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.
Coaches talk about team wins a lot, but Brad Frost's Gophers took it to the extreme. Every player on top three lines had at least one point
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.
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.
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.
Seven Gophers represented their respective countries as USA Hockey hosted the annual Four Nations Cup between the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden in Lake Placid, N.Y., this week.
The U.S. Women's National Team roster included Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel, Gigi Marvin, Anne Schleper and Lee Stecklein. Meanwhile, Noora Räty and Mira Jalosuo were members of Finland's team.
Canada topped Finland, 6-3, in the championship game, while the U.S. took third place with an 8-1 win over Sweden. Bozek (1g-5a) was the second-leading scorer in the tournament, while Marvin (2g-2a) and Schleper (1g-1a) each appeared in all four games as well. Räty played in three games and posted a .937 save percentage for the tournament; she also recorded an assist. Jalosuo was in Finland's line up for two games, and Stecklein appeared in one game. Kessel did not play.
Here's a quick game-by-game recap of the tournament:
The U.S. Women's National Team's Bring on the World Tour continues with two games against Canada in December. The teams meet at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D., on Dec. 20 before facing off at the Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 28.
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.
Ridder Arena was selected as one of four finalists to host the women's NCAA Frozen Four from 2015 to 2018, the NCAA announced last week. Ridder is among the three sites in contention to hold an upcoming NCAA Division III men's hockey championship as well.
The announcement came as the NCAA released a list of the host site finalists for the final round of 81 of its 89 championships for the 2014-18 championship seasons.
Along with Ridder Arena, the four finalists for the women's Frozen Four include Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., (hosted by Lindenwood/St. Louis Sports Commission); Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, N.H. (New Hampshire); and Ralph Englstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. (North Dakota).
The three venues in contention for the NCAA Division III men's hockey championship are Ridder (hosted by St. Scholastica); Herb Brooks Ice Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. (Plattsburgh State/Olympic Regional Development Authority); and Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, N.Y. (Utica).
The NCAA sport committees will select the winning sites, which must then be approved by the appropriate divisional championships cabinets/committees before being announced via webcast at NCAA.com on Dec. 11.
Along with the Gophers' NCAA-record 59-game winning streak, the Minnesota women's hockey team also has now tied the NCAA women's hockey record for the longest home unbeaten streak.
Minnesota's 4-1 win over Minnesota State last Friday marked the team's 30th-straight victory at home in Ridder Arena. The Gophers are now tied with Harvard's unbeaten mark of 30 games set Feb. 2, 2002 to Jan. 11, 2004.