Minnesota looks to stay undefeated

For the second time in three weeks, the Minnesota womenâÄôs hockey team will face a No. 1 ranked opponent. With a five game winning streak , the No. 2 Gophers (4-0-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association, 5-1-0 overal l) travel to Madison to take on Wisconsin (4-0-0, 8-0-0) today at 2:07 p.m. and Sunday at 2:07 p.m . Even though both teams are undefeated against conference opponents, Wisconsin is the only team to be undefeated during the season. Minnesota and Wisconsin are in a first-place tie in the conference. Senior captain Melanie Gagnon said she is excited for this weekend, which is another opportunity for the Gophers to play a number one ranked team. âÄúWe get to rank ourselves against the best and see how we fair,âÄù she said. This is the third weekend in a row of hockey for the Gophers but first-year Sarah Erickson sai d that playing three weekends in a row wonâÄôt hurt the team. âÄúItâÄôs nice, as opposed to have a break this week, to keep going,âÄù Erickson said. âÄúWe have the momentum right now.âÄù Last weekend, Madison swept Bemidji State with two back-to-back shutouts while Minnesota has back-to-back sweeps of defending national champions Duluth and Ohio State. The Badgers are first in the WCHA in first in scoring offense, scoring margin, power-play, combined special teams, team winning percentage and current unbeaten streak. Head coach Brad Frost said both teams have good goaltending and a lot of people that can score but the team that can play defense will probably win. âÄúIf the other team isnâÄôt scoring, than youâÄôre doing something right,âÄù first-year Monique Lamoureu x, who shared WCHA rookie of the week honors with MadisonâÄôs Brooke Ammerman , said. The two teams have a heated history and have always been close to one another in the standings. Last year, Minnesota finished second in the WCHA, one point ahead of the Badgers . However, Wisconsin ended MinnesotaâÄôs season with a 3-2 win in overtime that sent the Badgers to the Frozen Four. Wisconsin leads Minnesota in the last five games 3-1-1. Lamoureux said there hasnâÄôt been a lot of talk about last yearâÄôs loss because this year is a new team. âÄúItâÄôs not at the forefront of our minds what happened last year,âÄù Lamoureux said. No matter what, the Gophers have to start the game strong, first-year Jocelyne Lamoureux said. âÄúWeâÄôre going to have to come out from the first drop of the puck to the last buzzer,âÄù Jocelyne said. âÄúItâÄôs going to take a full 60 minute, full effort from everyone. TheyâÄôre not going to be easy games and we all know that.âÄù