| 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|
|Multimedia||Game Day Live | Live Video | Free Audio|
|Game Notes||Minnesota | North Dakota|
|Season Statistics||Minnesota | North Dakota|
|Social Media||Facebook | @MNwomenshockey|
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.
Gophers Preview WCHA First Round
Head coach Brad Frost and Gophers Sidney Peters and Kelly Pannek met with the media before the Gophers host Bemidji State this weekend.
Gophers in the Pros: Feb. 22
Catch up on the Gophers alumni continuing their hockey careers in the NWHL and CWHL this season.
Peters Picks Up WCHA Accolades
Sidney Peters is this week's WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week after her 68-save effort against Wisconsin.