|Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-4-1, 4-3-1-0 WCHA) vs
Minnesota State University Mavericks (2-5-1, 1-3-0-0 WCHA)
Friday, November 3 at 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, November 4 at 3:07 p.m.
Verizon Center, Mankato
The Gopher Women's Hockey team looks to get back into the win column, but they go on the road once again. They make the short trip down to Verizon Center in Mankato to face the Minnesota State University Mavericks on Friday evening at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 3:07 p.m.
Last season against Minnesota State – The Gophers swept the five-game season series against the Mavericks, winning 5-0 and 8-1 at Ridder Arena last November, coming out on top 5-3 in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Game in Edina in January, and following it up with 5-0 and 5-3 victories in Mankato in February. Kelly Pannek led the Gophers with 6 goals and 10 assists against MSU, while Kate Schipper added 4 goals and 7 assists. Dani Cameranesi only played the November series, but had a 7-point (5G, 2A) weekend, including netting a hat trick in the opener. Corbin Boyd was Minnesota State's only multi-goal scorer across all five games, lighting the lamp twice in the Hall of Fame game.
Six different goaltenders – three on each side – saw action in the five games. Sidney Peters started all five for Minnesota, making 49 saves on 54 shots; Serena D'Angelo played 33 minutes and stopped all 8 shots she faced, while Emma May also got a period of action and stopped 8 of 10 shots. MSU's Kathryn Bidulka started both November games but gave up 11 goals on 61 shots in five periods of work; Chloe Crosby came in for one period of relief work and stopped 12 of 14 shots. Brianna Quade played for the Mavericks in the three games against the Gophers after the winter break, but she yielded 14 goals on 101 shots.
Analyzing the Mavericks – Minnesota State is coming off their third-straight season finishing at the bottom of the WCHA standings, but did record 16 conference points with 4 wins and 3 ties (plus a shootout point). They also went 3-3-1 in non-conference play, giving them a 7-24-4 overall regular-season record, but lost 7-0 and 6-0 against top-seeded Wisconsin in the WCHA quarterfinals to end their season. This year, they have started 2-5-1 overall, and 1-3-0-0 in four WCHA contests.
Junior Emily Antony (#4) was MSU's leading scorer last season, but had only 7 goals and 7 assists for 14 points. Senior Lindsey Coleman (#7) added 5 goals and 8 assists, while junior Corbin Boyd (#11) only lit the lamp twice but dished out a team-leading 11 assists. Another junior, Jordan McLaughlin (#6), has almost already matched her point total from last season; after tallying 3 goals and 5 assists in 2016-2017, she leads the Mavericks with 3 goals and 4 assists in the team's 8 games this year.
Two of the three Minnesota State goaltenders that saw action last year are back this season. Junior Kathryn Bidulka (#34) has started 5 of their 8 games; despite a 1-4-0 record, she has a .901 save percentage and 2.83 goals-against average, both of which are significantly better than her career numbers entering the year. Sophomore Chloe Crosby (#31) is 1-1-1 after starting the other three games, with a .913 save percentage and 2.49 GAA; those stats are also significantly improved.
Recent action for Minnesota State – The Mavericks hosted St. Cloud State in the second conference series of the season for both teams. Both games saw the Huskies open the scoring but MSU respond with two goals to take a 2-1 lead. St. Cloud State turned the tables back in their favor on Friday, as Laura Kluge knotted the score, Julia Tylke put the Huskies ahead, and Janna Haeg added an insurance goal for a 4-2 win. On Saturday, the Maverick scoring didn't begin until the third period; Demi Gardner and Jordan McLaughlin gave them their 2-1 advantage, and Hannah Davidson also scored for a 3-1 MSU victory and a series split. Kluge had 3 assists to go with her goal for the Huskies, earning WCHA Rookie of the Week honors. Corbin Boyd, McLaughlin, and Davidson each recorded a goal and an assist for the Mavericks.
Gophers fall twice against Wisconsin – The Gophers and Badgers traded goals in both of their games at Ridder Arena this past weekend, but it was Wisconsin that came away with two one-goal victories and the weekend sweep. The Badgers got off to a very quick start when Sophia Shaver scored just 33 seconds into Saturday's opening game; Lindsay Agnew tallied her first goal of the season to knot the score, 1-1, but Baylee Wellhausen put Wisconsin back ahead 2-1 before the first intermission. After a scoreless second stanza, Sophie Skarzynski capitalized on a power play in the 3rd period to again tie the game, 2-2, but Badgers forward Presley Norby lit the lamp with 5:16 remaining to give them a 3-2 win. In Sunday's rematch, Alexis Mauermann put Wisconsin up 1-0 at the 9:33 mark of the second period, but Grace Zumwinkle converted another Gopher power play just 76 seconds later to tie things up. After that, neither team could find a go-ahead goal in regulation, but Wellhausen lit the lamp 1:32 into overtime, giving the Badgers the 2-1 win. Sidney Peters made 39 combined saves in the series, while Kristen Campbell stopped 41 shots for Wisconsin.
National team updates ahead of Four Nations Cup
Finland announces Four Nations roster, including Jalosuo & Räty – The Finnish Ice Hockey Association announced their Women's National Hockey Team roster last week for the upcoming Four Nations Cup tournament. Gopher Women's Hockey alumni Mira Jalosuo and Noora Räty were named as members of the 23-player roster that will be playing in the tournament, which begins next Tuesday, November 7, in Florida. We wish both of them the best of luck in the tournament.
U.S. Women's National Team adds defenseman to training roster – USA Hockey announced this past Saturday (Oct. 28) that Cayla Barnes would be joining the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team. As noted in the press release, Barnes is a three-time member of the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team; she is the only player to have won three consecutive gold medals at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship (2015, 2016 and 2017), also earning Directorate Awards as the tournament’s best defenseman in both 2016 and 2017. Barnes had started the season as a freshman at Boston College, where she played five games, but now leaves the school to join the national team.
The MN2PC Hockey online apparel store has been created to support the families of the Minnesotans expected to be on the 2018 USA Women's Olympic Hockey Team, including the Brandts, Steckleins, and Cameranesis, as they head to PyeongChang. A variety of t-shirts (short & long-sleeved) and sweatshirts are available for purchase at mn2pchockey.itemorder.com/sale, and special items have been created to support the Brandt family. As noted on the site, screenprinted t-shirts and sweatshirts can be customized with player names and numbers, though only for players who have exhausted their NCAA eligibility. The first order window will end this coming Sunday, November 5, at 11:59 p.m., and items should be delivered 2-3 weeks after that.
Special ticket offer for USA-Canada game on Dec. 3 at the X – Haven't ordered tickets yet for the USA vs. Canada game at the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, December 3? The Minnesota Wild and the arena have created a special discount for adult tickets (ages 13+), making them available for $25 each (normally $28). Go to www.xcelenergycenter.com/women and use the promo code Friends. Youth tickets can also be purchased on the site for $15.50 each. There is a limit of 8 tickets per order with this promotion.
Around the WCHA
Recent action – Despite being outshot 45-22, Minnesota Duluth took a 3-0 lead in their opening game against Bemijdi State, including a goal and two assists by Jalyn Elmes, and held on for a 3-2 victory. The Beavers outshot the Bulldogs again, 30-18, in rematch, this time taking their own 2-0 lead and winning 2-1 for the series split. Haley Mack and Abby Halluska each recorded a goal and an assist in the series for BSU.
Upcoming games – While the Gophers face the Mavericks in Mankato, Minnesota Duluth will host St. Cloud State, also on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, the top two teams in the standings – Wisconsin and Ohio State, both still undefeated – will clash in a Saturday-Sunday matinee series in Madison. Bemidji State is idle over the weekend, but they will play UMD in the non-conference 2017-2018 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Game next Monday night, November 6, at 6 p.m. at the Isanti County Arena in Cambridge.