Gophers Return Home for WCHA Series
 No. 6 Minnesota (9-4-1) vs. St. Cloud State (2-10-0)
 Game 1 Friday, Nov. 17 | 6 p.m.
 Game 2 Saturday, Nov. 18 | 4 p.m.
 Location Ridder Arena | Minneapolis, Minn.
 Tickets MyGopherSports.com
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 Game 1 Game Day Live | BTN Plus Video | Free Audio | Live Stats
 Game 2 Game Day Live | BTN Plus Video | Free Audio | Live Stats
 Official Sites Minnesota | St. Cloud State
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Nov. 13, 2017

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The No. 6 Golden Gopher women's hockey team returns home to host St. Cloud State at 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. CT Saturday at Ridder Arena.

Gopher Women's Hockey Upcoming Promotions
This weekend is High School Weekend at Gopher women's hockey. High school teams receive FREE admission by submitting their roster to gsm@umn.edu by 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, Nov. 16. This weekend is also Edina Community Weekend.

Love Your Melon Ticket Packages
Saturday's game is part of the Gopher Athletics and Love Your Melon ticket packages. Purchase a Love Your Melon package and receive a ticket to the game and a Minnesota Gophers Love Your Melon beanie! Get your package here: http://z.umn.edu/LYM17

About the Series: Minnesota vs. St. Cloud State
Minnesota is 76-3-2 in 81 all-time games against St. Cloud State. The Gophers are on a 34-game winning streak over the Huskies dating back to Oct. 2010.

Scouting the Huskies
St. Cloud State (2-10-0, 1-7-0 WCHA) enters this week's series looking to snap a five-game losing streak. Most recently, the Huskies dropped a pair of 3-0 decisions to Bemidji State at home. SCSU's lone wins of the season came in a 3-2 victory over Connecticut and a 4-2 win at Minnesota State.

Freshman forward Laura Kluge (2g-4a) and Julia Tylke (5g) lead the Huskies in scoring. Despite returning 75 percent of its goals and 71 percent of its total 2016-17 offensive production, including its top four goal-scorers and point-getters from a year ago, the Huskies have been shut out in seven of 12 games so far this season.

St. Cloud State is young in net as sophomore Janine Alder leads the way. Alder has played in seven games with a 1-6-0 record, a .931 save percentage, and a 2.42 goals against average while freshman Emma Polusny has seen action in five games, going 1-4-0 with a .897 save percentage and a 3.25 goals against average. Redshirt junior Taylor Crosby has yet to appear in a game.

Last Time Out: Gophers Improve to 8-0-0 on Road
Minnesota (9-4-1, 6-3-1-0 WCHA) remained perfect on the road with a non-conference sweep at Mercyhurst last week. The Gophers won 2-1 in overtime in game one before posting a 5-2 win in game two. Ten players had at least one point in the series led by Taylor Wente (2g-1a), Grace Zumwinkle (1g-2a), Caitlin Reilly (3a), Alex Woken (1g-1a), and Nicole Schammel (1g-1a). Alex Gulstene and Sidney Peters each earned one win in net.

Offensive Defensemen
Sydney Baldwin (2g-12a) and Patti Marshall (1g-10a) are among the WCHA's top-scoring defensemen. Baldwin leads the WCHA and ranks fifth in the nation with 1.00 points per game while Marshall is third in the league and 17th in the NCAA at 0.79 points per game.

Immediate Impact
All five of Minnesota's freshmen have seen significant ice time already this season with all four skaters picking up their first collegiate points and goaltender Alex Gulstene playing in six games (4-1-1). Grace Zumwinkle (7g-8a), Olivia Knowles (2g-6a), Taylor Wente (6g-3a), and Emily Brown (4a) have all registered at least four points on the year.

WCHA's Best Special Teams
Minnesota leads the WCHA and ranks eighth in the NCAA on the power play, converting on 23.9 percent of attempts at 11-for-46. The Gophers also lead the league and rank eighth in the nation at 88.6 percent (39-for-44) on the penalty kill. Most recently, the Gophers scored two shorthanded goals in game two against Mercyhurst while holding the Lakers scoreless on 10 power plays in the series. Grace Zumwinkle is tied for the NCAA lead with five power-play goals this season.

Clutch Scoring
Senior Cara Piazza is tied for second in the NCAA with three game-winning goals.

Scoring Milestone
Sydney Baldwin recorded her 50th career point with an assist against Merrimack (Sept. 29). She is third on the team with 14 points (2g-12a) on the season, and her career total stands at 63 career points with 14 goals and 49 assists.

Twenty Years of Gopher Women's Hockey
The Gophers enter this weekend's series with St. Cloud State with an all-time program record of 606-124-50. The 2017-18 season marks the 21st season in Gopher women's hockey history, and Minnesota secured the program's 599th and 600th all-time wins on the road at Bemidji State earlier this season.

Eleven Gophers Medal at Four Nations Cup
Gophers Kelly Pannek, Megan Bozek ('13), Hannah Brandt ('16), Dani Cameranesi ('17), Amanda Kessel ('16), Gigi Marvin ('09), and Lee Stecklein ('17) earned gold with the U.S. Women's National Team; Sarah Potomak and 2017-18 signee Amy Potomak took home silver with Canada's National Women's Team, and Noora Raty ('13) and Mira Jalosuo ('13) won bronze with Finland at the 2017 Four Nations Cup last week.

Up Next: Gophers to Visit Lindenwood
Minnesota is back on the road next week, traveling to St. Charles, Mo., for a non-conference series at Lindenwood. The Gophers and Lions face off at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 26.

Gophers Tabbed as League Favorite
Minnesota has been named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's preseason favorite heading into the 2017-18 season. The Gophers collected four first-place votes and 34 points in the annual preseason poll of the league's seven head coaches. The Gophers edged back-to-back defending WCHA champion Wisconsin by one point in the league's preseason poll as the Badgers posted 33 points with three first-place votes. Minnesota Duluth and Ohio State tied for third in the poll with 23 points each while Bemidji State (14 points), St. Cloud State (11 points), and Minnesota State (9 points) rounded out the poll.

Frost Enters Second Decade
Head coach Brad Frost is back for his 11th season at the helm of the program with a career record of 319-53-27 in his first 10 seasons. Last season, the Gophers celebrated Frost's 300th career coaching victory with a road sweep at Ohio State in October 2016.

Duo Serving as Captains
Seniors Sydney Baldwin and Cara Piazza are serving as the Gophers' co-captains this year. The duo was part of back-to-back national championship teams their freshmen and sophomore years at the University of Minnesota, and they have helped the program advance to three-straight NCAA Frozen Fours.

Baldwin, a health services management and human resources development major, the Minnetonka, Minn., native is a two-time WCHA All-Academic Team and Academic All-Big Ten team honoree along with earning WCHA Scholar Athlete accolades this past season. Piazza is a two-time WCHA Scholar Athlete, WCHA All-Academic Team, and Academic All-Big Ten Team honoree who is studying mechanical engineering. The Darien, Ill., product is the first Illinois native to captain the team since Megan Bozek in 2012-13.

Zumwinkle Leads Incoming Class
WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior, Minn.) leads Minnesota's talented freshmen class, which also includes defenseman Emily Brown (Blaine, Minn.), goaltender Alex Gulstene (Vancouver, B.C.), defenseman Olivia Knowles (Campbell River, B.C.), and forward Taylor Wente (Maple Grove, Minn.). Junior forward Jackie Pieper (Edina, Minn.), who spent three years at Merrimack College, rounds out Minnesota's newcomers.

Who's Back?
Minnesota returns 16 players from last year's team, which advanced to the program's sixth-straight NCAA Frozen Four. Co-captains Sydney Baldwin and Cara Piazza and fellow seniors Sidney Peters and Caitlin Reilly lead this year's team.

Pannek and Potomak Centralized with National Teams
In addition to losing six seniors to graduation last spring, the 2017-18 Gophers are without the services of senior Kelly Pannek and junior Sarah Potomak, who are currently centralized with the U.S. Women's National Team and Canadian National Women's Team, respectively, in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

In total, 11 current and former Gophers are Olympic hopefuls. Seven players with Golden Gopher ties are among the 23 players named to the 2017-18 U.S. Women's National Team in Pannek, Megan Bozek ('13), Hannah Brandt ('16), Dani Cameranesi ('17), Amanda Kessel ('16), Gigi Marvin ('09), Lee Stecklein ('17). 2017-18 signee Amy Potomak joins older sister Sarah in being centralized with Canada's National Women's Team, and Noora Raty ('13) and Mira Jalosuo ('13) are expected to represent Finland in the 2018 Olympic Games as well.

Season Recap: A Look Back at 2016-17
Minnesota's 2016-17 season came to a close in the semifinal round of the 2017 NCAA Women's Frozen Four. The Gophers posted an overall record of 26-8-5 while going 19-4-5 in WCHA play. Minnesota finished as WCHA regular season runner-up for the second-straight year and tied for third at the WCHA Final Face-Off. Under the leadership of senior captains Lee Stecklein, Dani Cameranesi, and Kate Schipper, Minnesota produced two of the nation's top-10 scorers, multiple All-Americans for the sixth-straight year, a program-record 17 WCHA All-Academic Team honorees, and the NCAA's second-ranked power-play.

Gophers in the NCAA Tournament
Minnesota made its 10th-straight and 15th overall appearance in the NCAA postseason last year. The Gophers saw their streak of NCAA title game appearances come to an end at five but made the program's sixth-straight and 13th overall appearance at the Frozen Four. Since 2011-12, the Gophers are 15-2-0 in NCAA games. Minnesota owns an all-time record of 24-10-1 in NCAA tournament games since 2000-01 as well.

WCHA Final Faceoff, NCAA Frozen Four Return to Ridder Arena
Minnesota will once again serve as host of the WCHA Final Faceoff in 2017-18, marking the 11th time the league's postseason tournament has been held at Ridder Arena. The NCAA Women's Frozen Four also returns to Ridder Arena this season, marking the fourth time the national championship will be played on the Gophers' home ice. Ridder Arena hosted the NCAA Women's Frozen Four in 2010, 2013, and 2015.

Quest for Eighth National Title in 2017-18
Despite falling short of a third-straight national title in 2017, Minnesota has still won four of the last six national championships and has seven national titles overall (2000, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016). The program looks for a historic eighth title national crown in 2017-18.

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