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

Teddy Bear Toss Set for Jan. 11

The Gopher women's hockey team is pleased to host a Teddy Bear Toss during its game against Ohio State at Ridder Arena on Saturday, Jan. 11.

The Teddy Bear Toss will occur 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 charity as part of the Gophers' annual toy drive.

The Gophers hosted a Teddy Bear Toss last season during a 2-0 win over Wisconsin on Dec. 2, 2012. Senior Mira Jalosuo broke a scoreless tie with a power-play goal in the third period. After the goal, fans tossed nearly 200 bears onto the ice. Staff members collected the bears, and members of the Gopher women's hockey team delivered them to a Toys for Tots collection site.

The Jan. 11 Gopher game will air live on the Big Ten Network, so fans not in attendance will be able to see the Teddy Bear Toss as it happens!

Gophers in the News: Mid-Season Break

Despite being on a four-week mid-season break from competition, Minnesota (19-1-0, 13-1-0 WCHA) has received lots of recent media coverage. Catch up on some of the recent news surrounding Gopher women's hockey.

Ohio State Series Recap
Minnesota Daily: Minnesota blows past Ohio State
Dec. 9, 2013 

Star Tribune: Gophers women complete hockey sweep of Ohio State
Dec. 9, 2013 

Pioneer Press: Gophers women's hockey: Rachel Bona hat trick leads win over Ohio State
Dec. 7, 2013 

WCHA: UM's Bona, McMillen and Cameranesi, UW's Packer Named WCHA Women's Players of the Week
Dec. 11, 2013

USCHO: Wednesday Women: Midseason Looks
Dec. 11, 2013

Frozen Four Hosts Named
Star Tribune: Minnesota Scene: Xcel, Ridder get three Frozen Fours between them
Dec. 11, 2013 

KARE11: U of M, Twin Cities win Frozen Four hosting duties
Dec. 13, 2013

Minnesota Daily: NCAA announces sites for future tournaments
Dec. 11, 2013

Olympic Updates
KSTP: US Women's Olympic Hockey Camp Opens In Blaine
Dec. 13, 2013 

KSTP: U.S. Women's National Team to Train in Blaine
Dec. 16, 2013

Fox9: Team USA Work Out in Blaine
Dec. 16, 2013

Star Tribune: Slowed by injury, Gophers product Amanda Kessel expected to be healthy when Olympics begin
Dec. 18, 2013 

USA Hockey Magazine: Bozek Brings Versatility To Team USA Blueline
Dec. 2013 Issue

Grand Forks Herald: Minnesota native strong candidate to return in 2014 games
Dec. 19, 2013

Minnesota Daily: Raty, Jalosuo selected to Finnish Olympic team
Dec. 18, 2013

Lions.FI: Here they are - female lions Sochi Olympics
Dec. 18, 2013

Sport.FI: Finland Women's Ice Hockey Olympic Team named
Dec. 18, 2013

Sarah Erickson Coaching at Concordia Moorhead
Inforum: At 23, Cobbers women's coach has already accomplished much in hockey
Dec. 9, 2013 

Minnesota Daily: Erickson coaches college at young age
Dec. 10, 2013 

Other Noteworthy Gopher Items
USA Today: Ad Meter Year in Sports winner revealed
Dec. 18, 2013 

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Final Poll of 2013
Dec. 17, 2013 Final Poll of 2013
Dec. 16, 2013

MinnPost: U of M's successful 'non-revenue' sports teams contribute in other ways
Dec. 20, 2013

Gold and Gopher: Gophers Hockey: 10 things to look forward to in 2014
Dec. 22, 2013

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.

Naisten maajoukkue // Sotshi 2014 from Leijonat TV on Vimeo.

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.

Read more:
Sport.FI: Women's Ice Hockey Olympic Team named
Here they are - female lions Sochi Olympics

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