No. 1 Gophers Travel to Bemidji to Close Out First Half of the Season

Go Gophers!
Amanda Kessel

Go Gophers!
Amanda Kessel
Go Gophers!

Dec. 6, 2012

Logo   No. 1 Minnesota vs. Bemidji State
Date Friday, December 7 | Saturday, December 8
Time 7:07 p.m. CT | 4:07 p.m. CT
Location Sanford Center (4,373)
Series Record 46-4-6 vs. BSU
Last Meeting T, 3-3 (OT; won shootout)
Game Day Live
Friday | Saturday
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Season Statistics Minnesota | Bemidji State
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FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1.
The Golden Gophers enter the weekend with a perfect 18-0-0 record on the year and an NCAA record 26-game winning streak, which dates back to Feb. 17, 2012 in a 2-1 overtime loss to North Dakota. This weekend the Gophers look to break the longest unbeaten streak in Minnesota history of 27 games, which was set from Feb. 14 – Dec. 5, 2004. During that span, the Maroon & Gold posted three ties.

2. Minnesota is 46-4-6 all-time against Bemidji State. In the past three seasons, the two WCHA foes have battled to a 2-2-2 record against one another. Last year, the Gophers split with the Beavers on the road. The Maroon & Gold have not swept BSU in Bemidji, Minn. since the 2008-09 season (Nov. 14-15, 2008).

3. The Maroon & Gold carry a 15-game road winning streak in Bemidji State, which is currently tied with the NCAA record set by Mercyhurst (Nov. 2, 2002 – Oct. 18, 2003). Minnesota’s last road loss was on Jan. 13, 2012 to Minnesota Duluth, and the streak began the following night with a 3-0 win of the Bulldods. During the 15-game span, the Gophers have recorded seven shutouts while also having a goal differential of +5.14 (6.14-1.00 goals per game).

4. Junior Amanda Kessel has been a force this season with leading the NCAA in points (48), goals (22) and is second tied for second in assists (26). These astonishing numbers have been possible since of the 17 games that the Madison, Wis. native has played in, she has been held goalless just twice. She has scored at least one point in the last 25 games and is on a five-game goal streak. If she keeps her scoring pace up the rest of the season, she is projected to score 112.94 points on the year, which is just under the NCAA record of 114 set by former Gopher Natalie Darwitz in 2005.

5. In all but one series this year (North Dakota), the Gophers have shutout their opponent in at least one game. If the trend were to continue the last eight series, senior Noora Räty, who is six away from tying the NCAA record of 39, would reach that mark before the end of the regular season. The trend also shows that Minnesota is more apt to shutout an opponent in the second game of a series rather than the first, which has happened in seven of the nine series. In total, the Maroon & Gold have notched 10 shutouts this season with Räty garnering seven, Leveille having two and then a split performance from the two against Colgate. Räty’s single season shutout total is seven from tying the NCAA record.

SCOUTING BEMIDJI STATE
The Beavers limp into this weekend on a three-game losing streak to post a 3-11-2 record on the year. Despite having early season success with wins over Providence and Wisconsin, BSU has struggled and has yet to win a game at the Sanford Center.

Bemidji is led offensively by senior captains Sadie Lundquist and Emily Erickson. Lundquist leads the team with 10 points (four goals, six assists), while Erickson is tied for the team lead in assists with seven (two goals, seven assists). Sophomore forward Natasha Kostenko is the team leader in goals with five.

Finding a consistent goaltender has been a hardship thus far this season for BSU as they have utilized all three on the roster. Senior Jessica Havel has recorded the most starts and has two of the team’s three wins. Sophomore Abby Ryplanski has seen a fair amount of action as well and has the other team win. But in the Beavers’ final game against Minnesota Duluth last weekend, freshman Alexane Rodrigue was given her first career start in a 4-1 loss. The three goaltenders have combined to give up over 3.500 goals per game.