| WCHA Final Face-Off
|WCHA Semifinals||Friday, March 8: 4:07 p.m. CT | 7:07 p.m. CT|
|WCHA Championship||Saturday, March 9: 7:07 p.m.|
|Location||Ridder Arena (3,400)|
|Video||Free Video (Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network)|
|Game Day Live
||Friday | Saturday|
|Game Notes||Minnesota | North Dakota | Ohio State | Wisconsin|
|Season Statistics||Minnesota | North Dakota | Ohio State | Wisconsin|
|Social Media||Facebook | @MNwomenshockey|
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. The Golden Gophers enter the tournament weekend with a 44-game winning streak, which is an ongoing NCAA record. Minnesota has not lost a game since Feb. 17, 2012 when North Dakota beat them in overtime at Ridder Arena, 2-1. Another record is insight for the Maroon & Gold as they look to garner the most wins in a season, which is currently held by the 2011 Wisconsin team with 37.
2. The WCHA switch their postseason tournament play in 2006 to the current format with the best-of-three series leading up to the Final Face-Off. Minnesota has been in the championship game the last four seasons but has only garnered one tournament title, which came last season. Since the tournament change over, the Gophers are 8-6 in WCHA Final Face-Off games. The Maroon & Gold are 0-5 against Wisconsin in the Final Face-Off but hold a 1-0 record against both North Dakota and Ohio State. Last season, Minnesota knocked UND out of the tournament with a 6-0 win in the semifinals and then defeated Minnesota Duluth, 2-0, to claim the league crown.
3. Minnesota has defensively stopped Wisconsin from being a threat, but the Badgers are the lone team in the WCHA Final Face-Off to hold the Gophers under two goals in a single game, which they have done twice this season. In the first series of the year (Dec. 1-2), the Maroon & Gold garnered wins by the score of 4-1 and 2-0. The 4-1 win was in front of a Ridder Arena sellout and record crowd of 3,400 fans. The 2-0 win came after both teams went into the third period scoreless. Mira Jalosuo unknotted the score with a power-play goal at 9:14. The Gophers swept Wisconsin on the road (Jan. 25-27) to take sole possession of the NCAA unbeaten streak, which UW originally had at 32 games. Minnesota pulled out a 2-0 victory, which was followed with a 5-1 win. The 5-1 win the 100th of Noora Raty's career and matched the NCAA record, which she now holds at 109.
4. North Dakota is the only team to have led the Gophers in two different games this season. The first came in their first matchup of the year as UND took a 1-0 lead in the second period, but it lasted for only 39 seconds before Megan Bozek notched a power-play goal, en route to the Maroon & Gold's 5-1 win. The Gophers finished off the series with a 4-2 victory. In the second series, Minnesota swept North Dakota with identical 6-3 decisions. In the first game, the Gophers took a 5-0 lead midway through the third period before allowing UND to inch back to a respectable score of 6-3. North Dakota grabbed an early lead in the second contest, but Minnesota tallied five goals in the third to defeat UND.
5. Minnesota's two series with Ohio State were polar opposites of one another as the Gophers eased by the Buckeyes in the first series, 7-2 and 8-0, but OSU put the Maroon & Gold on edge in the second series with Minnesota grabbing 5-2 and 5-3 wins. In the first series, the Gophers grabbed a multiple goal lead in the first period of each game. Ohio State limited Minnesota's chances in the second series and even claimed a one-goal lead after the first period in the second game.
Top-Three Border Battle Up Next
No. 3 Minnesota travels to No. 1 Wisconsin for a WCHA series this Friday and Saturday.
Gophers Earn Road Sweep
Minnesota defeated Minnesota State, 2-1, in game two of this weekend's series to secure a WCHA sweep.
Gophers Roll Past Mavericks, 11-1
Seven Gophers scored goals as Minnesota earned an 11-1 win over Minnesota State on the road Friday afternoon.