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.

Four Nations Cup Rewind

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:

Nov. 5:

Canada 3, Finland 1: Noora Räty made 36 saves in goal for Finland and picked up an assist.

U.S. 10, Sweden 0: Gigi Marvin (2g) Anne Schleper (1g) and Megan Bozek (1a) combined for 4 points. Amanda Kessel and Lee Stecklein did not dress.

USA Hockey recap: U.S. Women's National Team opens Four Nations Cup with 10-0 win over Sweden
USA Hockey recap: USA Finds Fast Start in Win Over Sweden

Nov. 6:

Finland 2, Sweden 0: Räty had the day off.

Canada 4, U.S. 2: Schleper had one shot on goal.

USA Hockey recap: U.S. Women's National Team Falls to Canada, 4-2

Nov. 8:

Canada 4, Sweden 3

Finland 3, U.S. 1: Räty made 58 saves to lead Finland past the U.S. Bozek scored the lone goal for the Red, White and Blue. Bozek finished with a game-high 11 shots as well.

USA Hockey recap: U.S. Women's National Team Loses to Finland, 3-1, at Four Nations Cup

Nov. 9:

Championship - Canada 6, Finland 3: Räty made 39 saves on 44 shots in the loss for Finland.

Third Place - U.S. 8, Sweden 1: Bozek (4a), Marvin (2a) and Schleper (1a) recorded seven assists total.

USA Hockey recap: Team USA Tops Sweden, 8-1, to Clinch Third Place at Four Nations

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.

Gophers in the News: SCSU Series Preview

Catch up on this week's media coverage of Gopher women's hockey, including recaps from last weekend's series with Minnesota State and a look ahead at this weekend's games at St. Cloud State.

Pioneer Press: Gophers women run streak to 58 with 4-1 win over MSU-Mankato
Nov. 1, 2013

USCHO: Balanced offensive attack guides Minnesota past Minnesota State
Nov. 1, 2013

Star Tribune: Gophers women's hockey wins 58th consecutive game
Nov. 2, 2013

Star Tribune: Gophers women's hockey routs MSU Mankato for 59th win in row
Nov. 2, 2013

Pioneer Press: Gophers rout MSU-Mankato 7-0, extend streak to 59
Nov. 2, 2013

USCHO: Terry nets hat trick in 7-0 Minnesota win at Minnesota State
Nov. 2, 2013

Minnesota Daily: Gophers dominate in sweep of Mavericks
Nov. 3, 2013

Minnesota Daily: Davis loosens up locker room with grit and goofiness
Nov. 7, 2013

The Hockey Writers: NCAA Women's Hockey Weekly Round-Up: November 6th, 2013

Ridder Named Finalist to Host NCAA Events

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.

Read more:
NCAA: Host site finalists named for final round of 81 championships for 2014-18
Star Tribune: NCAA events could be coming to state soon

Gophers Tie NCAA Home Unbeaten Streak

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.

Here's a look at the previous NCAA-record streaks (from the 2012-13 NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Record Book) and how the Gophers' current streaks measure up.

OVERALL WINNING STREAK
Old: 21--Harvard, Jan. 4 to March 15, 2008
New: 59--Minnesota, Feb. 18, 2012 to present

OVERALL UNBEATEN STREAK
Old: 32--Wisconsin, Nov. 25, 2006 to Oct. 14, 2007; 32--Wisconsin, Dec. 4, 2010 to Oct. 14, 2011
New: 59--Minnesota, Feb. 18, 2012 to present

HOME WINNING STREAK
Old: 25--Harvard, March 1, 2002 to Jan. 11, 2004
New: 30--Minnesota, Feb. 18, 2012 to present

HOME UNBEATEN STREAK
Old: 30--Harvard, Feb. 2, 2002-Jan. 11, 2004
New/Tied: 30--Minnesota, Feb. 18, 2012 to present

ROAD WINNING STREAK
Old: 15--Mercyhurst, Nov. 2, 2002-Oct. 18, 2003
New: 33--Minnesota, Jan. 14, 2012 to present

ROAD UNBEATEN STREAK
Old: Unknown
Current Gopher Record: 33--Minnesota, Jan. 14, 2012 to present

ROAD WINNING STREAK (INCLUDING NEUTRAL GAMES)
Old: Unknown
Current Gopher Record: 36--Minnesota, Jan. 14, 2012 to present

ROAD UNBEATEN STREAK (INCLUDING NEUTRAL GAMES)
Old: Unknown
Current Gopher Record: 36--Minnesota, Jan. 14, 2012 to present

Minnesota will try to extend its streak this weekend at St. Cloud State in a Friday/Saturday series. Puck drop is set for 3:07 p.m. CT both days at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

Gophers in the News: MSU Series Preview

Catch up on some of the Gophers' media coverage recapping last weekend's sweep at Bemidji State and previewing this weekend's home-and-home series with Minnesota State.

Gophers Sweep Beavers

Star Tribune: Gophers shut out Bemidji State in women's hockey; win streak at 56 games
Oct. 25, 2013

Pioneer Press: Gophers' streak hits 56 with 4-0 win over Bemidji State
Oct. 25, 2013

Bemidji Pioneer: Mowat makes 42 saves for Bemidji State but Minnesota shuts out Beavers 4-0
Oct. 25, 2013

USCHO: Lorence scores twice in Minnesota's 4-0 victory at Bemidji State
Oct. 25, 2013

Star Tribune: Gophers women's hockey survives Bemidji State; streak lives on
Oct. 27, 2013

Minnesota Daily: Brandt scores late, Gophers sweep Beavers
Oct. 28, 2013

Gophers to Face Minnesota State

Minnesota Daily: Gophers' first line still finding legs sans former leading scorer Kessel
Oct. 31, 2013

Gold And Gopher: Women to skate home-and-home with Minnesota State
Nov. 1, 2013

Star Tribune: U women put streak on line
Nov. 1, 2013

Gopher Bites

Here are a few more articles that are worth reading. The Minnesota Daily looked at the Mariucci Arena and Ridder Arena zamboni drivers and what goes into preparing the ice for Gopher hockey games. Last but not least, Dave Schwartz wrote about the Gophers' 57-game winning streak for his column in Minnesota Hockey Magazine.

Pioneer Press: Gophers hockey teams unanimous No. 1s in polls
Oct. 28, 2013

Minnesota Daily: Zamboni drivers pave the way for games
Oct. 30, 2013

Minnesota Hockey Magazine: Defying the Odds
Oct. 31, 2013

Gophers in the News: BSU Series Preview

Catch up on some of the media coverage of Gopher women's hockey this week. The media previewed this weekend's series at Bemidji State, recognized Dani Cameranesi's WCHA Rookie of the Week award and looked at both Gopher men's and women's hockey being No. 1 in the national polls.

Minnesota Daily: Speed line helps produce
Oct. 24, 2013

Bemidji Pioneer: Bemidji State ready for Golden Gopher challenges
Oct. 24, 2013

Minnesota Daily: Cameranesi honored as WCHA Rookie of the Week
Oct. 24, 2013

Pioneer Press: Gophers hockey team No. 1 in national poll
Oct. 21, 2013

In case you missed it, here's what the media had to say about the Gophers' sweep over Minnesota Duluth last weekend.

Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota tops UMD, extends winning streak to 54
Oct. 18, 2013

Pioneer Press: Gophers extend winning streak to 54
Oct. 18, 2013

Pioneer Press: U sweeps, runs winning streak to 55
Oct. 19, 2013

Star Tribune: No. 1 Gophers women shut out Minnesota Duluth; streak at 54 games
Oct. 19, 2013

Post Bulletin: Gophers men, women hockey teams both win
Oct. 19, 2013

Star Tribune: Gophers women's hockey win streak grows to 55 with sweep in Duluth
Oct. 20, 2013

Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota sweeps UMD to extend winning streak to 55
Oct. 20, 2013

Gold And Gopher: Freshman class filling in nicely for Gophers women's hockey
Oct. 21, 2013

Minnesota Daily: Minnesota travels up North, sweeps UMD
Oct. 21, 2013

Fan Reaction: Hockey City Classic Tickets

Gopher hockey fans are excited for the 2014 Hockey City Classic! Check out some of the reactions to day one of ticket sales.

USA Hockey Profiles Lee Stecklein

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USA Hockey profiled Lee Stecklein as she competes with the U.S. Women's National Team in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Stecklein explained how her freshman season with Gopher women's hockey helped prepare her for the competition she's facing at the international level.

During her freshman season with the Gophers in 2012-13, Stecklein played in all 41 games and recorded 12 points on three goals and nine assists. Her three goals included two power-play goals and two game-winning goals. The blue liner from Roseville, Minn., was +35 on the season as well.

Catch up with Stecklein and learn about her U.S. National Team experience in the article below.

USA Hockey: Golden Gophers help Stecklein inch closer to golden moment

Gophers Remain Unanimous No. 1

Minnesota remained the unanimous number one selection in both the USCHO.com national poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national poll this week. This is the second-straight week the Gophers have collected all of the first place votes in both polls and the third-straight week Minnesota is USCHO's unanimous number one.

Gopher women's hockey has been the No. 1 team in both national polls since the final poll of the 2011-12 season (March 19-20, 2012). That's 28-straight USCHO polls and 31-straight USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.

2013-14 USCHO.com Poll: Minnesota's First-Place Votes
Preseason Poll: 14 of 15
(No Poll Sept. 30)
Oct. 7 Poll: 15 of 15
Oct. 14 Poll: 15 of 15
Oct. 21 Poll: 15 of 15

2013-14 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll: Minnesota's First-Place Votes
Preseason Poll: 18 of 19
Oct. 1 Poll: 19 of 19
Oct. 8 Poll: 18 of 19
Oct. 15 Poll: 19 of 19
Oct. 22 Poll: 19 of 19

The No. 1 Gophers (6-0-0, 4-0-0 WCHA) travel north to face Bemidji State (3-2-1, 0-0-0 WCHA) this weekend. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday at BSU's Sanford Center.