Gophers to Host Bulldogs in Season Finale
Feb. 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – No. 1 Minnesota (30-1-1, 24-1-1-0 WCHA) hosts Minnesota Duluth (13-11-6, 11-9-6-4 WCHA) in its regular-season finale this weekend. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. CT Friday and 4:07 p.m. CT Saturday at Ridder Arena. Live video, audio and stats for both games will be available at GopherSports.com.
The Gophers will receive the 2014 WCHA regular season trophy prior to Friday’s game. Minnesota clinched the regular season conference championship with last Friday’s 3-2 win at Wisconsin. Friday is also University of Minnesota Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night at Ridder Arena.
GOPHERS TO HONOR SENIOR CLASS SATURDAY
Minnesota will honor seniors Bethany Brausen, Sarah Davis, Baylee Gillanders and Kelly Terry prior to Saturday’s game. The Class of 2014 enters this weekend’s series with a 131-16-5 career record for an 87.8 winning percentage. Together they have played in 600 career games and combined for 361 points (120g-241a). In their four years, they have two WCHA regular season titles (2013, 2014), two WCHA regular season runner-up finishes (2011, 2012), two WCHA Final Face-off titles (2012, 2013), one WCHA Final Face-off runner-up finish (2011) and two NCAA national titles (2012, 2013).
ABOUT THE SERIES: GOPHERS VS. BULLDOGS
Minnesota is 38-24-6 all-time against Minnesota Duluth. The most recent series saw the Gophers sweep UMD on the road, 4-0 and 6-3 (Oct. 18-19, 2013). The Gophers have won the last eight meetings between the two teams and 11 of the last 12 games.
The first meeting this season was a 4-0 Gopher win on Oct. 18. Four different Gophers scored goals, and Amanda Leveille made 26 saves in her second shutout of the season. The following night, Dani Cameranesi and Kelly Terry each recorded three points as Minnesota skated to a 6-3 win and a series sweep over then-No. 7 Minnesota Duluth.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: MINNESOTA DULUTH BULLDOGS
Minnesota Duluth (13-11-6, 11-9-6-4 WCHA) enters this weekend’s series after a bye last weekend. Most recently, the Bulldogs faced North Dakota the weekend of Feb. 8-9. UMD surrendered a 4-3 loss before picking up a 2-2 tie and a shootout win at AMSOIL Arena, but still clinched home play-off ice for the WCHA tournament for a ninth-consecutive year.
Jenna McParland leads the Bulldogs with 31 points (10g-21a) in 30 games. Jamie Kenyon (14g-13a) and Zoe Hickel (10g-13a) round out UMD’s top three scorers. Minnesota Duluth averages 2.53 goals per game.
The Bulldogs are led by sophomore Kayla Black in net. Black is 12-9-6 with a 2.10 goals against average, a .926 save percentage and four shutouts. Minnesota Duluth’s defense ranks fourth in the WCHA, allowing 2.13 goals per game in 30 games.
Besides missing Olympians Lara Stalder and Tea Villila, who will not return from the Olympics in time for this weekend’s series, UMD is also without senior center Brienna Gillanders, who has missed the season due to injury, and Brigette Lacquette, who will not rejoin the Bulldogs until August because of a medical situation. Lacquette was centralized with Team Canada for the first half of the current season.
WEEKEND REWIND: GOPHERS CLINCH WCHA TITLE, SWEEP NO. 2 BADGERS
No. 1 Minnesota swept No. 2 Wisconsin on the road last weekend, earning a 3-2 win Friday before picking up a 4-0 shutout victory in front of an NCAA-women’s hockey record 13,573 fans Saturday night. Rachael Bona led the Gophers with three points (1g-2a) against Wisconsin. Kate Schipper (2a), Kelly Terry (1g-1a), Bethany Brausen (1g-1a) and Meghan Lorence (1g-1a) all had two points in the series as well.
The Gophers clinched their eighth WCHA regular season title with Friday’s 3-2 win. Dani Cameranesi broke a 2-2 tie when she scored the game-winning goal with 10:58 remaining in the third period. Bona led all players with two points on a goal and an assist, and Milica McMillen also scored for Minnesota. Amanda Leveille made 21 saves in net.
Minnesota then completed the sweep and earned its 30th win of the season with a 4-0 win in front of an NCAA-women's hockey record 13,573 fans at the Kohl Center the following night. Terry scored the game-winning goal and added an assist, and Schipper had two assists. Leveille earned her NCAA-best 11th shutout of the season with 24 saves as the Gophers outshot the Badgers, 27-24.
WCHA FIRST ROUND TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Minnesota has clinched the WCHA regular-season title and will enter the league tournament as the top seed. Meanwhile, eighth-ranked St. Cloud State cannot catch seventh-place Minnesota State, so the Gophers will host the Huskies in a best-of-three WCHA first-round playoff series at Ridder Arena Feb. 28 through March 2. Tickets are now on sale. The WCHA Final Face-off is set for March 7-8 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn.
TWO GOPHERS REACH 50-POINT MARK
Two Gophers have hit the 50-point mark this season with Hannah Brandt (19g-31a) and Rachael Bona (20g-30a) both at 50 points entering this weekend’s series. Sarah Davis (16g-25a) and Kelly Terry (16g-24a) have hit the 40-point mark for the first time in their careers as well. Fourteen Gophers are in double-digits for scoring, including 10 players with at least 20 points. Bona (4g-4a) and Bethany Brausen (2g-2a) are each on team-best four-game point streaks.
The Gophers defeated the Badgers, 4-0, in front of an NCAA-women’s hockey record 13,573 fans at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., in Wisconsin’s “Fill the Bowl” game on Feb. 15. Likewise, North Dakota hosted a “Fill the Bowl” game and set a new UND women’s hockey attendance record at 5,835 in Minnesota’s 5-1 win in Grand Forks, N.D., Jan. 31.
Minnesota leads the nation in attendance at 67,880 fans in 32 games this season for a 2,121 average. In 14 home games, the Gophers average 2,633 fans per game. This season marks the first time in program history that Minnesota has averaged over 2,000 fans per game.
SEVEN GOPHERS COMPETE IN WINTER OLYMPICS
Seven Golden Gophers competed for their home countries in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Team Finland's roster included former Gophers Mira Jalosuo and Noora Räty, while Minnesota alumni Megan Bozek, Gigi Marvin and Anne Schleper along with current student-athletes Amanda Kessel and Lee Stecklein earned silver with Team USA. Among the seven Olympians, Räty and Marvin were the only two veterans; the remaining five athletes made their Olympic debut. Minnesota’s volunteer assistant coach Andy Kent also traveled to Sochi with Team Finland as the team’s goaltending coach.
During Minnesota’s six-goal second period against Bemidji State (Feb. 7), the Gophers scored five goals in a 4:12 span for the fastest five goals on record in Gopher women's hockey program history. The previous record was five goals scored in 6:23 in 2000.
Minnesota leads the nation in scoring among defensemen with 111 points (30g-81a) led by sophomore Milica McMillen (9g-23a), who is second in the nation among blue-liners with 1.07 points per game, and junior Rachel Ramsey (8g-23a), who ranks third in the nation among defensemen with 0.97 points per game. McMillen and Ramsey lead WCHA defensemen in scoring.
ROAD WINNING STREAK SURVIVES MADISON, WIS.
Minnesota extended its NCAA-record road winning streak to 44 games with its road sweep in Wisconsin last weekend. The streak dates back to a 3-0 win over Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 14, 2012. Including neutral games, Minnesota has 47-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 216-37-17 (.831).
GOPHERS ON THE POWER PLAY
The Gophers’ power play leads the nation at 29.5 percent (36/122) led by Dani Cameranesi, who is tied for third in the nation with seven power-play goals.
ROOKIE SCORING LEADERS
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 both national polls since the final poll of the 2011-12 season (March 19-20, 2012). This stretch includes 43-straight USCHO.com polls and 46-straight USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
ON THE HORIZON
The WCHA regular-season champion Gophers return to Ridder Arena to host eighth-place St. Cloud State in a best-of-three WCHA first-round playoff series next weekend. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. CT Friday, Feb. 28 and 4:07 p.m. CT Saturday, March 1. The third game, if necessary, will be at 4:07 p.m. CT Sunday, March 2.