Gophers to Cap Road Swing in St. Cloud
Nov. 7, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 1 Minnesota women’s hockey team (10-0-0, 8-0-0 WCHA) travels to St. Cloud State (1-6-3, 1-5-2-1 WCHA) this weekend. Puck drop is set for 3:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. The series marks the Gophers’ third road series in the last four weeks.
Fans can follow the action with live audio and stats linked at GopherSports.com along with the Gopher Women’s Hockey Game Day Live blog for both games. St. Cloud State is offering a live video stream of both games on a pay-per-view basis ($7.95/game) at SCSUHuskies.com.
ABOUT THE SERIES: GOPHERS VS. HUSKIES
Minnesota is 56-3-2 all-time against St. Cloud State, dating back to Nov. 15, 1997. The Gophers have won the last 14 meetings between the two teams. Most recently, Minnesota shut out the Huskies 2-0 and 3-0 in St. Cloud (Feb. 22-23, 2013).
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: ST. CLOUD STATE HUSKIES
The Huskies (1-6-3, 1-5-2-1 WCHA) skated to their first victory of the 2013-14 season with a 4-1 win over host Minnesota Duluth last Friday (Nov. 1) at AMSOIL Arena and came out with a 1-1 overtime tie last Saturday (Nov. 2).
St. Cloud State was 9-24-3 overall last season, finishing seventh in the WCHA with a 5-21-2-1 mark in league play. The Huskies fell to Wisconsin in the first round of the WCHA postseason, 5-0 and 4-1, to end the 2012-13 season. The Huskies were led by senior Alex Nelson (10g-12a=22) and junior Molli Mott (9g-13a=22); Mott leads SCSU with nine points in 10 games this season (3g-6a).
Junior Julie Friend and sophomore Katie Fitzgerald have split time in net for the Huskies this season. Friend has appeared in seven games with a .936 save percentage and a 2.67 goals against average, while Fitzgerald has a .917 save percentage and a 3.20 goals against average in four games.
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 MAVERICKS
Minnesota defeated Minnesota State, 4-1 and 7-0, in a home-and-home series last weekend. Thirteen Gophers recorded points against the Mavericks led by senior Kelly Terry’s seven-point series (3g-4a). Junior Rachel Ramsey (1g-4a), Hannah Brandt (1g-3a), Sarah Davis (3a), Brook Garzone (2g), Rachael Bona (2a) and Milica McMillen (1g-1a) all had multiple points in the series. Sophomore Amanda Leveille improved to 10-0-0 on the season, combining for 37 saves in the two wins.
Friday saw the Gophers top the Mavericks 4-1 at Ridder Arena, led by Ramsey’s two-point effort. The junior scored the game-winning goal on the power play and added an assist on Minnesota’s third goal. Davis and Terry each finished with two assists, and Leveille made 13 saves.
On Saturday in Mankato, Minnesota recorded its fourth shutout of the season with a 7-0 win. Leveille made 24 saves en route to her seventh career shutout. Terry led the way with five points, including a hat trick. Ramsey had three assists, including setting up Brandt’s game-winning goal in the first period.
FOUR-GOAL THIRD PERIOD
The Gophers scored four goals in the third period of Saturday’s 7-0 win, marking the highest scoring output they have had in a single period since scoring four goals in the first period against Colgate (Oct. 5).
CENTURY MARK SCORING
WINNING STREAK MOVES TO 59 GAMES
The Gophers’ 10-0-0 start to the 2013-14 campaign has pushed their NCAA-record winning streak to 59 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 State moved Frost’s career record to 196-36-16 for a .823 winning percentage.
ROOKIE SCORING LEADERS
Gopher freshmen have combined for 19 points (6g-13a) in their first 10 games led by Dani Cameranesi (4g-3a) and Kelsey Cline (0g-5a). Minnesota’s freshman class is tied for fifth in the nation with 1.90 points per game.
GOPHER WOMEN ARE LONE PERFECT SQUAD IN DIVISION I
The Gopher women are the only team in all of NCAA Division I hockey – including women’s and men’s teams – with a perfect record intact. Minnesota owns a perfect 1.00 winning percentage at 10-0-0. Cornell is the only other unbeaten women’s team at 5-0-1, while two men’s teams are unbeaten in the Gophers (5-0-1) and St. Cloud State (5-0-1).
LEVEILLE LOGS SHUTOUT MINUTES
Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille earned her fourth shutout of the season last weekend. She is currently riding 100:02 shutout minutes. Leveille 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
Sophomore Amanda Leveille leads the WCHA with a 1.20 goals against average (third in the nation) and a .951 save percentage (fourth in the nation). She is tied for the national lead with four shutouts.
The Gophers have the nation’s second-best offense, averaging 4.40 goals per game. Minnesota has allowed 1.20 goals per game in 10 games, good for fourth in the NCAA.
Hannah Brandt is second in the WCHA with 16 points and ranks third in the nation with 1.20 assists per game. Rachel Ramsey is tied for the scoring lead among WCHA defensemen with 11 total points, and she is tied for sixth in the nation with 1.10 points per game.
Minnesota’s power-play is the WCHA’s best, converting on 13 of 38 attempts (34.2 percent). Milica McMillen and Dani Cameranesi are tied for second in the WCHA and fifth in the nation with three power-play goals each this season.
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 fourth-straight week. The polls are identical this week: No. 1 Minnesota, No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 3 Cornell, No. 4 North Dakota, No. 5 Boston College, No. 6 Clarkson, No. 7 Quinnipiac, No. 8 Harvard, No. 9 Mercyhurst, No. 10 Boston University.
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 30-straight USCHO.com polls and 33-straight USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
ON THE HORIZON
The Gophers return to Ridder Arena for a WCHA showdown with No. 4 North Dakota, Nov. 16-17. Puck drop is set for 2:07 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Minnesota is pleased to host Girls Scouts Day and High School Day next weekend. Prior to Saturday's game, Gopher student-athletes will be collecting canned or non-perishable food donations as part of the University of Minnesota athletics department's annual food drive as well. All proceeds go towards Second Harvest Heartland and Prospect Park Food Shelf.