get first perfect season
Minnesota's record season
begs the question
Minnesota women's hockey team finishes perfectly
Women's Hockey Wins 49 in a Row to Win Title
Minnesota beats Boston University
to repeat as NCAA women's hockey champ
'Dynasty' talk for Gopher
women? Save that chat for later
At Ridder Arena, Gophers
rose above the pressure
women's hockey team is one for the history books
finishes perfect season with repeat NCAA title
Raty caps career in most outstanding style
ABC - KSTP5
Perfect Season and National
Championship for Gophers Women's Hockey
CBS - WCCO
Gophers Get Perfect Season
With NCAA Women's Title
NBC - KARE11
Gophers get perfect season
with NCAA women's title
Perfect season: Gopher
women win 2nd consecutive national championship
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GOLD & GOPHER
2013 NCAA Champions: 'We
Made The Impossible, Possible'
The Frozen Four is finally here!
Since winning the national title last season, our sights have been set on returning to the Frozen Four, especially with it being hosted at Ridder Arena. And after a long, exciting and history 2012-13 season, we have finally achieved one of our goals.
With the rest of Minnesota on Spring Break, our schedule has been very flexible. We had a team breakfast this morning at Egg & I, and then we had our team practice around lunchtime.
The practice was business as usual, and we fine-tuned some things for tomorrow's game versus Boston College. At the end of practice, we did our ritual "Hair-Down Showdown", which is done the last practice before the weekend begins. Coach Frost was the surprise winner today as he somehow slipped the puck by Noora.
After practice, Noora, Amanda and Coach Frost addressed the media one last time before the weekend.
We are now getting ready to head to the NCAA Frozen Four Banquet, which will be held at TCF Bank Stadium. It will be a good chance for all the players, coaches and staff to mingle with one another and really take in the whole Frozen Four experience. I've heard the meal is the same as what we had at the Senior Banquet back in February, so we all are pretty excited about dinner tonight!
The banquet will wrap up our final prep day for the Frozen Four, and then it is business tomorrow morning! Everyone is pumped and excited to defend our national title this weekend!
Today was game day against Finland,
and it was the last round robin game.
We had an early breakfast and departed for pre-game skate after. It was a short skate just to get our legs moving because we had a late game at 7 p.m. We had lunch when we returned and had a video session with the coaches. Then it was down time before departure to our game. I took a nice nap to relax and got some rest.
Our game was our best yet at the tournament. We beat Finland, 15-1, and controlled most of the game. We worked on lots of plays and played well as a team to improve our weaknesses. We played strong and our whole team enjoyed the win. It was a good game to play before tomorrow's gold medal game against Canada. We are ready for a rematch!
Tomorrow should be an exciting day, but it will be our last in Finland. It will be sad to leave, but I'm also ready to return home. It has been an awesome experience here to get to play with the National Team. I will miss this team and all of my great teammates, but we still have one more game to play first.
Have a great day!
Today was a great day for the team in Helsinki. We had an early breakfast and lunch, then we headed to the rink for a quick strength and conditioning lesson, which was followed by a team practice.
After that, we had some down time. People chose to stay back and rest and catch up on homework, but a couple teammates and I decided go see downtown Helsinki. The city, looking by the pictures, had the appearance of Times Square. The buildings were very bright and animated! Downtown was beautiful, not to mention, the chocolate is amazing!
We had dinner with the team back at
the hotel, and now we are starting to preparing for the game tomorrow versus
Finland! All of us are excited and ready to get back to action here at the Four
Hello from Finland!
Today in Finland, we had the same routine as Tuesday. We woke up had breakfast, some meetings and then it was game time.
We ate our pregame meal at 10 a.m., and I made the mistake of having coffee with my meal. Let's just say coffee, pasta and salad does not mix well! After our meal, I just laid around, listened to music and hung out before we departed for the rink. At the rink, I like to joke around and sing and dance as part of my pregame routine, so I stay loose and have fun.
It is nice to have current and old
gophers on this team. However, a little fun fact is that I spend a lot of time
with a current rival and Wisconsin Badger, Brianna Decker. I have known her
since I was young, and we are really good friends despite having the bitter
It was a tough game today versus Canada as it did not go in our favor. We suffered a
3-1 loss, but the good thing is we can
move on and learn from that game.
Tomorrow, we have an off day from games, but we will keep busy since our schedule is jam packed with activities and meetings.
Have a great day!
This week, three
current and three former Gophers are suiting up for the U.S. Women's National
Team for the Four Nations Cup in Vantaa & Kerava, Finland. This blog will
give you a first-hand insight on what the current Gophers (Megan Bozek, Amanda
Kessel and Milica McMillen) are experiencing during their time with the
Hello from Finland!
We just ended Day 2 of our week here in Finland. Today, we played our first game and pulled out a 4-0 win over Sweden!
We got to sleep in today, which was nice after traveling all day and then having practice right after. We had our pregame meal, a team meeting, and then had some down time. Everyone has their own ways of preparing for game, such as: getting treatment, doing homework or taking naps. I decided to go with a little homework and then a nap before leaving for the rink.
Our first game of the tournament was against Sweden, and we won 4-0 in a fast and physical game. One of our defensemen, Lisa Chesson, got hurt in the opening two minutes, right after she scored the first goal. So we had to roll with six defensemen for the rest of the game. We scored two more goals in the second period, and then in the third period, my roommate Brianna Decker scored!
It was a lot of fun getting to wear the USA jersey again. This is only my second time with the senior team and first major tournament. We have all different players ranging from veterans to first-timers. The veterans are a lot of help and have great advice on and off the ice for us newer players, so we get to know the team and program better. Meghan Duggan, who is the assistant captain of the team, pulled some of us aside today to tell us to have fun and relax. It's really nice to have the support around us as we try to adjust, and it's worked so far!
We play Canada tomorrow, so it's time to get some rest!
Have a nice day,
This week, three current and three former Gophers are suiting
up for the U.S. Women's National Team for the Four Nations Cup in Vantaa &
Kerava, Finland. This blog will give you a first-hand insight on what the
current Gophers (Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel and Milica McMillen) are
experiencing during their time with the national team.
We just got back from a good skate today. Our travel day was very long, consisting of a two and half hour flight to New York City, which was followed by a six-hour layover and then a seven and a half hour flight to Helsinki! We made it safe and had a little bit of time to spare at the hotel before heading to the rink.
All is college players that were joining the team today thought our skating would be pretty bad, due to all the traveling, but it turned out good. Helsinki gets very dark around 4 p.m., so it is kind of depressing walking out of the rink and having our day gone so fast!
The weather here is rainy and dreary, which isn't fun for us since we can't walk around and sightsee, but then again most of us are more interested in getting some sleep over touring Helsinki.
It's been really exciting being able to spend time with friends from other collegiate teams, especially my roommate Hilary Knight, who played for Wisconsin the past four years. Here are a few fun facts about her:
- She plays for the Boston Blades in the CWHL.
- She is from Idaho.
- She knows how to use a lasso/rope.
- She played the viola and the saxophone when she was younger.
There you have it! More updates to come tomorrow!
Hope everyone has a great day!!