|#1 Minnesota (17-1-0, 11-1-0) at Ohio State (5-9-2, 2-8-2)|
|Date / Time||Saturday, December 7 | 5 p.m. CT|
|Sunday, December 8 | 11 a.m. CT|
|Location||OSU Ice Rink | Columbus, Ohio|
|Live Video||Gopher All-Access|
|Free Audio||Game 1 | Game 2|
|Live Stats||Game 1 | Game 2|
|Live Blog||Game 1 | Game 2|
|Social Media||@MNWomensHockey | Facebook|
Dec. 4, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - This weekend, No. 1 Minnesota (17-1-0, 11-1-0 WCHA) travels to Ohio State (5-9-2, 2-8-2-0 WCHA) for its final series of 2013. The Gophers face off against the Buckeyes at 5:07 p.m. CT Saturday and 11:07 a.m. CT Sunday. Live audio, blog and stats will be available at GopherSports.com, and fans can watch both games with Gopher All-Access.
ABOUT THE SERIES: GOPHERS VS. BUCKEYES
Minnesota owns a 55-8-1 all-time mark against Ohio State. The last meeting between the two teams was a 5-0 Gopher win in the semifinal round of the 2013 WCHA Final Face-off. The Gophers have won the last 26 meetings. The first-ever match-up was a 3-0 Minnesota win at OSU on Nov. 12, 1999.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Ohio State (5-9-2, 2-8-2-0 WCHA) enters this weekend's series on a two-game winning streak after sweeping New Hampshire on the road last weekend. The Buckeyes enter the series with the Gophers looking for their third conference win of the season, having topped St. Cloud State 4-2 (Oct. 12) and North Dakota 2-1 (Oct. 19) earlier this season. OSU broke a nine-game winless streak (0-8-1) with its sweep over New Hampshire last weekend.
Ohio State finished the 2012-13 season with an overall mark of 19-15-3 while tying for fourth in the WCHA at 12-13-3-3. The Gophers defeated the Buckeyes 5-0 in the semifinal round of the WCHA Final Face-off to end OSU's season. This season, Ohio State returned 18 letterwinners from last season and added five newcomers.
Junior defenseman Sara Schmitt leads OSU with 13 points (4g-9a) in 15 games. She is one of four Buckeyes with a team-best four goals this year, joining junior defenseman Kari Schmitt (4g-8a), sophomore forward Kendall Curtis (4g-2a) and freshman forward Claudia Kepler (4g-1a). Senior netminders Chelsea Knapp (9GP) and Lisa Steffes (8GP) have split time in goal. Knapp is 2-5-1 with a .895 save percentage and a 3.14 goals against average, while Steffes is 3-4-1 with a .942 save percentage and a 1.61 goals against average. Steffes has played the last 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 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 REMAIN PERFECT IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
Minnesota improved to 6-0-0 in non-conference action with a sweep over Princeton last weekend. The Gophers skated to 6-0 and 9-1 victories to improve to 17-1-0 overall on the season.
Hannah Brandt (2g-3a) and Kelly Terry (2g-3a) led the Gophers against the Tigers. Ten different Gophers scored goals in the series. All six defensemen and everyone on Minnesota's top three lines had at least one point against Princeton. The Gophers' 15 goals in the series was the highest output of the season.
In Satuday's 6-0 win, freshman Dani Cameranesi led the way with three points (2g-1a). Five Gophers put up multiple points in the win, and 12 Minnesota players had at least one point. Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille made 11 saves in her fifth shutout of the season as the Gophers out-shot the Tigers, 48-11.
Nine different Gophers scored goals as Minnesota cruised to a 9-1 win over Princeton Sunday afternoon. Led by three Gophers with three-point efforts, eight players had multiple points in Minnesota's 17th win of the season. Senior Sarah Davis joined Terry and Brandt with three points as each recorded one goal and two assists. Leveille made 11 saves over the first two periods before junior Shyler Sletta made eight saves in the third period.
Sarah Davis enters this weekend's series on a 10-game point streak (6g-12a). In addition, three Gophers are riding four-game point streaks: Hannah Brandt (4g-5a), Meghan Lorence (3g-5a) and Milica McMillen (1g-4a).
The Gophers have out-scored their opponents a combined 11-0 in the first period of their last four games, including a four-goal first period in last Sunday's 9-1 win over Princeton.
FOUR GOPHERS SURPASS 20-POINT MARK
Four Gophers have cracked the 20-point mark through 18 games this season, led by Hannah Brandt's 29 points (9g-20a). Rachael Bona is second on the team with 27 points (8g-19a), and Kelly Terry (12g-12a) and Sarah Davis (10g-14a) each have 24 points.
GOPHERS AT FULL STRENGTH
Minnesota is the second-least penalized team in the nation, averaging 7.1 penalty minutes per game. Over their last three games, the Gophers have taken just five penalties for 10 minutes and average 3.3 penalty minutes per game.
ROAD WINNING STREAK ON THE LINE
Minnesota puts its NCAA-record road winning streak on the line at Ohio State this weekend. The Gophers have won 37-straight road games, dating back to Jan. 14, 2012. Including neutral games, Minnesota has 40-consecutive victories away from Ridder Arena since last January.
ROOKIE SCORING LEADERS
Gopher freshmen have combined for 36 points (15g-21a) in their first 18 games led by Dani Cameranesi (8g-5a) and Kate Schipper (2g-7a). Minnesota's freshman class is fourth in the nation with 2.00 points per game.
MINNESOTA REMAINS NO. 1
The Golden Gophers remained the unanimous No. 1 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 34-straight USCHO.com polls and 37-straight USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
ON THE HORIZON
The Gophers have a four-week hiatus from game action for the holiday break. Minnesota returns to the ice Jan. 10-11, 2014, when the team hosts the Buckeyes in a Friday/Saturday series at Ridder Arena. Friday's 7:07 p.m. game is Rock Ridder Night where all tickets are $1, and Saturday's 4:07 p.m. game will feature a Teddy Bear Toss.
No. 3 Gophers Shut Out No. 8 Fighting Hawks
Hannah Brandt and Amanda Kessel led the Gophers with two points each in the 3-0 win at Ridder Arena Friday night.
Gopher Women's Hockey Live vs. North Dakota
Minnesota and North Dakota face off at 6 p.m. Friday at Ridder Arena.
Schipper Credits Gophers' Success to Passion
Junior Kate Schipper has already matched her season-high for points with 29 points in 27 games this season.