April 14, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota women's hockey team (38-2-1) concluded the 2013-14 season just short of a national championship three-peat with a runner-up finish at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four. The back-to-back defending national champion Gophers fell to Clarkson, 5-4, in the title game at Quinnipiac's High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn., March 23, 2014.
Despite falling short of an NCAA three-peat, the Gophers enjoyed a highly successful and exciting 2013-14 campaign, which included earning the program’s sixth WCHA Final Face-off title and eighth WCHA regular season title, playing in the program’s first-ever outdoor game in the Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium and making the program’s 10th NCAA Frozen Four appearance.
The Gophers also completed their historic NCAA-record 62-game winning streak and celebrated countless individual successes en route to compiling the second-most wins in program history (38-2-1).
NCAA FROZEN FOUR REWIND: GOPHERS FALL SHORT OF THREE-PEAT
The Gophers faced Wisconsin in the Frozen Four semifinals, rallying past the Badgers in a 5-3 come-from-behind win to advance to the 2014 national championship game. Minnesota scored three unanswered goals in the third period, rallying from 3-2 and 1-0 deficits, and Amanda Leveille tied her career-best with 34 saves as Wisconsin outshot the Gophers, 37-28, for the game.
Hannah Brandt and Kelly Terry each had two points on one goal and one assist, and Dani Cameranesi recorded two assists to lead the Gophers. The Gophers trailed 1-0 after one period and 3-2 after two periods but rallied in the third period with three goals to advance to their third-straight national championship game.
Minnesota then fell to Clarkson, 5-4, in the national title game. The Gophers fell behind 3-1, rallied to tie the game at 3-3, but again fell behind by two goals at 5-3 late in the third period. Minnesota came within one at 5-4 with a late goal by Baylee Gillanders but could not find the equalizer. Rachael Bona and Terry led Minnesota with two points each.
NCAA QUARTERFINAL REWIND: TERRY’S HAT TRICK LIFTS GOPHERS
The Gophers punched their ticket to the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four with a 5-1 quarterfinal win over Boston University led by Kelly Terry’s hat trick and Amanda Leveille’s 28 saves. In a rematch of the 2013 NCAA championship game, the Gophers broke a 1-1 tie in the second period with four unanswered goals to secure Minnesota's 10th all-time NCAA Frozen Four appearance.
Along with Terry's third career hat trick as a Gopher, the senior recorded an assist for a four-point game. Minnesota also received three points from Rachel Ramsey on a goal and two assists, and Milica McMillen registered two assists. Boston University (24-13-1) was led by senior goaltender Kerrin Sperry, who made 41 saves as Minnesota outshot BU, 46-29.
The conclusion of the 2013-14 season means the Gophers must say farewell to four seniors, Bethany Brausen, Sarah Davis, Baylee Gillanders and Kelly Terry. The quartet makes up one of the most successful classes in Gopher women's hockey history, compiling a 139-17-5 (.879) record during their four years with the Golden Gophers.
GOPHERS WIN 2014 WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF
Minnesota won its sixth WCHA Final Face-off title with a 3-1 win over North Dakota in the league championship game. The Gophers scored two power-play goals in the second period and added an empty-netter in the final 90 seconds to secure the 3-1 win over UND and claim their third-straight WCHA postseason title. Minnesota defeated Minnesota Duluth, 4-1, in the semifinal round to advance to its 13th-straight WCHA title game.
Dani Cameranesi led the Gophers with four points in the WCHA Final Face-off, recording two points (1g-1a) in each game, and Rachael Bona recorded three points (1g-2a). Amanda Leveille combined for 41 saves in the two games for a .953 save percentage. Rachel Ramsey (1g-1a) was named the WCHA Final Face-off Most Valuable Player and joined Cameranesi, Leveille and Kelly Terry (1g-1a) on the all-tournament team.
GOPHERS CLAIM WCHA REGULAR-SEASON CROWN
Minnesota won its eighth WCHA regular-season championship this season. The Gophers clinched the title with a 3-2 road win at Wisconsin on Feb. 14, 2014. Rachael Bona led all players with two points on a goal and an assist, and Dani Cameranesi broke a 2-2 tie when she scored the game-winning goal with 10:58 remaining in the third period. Milica McMillen also scored for Minnesota, and Amanda Leveille made 21 saves in net.
Minnesota led the nation in attendance at 84,672 fans in 41 games this season for a 2,065 average. In 19 home games, the Gophers averaged 2,394 fans per game, marking the first time in program history that Minnesota averaged over 2,000 fans per game at Ridder Arena.
The Gophers defeated Wisconsin, 4-0, in front of an NCAA-women’s hockey record 13,573 fans at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., in the Badgers’ “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.
GOPHERS ON THE POWER PLAY
Minnesota set an NCAA record with its power-play percentage this season, leading the nation at 32.7 percent (53/162) and improving on its previous NCAA record of 32.2 percent (59/183) set in 2012-13. Dani Cameranesi led Minnesota with eight power-play goals, good for second in the nation.
THREE GOPHERS REACH 50-POINT MARK
Three Gophers reached the 50-point mark this season in Hannah Brandt (23g-42a), Rachael Bona (23g-38a) and Kelly Terry (22g-32a). Sarah Davis (20g-29a) and Rachel Ramsey (12g-31a) surpassed the 40-point mark for the first time in their careers as well. Fourteen Gophers finished the year in double-digits for scoring, and nine of the Gophers’ 12 returning skaters recorded career-highs in total points for the season.
Minnesota led the nation in scoring among defensemen with 143 points (39g-104a) led by All-Americans Rachel Ramsey (12g-31a) and Milica McMillen (11g-28a). Ramsey wrapped up her junior season ranked second in the nation among defensemen with 1.05 points per game in 41 games, McMillen finished third in the nation among blue-liners with 1.00 points per game in 39 games in her sophomore campaign.
ROOKIE SCORING LEADERS
Minnesota won 50-straight games away from Ridder Arena over more than two years, dating back to a 3-0 win over Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 14, 2012. The streak ended with the national championship neutral-site loss to Clarkson at Quinnipiac’s rink on March 23, 2014.
MINNESOTA SLIPS TO NO. 2 IN NATIONAL POLLS
Minnesota slipped to No. 2 in the final 2014 national polls from both USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, vacating the No. 1 rank for the first time since the final poll of the 2011-12 season (March 19-20, 2012). The Gophers maintained the No. 1 ranking for 46-straight USCHO.com polls and 50-straight USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
Minnesota is 87-2-1 in its last 90 games, dating back to the start of the team's NCAA-record 62-game winning streak (Feb. 18, 2012 through Nov. 16, 2013). The Gophers are a combined 96-4-3 in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 calendar years.
The Gophers’ NCAA-record winning streak came to an end at 62 consecutive victories with a Nov. 17 loss to North Dakota. Minnesota’s streak began and ended with North Dakota, as the historic run started with a 5-2 win over UND on Feb. 28, 2012 and the final win was a 6-1 victory over North Dakota on Nov. 16, 2013. Losses to North Dakota bookended the streak (2-1 overtime loss on Feb. 17, 2012 and 3-2 loss on Nov. 17, 2013).
The streak began with an 8-0-0 run to conclude the 2011-12 season, followed by a perfect 41-0-0 campaign in 2012-13. Back-to-back national champions, the Gophers then started the 2013-14 season at 13-0-0 to push the streak to 62-straight wins.
Minnesota’s 62-game run bested the previous NCAA Division I women's hockey winning streak (21, Harvard) and unbeaten streak (32, Wisconsin, twice), along with surpassing the NCAA Division I men's hockey winning streak (30, RPI and Cornell) and unbeaten streak (38, RPI).
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 concluded the 2013-14 season with a career mark of 224-38-17 (.833) in seven seasons at the helm of the Gopher women’s hockey program.
CENTURY MARK SCORING
Three Gophers surpassed the 100-career point mark this season as Sarah Davis tallied her 100th point as a Gopher with an assist in Minnesota’s 7-0 win at Minnesota State (Nov. 2), and sophomore Hannah Brandt picked up point No. 100 with an assist in a 6-1 win over North Dakota (Nov. 16). Junior Rachael Bona surpassed the century mark with two assists in the Gophers’ 4-1 win over St. Cloud State (Feb. 28) as well.
BRANDT HONORED AT PATTY KAZ BRUNCH
USA Hockey honored the 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award finalists, including Minnesota sophomore Hannah Brandt, at its annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony and Brunch during the NCAA Women's Frozen Four. Jamie Lee Rattray, a senior forward at Clarkson University, was named the 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, after joining Brandt and Cornell junior forward Jillian Saulnier among the top-three finalists for this year's award.
GOPHERS WIN ON OUTDOOR ICE
The Gophers hosted Minnesota State in the 2014 Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium, marking the first outdoor game in Gopher women’s hockey history. Minnesota skated to a 4-0 win over the Mavericks, led by Sarah Davis. Davis recorded three points (1g-2a), and the Gophers received two points (1g-1a) from Rachael Bona. Jordyn Burns scored her first goal of the season, and Amanda Leveille made 19 saves in her seventh shutout of the year. The Gopher men’s hockey team defeated Ohio State, 1-0, in the second game of the Hockey City Classic to cap an outdoor Gopher hockey sweep.
Minnesota scored six goals in the second period against Bemidji State (Feb. 7), including 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 scored four goals in a 57-second span of the second period against St. Cloud State (March 1) to set another record. The previous record for the fastest four goals in Gopher women’s hockey program history was 1:46 at Minnesota State on Jan. 15, 2000.
LEVEILLE LOGS SHUTOUT MINUTES
Amanda Leveille recorded 13 shutouts during her sophomore campaign, good for fourth in NCAA women’s hockey history and second all-time in Gopher women’s hockey history. She had a three-game shutout streak Feb. 15-22 and posted 232:39 consecutive shutout minutes over five games, including 14:42 (Wisconsin, Feb. 14), 60:00 (Wisconsin, Feb. 15), 59:57 (UMD, Feb. 21) and 59:58 (UMD, Feb. 22) and 38:02 (St. Cloud State, Feb. 28). She began her Gopher career by playing 281:34 without allowing a goal, a streak including action in eight games from Sept. 29, 2012 to Oct. 4, 2013.
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 and current student-athletes Amanda Kessel and Lee Stecklein earned silver medals with Team USA. Minnesota’s volunteer assistant coach Andy Kent also traveled to Sochi with Team Finland as the team’s goaltending coach.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2014-15
The 2014-15 Gophers will return 17 players from this year’s NCAA runner-up team. In addition, Minnesota will add four freshmen: defenseman Sydney Baldwin (Minnetonka, Minn.), forward Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.), forward Cara Piazza (Darian, Ill.) and forward Nina Rodgers (Minnetonka, Minn.). 2014 Olympians Amanda Kessel and Lee Stecklein will also return to the ice for the Gophers next season. The NCAA Women’s Frozen Four is set to return to Ridder Arena next year, and the 2015 WCHA Final Face-off will be held in Grand Forks, N.D.
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