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Women's Hockey Roundup: New Year's Edition

Happy 2015! Here's what's going on in women's hockey.

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  • No. 2 Minnesota is starting 2015 against St. Lawrence on Sunday and Tuesday at Ridder Arena in a non-conference matchup. The Gophers are 8-1-1 all-time against the Saints, outscoring them 11-0 in their last matchup (Oct. 12-13, 2012). St. Lawrence has gone 4-1-1 in its last six, but will also be playing Minnesota State Saturday before heading to Ridder.
  • The CWHL reopens play for the 2015 calendar year with a matchup between the Stars and Thunder in Montreal. Each of these teams ended 2014 play against Toronto and came away with wins (Montreal split its weekend against Toronto with a 4-3 shootout loss and a 4-0 shutout win Nov. 29 and 30, while Brampton had a pair of one-goal wins Dec. 5 and 7). Montreal might be slightly rustier, not having played since the end of November, but it should be an interesting matchup between two teams still trying to find their footing this season.
  • Next week is the start of the Women's Under-18 Worlds in Buffalo! To get started on your reading about the U.S. squad, here's a feature on Jincy Dunne, the 17-year-old defenseman who's already turning heads with her play (she competed for a spot on the Olympic team and would have been the youngest American member ever had she made it).
  • The U18s will also feature two future Gophers, and Minnesota's assistant coach Joel Johnson will be behind the bench to head the American team.