The teams face off in game two of the best-of-three series at 4 p.m. Saturday
Bozek, Kessel, Marvin, Schleper and Stecklein take home silver
After closing out the nonconference portion of the regular season last weekend with the inaugural North Star College Cup, the top-ranked Minnesota hockey program returns to Big Ten Conference action this weekend as Michigan State visits Mariucci Arena for the first time as league rivals.
Minnesota is 12-1-0 all-time against its new Big Ten Conference rival including a streak of five-straight wins against the Buckeyes.
Minnesota is 18-3-1 all-time against the field of RPI, Colgate and Ferris State.
The Gophers completed a perfect season with a 6-3 win over Boston Univ. to win its second straight title.
The Gophers defeated North Dakota in three overtimes to advance to the 2013 Frozen Four.
The Golden Gophers clinched the 2013 WCHA title with a sweep of UMD at Ridder Arena.
The Golden Gophers remained unbeaten with a sweep in Mankato.
The Golden Gophers swept North Dakota at Ridder Arena to remain unbeaten on the year.
2013-14: Spent the season training with the U.S. Women's National Team and competed in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, earning silver recorded six points (3g-3a) and played in five games in the Olympics.
2012-13 Junior Season: Appeared in 37 games led the nation in scoring with a career-high 101 points (46g-55a) became only fourth player in NCAA history to reach 100 points in a season became the 24th player in NCAA history to reach 200 career points and only the ninth to do so in three seasons posted a plus/minus ratio of +71 2013 USA Hockey Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner First-Team All-American honoree named USCHO.com Co-Player of the Year placed on All-USCHO.com First Team named WCHA Player of the Year tagged All-WCHA First Team 2013 WCHA Scoring Champion with 75 points in conference games named to All-WCHA Academic Team scored one goal in the season opener against Colgate (Sept. 28) tallied five points (2g-3a) in the 11-0 rout of Colgate (Sept. 29) named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for her six-point (3g-3a) weekend against Colgate (Sept. 28-29) recorded two goals and two assists in a 7-1 win over St. Cloud State (Oct. 5) dished out three assists in the series finale against SCSU (Oct. 6) netted two goals and had one assist in the Gophers' 5-0 shutout of St. Lawrence (Oct. 12) had one goal and one assist in final game against SLU (Oct. 13) notched four points (1g-3a) in 7-2 home win over Ohio State (Oct. 19) recorded sixth career hat trick in 8-0 defeat of OSU (Oct. 20) sat out first game of North Dakota series, due to an injury (Oct. 27) scored two goals and had an assist in 4-2 triumph over North Dakota (Oct. 28) tabbed WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for her four-point (1g-3a) performance against Minnesota Duluth (Nov. 2-3) assisted Hannah Brandt on the game-winning goal against Minnesota State (Nov. 16) tallied five points (2g-3a) in 9-1 thumping of MSU (Nov. 17) notched five points (2g-3a) in 10-2 rout of New Hampshire (Nov. 24) tallied an empty-net goal in 2-0 triumph over Wisconsin (Dec. 2) posted three assists against Bemidji State (Dec. 7) recorded seventh career hat trick in 5-0 win over BSU (Dec. 8) had a 10-point (6g-4a) weekend against North Dakota (Jan. 11-12), including notching her eighth career hat trick named WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Jan. 15) for her double-digit weekend against UND tallied her fourth hat trick of the season in 8-1 rout of Minnesota State (Jan. 18) and began a six-game goal streak notched her 200th career point with three assists against MSU (Jan. 19) tagged WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Jan. 22) for her seven-point weekend (3g-4a) against the Mavericks had four assists in the series sweep of Wisconsin (Jan. 25-27) received WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors (Feb. 6) for notching eight points (3g-5a) against UMD (Feb. 1-2) had six points (3g-3a) in the Ohio State series (Feb. 8-9) scored three goals and added an assist in the series sweep of Bemidji State (Feb. 15-16) sat out the St. Cloud State series (Feb. 22-23) to rest for the playoffs had an assist in limited action against BSU in the first game of the WCHA First Round (March 1) had a 40-game scoring streak from Feb. 18, 2012 to March 1, 2013 notched an assist in the 2-0 win over UND (March 9) in the WCHA Final Faceoff championship game recorded a goal and an assist in the Gophers' triple-overtime win over North Dakota (March 16) in the NCAA quarterfinals named to the NCAA Frozen Four all-tournament team after posting four points (2g-2a) in the national championship win over Boston University (March 24).
2011-12 Sophomore Season: Led the Gophers with 80 points, and finished fourth nationally in points per game, averaging 1.95 ppg played in all 41 games scored the team's first goal of the season and added two assists against Union (Sept. 30) tallied a natural hat trick in an 8-0 win over St. Cloud State (Oct. 8) recorded a goal and an assist in her hometown of Madison, Wis., in a 3-2 win over the No. 1 Badgers (Oct. 16) assisted all four Gopher goals in a 4-1 victory over Bemidji State (Oct. 28) had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 victory over Minnesota Duluth (Nov. 5) named WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week after scoring seven goals and recording hat tricks in both games against New Hampshire (Nov. 18-19) assisted all three of the team's goals in a tie with No. 1 Wisconsin (Jan. 6) named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week after collecting eight points in the road series at St. Cloud State (Feb. 3-4), including a six-point effort in an 8-1 win reached 100 career points with an assist in Minnesota's 6-3 win at Minnesota State (Jan. 28), to become the fourth player in Gopher history to reach the 100-point milestone as a sophomore had a hat trick with three goals in Minnesota's 6-0 win over St. Cloud State in the WCHA first round (Feb. 25) had two points against UND in the NCAA quarterfinal win, including a shorthanded goal (March 10) scored points in 33 of 41 games had 25 multi-point games scored 13 points in seven postseason games, including a three-point performance with a goal and two assists in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal win over Cornell (March 16) led the Gophers with a +55 plus-minus rating finished her sophomore campaign with the second-highest point total by a sophomore in school history (second to only Natalie Darwitz) ranked third in the Minnesota record book for points in a season with 80 points Academic All-WCHA honoree Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-10 finalist All-WCHA Second Team honoree AHCA/CCM Hockey All-American Second Team selection named to the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament team.
2010-11 Freshman Season: Played in 36 games, missing three due to injury WCHA Rookie of the Year All-WCHA Third Team and WCHA All-Rookie selection WCHA All-Tournament Team selection led the Gophers with 19 goals and 31 assists for 50 points along with teammate Kelly Terry, led WCHA rookies in scoring with 34 points in league games led the team with 14 multi-point games named the WCHA Rookie of the Week three times and WCHA Offensive Player of the Week once tied for second on the team in power-play points (12) second on the team in plus/minus with a +25 set a career-high four points in three games started her Gopher career with six points against Clarkson (Oct. 1-2) to earn WCHA Rookie of the Week honors scored the Gophers' lone goal in the 1-0 win over Wayne State (Oct. 9) scored a goal in the 7-5 win over Wisconsin (Nov. 5), only to suffer an injury that sidelined her for the next three games recorded three points (1g-2a) in the 6-2 win over Bemidji State (Dec. 4) named the WCHA Rookie of the Week after a career-high four-assist performance in 6-2 win over Ohio State had the first assist on two of the Gophers' three goals against UMD (Jan. 15) named the WCHA Rookie of the Week after posting three points in the series sweep over Minnesota State (Jan. 7-8) had a four-point performance in the series sweep over Ohio State (Jan. 21-22) recorded seven points against St. Cloud State en route to WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors (Feb. 9) tallied four assists in the series sweep over Bemidji State (Feb. 11-12) netted first career hat trick in the 4-2 WCHA semifinal win over Minnesota Duluth (March 4) tallied an assist in the WCHA championship game against Wisconsin (March 5) and was named to the WCHA all-tournament team.
High School/Club: Member of both the United States Under-22 Team and Under-18 Team with the U.S. Under-18 in 2009, was named the tournament's most valuable forward when she scored six goals and 13 assists for 19 points to lead Team USA to a gold medal in the 2008 World Championships, played in five games with Team USA and tallied 11 points, ranking third among all players in scoring tallied 122 points in her final season at Shattuck-St. Mary's, the team's points leader by 61 points scored 67 goals and 55 assists in just 46 games played her senior year as a junior with SSM, recorded 100 points (44g-56a) in just 34 games played en route to a U-19 national championship was a member of the SSM team that won the 2007 U-19 national championship, a season in which she had 102 points in 56 games played for the Madison Capitols Bantam boys' team in 2005-06 and helped the team to state and regional championships.
Personal: A 2010 graduate of Shattuck-St. Mary's born August 28, 1991 daughter of Phil and Kathy Kessel third sibling to play college hockey brother, Phil, played for Minnesota in 2005-06 and is currently playing in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, while Blake was a defenseman at New Hampshire and is currently playing in the AHL major is sport management shoots right.