Gophers Ready for Outdoor Game, Mavericks
Jan. 16, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - This weekend, No. 1 Minnesota (20-1-1, 14-1-1-0 WCHA) faces Minnesota State (9-15-0, 4-14-0-0 WCHA) in a home-and-home series. The series begins with the 2014 Hockey City Classic outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium at 4:30 p.m. CT Friday and concludes at 1 p.m. CT Sunday in Mankato, Minn. Both games will be streamed online - Friday's game at GopherSports.com and Sunday's game at MSUMavericks.com. Live audio and stats will be available for both games at GopherSports.com as well.
Following the women's game, the Hockey City Classic outdoor college hockey double-header continues with the Gopher men's hockey team hosting Ohio State at 8 p.m. CT Friday. Tickets for the doubleheader start at $15 and are valid for both games. Fans will be allowed re-entry to TCF Bank Stadium between games.
The Hockey City Classic is part of a 10-day Winter Festival on the outdoor ice at TCF Bank Stadium. The festival has included youth, high school and adult hockey events, private ice rentals, a public skate and much more.
GOPHER WOMEN's HOCKEY ALUMNI TO BE HONORED
Minnesota is pleased to host its 2014 Alumni Weekend in conjunction with the Hockey City Classic. The Gophers' 2004 NCAA national championship team will be recognized during intermission of Friday's game, and all Gopher women's hockey alumni are invited to the program's annual alumni game outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday.
ABOUT THE SERIES: GOPHERS VS. MAVERICKS
Minnesota is 63-3-3 all-time against Minnesota State. Minnesota swept Minnesota State with 4-1 and 7-0 victories in early November. The Gophers have won 18-straight games against the Mavericks, dating back to the 2009-10 season. The Mavericks' last win over the Gophers was a 4-3 victory on Jan. 20, 2007.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
Minnesota State (9-15-0, 4-14-0-0 WCHA) enters this weekend's series looking to snap a three-game losing streak. The Mavericks were swept by Minnesota Duluth on the road last weekend, dropping 3-1 and 4-2 decisions to the Bulldogs. Minnesota State is 3-3 in its last six games, dating back to Dec. 31, 2013.
Minnesota State was 10-21-5 overall last season, finishing sixth in the WCHA with a 6-17-5-1 mark in league play. The Mavericks fell to North Dakota in the first round of the WCHA postseason, 6-1 and 8-1, to end the 2012-13 season.
Junior Kathleen Rogan leads MSU with 17 points (9g-8a) in 23 games. She is one of six Mavericks with double-digit points this year, followed by five seniors in Nicole Germaine (7g-9a), Kari Lundberg (7g-9a), Lauren Barnes (3g-13a), Tracy McCann (8g-5a) and Melissa Klippenstein (4g-6a). Senior goaltender Danielle Butters has played in 19 games (6-13-0) with a 2.90 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. Meanwhile, sophomore goaltender Erin Krichiver has seen action in six games with a 3-2-0 mark, averaging 1.75 goals against and a .951 save percentage.
WEEKEND REWIND: GOPHERS EARN WIN AND TIE VS. OSU
Minnesota leads the WCHA standings despite a win and a tie (shootout loss) against Ohio State last weekend. Last Friday, the Gophers earned a 6-0 win, their sixth shutout of the season, before skating to a 2-2 overtime tie with the Buckeyes on Saturday. OSU won the nine-round shootout to gain the extra point in the league standings.
In Friday's 6-0 win, Hannah Brandt led the Gophers with her third career hat trick, tallying three goals on four shots. Kelly Terry (3a) and Dani Cameranesi (2g-1a) each had three points as well. Amanda Leveille made 28 saves to earn the shutout.
In Saturday's 2-2 overtime tie, defensemen Baylee Gillanders and Rachael Ramsey scored third-period goals to give the Gophers a late 2-1 lead over the Buckeyes. However, OSU's Ally Tarr scored the equalizer to send the game to overtime. After a scoreless five-minute extra period, the Buckeyes won the shootout on a goal by Kendall Curtis. The tie marked the Gophers' first tied game since Jan. 21, 2012, when they won a shootout after a 3-3 game with Bemidji State. The last time Minnesota lost a shootout was against Wisconsin on Jan. 6, 2012.
SEVEN GOPHERS TO COMPETE IN WINTER OLYMPICS
The Minnesota women's hockey program will have seven Golden Gophers representing their home countries in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, this February. Team Finland's roster includes former Gophers Mira Jalosuo and Noora Räty, while Team USA includes Minnesota alumni Megan Bozek, Gigi Marvin and Anne Schleper along with current student-athletes Amanda Kessel and Lee Stecklein. Among the seven Olympians, Räty and Marvin are the only two veterans; the remaining five athletes will make their Olympic debut this February.
GOPHERS ON THE POWER PLAY
Minnesota's power play is second in the nation at 27.9 percent (24/86) led by Dani Cameranesi's five power-play goals, which is tied for the NCAA's best.
THREE GOPHERS REACH 30-POINT MARK
Three Gophers have hit the 30-point mark this season. Hannah Brandt (13g-23a) leads the Gophers with 36 points, followed by Rachael Bona (12g-23a) with 35 points and Kelly Terry (12g-18a) with 30 points.
ROOKIE SCORING LEADERS
Gopher freshmen have combined for 48 points (19g-29a) this season led by Dani Cameranesi (12g-8a) and Kate Schipper (2g-10a). Minnesota's freshman class ranks fourth in the nation with 2.18 points per game.
CENTURY MARK SCORING
Two Gophers have surpassed the 100-career point mark this season as Sarah Davis tallied her 100th point as a Gopher with an assist in Minnesota's 7-0 win at Minnesota State (Nov. 2), and sophomore Hannah Brandt picked up point No. 100 with an assist in a 6-1 win over North Dakota (Nov. 16).
GOPHERS RANK AMONG WCHA, NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
Hannah Brandt leads the Gophers with 36 points (13g-23a). She ranks third in the nation with 1.64 points per game (first among WCHA players nationally), followed by Rachael Bona (12g-23a) at fourth in the nation with 1.59 points per game (second among WCHA players nationally). In addition, Brandt is tied for 11th in the nation with 0.59 goals per game (second among WCHA players nationally). The pair is tied for the national lead with 1.05 assists per game and 23 total assists.
Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille ranks sixth in the nation (third among WCHA goaltenders nationally) with a 1.30 goals against average and fifth in the nation (third among WCHA goaltenders nationally) with a .944 save percentage. She leads the WCHA and is tied for second in the NCAA with six shutouts.
The Gophers lead the nation with a +3.55 scoring margin, led by the NCAA's top offense averaging 4.82 goals per game. Minnesota has the nation's fifth-best defense, allowing 1.27 goals per game in 22 games.
MINNESOTA REMAINS UNANIMOUS NO. 1
The Golden Gophers remained the unanimous No. 1 in both the USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls this week. Minnesota has been No. 1 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls since the final poll of the 2011-12 season (March 19-20, 2012). This stretch includes 38-straight USCHO.com polls and 41-straight USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
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