Jalosuo, Raty to Represent Finland in Olympic Games

Team Finland's women's ice hockey roster for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games has been released, and former Gophers Mira Jalosuo and Noora Raty are set to represent their home country in Sochi, Russia.

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Raty will make her third Olympic appearance after competing for Finland in both the 2010 (bronze) and 2006 (fourth place) Olympic Games. Meanwhile, Jalosuo will make her Olympic debut this winter.

Finland's roster includes three goaltenders as Meeri Raisanen and Eveliina Suonpaa join Raty between the pipes. The roster has seven defensemen; Minnesota Duluth junior Tea Villila will join Jalosuo in action at the blue line. Eleven forwards round out the line up, including North Dakota's Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani.

Eight nations will compete for gold in women's ice hockey at the 2014 Olympic Games, set for Feb. 7-23, 2014: Canada, U.S., Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Germany and Japan.

Up to seven current and former Gophers could compete in Sochi as Megan Bozek, Gigi Marvin, Anne Schleper, Lee Stecklein and Amanda Kessel hope to earn a place on Team USA. The final 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, which will include 18 forwards/defensemen and three goaltenders, will be announced during the second intermission of the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich., live on NBC.

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Gophers Off to Second Best Start Ever

By: Ben Gotz, Athletic Communications Student Assistant

After sweeping Ohio State in its final series of 2013, the University of Minnesota women's hockey team is getting some well-deserved rest for a few weeks before resuming their season at the beginning of 2014. It's hard to say they haven't earned it, as their 19-1-0 record gives this year's team the second most wins at the holiday break in team history, trailing only last year's undefeated team. The 2012-13 Gophers boasted a 20-0-0 mark at the holiday break en route to their 41-0-0 perfect season.

This year marks the fifth time in program history the team has concluded the first half of the season with one loss or less. Three of those seasons resulted in national championships. With half a season left to play, the Gophers are off to a strong start in their quest for back-to-back-to-back national championships.

Here's a look at how the Gophers have started over the history of the program:
1997-98: 9-4-1 start, 21-7-3 finish
1998-99: 11-1-1 start, 29-4-3 finish
1999-00: 12-5-0 start, 32-6-1 finish, national champions
2000-01: 11-4-1 start, 23-9-2 finish
2001-02: 12-2-3 start, 28-4-6 finish
2002-03: 15-2-1 start, 27-8-1 finish
2003-04: 13-0-1 start, 30-4-21 finish, national champions
2004-05: 15-1-2 start, 36-2-2 finish, national champions
2005-06: 12-5-1 start, 29-11-1 finish
2006-07: 14-3-1 start, 23-12-1 finish
2007-08: 13-4-1 start, 27-7-4 finish
2008-09: 15-2-1 start, 32-5-3 finish
2009-10: 15-3-2 start, 26-9-5 finish
2010-11: 13-6-0 start, 26-10-2 finish,
2011-12: 17-3-0 start, 34-5-2 finish, national champions
2012-13: 20-0-0 start, 41-0-0 finish, national champions
2013-14: 19-1-0 start

Be there when the Gophers resume play in 2014. Minnesota hosts Ohio State at Ridder Arena in a Friday/Saturday series Jan. 10-11, 2014.

Fan Reaction: Skate with the Gophers

Enjoy fan photos and reactions from last weekend's Skate with the Gophers event at Ridder Arena.

Gophers in the News: OSU Series Preview

Catch up on the recent media coverage of Gopher women's hockey, including recaps of Minnesota's series sweep over Princeton and previews of this weekend's series at Ohio State.

USCHO: Cameranesi picks up three points, Leveille stops all 11 as Minnesota blanks Princeton
Nov. 30, 2013 

USCHO: Photo Gallery: Princeton at Minnesota
Nov. 30, 2013 

Star Tribune: Gophers women's hockey shuts out Princeton
Nov. 30, 2013 

Pioneer Press: Minnesota wins 9-1, completes sweep of Princeton
Dec. 1, 2013 

Minnesota Daily: Minnesota dominates series with Princeton
Dec. 2, 2013 

Minnesota Daily: Building greatness from the bench
Dec. 4, 2013 

The Hockey Writers: NCAA Women's Hockey Weekly Round-Up
Dec. 4, 2013 

Minnesota Daily: Gophers duo proves valuable this season
Dec. 5, 2013 

Star Tribune: U women's hockey aims to keep two streaks going at Ohio State
Dec. 6, 2013

Nine Goals by Nine Gophers Not Quite a Record

Nine different Gophers scored goals in Minnesota's 9-1 win over Princeton last Sunday: Sarah Davis, Meghan Lorence, Hannah Brandt, Milica McMillen, Baylee Gillanders, Bethany Brausen, Maryanne Menefee, Kelsey Cline and Kelly Terry. Nine different players!

As it turns out, Sunday's win marked the third time in program history that at least nine different Gophers have scored in a single game. It was the first time since the 1997-98 season that the feat has happened.

In just the fifth Minnesota women's hockey game in program history, nine different Gophers scored goals en route to a 10-0 win over St. Cloud State (Nov. 15, 1997). Marisa Pettiford (2), Julie Otto, Paula Vogt, Brittny Ralph, Megan Milbert, Betsey Kukowski, Lacey Franzmeier, Laura Tryba and Heather Alm each found the back of the net against the Huskies.

Later during the 1997-98 season, 10 Gophers scored goal in a 10-0 win over Wisconsin at Mariucci Arena (Feb. 7, 1998): Betsey Kukowski, Tracy Donaghue, Matty Brekken, Laura Tryba, Sarma Pone, Tai Thorsheim, Julie Otto, Dacia Lyons, Kelly Olson and Hattie Hoff.

Even though it's happened before, the widespread scoring in Sunday's 9-1 win was remarkable. In addition to nine different players scoring goals, 15 of 18 Minnesota skaters had at least one point, including all six defensemen and each member of the Gophers' top three lines. The Gophers combined for 26 points, but no individual had more than three points, led by Sarah Davis (1g-2a), Kelly Terry (1g-2a) and Hannah Brandt (1g-2a).

The scoring summary attracted the attention of Roman Augustoviz from the Star Tribune. He wrote a series of tweets breaking down the box score.

Take a look at the final box score from the 9-1 win.

Gophers in the News: Princeton Series Preview

Catch up on this week's media coverage, including recaps of the Yale series, previews of the Princeton series and a few other items.

Post Bulletin: Former Wingers are D-I standouts
Nov. 19, 2013 

Star Tribune: U women win 36th game in row on road
Nov. 23, 2013 

Pioneer Press: Brad Frost gets 200th win
Nov. 23, 2013 

Pioneer Press: Minnesota completes sweep of Yale
Nov. 24, 2013 

Post Bulletin: Gophers women's hockey team bounces back
Nov. 24, 2013

Minnesota Daily: Gophers bounce back with sweep
Nov. 25, 2013 

USCHO: Minnesota gains all 15 first-place votes, stays No. 1 in D-I women's rankings
Nov. 25, 2013 

Minnesota Daily: Minnesota focuses on better starts
Nov. 27, 2013

Gold and Gopher: Gophers women's hockey look to close out banner year at Ridder Arena against Princeton
Nov. 30, 2013

Fan Reaction: Winning Streak Ends at 62

Check out the fan reaction to the end of the historic winning streak by Gopher women's hockey. It's proof that Gopher fans are the greatest!

Gophers in the News: Winning Streak Ends at 62

Catch up on media coverage the Gophers received following last weekend's series split with North Dakota. Minnesota skated to its 62nd-consecutive win with a 6-1 victory over UND on Saturday before the historic winning streak came to an end with a 3-2 loss to North Dakota on Sunday.

Star Tribune: Gophers women's hockey win streak reaches 62
Nov. 16, 2013 

Star Tribune: Gophers hockey Saturday success, men's and women's, shows what it takes to be No. 1 + VIDEO
Nov. 16, 2013 

Pioneer Press: Big second period helps U run win streak to 62
Nov. 16, 2013 

USCHO: Wolfe nets two in Minnesota's big win over North Dakota
Nov. 16, 2013 

Star Tribune: North Dakota snaps U women's 62-game winning streak 3-2
Nov. 17, 2013 

Star Tribune: Gophers women's hockey digesting end to 62-game win streak with positive attitudes + VIDEO
Nov. 17, 2013 

Pioneer Press: Streak ends at 62 with 3-2 loss to North Dakota
Nov. 17, 2013 

USCHO: Three-goal first period helps North Dakota end Minnesota's record winning streak at 62
Nov. 17, 2013 

Minnesota Daily: After 62 wins, Gophers fall to North Dakota
Nov. 17, 2013 

Post Bulletin: UND snaps Gophers women's historic streak
Nov. 18, 2013 

Gold & Gopher: Historic winning streak snapped at 62 against North Dakota
Nov. 18, 2013 

The Forum of Fargo/Moorhead: UND snaps Gophers' 62-game winning streak
Nov. 17, 2013 

Star Tribune: Gophers' record run is history
Nov. 18, 2013 

KSTP: 62 Game Winning Streak Comes to an End for Gopher Women's Hockey
Nov. 17, 2013 

WCCO: Gopher Women's Hockey Team Win Streak Ends On The Morning News With Dave Lee
Nov. 18, 2013 

KMSP: Minnesota women's hockey streak ends at 62
Nov. 18, 2013

KARE11: Gophers women's hockey streak stops at 62
Nov. 17, 2013

1500ESPN: College hockey's longest-ever win streak is finished, as Gophers lose
Nov. 17, 2013

USA Today: Minnesota's women's hockey streak ends at 62 wins
Nov. 18, 2013 

Pioneer Press: Sansevere's Huddle: Gopher women still incredible
Nov. 18, 2013

Minnesota Daily: Column: Women's hockey streak ended at a good time, ya feel me?
Nov. 19, 2013 

Minnesota Hockey Magazine: All Good Things Must End
Nov. 20, 2013

Post Bulletin: Gophers women's hockey win string was amazing
Nov. 20, 2013

Star Tribune: Lucia commends Gophers women's hockey for streak
Nov. 20, 2013

Fox Sports North: Minnesota faces some instate, former WCHA rivals: Men's team in awe of women's hockey team's streak
Nov. 20, 2013

Gold and Gopher: A new identity formed at the end of a winning streak
Nov. 22, 2013

The Gophers are still riding a 35-game road winning streak, which began Jan. 14, 2012. Minnesota will put that streak on the line in New Haven, Conn., for a non-conference series at Yale this weekend. The teams face off at 3 p.m. CT Saturday and 11 a.m. CT Sunday. Yale is providing live video, and live audio, blog and stats will be available at GopherSports.com.

Gophers in the News: UND Series Preview

Catch up on some of the media coverage of Gopher women's hockey this week. The media recapped Minnesota's series sweep over St. Cloud State last weekend, previewed this weekend's series with North Dakota and took a deeper look at the team's 61-game winning streak.

Pioneer Press: Gophers women run streak to 60 with 4-1 win over St. Cloud State
Nov. 9, 2013

Star Tribune: Gophers' win streak at 60 in women's hockey
Nov. 9, 2013

USCHO: Minnesota beats St. Cloud State for 60th straight victory
Nov. 8, 2013

Pioneer Press: Late rally extends winning streak to 61
Nov. 9, 2013

Star Tribune: Late goals spark Gophers women to 61st win in a row
Nov. 10, 2013

Minnesota Daily: Gophers escape St. Cloud with series sweep
Nov. 11, 2013

ESPN SportsCenter: Gopher Women's Hockey 61-Straight Wins
Nov. 9, 2013

USCHO: Minnesota reigns atop D-I women's poll - again
Nov. 11, 2013

The Minnesota Daily, Star Tribune and Pioneer Press all dug a little deeper into Gopher women's hockey this week:

Minnesota Daily: Leveille steps up for Gophers
Nov. 12, 2013

Minnesota Daily: Gophers players display versatility
Nov. 14, 2013

Star Tribune: At 61 and counting, Gophers women's hockey winning streak evokes wonder and worry
Nov. 15, 2013

Star Tribune: Gophers women's hockey steak faces tough test against North Dakota
Nov. 15, 2013

Pioneer Press: The streak that made Gophers women's hockey famous
Nov. 15, 2013

Gopher Women's Hockey Featured on SportsCenter

Check out the recap and fan reaction to SportsCenter airing a clip of Gopher women's hockey over the weekend.