Jan. 22, 2009

 

The No. 1 University of Minnesota women’s hockey team faces No. 3 Minnesota Duluth as the Bulldogs come to Ridder Arena this weekend. Friday’s game is set for a 7:07 p.m. start, while Saturday’s game is at 5:07 p.m.


ABOUT THE BULLDOGS

Defending national champions Minnesota Duluth enters the series with a 15-6-3 overall record and a 10-5-3 mark in WCHA play. The Bulldogs are coming off a 5-0 and 6-3 series sweep over Minnesota State in Mankato, Minn. In the first game, the Bulldogs had scoring from four different players, including Haley Irwin, who had two goals. Irwin added another two goals in the 6-3 win for a five-point weekend, while Pernilla Winberg had six points. All three UMD goalies saw action against the Mavericks in Kim Martin and Johanna Ellison on Friday and Lana Steck on Saturday. Martin, however, did not dress in Saturday’s game against the Mavericks. One of the deepest and potent offensive teams in the WCHA, UMD is led in scoring by Elin Holmlov with 32 points. Martin, who was a top three Patty Kazmaier finalist in 2008, has played in 22 games and holds a 1.72 goals against average. The Bulldogs, who are on a five-game unbeaten streak, defeated and tied then No. 1 Wisconsin on Jan. 10-11.


The SERIES

One of the most highly-touted rivalries in women’s hockey is on hand this weekend at Ridder Arena. The in-state rivalry between the Gophers and Bulldogs dates back to 1999-2000 when UMD started its women’s hockey program. Minnesota holds the all-time series advantage of 24-16-4, including two wins year this year, 4-3 in overtime and 2-0. On the Gopher home ice, Minnesota holds a 12-5-1 lead in the all-time series.


ON THE RADIO

The University of Minnesota and KLBB has announced that several women’s hockey home games will be broadcast live on KLBB. Saturday’s game against UMD (1/24), the Wisconsin series (2/7-8), the North Dakota series (2/13/-14) and the regular season finale against St. Cloud State can all be found on KLBB 1220 AM. Post-season action has yet to be determined.


IN THE SECOND HALF

Minnesota began its second half of the season on Jan. 3 against Niagara. Since the start of second half, the Golden Gophers have outscored its opponents, 50-8 in just six games played. Minnesota held Niagara (Jan. 3-4) and Ohio State (Jan. 9-10) to three goals, while allowing only two to Bemidji State last weekend. In the six games, Jocelyne Lamoureux has had 19 points, followed by Monique Lamoureux with 17 and Jen Schoullis with 15. Defensively, Anne Schleper has had eight points, while Dagney Willey leads the blue liners with a plus/minus rating of +15.


GOPHERS IN CONFERENCE ACTION

Minnesota enters the UMD series with a 16-1-1 record in the WCHA. Minnesota has outscored its conference opponents 96-23. Of the 23 players on the Gopher roster, 20 have scored points against WCHA opponents, including 17 goal scorers.


STEPPING IT UP

Last year, Emily West garnered 24 points, followed by Jen Schoullis with 20. Halfway through their sophomore seasons, West and Schoullis have already tied and surpassed their rookie point production. In 24 games, West has tallied 26 points, while Schoullis has 27 this year. Since the start of the second semester, Schoullis has 15 points (six goals and nine assists), while West has tallied 12 points (4-8-12). Defenseman Melanie Gagnon, who currently has 18 points, has already surpassed her 14 points she set as a junior last year. She had 11 as a freshman, 27 as a sophomore and 14 in 2007-08 after suffering a shoulder injury.

 

ON THE DOCKET

Minnesota travels south on Hwy 169 to take on Minnesota State University, Mankato next weekend, Jan. 30-31 at All Seasons Arena. Friday’s game is set for a 7:07 p.m. start, while Saturday’s game is a 3:07 p.m. tilt. Following the MSU series, Minnesota returns to Ridder Arena to face No. 2 Wisconsin, Feb. 7-8. Both games against the Badgers is set for 2:07 p.m.