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Women's Hockey Roundup: Feb. 11, 2015

Good morning! Here are some news, previews, recaps and general information on your local (and not-so-local) women's hockey teams.

No. 2 Minnesota looks to continue its success against area rival UMD this weekend.
No. 2 Minnesota looks to continue its success against area rival UMD this weekend.
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NCAA:

USCHO.com Division I Women's Hockey Poll: (as of 2/9/2015)

  1. Boston College (15 votes)
  2. Minnesota
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Harvard
  5. Quinnipiac
  6. Minnesota Duluth
  7. Boston University
  8. Clarkson
  9. North Dakota
  10. Cornell

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I Women's Hockey Poll: (as of 2/9/2015)

  1. Boston College (19 votes)
  2. Minnesota
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Harvard
  5. Quinnipiac
  6. Minnesota Duluth
  7. Boston University
  8. North Dakota
  9. St. Lawrence
  10. Cornell
  • Minnesota split its weekend series with No. 8/9 North Dakota Feb. 6 and 7, losing 3-0 Friday and winning 3-1 Saturday. A lack of offense, particularly on the power play, hurt the Gophers, and brief sloppiness in play led to UND scoring two goals in a 1:29 span late in the second on Friday. But after allowing the first goal yet again on Saturday, three different Gophers (Dani CameranesiHannah Brandt and Rachel Ramsey) scored, and Amanda Leveille made 17 saves to preserve the win. Kate Schipper had two assists as well. The Gophers went 2-for-5 on Saturday's power play attempts after going 0-for-4 in the opening game.
  • This weekend the Gophers host Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota's other nationally ranked team. These teams haven't played each other since October, when the Gophers won 3-0 in the opening game and tied 3-3 in the second (UMD won the shootout). Since then, while Minnesota has found its finish and gone on its merry way to the top three, UMD has stumbled a bit, particularly against other ranked teams. The Bulldogs lost and tied against UND Jan. 30-31, and last week tied Wisconsin 0-0 before losing big time, 5-0, to the Badgers, allowing three on the power play (two of those on 5-on-3 opportunities). Still, they sit at a healthy sixth place in the nation in both polls, and this weekend will surely test that ranking. The Bulldogs do have a nearly point-per-game player in senior Zoe Hickel and a top-five goaltender in junior Kayla Black, so both of them will need to be on to have a chance against Minnesota.
  • This weekend's games feature buy-one-get-one-free tickets at Ridder. Puck drops are are 7 p.m. Central Friday and 4 p.m. Central Saturday.
  • Here's a short feature on the Gophers' website about Kelly Pannek, their up-and-coming freshman forward. She has 30 points in 25 games played, and has snagged three WCHA Rookie of the Week honors this season.
  • Bemidji State is one win shy of tying its record for number of wins in a single season (17) after sweeping St. Cloud State by scores of 3-1 and 1-0. The Beavers head to Minnesota State-Mankato this coming weekend, while the hard-luck Huskies have UND coming up.
  • No. 4 Harvard upset No. 1 Boston College Tuesday night, 3-2, giving the Eagles their first loss of the season and winning the women's Beanpot tournament. Emerance Maschmeyer was the difference for the Crimson, putting up 30 saves in the win.
  • Check out this article from the New York Times about the women's Beanpot and some of the ways in which its handling has been different from that of the men's tournament.
CWHL:
  • The league's two powerhouses are clashing this weekend, as it's Boston vs. Calgary. The Inferno split its series last weekend with Toronto, losing 3-1 Saturday but coming back to win and clinch a playoff spot Sunday with a 3-2 OT victory. The Blades and Montreal Stars (who swept Brampton last weekend) have also clinched spots, so now the fourth seed is down to Brampton or Toronto, who face off against each other Friday and Saturday in what probably won't be so nice of a Valentine's weekend matchup.
  • This weekend's games in Calgary are fundraiser games, with money going to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.