2015 NCAA Champions
2014-15 Schedule/Results | Photo Gallery | 2014-15 Frozen Four Highlights Playing in its fourth straight national title game, the Gopher women's hockey team claimed its sixth NCAA Championship with a 4-1 win over Harvard in front of a sold-out Ridder Arena crowd. The Golden Gophers finished the season with a 34-3-4 overall record and won the WCHA regular-season title with a 22-2-4 mark.
In the national title game against the Crimson, Megan Wolfe scored just her third goal of the season with 51 seconds to play in the first period to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead. Following a scoreless second period, Hannah Brandt increased the lead to 2-0 midway through the third. Harvard cut the deficit to 2-1, but Meghan Lorence answered 1:48 later to give the Gophers breathing room. Rachael Bona capped the scoring with an empty-net goal and the celebration soon followed.
Minnesota faced a familiar foe to reach the national title game. In a semifinal contest against Wisconsin, the Badgers struck first with a goal just 52 seconds into the second period. The Gophers responded with a flurry as Brandt, Maryanne Menefee and Kelly Pannek scored before the period was over. Amanda Leveille took over in goal as she finished with 34 saves in the game ( Highlights).
Minnesota's championship season capped remarkable careers for its senior class of Bona, Lorence, Rachel Ramsey and Shyler Sletta. The quartet finished with a 147-10-7 overall record for a program-record .918 winning percentage. Their 147 wins as a class is the most in program history. Bona and Ramsey never missed a game in four years as Gophers. The most decorated class of Gophers to come through the program, they made four-straight NCAA championship game appearances and came away with three national titles along accumulating three WCHA Final Face-off titles and three WCHA regular-season crowns.
Offensively, Brandt ended the season ranked second in the nation with 74 points and third with 1.85 points per game, while Dani Cameranesi ranked fourth with 65 points and seventh with 1.62 points per game. Pannek led the nation’s rookies in scoring with 44 points (14g-30a) as well.
Leveille finished her junior season ranked second in the nation with a .946 save percentage and a .868 winning percentage (28-3-3). She was also third in the NCAA with a 1.18 goals against average.
Brandt, Cameranesi, Ramsey and Lee Stecklein were named 2015 CCM Hockey Division I Women's Ice Hockey All-Americans. Brandt and Ramsey received First Team All-American honors for the second-straight season, while Cameranesi and Stecklein were named Second Team All-Americans.
Brandt and Ramsey took home top individual awards when the WCHA handed out its 2014-15 honors as well. Brandt, a 2015 Patty Kazmaier Award finalist, was named the 2015 WCHA Player of the Year and WCHA Scoring Champion for the second-straight year. Fellow Patty Kaz top-10 finalist Ramsey joined Brandt as a repeat award winner by earning the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year award for the second time.
In total, eight Gophers were honored by the WCHA. The Gophers took four of six positions on the All-WCHA First Team as Stecklein and Cameranesi joined Ramsey and Brandt. Milica McMillen was named to the All-WCHA Second Team, and Bona was a third-team honoree. In addition, Pannek and Sydney Baldwin were named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team.
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