|NCAA Quarterfinal – Single-elimination
Minnesota Golden Gophers (25-7-5)
at #3-seed Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (25-6-5)
Saturday, March 11 at 2:30 p.m. CT
AMSOIL Arena, Duluth, MN
After a double-overtime thriller in the WCHA semifinals between Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth at Ridder Arena last Saturday, the two in-state rivals will square off again at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth in the NCAA quarterfinals. The single-elimination contest is scheduled for this Saturday, March 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket information – Tickets are on sale here (note: you will need to create an account to place an order). Cost is $13 for adults, $10 for college students & seniors, and $6 for children and groups.
Video coverage will be provided online by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC).
This season against Minnesota Duluth – The Gophers and Bulldogs split the regular season series, each sweeping on home ice. Minnesota won 4-3 and 3-2 (OT) in their October series at Ridder Arena, but UMD took the two January games at AMSOIL Arena, 3-2 and 5-3. The two teams met up again in this past weekend's WCHA Final Face-off semifinals and played over 90 minutes before UMD's Lara Stalder scored in double overtime for a 2-1 victory.
In the five games between the two squads, Sarah Potomak led the Gophers with 5 goals and 3 assists, including an unassisted tally this past Saturday. Kelly Pannek is second in scoring against Bulldogs, recording 3 goals and 4 assists. Stalder has been the Gophers' primary antagonist on UMD's roster, netting 6 goals and dishing 5 assists in the five head-to-head meetings.
Another story from last Saturday's meeting was the goaltending of Minnesota Duluth's Maddie Rooney, who stopped 62 of 63 shots, including 25 in the two overtime periods. In this season's five games against Minnesota, Rooney has 193 saves on 206 shots. At the other end of the ice, Sidney Peters stopped 127 of 142 shots for the Gophers.
Other WCHA Final Face-off results – In the other WCHA semifinal, Wisconsin's Sydney McKibbon and North Dakota's Amy Menke scored in the second period, but Emily Clark lit the lamp with 2:43 to go in the third period to send the Badgers in the championship game. UND goaltender Lexie Shaw made 47 saves, while Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped 18 shots.
Minnesota Duluth took a 1-0 lead over Wisconsin 2 1/2 minutes into the second period of Sunday's championship game when Sidney Morin lit the lamp, but Sydney McKibbon knotted the score for Badgers 9 minutes later. Going to the third period tied 1-1, Wisconsin took control; Annie Pankowski scored twice and Sarah Nurse also found the back of the net to go with assists on both of Pankowski's goals, for a 4-1 victory. Maddie Rooney made another 50 saves for UMD, totaling 112 in the two games and earning Most Oustanding Player honors for the tournament. Wisconsin's Ann-Renée Desbiens made 22 saves.
6 Gophers named to USA Women's National Team roster for IIHF Women's World Championship in Michigan – Current Minnesota Women's Hockey players Kelly Pannek and Lee Stecklein, and alumnae Megan Bozek, Hannah Brandt, Amanda Kessel, and Gigi Marvin have been named to the 23-member U.S. Women's National Hockey Team roster for the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship starting on Friday, March 31 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.
The six will be joined at the tournament by Sarah Potomak and Sarah Davis, who were named to the Canadian Women's National Team roster last week. We also still await the roster announcement for the Finnish National Team, and will share that news as it becomes available.
Tickets for the tournament, which runs through April 7, can be purchased on the ticket page of www.2017womensworlds.com. Options include a "full tournament" package, three mini-packs, and single-game tickets.
We also want to recognize another University of Minnesota connection to the tournament, as Gopher men's hockey standout goaltender and 1998 Hobey Baker Award winner Robb Stauber was named as head coach of U.S. Women's National Team for the World Championship by USA Hockey on Monday. Stauber served as head coach of Team USA for a pair of games against Canada this past December, and has been a member of the team's coaching staff for four previous World Championships and six Four Nations Cup tournaments.
Other NCAA Quarterfinal Pairings
- St. Lawrence University (26-5-4) at #4-seed Boston College (27-5-5)
Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT
- Robert Morris University (24-4-6) at #1-seed Wisconsin (31-2-4)
Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m. CT
- Cornell University (20-8-5) at #2-seed Clarkson University (29-4-5)
Saturday, March 11 at 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT
For a full interactive bracket, click here.