| No. 1 Minnesota vs. St. Cloud State
|Date||Friday, October 5 | Saturday, October 6|
|Time||7:07 p.m. CT | 4:07 p.m. CT|
|Location||Ridder Arena (3,400)|
|Series Record||51-3-2 vs. SCSU|
|Last Meeting||W, 6-0|
|Game Day Live
||Friday | Saturday|
|Game Notes||Minnesota | St. Cloud State|
|Season Statistics||Minnesota | St. Cloud State|
|Social Media||Facebook | @gophersoccer|
Oct. 3, 2012
The No. 1-ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team kicks off WCHA play this Friday and Saturday as they welcome conference rival St. Cloud State to Ridder Arena. The Golden Gophers are coming off a pair of shutouts vicotires over Colgate while SCSU is playing their first games of the 2012-13 season.
Before Friday night's game at 7:07 p.m., the Gophers will be raising the 2011-12 National Championship banner into the rafters of Ridder Arena. Fans will also hav ethe chance to take pictures with the National Championship and WCHA trophy.
Five Things You Need to Know
1. The Golden Gophers have an all-time record of 51-3-2 against St. Cloud State. Last season, the two WCHA foes met six times with the Gophers claiming all six victories with a combined goal total of 41-2. The last time Minnesota lost to SCSU was on Feb. 13, 2010 in a 6-3 game at St. Cloud, Minn.
2. Minnesota is 22-3-1 all-time during the opening weekend of WCHA play with their last loss coming Oct. 15, 2010 to North Dakota, 4-3. That same year the Gophers dropped the opening series to UND, which has only happened once in Maroon & Gold's history. This year will mark the fifth time that Minnesota has opened up WCHA play against St. Cloud State.
3. Junior Amanda Kessel has been a thorn in the side of the Huskies as she has been a catalyst in the Gophers' offense when the two teams meet. Last season, the All-American netted 11 goals, including two hat tricks, and seven assists in the six matches against SCSU. During her freshman season, she was not as potent but still tallied three goals and four assists in four games.
4. This past weekend, the Gophers tallied a total of 18 goals against Colgate while shutting the Raiders out in both games. The last time Minnesota scored at least 18 goals in a weekend was January 9-10, 2009 against Ohio State (9-2, 12-1). The last time they had a goal differential of at least 18 was the same weekend series against the Buckeyes. Last weekend, a total of eight Gophers scored a goal, 10 tallied an assist and 13 players recorded a point. Highlights were obviously Hannah Brandt's nine point weekend but there are other noteworthy performances. Becky Kortum matched her totals from a season ago by notching two goals and three assists, while Rachael Bona recorded six assists, which is one behind last season's mark.
5. The Gophers have an all-time home record of 225-34-19 (.844), which is the best in the nation. Their last loss was at home was a 2-1 overtime loss to North Dakota on Feb. 17, 2012, which was the team's only home loss during the 2011-12 season.
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