July 9, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota women's hockey team has released its 2014-15 schedule, highlighted by a season-opening tournament at Ridder Arena, a U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game, and the return of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four to Ridder Arena.
The Golden Gophers open the 2014-15 campaign at home against Penn State on Friday, Oct. 3. The season-opening weekend also includes a rematch of the Gophers' 2014 NCAA quarterfinal game as Boston University returns to Ridder Arena Saturday, Oct. 4. St. Cloud State will also take part in the season-opening tournament at Ridder Arena, facing the Terriers and Nittany Lions at 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Along with PSU and BU, Minnesota's non-conference slate includes series at Princeton (Nov. 29-30) and against St. Lawrence (Jan. 4-6).
The Gophers open Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play with back-to-back road series at Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 10-11) and Wisconsin (Oct. 17-18). The team's first league series at Ridder Arena is a match-up with North Dakota Oct. 24-25.
The first half of the season also includes a meeting with St. Cloud State at Braemar Arena in Edina, Minn., for a special U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game on Monday, Nov. 24. Additional information about the event will be shared on GopherSports.com as it becomes available.
The Gophers wrap up 2014 by hosting SCSU at Ridder Arena Dec. 5-6 and resume play in the new year at home against St. Lawrence in a Sunday/Tuesday series Jan. 4 and 6.
Other notable series include a pair of home-and-away series with Minnesota State (Nov. 21-22, Jan. 16-17), a home series with Wisconsin (Jan. 10-11), and a trip to North Dakota (Feb. 6-7). The Gophers' WCHA slate also includes meetings with league foes Bemidji State and Ohio State.
The first round of the WCHA playoffs is set for Feb. 27 through March 1 with the top four teams in the regular-season standings hosting the best-of-three series. The 2015 WCHA Final Face-off will be held at North Dakota's Ralph Engelstad Arena March 6-7.
The NCAA tournament begins with quarterfinal games March 13-14, before the NCAA Women's Frozen Four returns to Ridder Arena March 20 and 22.
Minnesota finished the 2013-14 season as the NCAA runner-up with a 38-2-1 overall record. The Gophers secured a 26-1-1 WCHA record en route to winning the team's third-straight WCHA postseason title and the program's eighth regular-season championship.
Head coach Brad Frost returns for his eighth season at the helm of Gopher women's hockey in 2014-15, and the Gophers will add four freshmen to the lineup. Fans can also expect to see 2014 U.S. Olympians Amanda Kessel and Lee Stecklein return to the ice for the Maroon & Gold this season.
Schedule subject to change.
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