Minnesota beats Boston University to repeat as NCAA women’s hockey champ
The University of Minnesota completed an undefeated season Sunday afternoon and won its second straight women’s hockey title with a 6-3 victory over Boston University at Ridder Arena.
The Gophers have won 49 games in a row dating back to the final weeks of the 2011-12 season. Star Tribune
BACK TO BACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!
The Gopher women’s hockey team beat Boston College 3 - 2 in OT tonight to win their 48th game in a row, and will play for the NCAA Championship on Sunday!
Congrats to #gopherwomenshockey for moving on to the championship!!!
Gopher Women’s Hockey Team Has Record Breaking Undefeated Season, Minnesota Shrugs
The University of Minnesota women’s hockey team skated to a 3-0 win over St. Cloud State to become the first program in NCAA history to finish the regular season undefeated. Senior goaltender Noora Raty held the Huskies scoreless to garner her NCAA record tying 39th career shutout.
The Golden Gophers (34-0-0, 28-0-0 WCHA) carried a 1-0 lead into the third period, but goals from senior Becky Kortum and freshman Milica McMillen helped the team claim their 34th win of the year and 42nd consecutive victory.
Minnesota now heads to postseason play, which begins next weekend at Ridder Arena. The Gophers will host either Bemidji State or St. Cloud State, pending the outcome of BSU’s game against Wisconsin. The first round is a best of three series with games slated at 6 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
42: Consecutive games won(broke Harvard’s record of 21 on Nov. 17).
42: Consecutive games won or tied (broke Wisconsin’s record of 32 on Jan. 25).
25: Consecutive road wins (broke Mercyhurst’s record of 15 on Dec. 7).
34: Wins in 2012-13 (most wins in a season: Wisconsin, 37 in 2010-11).
0: Losses in 2012-13 (fewest losses in a season: Wisconsin, 1 in 2006-07).
If you are looking for any information on this in today’s StarTribune, go to page C3 of the sports section, look at the huge article with pictures about the men’s team tying Duluth 2-2 last night, look to the left, and there is basically a small blurb about the women’s team rewriting the college hockey history books.
Guindon Cartoon, 1977
“It’s St. Paul, Helga, a new town which someday may grow into a city and, who knows, maybe even have its own hockey team.”
Angry Farmington goalie intentionally scores own goal, flips off own team as he skates away
Last night, during a Senior Night game, senior goalie Austin Krause of Farmington High School expressed unhappiness over his playing time by scoring the game-tying goal in his own net with just over three minutes left in the game. He then flipped off his team (presumably, the coaches in particular) while skating off the ice.
Chaska, the team Farmington was playing, went on to score the go-ahead goal in the closing minutes and held on for a 3-2 victory.
Story via City Pages
The Hockey Song - Stompin’ Tom Connors
The Minnesota Wild kick off the season tonight at home against the Colorado Avalanche!Played 150 times.
Coach Marla is one tough cookie.
That’s what 40 locked-out NHLers discovered Tuesday morning at the St. Louis Park Rec Center. The no-nonsense, red-headed figure-skating instructor marched straight out to center-ice during a scrimmage and kicked the players off.
The NHLers, who rent ice four times a week, were scrimmaging on one sheet. Today’s large group included off the top of my head Cullen, Kassian, Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, Cal Clutterbuck, Darroll Powe, Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding, Clayton Stoner, Justin Falk, Nate Prosser, Stephane Veilleux, Paul Martin, Keith Ballard, Blake Wheeler, Ryan Carter, Jack Hillen, Andrew Alberts, Nate Thompson, Kyle Okposo and many others.
When the ice got chewed up, the players stepped off and walked to the next sheet over to continue.
That’s when Coach Marla “waltzed straight out to the middle of the ice and told us all to get off,” Falk, the locked-out Wild defenseman, said, laughing. “We have a tough enough time getting on the ice as it is, let alone having a figure skater kick us off.”
You see, Coach Marla apparently reserved one of the sheets between 11:30-12 in order to give a private lesson to 8-year-old, Sophie Ford.
Agent Chris McAlpine, a former NHL defenseman, tried to tell Coach Marla that she actually reserved the next sheet over. Coach Marla wasn’t hearing it, so McAlpine cowered, I mean, relented.
“It’s tough to speak back to a lady, so McAlpine was like, ‘OK, we’ll get off and go back to the other sheet,’” said Prosser, the locked-out Wild defenseman.
So one-by-one, the out-of-work, amused NHL players marched back to the other rink with smiles on their faces.
And little Sophie Ford tip-toed onto the rink for her half-hour lesson with Courageous Coach Marla.
via Michael Russo of the Star Tribune
This Is It
Like a lone sentry standing guard over memories long past, this “East” parking lot sign is the last relic of the Met Center, a building that brought hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans through it’s doors over the years. The IKEA store in the background is where Met Center stood from 1967, until it was imploded on December 13, 1994. Primarily famous for being the home of the Minnesota North Stars NHL team, it also hosted concerts by the likes of Frank Sinatra, KISS, Michael Jackson, and the first ever performance of Sesame Street Live.
I bet “East” could tell you some tailgating/after concert stories that would make your head spin, while at the same time making you wish so hard that you could travel back in time and be there, for just one night.
But this is all that’s left.
Because I love you guys, here is the setlist from when AC/DC played Met Center on November 23, 1981 on their “For Those About To Rock” tour.
2.Shot Down in Flames
4.Shoot to Thrill
5.Back in Black
6.Bad Boy Boogie
7.Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
9.What Do You Do For Money Honey
10.Highway to Hell
11.Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
12.Whole Lotta Rosie
13.Let There Be Rock
14.You Shook Me All Night Long
15.For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
Parise and Suter signing on the 4th of July may be the most American thing to ever happen in the NHL. via Indiana Matt
Welcome, Zach And Ryan via the Minnesota Wild
when the season ended in April, I found myself wondering, perhaps as you did, how long that process might take and how we could accelerate it. To Chuck’s credit, he had an ambitious plan and today’s announcement of the signing of free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter marks the culmination of that plan. We now have the two most coveted free agents in the NHL to add to our veteran core, led by our captain Mikko Koivu, and our acclaimed class of young prospects. Sounds pretty good to me.
Craig Leipold, Minnesota Wild Owner
So…this just happened.