No. 1 Gophers Set to Host Tigers
Nov. 27, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota takes a 15-1-0 (11-1-0 WCHA) mark into this weekend's non-conference series against Princeton (5-4-2, 4-4-1 ECAC Hockey) at Ridder Arena. Puck drop is at 4:07 p.m. Saturday, followed by a 1:07 p.m. faceoff on Sunday. Live video, audio and stats will be available at GopherSports.com.
Minnesota is pleased to host Skate with the Gophers following Saturday's game. Saturday is also Thankful for Hockey Day where all fans wearing a hockey jersey will receive a $4 general admission ticket. Sunday's promotion is Dads & Daughters Day.
This weekend's series marks Minnesota's final home series of the first half of the season; the Gophers wrap up 2013 at Ohio State (Dec. 7-8) and return to action at Ridder Arena by hosting the Buckeyes on Jan. 10-11, 2014.
ABOUT THE SERIES: GOPHERS VS. TIGERS
Minnesota owns a 4-0-1 all-time mark against Princeton. The last meeting between the two teams was a 4-0 Gopher win in the 2006 NCAA Regional at Ridder Arena. The teams met three times in four games during the 1997-98 season, beginning with the first-ever meeting - a 6-1 Minnesota win at Princeton on Nov. 29, 1997.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: PRINCETON TIGERS
Princeton (5-4-2, 4-4-1 ECAC Hockey) enters this weekend's series on a four-game winless streak (0-2-2). The Tigers have scored just three goals in their last four games, posting 1-1 overtime ties with Boston College and Quinnipiac and dropping decisions to Clarkson (7-0) and St. Lawrence (4-1).
Princeton finished the 2012-13 season with an overall mark of 11-16-2 while going 6-14-2 in ECAC Hockey action. The Tigers finished one place and one point shy of qualifying for the ECAC playoffs, marking the first time in 11 years the team did not compete in the postseason. This season, Princeton returned 15 of 19 letterwinners from last year and brought in seven freshmen.
Senior defenseman Rose Alleva leads the Tigers with nine points (5g-4a). She is tied for the lead in goals with senior forward Olivia Mucha (5g-2a). Defensively, sophomore goaltender Kimberly Newell has seen action in 10 games with a 4-4-2 mark. She has a .903 save percentage and a 3.05 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 EARN ROAD SWEEP AT YALE
The line of Hannah Brandt (2g-2a), Meghan Lorence (2g-2a) and Rachael Bona (1g-2a) led the Gophers with 11 points against Yale. Sarah Davis, Milica McMillen and Brook Garzone each recorded two assists in the series. Minnesota outshot Yale, 57-20 and 52-18, in the two games en route to 5-1 and 4-1 wins, respectively.
Five Gophers scored goals in Saturday's 5-1 victory. Minnesota scored three first-period goals as Dani Cameranesi opened the scoring at 7:26 of the period before Brandt scored the game-winner and Kelly Terry scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season. Rachel Ramsey and Lorence added second-period goals, and Yale netted its lone goal in the third period. Goaltender Amanda Leveille made 19 saves, and Shyler Sletta did not face a shot over the final six minutes.
Sunday saw nearly the same game as the Gophers again opened the game with a three-goal first period. Freshman Megan Wolfe scored on the power play in the fourth minute before Bona and Brandt added goals to make it 3-0. Minnesota went ahead 4-0 on a power-play goal by Lorence before Yale scored to make it 4-1 at 4:51 of the second period. Leveille finished with 17 saves.
FROST RECORDS WIN NO. 200
Head coach Brad Frost earned his 200th and 201st career wins as Minnesota's head coach over the weekend. 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 two wins over Yale, Frost's career record stands at 201-37-16 (.823).
ROAD WINNING STREAK CONTINUES
Minnesota has won 37-straight road games, dating back to Jan. 14, 2012. Including neutral games, the Gophers have 40-consecutive victories away from Ridder Arena since last January.
ROOKIE SCORING LEADERS
Gopher freshmen have combined for 27 points (12g-15a) in their first 16 games led by Dani Cameranesi (6g-3a), Kelsey Cline (1g-5a) and Kate Schipper (2g-4a). Minnesota's freshman class is seventh in the nation with 1.69 points per game.
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).
GOPHERS RANK AMONG WCHA, NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
Through 16 games, Hannah Brandt (7g-17a) leads the Gophers with 24 points. She is tied for sixth in the nation with 1.50 points per game. Kelly Terry is tied for the WCHA lead with 10 goals. Brandt's 17 assists are the most in the nation.
Amanda Leveille is second in the league with a 1.39 goals against average (fifth in the nation) and a .942 save percentage (sixth in the nation). She leads the WCHA with four shutouts.
The Gophers lead the nation with a +2.94 scoring margin. Minnesota has the nation's second-best offense, averaging 4.31 goals per game, and the fifth-best defense, allowing 1.38 goals per game in 16 games.
MINNESOTA REMAINS NO. 1
The Golden Gophers remained No. 1 in both the USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls this week, collecting all first place votes in both 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 33-straight USCHO.com polls and 36-straight USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
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