Gophers women’s hockey begins title defense

Betsy Helfand

The women's hockey team began its title defense Saturday with its first official practice of the season. Earlier this week, the team was named the unanimous No. 1 team in the country by and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine.

"It was a good first day. Everybody has come back in shape and the players look good," head coach Brad Frost told "They're doing a good job buying into what we need them to buy into. We have a quick turnaround here as we're playing in less than a week, so we're throwing a lot at them and they're accepting that well."

The Gophers open their season two games against Colgate on Sept. 28-29 at Ridder Arena.