Gophers to Host Mavericks Friday
Oct. 31, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 1 Minnesota women's hockey team (8-0-0, 6-0-0 WCHA) faces Minnesota State (3-5-0, 0-4-0 WCHA) in a home-and-home series this weekend. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday at Ridder Arena and 3:07 p.m. Saturday at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn. This is the first-ever home-and-home series between the Gophers and Mavericks.
ABOUT THE SERIES: GOPHERS VS. MAVERICKS
Minnesota is 61-3-3 all-time against Minnesota State. The Gophers have won the last 16 meetings between the two teams, dating back to the 2009-10 season. The Mavericks' last win over the Gophers was a 4-3 victory on Jan. 20, 2007. Minnesota State swept Minnesota in Mankato, Minn., after recording a 3-2 win in the first game of the series.
The last meeting was a 6-0 Gopher win in Mankato, Minn., on Jan. 19, 2013. Megan Bozek led the Gophers with four points (2g-2a), and Amanda Kessel (3a) and Hannah Brandt (2g-1a) each had three points. With three assists in the game, Kessel became the 24th player in NCAA history to tally 200 career points.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The Mavericks (3-5-0, 0-4-0 WCHA) are still looking for their first WCHA win this season after falling to Minnesota Duluth, 6-2 and 3-1, last weekend. Three-straight Bulldog power-play goals proved insurmountable in Friday's 6-2 defeat. Saturday's series finale was tied 1-1 with just under 3:00 remaining in regulation when UMD scored and went on to win, 3-1.
Minnesota State was 10-21- 5 overall last season, finishing sixth in the WCHA with a 6-17-5 mark in league play. The Mavericks fell to North Dakota in the first round of the WCHA postseason, 6-1 and 8-1, to end the 2012-13 season. MSU returns three of its top five scorers from a year ago in senior forward Tracy McCann (15g-11a), junior Kathleen Rogan (6g-14a) and Lauren Barnes (3g-11a).
Rogan leads the Mavericks with nine points (5g-4a) in eight games this season and enters this weekend's series on a four-game point streak. Senior goaltender Danielle Butters has started all eight contests and has a 2.72 goals against average and .914 save percentage. Last weekend, she stopped 21 shots against UMD (Oct. 25) and made a game-high 36 saves in the Oct. 26 finale while allowing three even-strength goals.
HOCKEY CITY CLASSIC TICKETS NOW ON SALE
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 BEAVERS
No. 1 Minnesota remained perfect on the season with a series sweep over Bemidji State last weekend. The Gophers topped the Beavers, 4-0 and 4-3, and 13 Gophers recorded points led by the line of Maryanne Menefee (2a), Hannah Brandt (2g-1a) and Rachael Bona (1g-2a). Meghan Lorence (2g), Rachel Ramsey (1g-1a) and Brook Garzone (2a) also had multiple points in the series.
On Friday, Minnesota recorded its third shutout of the season with a 4-0 win over Bemidji State behind two goals from Lorence and 19 saves from goaltender Amanda Leveille. Saturday's 4-3 win saw Brandt lead the Gophers with three points, including scoring the game-winning goal with 7:19 remaining in the third period to break a 3-3 tie.
WINNING STREAK MOVES TO 57 GAMES
The Gophers' 8-0-0 start to the 2013-14 campaign has pushed their NCAA-record winning streak to 57 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 Bemidji State moved Frost's career record to 194-36-16 for a .821 winning percentage.
ROOKIE SCORING LEADERS
Gopher freshmen have combined for 16 points (4g-12a) in their first eight games led by Dani Cameranesi (3g-3a) and Kelsey Cline (0g-5a). Cameranesi is tied for third in the league in points per game among freshmen.
GOPHER PK UNIT FLAWLESS IN LAST FIVE
Minnesota has held opponents scoreless on the power play in its last five games. The Gophers have killed off their last 15 penalties, dating back to the second period against Wisconsin on Oct. 11. Minnesota's penalty kill ranks third in the WCHA and eighth in the nation at 90.0 percent (27/ 30).
GOPHERS, BIG RED AND CRIMSON REMAIN PERFECT
All of the NCAA Division I women's hockey teams have now played at least one series, and Minnesota (8-0-0), Cornell (4-0-0) and Harvard (2-0-0) are the only teams with perfect records intact.
LEVEILLE LOGS SHUTOUT MINUTES
Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille has earned three shutout victories this season. She posted a stretch of 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 second in the nation with 13 points and two game-winning goals this season. Hannah Brandt is tied for the national lead with nine assists. Rachel Ramsey is tied for fourth in the WCHA and 15th in the country among defensemen with 0.75 points per game. Dani Cameranesi is tied for third in the WCHA in rookie scoring with 0.75 points per game.
Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille ranks sixth in the nation and second in the WCHA with a .947 save percentage. She is fourth in the nation and second in the WCHA with a 1.38 goals against average. She is the only WCHA goaltender, and one of four goaltenders in the nation, with a perfect 1.000 winning percentage. Leveille is tied for the national lead with three shutouts.
The Gophers have the nation's second-best offense, averaging 4.12 goals per game. Minnesota has allowed 1.38 goals per game in eight games, good for fourth in the NCAA. The Gophers are third in the country with a 2.75 scoring margin. Minnesota's power play is tied for second in the country at 30 percent (9/30), while the penalty kill is eighth at 90 percent (27/30). In combined special teams, the Gophers are fourth in the nation at 60 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 third-straight week. The top eight teams are identical in the polls this week in No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 3 Cornell, No. 4 North Dakota, No. 5 Clarkson, No. 6 Boston College, No. 7 Harvard and No. 8 Mercyhurst. Quinnipiac, Ohio State and Minnesota Duluth claim the last two places in the polls.
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 29-straight USCHO.com polls and 32-straight USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
MINNESOTA ADDS SEVEN FRESHMEN FOR 2013-14
Seven freshmen have joined the Gophers for their rookie seasons this year, six of which have already made their debut in Maroon and Gold. Rookie defensemen Kelsey Cline (5a), Paige Haley and Megan Wolfe (2a) and forwards Dani Cameranesi (3g-3a), Kate Schipper (1g-2a) and Kate Flug have seen ice time already this season. Goaltender Sidney Peters rounds out the newcomers. Six of the new players hail from Minnesota; Peters is a native of Geneva, Ill., but attended the North American Hockey Academy in Stowe, Vt.
ON THE HORIZON
The Gophers travel to St. Cloud State next weekend, taking on the Huskies on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m. both games.