Nov. 14, 2012
|| No. 1 Minnesota vs. Minnesota State
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. The Golden Gophers are 55-3-3 all-time against Minnesota State. They have accumulated 12-straight wins against the Mavericks. The last time Minnesota didn’t garner a win they drew 1-1, but the Gophers would win in a shootout. The Mavericks’ last win came on Jan. 20, 2007 in Mankato, Minn. In the series history, the Maroon & Gold have only tied/lost to Minnesota State at home once, which was a 3-2 overtime loss on Jan. 25, 2004.
2. The Maroon & Gold have started the season 12-0-0, which is the best start in program history. Dating back to last season, the Gophers are on a 20-game winning streak, which is one away from tying an NCAA record (Harvard, 21 wins, Jan. 4-March 15, 2008). A sweep of Minnesota State would give the Gophers the longest winning streak in NCAA women’s hockey history.
3. A big part of Minnesota’s success has been the consistent play of their defenseman. These six players have helped the Gophers record a shutout in seven of their 12 games and only allow a total of seven goals on the year. There has yet to be an opponent to record 30 or more shots on Minnesota this season. These blueliners are also an offensive threat as they have tallied a total of 52 points (16 goals and 36 assists), which is only five points less than Minnesota State’s whole team has accumulated this season (21-36—57). Three Gophers are in double-digit points: Megan Bozek (6-12—18), Milica McMillen (5-7—12) and Mira Jalosuo (3-9—12).
4. Three Gophers returned to the team this week after spending the past week in Finland with the U.S. Women’s National Team, who garnered a gold medal in the 2012 Four Nations Cup by defeating Canada. Junior Amanda Kessel was a key role in Team USA’s offense as she tied for the most points on the team with six (1-5—6) and dished out the most assists. Bozek also pitched in on the offensive end as she tallied two points (1-1—2) while also being an effective defenseman and not allowing a goal while she was on the ice (+6). McMillen was unable to notch a point in the four-game tournament, but the freshman posted a plus/minus ratio of +6 and recorded the highest average ice time on the team. Former Gophers Sarah Erickson and Anne Schleper also played with the USWNT. Erickson tallied three points (0-3—3) and Schleper recorded two (1-1—2).
5. This season, the Gophers have only been down to their opponent once, which was for a total of 39 seconds. The lonely time came in the first game against North Dakota. UND scored early in the second period, but Minnesota answered 39 seconds later with a wrist shot from the blue line by Bozek to tie the score 1-1. Minnesota wne ton to score three goals in the third period to win 5-1.
SCOUTING MINNESOTA STATE
Minnesota State enters this weekend on a four-game losing streak after starting the season 4-2-1 with impressive wins over North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth. In their last two series, they have been swept by Mercyhurst and Wisconsin.
Offensively, Tracey McCann leads the Mavericks with 12 points (6-6—12) while Lauren Smith has also tallied six goals (6-2—8). Danielle Butters has started every game in goal for MSU and yields a 2.47 goal against average and a .926 save percentage. She has recorded two shutouts this season and accumulated 348 saves.