

The pre-Olympics coverage includes plenty of ties to Gopher women's hockey, too.

NCAA.com: Putting School On Hold To Chase Gold
Jan. 28, 2014

NBC Olympics: Women's Olympic hockey tournament preview
Jan. 28, 2014

NBC Olympics: U.S., Canadian women's Olympic teams top contenders for gold in Sochi
Jan. 28, 2014

NBC Olympics: Team USA Class of 2014 Yearbook

NBC Sports: On The Ice With The U.S. Women's Hockey Team (Part 1)
Jan. 27, 2014

Women's Hockey Life: Lee Stecklein Towers Over the Competition as She Earns Spot on Ambitious US Squad
Jan. 22, 2014

Gopher Sports Update: U.S. Olympian Lee Stecklein
Jan. 28, 2014

USA Hockey: Olympians Donate 300 Total Sets of OneGoal Hockey Equipment to Youth Hockey Associations
Jan. 29, 2014

Minnesota Hockey Magazine: Gopher Olympians donate 60 sets of youth hockey equipment
Jan. 29, 2014

KARE11: Road To Sochi: U.S. women's hockey team goes for gold
Jan. 29, 2014

Gophers Clinch WCHA Home Ice

With a month remaining in the regular season, Minnesota and Wisconsin both have clinched home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs after recording league sweeps last weekend. Meanwhile, North Dakota, which collected five of six points on Jan. 24-25, needs just one more point to guarantee that it will finish in the top four and host a first round league playoff series.

Minnesota (24-1-1, 18-1-1-0 WCHA, 55 points) remains in the league lead, one point ahead of Wisconsin (21-3-2, 17-3-2-1 WCHA, 54 points), which has played two more games than the Gophers. North Dakota (16-5-3, 13-3-3-2 WCHA, 44 points) is nine points back but also holds two games at hand on UW and fourth place Minnesota Duluth (12-10-4, 10-8-4-3 WCHA, 37 points). Bemidji State (9-14-3, 6-12-2-1 WCHA, 21 points) holds on to fifth place, but just two points ahead of streaking Ohio State (9-12-5, 4-12-5-2, 19 points) which is unbeaten in five straight games. Minnesota State (9-19-0, 4-18-0-0 WCHA, 12 points) and St. Cloud State (4-20-3, 3-15-2-1 WCHA, 12 points) are tied for seventh place.

The WCHA postseason championship begins with a best-of-three first round Feb. 28-March 2. The four winning teams advance to the 2014 WCHA Final Face-off to square of for the WCHA crown at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn., March 7-8.

The Final Face-off begins with two semifinal games at 4:07 p.m. CT and 7:07 p.m. CT on Friday, March 7. The semifinal winners will then play at 7:07 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 8 in the championship game. The winner of the WCHA Final Face-off receives the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Minnesota has won the last two WCHA Final Face-off titles, defeating Minnesota Duluth 2-0 in the 2012 title game and topping North Dakota 2-0 to claim the 2013 crown.

Single-game and tournament package tickets for the 2014 WCHA Final Faceo-off are now on sale. Tickets for all Sanford Center events may be purchased at the Sanford Center ticket office, any Ticketmaster retail location, Lueken's Village Foods, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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Gophers Volunteer With Special Olympics

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The University of Minnesota women's hockey team was in full force as 14 members of the team volunteered with the Special Olympics at the state poly hockey tournament, Sunday, Jan. 26 in Golden Valley, Minn.

The Gopher contingent of Milica McMillen, Sidney Peters, Amanda Leveille, Kate Flug, Kate Schipper, Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Paige Haley, Kelsey Cline, Shyler Sletta, Baylee Gillianders, Sarah Davis, Bethany Brausen and Kelly Terry were in attendance from 12-6. The group interacted with the participants and presented awards during the Special Olympics ceremony.

The Gopher women's hockey team has always had a long-standing tradition of community service. Earlier this month, the team held a teddy bear toss to donate to Toys for Tots, while Feb. 8 game against Bemidiji State, the team will hold a Gold Out as proceeds go towards Amplatz Children's Hospital and Unlimited Dance Marathon.

Future Gophers Named to U.S. U-18 Squad

Today USA Hockey announced the 22 players that have been selected to the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that will take part in the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's Under-18 World Championship, March 23-30, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary. The roster includes future Gophers Sydney Baldwin and Nina Rodgers, who will join Minnesota in fall 2014.

Baldwin and Rodgers are two of nine players on the roster who helped the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team collect the silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Women's Under-18 World Championship in Heinola, Finland.

The team was selected following the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Winter Camp, held Dec. 27-31, at Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The IIHF Women's Under-18 World Championship is being played for the seventh time and will include teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) and again in 2011 and the silver medal in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Read more:

USA Hockey Release: 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Unveiled
U.S. Roster: 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team
GopherSports.com: Women's Hockey Signs Four 

Gophers in the News: MSU Recap, SCSU Preview

Catch up on recent media coverage of Gopher women's hockey, including more recaps of Minnesota's sweep over Minnesota State and the outdoor Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium and previews of Minnesota's series with St. Cloud State this weekend.

Minnesota Daily: Minnesota handles Mankato with ease in sweep
Jan. 21, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Hockey City Classic sets attendance mark
Jan. 21, 2014

USCHO: Davis in the middle of Minnesota's outdoor shutout of Minnesota State
Jan. 17, 2014

Gold and Gopher: Hockey City Classic: Outdoor hockey debut a success for U
Jan. 19, 2014

USCHO: Photo Gallery: Hockey City Classic
Jan. 18, 2014

Pioneer Press: Gophers women's hockey: Four-goal second sinks MS Mankato
Jan. 19, 2014

USCHO: WCHA referee wears helmet camera at the Hockey City Classic
Jan. 19, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Brandt finds niche as go-to player
Jan. 23, 2014

Gophers in the News: OSU, Hockey City Recap

Since the top-ranked Gophers resumed play in the new year, they have frequently found themselves in the media spotlight. Catch up on the latest Minnesota women's hockey news.

OSU Series Recap, Jan. 10-11:

Pioneer Press: Hannah Brandt's hat trick lifts Minnesota
Jan. 10, 2014

SB Nation College Hockey: Gophers Beat Buckeyes 6-0 behind Hannah Brandt's Hat Trick
Jan. 10, 2014

Star Tribune: Brandt's hat trick leads U women's hockey over Ohio State
Jan. 11, 2014

USCHO: Buckeyes earn tie and shootout win over Gophers thanks to Tarr and Curtis
Jan. 11, 2014

Hockey City Classic Preview:

Fox Sports: Gophers finally get outdoor hockey game, 'electric atmosphere' expected
Jan. 14, 2014

WCCO: Gophers Get Ready To Host Hockey City Classic
Jan. 16, 2014

Pioneer Press: Below-zero wind chill forecast for TCF Bank Stadium Games
Jan. 16, 2014

KARE11: Frigid temps for outdoor hockey? You can 'Bank' on it
Jan. 17, 2014

Star Tribune: U women's hockey team hopes outdoor setting helps regroup from tie
Jan. 17, 2014

Gold and Gopher: Hockey City Classic: Preview of Gophers vs. Mankato
Jan. 17, 2014

WCCO: Outdoor Hockey Returns To 'U' After 80 Years
Jan. 17, 2014

SB Nation College Hockey: 2014 Hockey City Classic: What outdoor hockey means to Minnesota players & coaches
Jan. 17, 2014

Hockey City Classic Recaps:

Bring Me The News: Gophers don't give up a goal in hockey double header
Jan. 17, 2014

Star Tribune: Pond hockey veteran Davis paces U women's hockey to 4-0 victory
Jan. 18, 2014

Pioneer Press: Minnesota women win in outdoor opener
Jan. 18, 2014

Star Tribune: Fans embrace the hockey, cold at TCF Bank Stadium
Jan. 18, 2014

KMSP Fox 9: The 'State of Hockey' braves the cold at TCF Bank
Jan. 18, 2014

Extras

Daily Herald: Buffalo Grove native Bozek smiling all the way to Sochi
Jan. 11, 2014

5 Eyewitness News: Gopher Men, Women stay atop Hockey Polls
Jan. 14, 2014

USCHO: Minnesota owes success to more than talent
Jan. 16, 2014

BTN Live: Kessel Leading On and Off the Ice
Jan. 17, 2014

The Gophers and Mavericks wrap up their series at 1 p.m. CT Sunday afternoon at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn.

Gophers in the News: Hockey City Classic Opening Ceremony

The Gopher women's hockey team kicks off play in the new year by hosting Ohio State at Ridder Arena in a Friday/Saturday series this weekend. However, everyone is already looking forward to the 2014 Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium next Friday, Jan. 17.

The Hockey City Classic Winter Festival began Thursday night with an opening ceremony and public "Skate with the Greats" event. Catch up on media coverage of the event and stay tuned for much more excitement leading up to the outdoor college hockey double-header next Friday.

Read more:

KSTP: Hockey City Classic Comes to TCF Bank Stadium
Jan. 9, 2014

Star Tribune: Hockey City Classic Winter Festival to open at TCF Bank Stadium
Jan. 9, 2014

Star Tribune: Outdoor hockey, Minnesota style
Jan. 9, 2014

WCCO: 'Light The Lamp' Ceremony Opens Hockey City Classic Winter Festival
Jan. 9, 2014

KSTP: Preps for Hockey City Classic Winter Festival Under Way at TCF Stadium
Jan. 8, 2014

Rock Ridder Night Scheduled for Jan. 10

Rock Ridder Night Tickets

Gopher women's hockey returns to action at Ridder Arena one week from tonight! Minnesota is pleased to host Rock Ridder Night where all general admission tickets are just $1 when the team hosts Ohio State next Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:07 p.m.

All fans will receive Gopher rally towels to celebrate the Gophers taking the ice for the first time in over a month. Minnesota's last series was a WCHA road sweep at Ohio State, Dec. 7-8, 2013. The Gophers look to make it four-straight victories over the Buckeyes in their first series of 2014.

In addition, Saturday's game of the Ohio State series will feature a Teddy Bear Toss after the first Gopher goal. Fans are invited to bring teddy bears or other stuffed animals to the game and throw them on the ice after the first Minnesota goal. All of the stuffed animals will be donated to Toys for Tots as part of the Gophers' annual toy drive.

Be there for what the Gophers hope will be the fourth sell-out women's hockey crowd in Ridder Arena history (3,400).

Five Gophers Named to USA Olympic Roster

USA Hockey has revealed the Team USA women's ice hockey roster for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Five current and former Gophers are set to represent the U.S. in Sochi, Russia, in Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel, Gigi Marvin, Anne Schleper and Lee Stecklein.

USA Hockey, in cooperation with the United States Olympic Committee and National Hockey League, unveiled the Olympic roster during the second intermission of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Gigi Marvin is the lone Olympic veteran among the Gopher representatives. A silver medalist at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., Marvin has also played in six International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championships (gold-2008, 2009, 2011, 2013; silver-2007, 2012) and seven Four Nations Cups (1st-2008, 2011-12; 2nd-2006-07, 2009, 3rd-2013) as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team.

The remaining four Gophers will make their first Olympic appearances this winter.

Megan Bozek has played in two International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championships (gold-2013; silver-2012) and two Four Nations Cups (1st-2012, 3rd-2013) as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team.

Amanda Kessel has played in two IIHF Women's World Championships (gold-2013; silver-2012), two Four Nations Cups (1st-2011, 2012) and one International Ice Hockey Federation Twelve Nations Invitational Series (2011) as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team. She was on the 2013 USWNT at the Four Nations Cup but did not play.

Anne Schleper has played in three International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championships (gold-2011, 2013; silver-2012) and four Four Nations Cups (1st-2008, 2012; 2nd-2010, 3rd-2013) as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team.

Lee Stecklein has played in one International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship (gold-2013) and one Four Nations Cup (3rd-2013) as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team.

Marvin is one of 11 USA athletes with Olympic experience, and Stecklein is the youngest player on the roster.

Read more:
USA Hockey: 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team Unveiled
WCCO: 5 Gophers Make U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team
Star Tribune: U.S. Olympic women's hockey team bears strong Minnesota flavor
USA Today: U.S. women's hockey team named for Sochi Olympics
USCHO: Eleven returnees highlight U.S. women's Olympic team
Minnesota Daily: Minnesota to be well-represented at Olympics

USA Tops Canada at the Xcel Energy Center

The U.S. women's national team defeated Canada, 3-2 in a shootout at the Xcel Energy Center Saturday afternoon. Catch up on the game and the ties to Gopher women's hockey along with some of the media coverage surrounding the win.

Read more:
Star Tribune: Gameday preview: Team USA vs. Canada
Dec. 27, 2013

ESPN-W: U.S., Canada ... Best of Frenemies
Dec. 27, 2013

Star Tribune: U.S.-Canada women's hockey rivalry heating up before Olympics
Dec. 27, 2013

Pioneer Press: U.S.-Canada a gold-medal women's hockey rivalry
Dec. 28, 2013

USA Today: U.S. women's hockey team beats Canada 3-2 in shootout
Dec. 28, 2013

USA Hockey: Knight Time Is The Right Time For A Shootout In St. Paul
Dec. 28, 2013

Star Tribune: U.S. women's hockey beats back rivals from Canada 3-2 in shootout
Dec. 29, 2013