Sept. 26, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota women's hockey team held its preseason media day press conference earlier this week. Head coach Brad Frost, senior assistant captain Sarah Davis (Paradise, N.L.), and junior Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen, Minn.) spoke to the media at the Ridder Club Room on Tuesday.
"Another year is upon us, but we're very excited about the season," Frost said. "We've obviously had a couple pretty good years the last couple years, so it's hard not to be excited. We've got a great opportunity for a lot of our returners and some of our freshmen to step up and fill some roles maybe that they haven't been in in the past."
The Gophers' first preseason test will be Team Japan at Ridder Arena on Thursday night. The Japan National Team has qualified for the 2014 Olympic Games, which marks the team’s second all-time Olympic appearance (first appearance in 1998). Team Japan is currently participating in a five-game tour of the United States, facing Wisconsin (L, 3-0), St. Cloud State (T, 3-3), Minnesota Duluth, British Columbia and the Gophers.
Minnesota’s second exhibition game pits the Gophers against the University of British Columbia on Friday evening. UBC took third in the Canada West regular season standings but went on to finish first in the postseason last year. Tatiana Rafter led the Thunderbirds with 23 points in 28 games, and Danielle Dube was the league’s top goaltender (.943 save percentage).
Following their exhibition contests this week, the Gophers begin the regular season on the road at Colgate Oct. 4-5. Minnesota then hosts WCHA rival Wisconsin in its home-opening series at Ridder Arena Oct. 11-12.
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