Halfway through, the Gophers are good friends with success

Since the season-opening loss to Robert Morris , the Minnesota womenâÄôs hockey team is on a 10-game winning streak, sweeping seven of nine opponents. The Gophers (15-2-1 overall, 12-1-1-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association ) go into the break sitting in second place in the WCHA, one point behind border rival Wisconsin . Senior captain Gigi Marvin said she thinks MinnesotaâÄôs weakest game was the loss to Robert Morris but the team has had some huge wins. âÄúWe just kind of broke down on many different levels and we lost that game,âÄù she said. Minnesota has scored 74 goals , averaging 4.11 goals per game. Leading the offensive power are the first-year Lamoureux sisters. Monique leads the team in all categories with 14 goals, 16 assists and 30 points. Jocelyne has 7 goals and 15 assists for 22 points while senior captain Gigi Marvin has 14 goals and 8 assists for 22 points. Frost said he hopes the Gophers will continue their offensive power. âÄúI think we are averaging over four goals per game,âÄù he said. âÄúI donâÄôt think weâÄôve done that in a few years. So my hope is that we continue to put the puck in the net.âÄù Of all the goals scored, 22 came while on the power play and five were short-handed . Marvin leads the team with four power play goals while junior Brittany Francis has three. One area Frost said the team needs to work on was the power play with the other âÄî staying out of the box. Minnesota leads the WCHA in penalty minutes with 319 penalty minutes in 18 games, averaging 17.7 minutes per game. âÄúIâÄôm not happy with our production on [the power play],âÄù he said. âÄúOur goal is always to score at least one power-play goal per game and we had a few weekends where we were shut out.âÄù While Minnesota scores more goals later in the game than in the beginning, scoring 29 goals in the third compared to 18 in the first, so do their opponents. They have scored 11 goals in the third, compared to seven in both the first and second periods. In between the pipes, first-year Alyssa Grogan and sophomore Jenny Lura have been splitting time. Grogan is 7-0-1 and has allowed eight goals. Lura is 8-1-0, allowing 14 goals. Opponents have averaged 20 shots per game, averaging a little more than one goal per game. Frost said his goalies have been great so far. âÄúIt is hard to argue with the success theyâÄôve had,âÄù he said. âÄúIâÄôm certainly pleased with that area of our game.âÄù Marvin said the Gophers need to be able to play a sound 60 minutes of hockey and havenâÄôt been able to because of mental lapses. âÄúWe know we have the potential, the capabilities,âÄù she said. âÄúHowever, at times there are momentary lapses that are mental and we make dumb mistakes and take dumb penalties. The good thing is knowing that we can control everything and we have the potential to be a great hockey team.âÄù