Gophers Return Home to Host Bemidji State
Feb. 6, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – No. 1 Minnesota (26-1-1, 20-1-1-0 WCHA) returns home to Ridder Arena to host Bemidji State (9-16-3, 6-14-2-1 WCHA) this weekend. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. CT Friday and 4:07 p.m. CT Saturday. Live video, audio and stats for both games will be available at GopherSports.com.
"GOLD OUT" SET FOR SATURDAY
The Gophers are hosting a "Gold Out" for Saturday's game. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a free gold t-shirt courtesy of the University of Minnesota's Unlimited Dance Marathon to benefit Amplatz Children's Hospital.
Minnesota will also recognize a special Goldy's Hero this Saturday. Prior to the game, the Gophers will hold a ceremonial puck drop in honor of Lilah Kelley. Lilah is the daughter of Gopher women's hockey alum Jenelle (Philipczyk) Kelley and the niece of current Bemidji State player Jenessa Philipczyk. Lilah is a patient at Amplatz Children's Hospital.
ABOUT THE SERIES: GOPHERS VS. BEAVERS
The Gophers are 56-4-6 all-time against Bemidji State, dating back to the first meeting, a 10-0 Minnesota win on Nov. 14, 1998. Minnesota swept BSU on the road with 4-0 and 4-3 wins in late October.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: BEMIDJI STATE
Bemidji State (9-16-3, 6-14-2-1 WCHA, 21 points) enters this weekend’s series after suffering a pair of losses to Minnesota Duluth (5-3 and 2-1) at home last weekend. The Beavers are 0-5-1 in their last six games and split two series with Minnesota State and St. Cloud State to open play in the new year. BSU is 2-7-1 in 2014.
Sophomore forward Kaitlyn Tougas leads Bemidji State with 17 points (6g-11a). She has points in four of BSU’s last five games, including one point in each game against UMD. Four more Beavers have reached double-digits in scoring in sophomore Hanna Moher (7g-3a), junior Rachael Kelly (6g-4a), sophomore Ivana Bilic (3g-7a) and junior Alexandria Citrowske (3g-7a).
Freshman Brittni Mowat has a 9-13-3 record with a .924 save percentage and a 2.22 goals against average in net for BSU. Senior Jessica Havel has seen action in four games, and she is 0-3-0 with a .848 save percentage and a 5.70 goals against average.
Bemidji State ranks fifth in the country in combined special teams at 55.7 percent (107/192).
WEEKEND REWIND: GOPHERS EARN ROAD SWEEP AT UND
Minnesota swept then-No. 3/4 North Dakota on the road last weekend, skating to a 5-1 win on Friday before sealing the series with a 3-1 win Saturday night. Dani Cameranesi (2g-1a), Meghan Lorence (2g-1a), Kelly Terry (3a) and Hannah Brandt (3a) led the Gophers with three points each against UND.
Friday saw Minnesota score five unanswered goals en route to a 5-1 win in front of a UND-record crowd of 5,835 at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Five Gophers had multi-point games, led by freshman Kate Schipper’s first-career multi-goal effort. The Gophers were three-for-three on the power play and held North Dakota scoreless on one power-play opportunity, which came with three seconds remaining in the game. Amanda Leveille made 31 saves in Minnesota’s 25th win of the season.
The Gophers then used two power-play goals from Cameranesi to earn Saturday’s 3-1 win and the road series sweep. Cameranesi scored twice on the power play before Lorence gave Minnesota a 3-0 lead, extending her current goal streak to six games (7g), before North Dakota got on the board. Brandt and Terry each had two assists in the win, and Leveille made 17 saves.
WCHA FIRST ROUND TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Minnesota has clinched a top-four finish in the WCHA regular season standings, so the Gophers will host a first-round playoff series at Ridder Arena Feb. 28 through March 2. Tickets are now on sale for the best-of-three series.
SEVEN GOPHERS TO COMPETE IN WINTER OLYMPICS
The Minnesota women's hockey program has seven Golden Gophers representing their home countries in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. 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 are making their Olympic debut. Minnesota’s volunteer assistant coach Andy Kent is also in Sochi with Team Finland as the team’s goaltending coach.
GOPHERS ON THE POWER PLAY
Minnesota was 5-for-8 on the power play against North Dakota. The Gophers’ power play leads the nation at 29.2 percent (33/113) led by Dani Cameranesi, who is tied for the national lead with seven power-play goals.
TWO GOPHERS REACH 40-POINT MARK
Two Gophers have hit the 40-point mark this season. Hannah Brandt (14g-30a) leads the Gophers with 44 points, followed by Rachael Bona (16g-26a) with 42 points. Thirteen Gophers are in double-digits for scoring, including nine players with at least 20 points. In addition, Meghan Lorence (7g-1a) and Hannah Brandt (1g-7a) are each on team-best six-game point streaks.
ROAD WINNING STREAK CONTINUES
Minnesota extended its NCAA-record road winning streak to 42-straight road wins with its sweep at North Dakota last weekend. The streak dates back to a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs on Jan. 14, 2012. Including neutral games, Minnesota has 45-consecutive victories when playing away from Ridder Arena spanning over the last two years.
FROST RECORDS WIN NO. 200
Head coach Brad Frost earned his 200th career wins as Minnesota’s head coach on Nov. 23, 2013 with a 5-1 win over Yale. Frost entered the 2013-14 season with a career mark of 186-36-16 in six seasons at the helm of the Gopher women’s hockey program. Frost’s career record currently stands at 212-37-17 (.829).
ROOKIE SCORING LEADERS
Gopher freshmen have combined for 58 points (23g-35a) this season led by Dani Cameranesi (14g-9a) and Kate Schipper (4g-14a). Minnesota’s freshman class ranks fifth in the nation with 2.07 points per game.
GOPHERS RANK AMONG WCHA, NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
Hannah Brandt (14g-30a) is second in the nation with 44 points and 1.57 points per game, and Rachael Bona (16g-26a) is third in the nation with 1.50 points per game. Brandt is tied for the national lead with 30 assists and 1.07 assists per game, while Bona is tied for third with 26 assists and 0.93 assists per game. Meghan Lorence (0.58 goals per game) and Bona (0.57 goals per game) rank 12th and 13th in the nation in goals per game, respectively.
Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille ranks fourth in the nation and third among WCHA goaltenders nationally with a 1.12 goals against average. She is third in the nation and third among WCHA goaltenders with a .950 save percentage. She is second in the nation and leads the league with nine shutouts.
The Gophers lead the nation with a +3.50 scoring margin, led by the NCAA’s top offense averaging 4.61 goals per game. Minnesota’s defense is tied for second in the nation, allowing 1.11 goals per game in 28 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 41-straight USCHO.com polls and 44-straight USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
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