|Minnesota Golden Gophers (9-4-1, 6-3-1-0 WCHA) vs
St. Cloud State University Huskies (2-10-0, 1-7-0-0 WCHA)
Friday, November 17 at 6:07 p.m.
Saturday, November 18 at 4:07 p.m
Following two more road wins, the Gopher Women's Hockey team returns to Ridder Arena to face the St. Cloud State University Huskies. The series begins this Friday, November 17, at 6:07 p.m., and continues Saturday, November 18, at 4:07 p.m.
TRAFFIC ALERT & GAME TIME REMINDER – Here's one more reminder that Friday's Gopher Women's game is scheduled to start at 6:07 p.m. This is an adjustment from the originally scheduled time (7:07 p.m.), which may be printed on tickets sent out as part of season ticket packages.
The earlier start time on Friday is due to the Gopher Men's Hockey team also having a home series this weekend. Fans coming to Ridder Arena on Friday and also departing Ridder on Saturday should expect heavier-than-normal vehicular and pedestrian traffic near the arenas.
Last year against St. Cloud State – In the four game season-series last year, the Gophers came out with a pair of weekend sweeps. Minnesota took the two autumn games at Ridder Arena, 5-2 and 3-0. The Huskies kept the first game of the January series close, but the Gophers still prevailed 2-1 and then followed it up with a 5-0 victory. In addition to the 15-3 combined goal differential, Minnesota outshot St. Cloud State 156-46. Fifteen (15) different Gophers tallied at least a point against the Huskies, led by Sarah Potomak with 2 goals and 6 assists. Dani Cameranesi and Kelly Pannek each had 6 points (3G, 3A for Cameranesi and 2G, 4A for Pannek), while Lee Stecklein tallied 5 points on a goal and 4 assists. Sidney Peters yielded only a single goal in 227 minutes of action, while Serena D'Angelo stopped 4 of 6 shots in a 13-minute relief appearance. For St. Cloud State, Payge Pena lit the lamp twice and Kayla Friesen added a goal and an assist. Huskies goaltender Janine Alder stopped 69 of 77 shots in the two games at Ridder Arena, and Madeleine Dahl made 72 saves on 79 shots in St. Cloud.
Analyzing the Huskies – St. Cloud State has gotten off to a tough start in 2017-2018, currently sitting at 1-7-0-0 in WCHA play. The Huskies are also 1-3-0 in non-conference action, giving them a 2-10-0 overall mark.
One area of struggle for St. Cloud State is scoring; through 12 games, they have only recorded 12 goals, they are 1-for-27 (.031) on the power play, and have been shut out seven times. Freshman Laura Kluge (#17) is the team's scoring leader with 6 points on 2 goals and 4 assists. Junior Julia Tylke (#2) has a team-leading 5 goals, but sophomore Dana Rasmussen (#4) is the only other Huskies player with at least two goals.
Sophomore Janine Alder (#1) has gotten the start in goal for 7 of St. Cloud State's 12 games; she's 1-6-0 with a .931 save percentage and 2.42 goals-against average. Freshman Emma Polusny (#32) has started the other five games, going 1-4-0 with a .897 save percentage and 3.25 GAA. Junior Talyor Crosby (#29) has yet to play this season; she has a .891 save percentage and 4.14 GAA in six career appearances.
Last weekend for St. Cloud State – The Huskies' offensive difficulties were apparent when they hosted Bemidji State this past weekend. SCSU's Janine Alder stopped a combined 72 of 77 shots on goal, but got no support as the Beavers shut out the Huskies twice, 3-0 in both games. Six different players scored for Bemidji State (including an empty-net goal), and Erin Deters was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after stopping all 38 combined shots she faced.
Gophers improve to 8-0 on the road after sweep of Mercyhurst – Minnesota needed a little extra time on Friday to knock off Mercyhurst in Erie, 2-1 in overtime, then followed it up with a 5-2 victory on Saturday to complete the weekend sweep. Nicole Schammel put the Gophers up 1-0 on a power-play goal halfway through the first period of Friday's contest. The lead held until the final two minutes of regulation, when Maggie Knott scored the equalizer for the Lakers with 1:43 remaining. However, Mercyhurst got whistled for too many players on the ice in overtime, and the Gophers took advantage; after an initial shot and a scramble for the rebound, the puck found its way to a wide open Taylor Wente, who knocked it home for the victory. Alex Gulstene made 20 saves to earn the win. Saturday's game was scoreless through the first 15 minutes, but the Gophers lit the lamp four times in a span of 6 minutes, 33 seconds of playing time; Wente started the scoring at the 15:43 mark, Katie Robinson tallied short-handed 1:26 later, Alex Woken made it 3-0 two minutes after that, and Cara Piazza finished off a short-handed breakaway 2:16 into the second period. The Lakers cut into Minnesota's lead when Sam Isbell scored later in the 2nd stanza and Knott netted her 2nd goal of the weekend early in the 3rd. But Mercyhurst could get no closer, and Grace Zumwinkle scored into an empty net with 2:13 to play to seal the sweep. Sidney Peters stopped 20 shots in net. In the series, Wente added an assist to go with her two goals, while Zumwinkle dished out two assists to go with her goal.
Gophers welcome six players as freshman for 2018-2019 season
The Gopher Women's Hockey team welcomed six players to the U. of M. family via their Twitter account this past week. The players are expected to join the team as the freshman class of 2018-2019. We send a welcome as well to...
- Catie Skaja, forward, New Prague, MN (New Prague H.S.)
- Emily Oden, forward, Edina, MN (Edina H.S.)
- Crystalyn Hengler, defense, Eden Prairie, MN (Eden Prairie H.S.)
- Taylor Heise, forward, Lake City, MN (Red Wing H.S.)
- Gracie Ostertag, defense, Shakopee, MN (Shattuck-St. Mary's)
- Abigail Boreen, forward, Somerset, WI (Hill-Murray)
USA wins third-straight Four Nations Cup;
Canada finishes second, Finland third
Team USA rolled with four consecutive wins to claim their thrid-straight Four Nations Cup championship, defeating Canada in the title game on Sunday, 5-1. Hannah Brandt scored twice, Amanda Kessel recorded a goal and an assist, and Dani Cameranesi dished out four assists. Hilary Knight and Kendall Coyne also each tallied a goal and an assist.
The Americans swept their preliminary round games over Finland (8-2), Canada (4-2), and Sweden (5-0). Canada also shut out Sweden, 9-0, before losing to the U.S., but topped Finland 4-0 to advance to the title game. Finland beat the Swedes twice, winning 3-1 in the preliminary round and 2-1 in overtime in the Third Place Game on a power-play goal.
Gopher tournament recap – Thanks to her 4-assist performance in the championship game, Dani Cameranesi led all Gopher representatives at the Four Nations Cup with 6 points (1G, 5A). Hannah Brandt had the most goals among Gopher players, lighting the lamp 3 times and adding two assists. Amanda Kessel tallied two goals and two assists, and Sarah Potomak (CAN), Gigi Marvin (USA), and Megan Bozek (USA) each had a goal and an assist. Mira Jalosuo (FIN), Amy Potomak (CAN), and Lee Stecklein (USA) didn't record a point. Noora Räty started for FInland in their preliminary round game against Canada, stopping 24 of 28 shots.
Around the WCHA
Recent action – Sophia Shaver scored twice, and Presley Norby had a goal and two assists over the weekend as Wisconsin swept Cornell, 3-1 and 2-1. Ohio State came from behind twice to earn a weekend sweep over Minnesota State, 2-1 and 5-3; Lauren Boyle had a 5-point weekend for the Buckeyes (including 2 goals and 2 assists on Friday) while Brittyn Fleming scored twice for the Mavericks.
Upcoming games – Also playing Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, Ohio State visits Bemidji State, while Minnesota Duluth hosts Minnesota State. Later, following their series against the Gophers, St. Cloud State hosts Bemidji State again in a mid-week non-conference game next Wednesday night.