MINNEAPOLIS -- In anticipation of the upcoming season, GopherSports.com takes a closer look at each of the Gopher women's hockey team's 2017-18 opponents. Up this week is Lindenwood.
About the Series: Minnesota vs. Lindenwood
Minnesota and Lindenwood met for the first time ever last season with Minnesota taking both games at Ridder Arena. The Gophers skated to 3-0 and 6-2 wins over the Lady Lions in the teams' season-opening series at Ridder Arena. Dani Cameranesi (2g-2a), Sarah Potomak (1g-3a), Caitlin Reilly (1g-2a), and Megan Wolfe (2g) led the Gophers to the two victories.
Scouting the Lady Lions
Lindenwood posted a record of 6-25-2 during the 2016-17 season. The team's season came to an end in the College Hockey America semifinal round with a loss to Robert Morris.
Britannia Gillanders led the team with 13 points (7g-6a), followed by Cierra Paisley, who had 11 points (3g-8a). Jolene deBruyn played 29 games in net, posting a .911 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average.
Five seniors graduated following the 2016-17 season but Lindenwood has announced the addition of Mariah Hinds (Vaughan, Ontario), Hannah Alt (Belvidere, Ill.), Sierra Burt (Bayfield, Ontario), Megan Wagner (Park Ridge, Ill.), Jane Jacobs (Calgary, Alberta), and Christina von Aulock (Chicago, Ill.), for the 2017-18 season.
Last Time Out
Minnesota won by a score of 6-2 in the teams' last meeting. Dani Cameranesi (2g-1a) led the way with two goals while Sarah Potomak tacked on three assists during the game.
Lindenwood's 2016-17 roster included three Minnesota natives in Sarah Bobrowski (Woodbury, Minn.), who skated for Hill-Murray, Holly Dietzler (Bloomington, Minn.), who played for Bloomington-Jefferson, and Xylia Lang (St. Paul, Minn.), who competed for Roseville. All three Lady Lions with Minnesota roots graduated last spring.
Minnesota heads to St. Charles, Mo., for a rematch of last year's season-opener on Saturday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 26 when the Gophers and Lady Lions face off in a pair of 2 p.m. CT games at Lindenwood Ice Arena in Wentzville, Mo., not the nearby Family Arena, the site of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four.
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