Minnesota Set for Road Series in Bemidji
Oct. 24, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 1 Golden Gopher women’s hockey team (6-0-0, 4-0-0 WCHA) travels north to face Bemidji State (3-2-1, 0-0-0 WCHA) this weekend. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday at the Sanford Center.
ABOUT THE SERIES: GOPHERS VS. BEAVERS
Minnesota is 54-4-6 all-time against Bemidji State. The Gophers swept BSU in three series last season and outscored the Beavers 34-3 in the six games. The most recent meeting was the first round of the WCHA playoffs where the Gophers won 5-0 and 8-0. Minnesota is 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings between the two teams.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: BEMIDJI STATE BEAVERS
This weekend marks the first WCHA series of the season for Bemidji State (3-2-1). BSU swept Lindenwood University at home last weekend, winning 5-0 and 4-1. The Beavers dropped two games to Robert Morris earlier this season and won and tied on the road at Lindenwood in their season-opening series.
Bemidji State was 6-26-2 overall last season while posting a 5-22-1 mark in WCHA play. The Beavers finished eighth in the league standings and fell to Minnesota in the WCHA first round last year.
BSU returns 18 players from its 2012-13 team but lost four of its top-five scorers from a year ago. Sophomore Kaitlyn Tougas was second on the team in scoring last season with 14 points (7g-7a) and is the team’s leading returner this year. Through six games, she and fellow sophomore forward Hanna Moher lead the Beavers with five points each.
Freshman goaltender Brittni Mowat has played all six games for the Beavers. She is third in the WCHA with a 1.49 goals against average and ranks fourth in the league with a .930 save. Mowat recorded her first collegiate shutout in Bemidji State’s 5-0 win over Lindenwood last weekend, making 33 saves and allowing just one goal in the series. BSU also returns redshirt senior Jessica Havel, who posted an overall record of 4-14-1 last season. Freshman Erin Deters rounds out the Beavers’ goaltending trio.
HOCKEY CITY CLASSIC TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Individual tickets for the 2014 Hockey City Classic on Friday, Jan. 17 are now on sale to the general public. Tickets for the outdoor college hockey doubleheader at TCF Bank Stadium start at $15 and are valid for both games. Fans may purchase tickets www.mygophersports.com or by calling 612-624-8080. Requests for group tickets of 20 or more are currently being accepted at www.hockeycityclassic.com/tickets.
The Hockey City Classic will kick off with the Gopher women's hockey team taking on Minnesota State at 4:30 p.m. CT followed by the Gopher men's hockey program hosting Ohio State at 8 p.m. The outdoor college hockey doubleheader will be part of a Winter Festival, which will include youth, high school and adult hockey events, private ice rentals, a public skate and much more.
WEEKEND REWIND: GOPHERS SWEEP BULLDOGS
No. 1 Minnesota remained perfect on the season with a series sweep at No. 7 Minnesota Duluth last weekend. The Gophers topped the Bulldogs, 4-0 and 6-3, to improve to 6-0-0. Eleven Gophers recorded points in the series led by freshman Dani Cameranesi, who had four points (3g-1a). Three Gophers recorded three points in the series in junior Rachael Bona (1g-2a), senior Sarah Davis (3g) and senior Kelly Terry (1g-2a).
Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille played both games in net for Minnesota, combining for 53 saves. She made 26 saves in Friday’s shutout before stopping 27 shots in Saturday’s win.
On Friday, Minnesota recorded its second-straight shutout with a 4-0 win over the Bulldogs after topping Wisconsin, 2-0, in its previous game. All three Gopher lines contributed to the scoring, led by junior Meghan Lorence’s two points (1g-1a). Saturday’s 6-3 win saw eight Gophers record points, including seven multi-point efforts. Cameranesi had three points (2g-1a) while Kelly Terry scored once and tallied two helpers.
WINNING STREAK MOVES TO 55 GAMES
The Gophers’ 6-0-0 start to the 2013-14 campaign has pushed their NCAA-record winning streak to 55 games. Minnesota entered the season riding a 49-game winning streak and last lost on Feb. 17, 2012.
FROST APPROACHES WIN NO. 200
Head coach Brad Frost is closing in on 200 career wins as Minnesota’s head coach. Frost entered the 2013-14 season with a career mark of 186-36-16 in six seasons at the helm of the Gopher women’s hockey program. Last Saturday’s win over Minnesota Duluth moved Frost’s career record to 192-36-16 for a .820 winning percentage.
… AND THEN THERE WERE TWO
Minnesota (6-0-0) and Cornell (2-0-0) are the only NCAA Division I women’s hockey teams with perfect records still intact this season. Quinnipiac (5-0-1) is the only other team without a loss. Brown, Harvard and Princeton play their first series this weekend.
LEVEILLE LOGS SHUTOUT MINUTES
Amanda Leveille posted 176:30 scoreless minutes in four games from Oct. 11-19, including 48:57 (Oct. 11), 60:00 (Oct. 12), 60:00 (Oct. 18) and 7:33 (Oct. 19). The stretch was the second-longest scoreless streak she has recorded in her career. Leveille 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.
GOPHERS LAND AMONG WCHA, NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
Rachael Bona is tied for the WCHA lead with 1.67 points per game (10th in the nation) and 0.83 goals per game (11th in the nation). She is tied for the national lead with two game-winning goals as well. Hannah Brandt leads the WCHA and is fifth in the country with 1.33 assists per game. Dani Cameranesi is third in the WCHA and tied for sixth in the nation in rookie scoring with 1.00 points per game.
Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille ranks sixth in the nation and second in the WCHA with a .952 save percentage and a 1.34 goals against average. She is the only WCHA goaltender with a perfect 1.000 winning percentage. Leveille leads the league and is tied for second in the nation with two shutouts.
The Gophers have the nation’s second-best offense, averaging 4.17 goals per game. Minnesota has allowed 1.33 goals per game in six games, good for fifth in the NCAA. The Gophers are tied for third in the country with a 2.83 scoring margin. Minnesota’s power play ranks third in the country at 29.6 percent (8/27), while the penalty kill is tied for eighth at 88.9 percent (24/27). In combined special teams, the Gophers are fourth in the nation at 59.3 percent.
MINNESOTA IS UNANIMOUS NO. 1
The Golden Gophers are the unanimous number one selection in both the USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls for the second-straight week. Both polls rank Wisconsin (4-2-0) as the No. 2 team. USCHO.com has Cornell (2-0-0) as No. 3, while Boston College (5-1-0) is No. 3 according to the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Minnesota has been No. 1 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls since the final poll of the 2011-12 season (March 19-20, 2012). This stretch includes 28-straight USCHO.com polls and 31-straight USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
ON THE HORIZON
Minnesota returns to Ridder Arena on Friday, Nov. 1 for a home-and-home series with Minnesota State. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday night, and the teams conclude the series at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Mankato. Friday night's game is University of Minnesota Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night as well.