Minnesota Heads East to Face Yale
Nov. 21, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – No. 1 Minnesota takes a 13-1-0 (11-1-0 WCHA) mark into this weekend’s non-conference series against Yale (2-5-1, 2-3-1 ECAC Hockey). The teams face off at 3 p.m. CT Saturday and 11 a.m. CT Sunday at Ingalls Rink. Yale is providing live video, and live audio, blog and stats will be available at GopherSports.com.
The Gophers are riding a 35-game road winning streak, which began Jan. 14, 2012. Minnesota will put that streak on the line in New Haven, Conn., this weekend.
ABOUT THE SERIES: GOPHERS VS. BULLDOGS
The Gophers and Bulldogs will meet for the first time in nearly 16 years this weekend. Minnesota is 1-0-0 all-time against Yale, winning the lone meeting 2-1 on the road on Jan. 18, 1998.
Minnesota is 2-0-0 against ECAC Hockey foes this season after topping Colgate 3-1 and 8-3 in its season-opening series. The Gophers’ last non-conference loss was a 4-1 defeat at Boston College in the 2011 NCAA Regional.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: YALE BULLDOGS
With a sweep at Rensselaer and Union last weekend, Yale (2-5-1, 2-3-1 ECAC Hockey) is coming off its first four-point road trip in ECAC Hockey play since Jan. 11-12, 2008. The six goals scored against Union were the most goals in a game for the Bulldogs since a 10-1 win over Sacred Heart on Nov. 27, 2009.
Offensively, sophomore forward Jamie Haddad leads the team in points (3g-5a--8). She had four points (2g-2a) last weekend and is tied for the team lead in goals and assists. Led by Haddad and sophomore defenseman Kate Martini (three goals each), Yale's sophomore class has scored eight of the team's 15 goals. Sophomores also have 13 of the team's 27 assists.
Defensively, goaltender Jaimie Leonoff has played in all eight games. Most recently, she made 39 saves on 40 shots in the 2-1 win at Rensselaer last Friday, and has now made 35 or more saves in a game five times in Yale's first eight games. For the season, she has a .919 save percentage and a 3.11 goals-against average.
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 at 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 SPLIT WITH NORTH DAKOTA
No. 1 Minnesota split with No. 4 North Dakota last weekend, picking up a 6-1 win before dropping a 3-2 decision at home. Sarah Davis (1g-3a) and Rachael Bona (4a) led the Gophers with four points each against North Dakota. Hannah Brandt had three points (1g-2a), and Rachel Ramsey and Megan Wolfe each recorded two goals in the series.
Friday saw the Gophers defeat UND 6-1, led by Wolfe’s two-goal effort. Wolfe scored back-to-back goals in the second period, including the game-winner, for her first two collegiate tallies. Brandt had three points on one goal and two assists, which pushed her over 100 career points (38g-64a), and Amanda Leveille made 34 saves in the win.
On Saturday, Minnesota could not overcome a three-goal deficit and fell 3-2. The Gophers trailed 3-0 after one period and rallied with two power-play goals by Ramsey and Davis in the second period, but Minnesota’s comeback fell short. Leveille made 21 saves in her first loss as a Gopher.
CENTURY MARK SCORING
Two Gophers have surpassed the 100-career point mark this season as Sarah Davis tallied her 100th point as a Gopher with an assist in Minnesota’s 7-0 win at Minnesota State (Nov. 2), and sophomore Hannah Brandt picked up point No. 100 with an assist in a 6-1 win over North Dakota (Nov. 16).
NCAA-RECORD WINNING STREAK HALTED AT 62
The Gophers’ NCAA-record winning streak came to an end at 62 consecutive victories with a Nov. 17 loss to North Dakota. Minnesota’s streak began and ended with North Dakota, as the historic run started with a 5-2 win over UND on Feb. 28, 2012 and the final win was a 6-1 victory over North Dakota. Losses to North Dakota bookend the streak (2-1 overtime loss on Feb. 17, 2012 and 3-2 loss on Nov. 17, 2013).
The streak began with an 8-0-0 run to conclude the 2011-12 season, followed by a perfect 41-0-0 campaign in 2012-13. Back-to-back national champions, the Gophers then started the 2013-14 season at 13-0-0 to push the streak to 62-straight wins.
Minnesota’s 62-game run bested the previous NCAA Division I women's hockey winning streak (21, Harvard) and unbeaten streak (32, Wisconsin, twice), along with surpassing the NCAA Division I men's hockey winning streak (30, RPI and Cornell) and unbeaten streak (38, RPI).
FROST APPROACHES WIN NO. 200
Head coach Brad Frost is one win shy of 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. With a split against North Dakota last weekend, Frost’s career record is 199-37-16 for a .821 winning percentage.
ROOKIE SCORING LEADERS
Gopher freshmen have combined for 24 points (10g-14a) in their first 14 games led by Dani Cameranesi (5g-3a) and Kelsey Cline (1g-5a). Minnesota’s freshman class is tied for eighth in the nation with 1.71 points per game.
GOPHERS LAND AMONG WCHA, NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
Through 14 games, Bona (7g-13a) and Brandt (5g-15a) lead the Gophers with 20 points each. The duo is tied for ninth in the nation with 1.43 points per game. Kelly Terry is tied for the WCHA lead with nine goals.
Leveille is second in the league with a 1.43 goals against average (sixth in the nation) and a .942 save percentage (fifth in the nation). She is tied for third in the nation with four shutouts.
The Gophers lead the nation with a 2.86 scoring margin. Minnesota has the nation’s second-best offense, averaging 4.29 goals per game, and the fifth-best defense, allowing 1.43 goals per game in 14 games.
Minnesota’s power-play is the WCHA’s best, converting on 16 of 53 attempts (30.2 percent). Davis is tied for the national lead with four power-play goals.
Minnesota has the second-highest scoring defensive corps in the nation with 38 points in 14 games (12g-26a), led by Ramsey’s 15 points (6g-9a). She ranks sixth in the nation among defensemen with 1.07 points per game.
MINNESOTA REMAINS NO. 1
Despite a series split with North Dakota, the Golden Gophers maintained the number one selection in both the USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls this week. 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 32-straight USCHO.com polls and 35-straight USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
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