Road to Repeating Begins with North Dakota in the Quarterfinals

Go Gophers!
Hannah Brandt

Go Gophers!
Hannah Brandt
Go Gophers!

Logo   No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 6/7 North Dakota
Date Saturday, March 16
Time 4:07 p.m. CT
Location Ridder Arena (3,400)
2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket
This Year vs. UND W, 5-1 | W, 4-2 | W, 6-3 | W, 6-3 | W, 2-0
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The Last Meeting
North Dakota0
Minnesota2
March 9, 2013
Ridder Arena
Minnesota Repeats as WCHA Tournament Champions
Two second-period goals pushed Minnesota past North Dakota, 2-0, to claim the WCHA Final Face-Off trophy for the second year in a row. The Gophers will carry an NCAA-record 46-game winning streak into the NCAA quarterfinals next weekend.


FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. The Golden Gophers enter the NCAA tournament with a 46-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. This past weekend, the Gophers garnered their 38th win of the season, which is now a new NCAA record for wins in a season. They also matched the single season record for wins at home with 20. A win at Ridder this weekend would give them the record and then match the NCAA record for consecutive home victories at 25. Harvard currently holds the record, which they accomplished from Mar. 1, 2002 - Jan. 11, 2004.

2. Since the NCAA went to an eight-team playoff format in 2005, the Gophers have qualified for a quarterfinal game eight of the nine years, including the last six seasons. In those eight games, the Maroon & Gold have won all but two games and hold a 3.125 to 1.75 goal scoring average. Last season, the Gophers defeated North Dakota, 5-1, at Ridder Arena. The lone year Minnesota didn't make the NCAA tournament was 2007.

3. Minnesota has been impressive defensively as they have shutout their opponents in the last six games, which is the longest in program history. The previous record was a four-game span set from Nov. 30-Dec. 8, 2007. They have held their opponents scoreless the last 380 minutes and 56 seconds. The last goal scored was at 2:52 in the third period of the Gophers' 3-2 overtime win over Bemidji State on Mar. 16. Noora Raty has been in goal for five of those games, while Amanda Leveille received one of the shutouts against St. Cloud State.

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. This past weekend the Maroon & Gold defeated UND, 2-0, in the WCHA Tournament Championship.

5. Bozek, Kessel and Räty were voted as Top-3 Finalists by the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award committee late last week. For the first time in the Patty Kazmaier's 16-year existence, one collegiate program has claimed all three finalist spots for the award.  Bozek is considered one of the best defensemen in the nation and is currently second for blueliners in scoring. Kessel leads the nation in all major offensive categories. Räty is top in the country in goals against average, save percentage and wins. Only one former Gopher has hoisted the honor, and that was Krissy Wendell in 2005.