- The Gophers are headed to Princeton for a non-conference matchup this weekend. They swept their three-game stint within four days earlier this week, earning wins over Minnesota State-Mankato and St. Cloud State. Sophomore Dani Cameranesi is hot, with her second hat trick of the season over the Mavericks and five goals in three games, while Hannah Brandt is third in the nation with 24 points. Princeton, meanwhile, started out 6-1-1 but has dropped three straight, its most recent a 2-0 loss to Mercyhurst.
- Keep your eye on Boston College, too. The Eagles unseated Minnesota from the top spot in the national rankings a few weeks back and have remained on top since, and they face off against No. 7 Harvard this weekend. Gab Fundaro's got the full breakdown of the Friday game at THW.
- Some other nationally-ranked teams in action: No. 9 UMD at No. 8 Bemidji State. UMD is heating back up after struggling a bit to start the season, with Ashleigh Brykaliuk, Jenna McParland and Zoe Hickel leading the offensive charge. Meanwhile, Bemidji's been a defensive juggernaut and a pleasant story to follow this season, with 1.58 goals against per game and goaltender Brittni Mowat tied for fourth-most wins in the program's history (15 victories). Online audio and video are available via the link.
- All CWHL games are proceeding as scheduled this weekend after Boston's games against Montreal were cancelled due to "player eligibility issues." The league issued an apology to its fans and is issuing refunds on tickets for the Blades/Stars games scheduled last weekend, with gift certificates being issued to Boston's season ticket holders:Speaking of those scheduled games, Toronto travels to Montreal this weekend (faceoffs scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday and noon Saturday at Desmarteau Rink), while Boston returns to action against Brampton, 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday at UMass-Boston. One of each of those games will be streamed on cwhl.ca -- Toronto at Montreal Saturday and Boston vs. Brampton Sunday.
- CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress was named one of Canada's Top 100 Powerful Women by Canadian women-focused leadership network WXN.
- Hey, look, you can submit your own designs for a CWHL jersey in Hockey Jersey Concepts' CWHL ReDeSIGN contest. The deadline is tonight, Nov. 28, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.
The All-Star Game will also proceed as planned Dec. 13.
CWHL apologizes for cancellation of 11/22 & 11/23 Boston home games. Player eligibility issues now resolved & schedule resumes this weekend.— CWHL Insider (@cwhl_insider) November 26, 2014
In the next couple of weeks, I'll be taking a look at a history of American women's hockey, particularly the Minnesota Whitecaps, who had been part of the now-defunct Western Women's Hockey League, and before that, the National Women's Hockey League. Stay tuned.