Gophers' record run is history

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 18, 2013 - 6:58 AM

North Dakota scored three goals in the first period and the hot start was enough to end the Gophers women's record-breaking winning streak that stretched over three seasons and two years.

The Ridder Arena crowd roared as North Dakota rushed the ice in celebration of a 3-2 victory on Sunday afternoon. The ovation, however, belonged to the Gophers women’s hockey team despite the end of its exceptional 62-game winning streak.

The longest winning streak in college hockey, women’s or men’s, had been broken, and still an announced 2,435 fans showered the Gophers with extra applause as a reminder of what had been accomplished. The streak stretched over three seasons and two calendar years, and included a 41-0 national championship run.

The gratitude pierced the initial disappointment of Gophers senior captain Bethany Brausen and brought to life the significance of the moment.

Gophers coach Brad Frost paused in the tunnel leading to the locker room to soak in the moment and feat just a little longer.

Junior defenseman Rachel Ramsey forgot about the loss for a moment as Gophers fans overpowered UND’s celebration.

“You look around and you’ve got thousands of people telling you that they still love you even though you did lose that game, kind of giving a testament to the streak,” Brausen said. “What a special feeling. That cheer, that might have been as special as a cheer after a big win.”

UND scored all its goals in the first period, all by freshmen who said they didn’t know much about the Gophers’ nationally hyped streak. Kayla Gardner, Gracen Hirschy and Susanna Tapani scored the goals in a six-minute span to produce a commanding 3-0 lead.

The Gophers appeared deflated when leaving the ice for the first intermission, but recovered quickly in the second period. Ramsey scored on the power play 1:50 in and Sarah Davis added another power-play goal seven minutes later.

The momentum carried into the third period as the Gophers continued to apply pressure and create chances around the net. North Dakota freshman goaltender Lexie Shaw survived the Gophers’ attack in the final minutes, though, and secured the upset with 32 saves.

It’s the Gophers’ first loss since Feb. 17, 2012, a 2-1 overtime loss to UND at Ridder Arena.

Frost commended his team for its comeback effort, while also remembering how to critique his team after a loss. Then his emotions got the best of him.

“Our team made history,” a teary-eyed Frost said. “For everyone that has been a part of it, it’s been a real special thing. I think they helped grow the game of women’s hockey here in Minnesota and nationwide, and that’s a huge testament to them.

“There was a lot of pressure, a lot of media attention, a lot of excitement every time we stepped onto the ice, which was great. But it’s over.”

North Dakota coach Brian Idalski told Frost he thought the Gophers’ accomplishment likely never will be duplicated.

The same could be said for much of what the Gophers program has achieved. It has five national championships, including four NCAA titles and each of the past two. The Gophers’ talent has produced 27 All-America awards, two Patty Kazmaier Awards for national player of the year and seven Olympians.

Now they can add longest winning streak in college hockey, 62 games, to the list.

  • related content

  • BOXSCORE: North Dakota 3, Gophers 2

    Monday November 18, 2013

  • Gonzalez: Gophers digesting end to 62-game win streak

    Sunday November 17, 2013

    Gophers men's upcoming weekend schedule altered.

  • Photo gallery: North Dakota 3, Gophers 2

    Sunday November 17, 2013

    Fourth-ranked North Dakota defeated Minnesota 3-2 Sunday afternoon, snapping the Gophers women's hockey team's 62-game winning streak.

  • Video: Brausen thankful to be part of winning streak

    Sunday November 17, 2013

    Bethany Brausen is thankful for fan support during the Gophers' pressure-filled run that ended Sunday with a 3-2 loss...

  • Video: Gophers coach Brad Frost emotional after streak ends

    Monday November 18, 2013

    Frost said he's proud that the streak helped grow college hockey across Minnesota and the country.

  • Chart: Gophers women's hockey streak facts and figures

    Monday November 18, 2013

    Streak breakdownBeginning: Last eight games of 2011-12Middle: All 41 games of 2012-13End: First 13 games of 2013-14Goals for: 311 (5.02...

  • Chart: List of games in Gophers women's hockey streak

    Monday November 18, 2013

    2011-12 seasonDate Opponent Site Score02/18/12 North Dakota Ridder Arena 5-202/24/12 St. Cloud State Ridder Arena 6-1*02/25/12 St. Cloud State Ridder Arena 6-0*03/02/12 North...

  • Chart: Division I winning streaks of note

    Monday November 18, 2013

    Division I winning STREAKS OF NOTESport School Streak YearsWomen’s volleyball Penn State 109 2007-10Women’s soccer North Carolina 92 1990-94Women’s basketball Connecticut 90 2008-10Men’s basketball UCLA 88 1971-74Wrestling Oklahoma State 69 1921-32Wrestling Oklahoma State 69 1996-99Wrestling Iowa 69 2008-11Women’s hockey Gophers 62 2012-13Football Oklahoma 47 1953-57Men’s hockey Cornell 30 1969-70Men’s hockey Rensselaer 30 1984-85Source: NCAA

  • The Gophers womens hockey team's 62-game winning streak was on the lin...

  • Gophers goalie Amanda Leveille looked dismayed after giving up the third North Dakota goal of the first period.

  • North Dakota was the last team to beat the Gophers, in overtime in February 2012. In between, the Gophers won every game they played.

  • north dakota 3, gophers 2

    Up next: 3 p.m. Saturday at Yale

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 17 FINAL
New England 9
Cleveland 10 FINAL
Baltimore 20
Dallas 44 FINAL
Washington 17
Indianapolis 27 FINAL
Tennessee 10
Jacksonville 17 FINAL
Houston 23
San Diego 7 FINAL
Kansas City 19
NY Jets 37 FINAL
Miami 24
Chicago 9 FINAL
Minnesota 13
Philadelphia 34 FINAL
NY Giants 26
New Orleans 23 FINAL
Tampa Bay 20
Carolina 3 1st Qtr 1:59
Atlanta 0
Detroit 0 1st Qtr 4:49
Green Bay 7
Oakland 0 1st Qtr 5:37
Denver 10
Arizona 7 1st Qtr 4:24
San Francisco 7
St. Louis 3 1st Qtr 5:10
Seattle 0
Cincinnati 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/4/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/4/15 2:00 AM
TBA
Detroit 7 1st Qtr 7:06
Cleveland 10
Houston 6:00 PM
San Antonio
Oklahoma City 6:30 PM
Dallas
New York 8:00 PM
Portland
Toronto 8:00 PM
Denver
Phoenix 8:30 PM
LA Lakers
Toronto 4:00 PM
Florida
Vancouver 7:00 PM
Anaheim
Tulane 57 FINAL
St Johns 82
Central Conn St 48 FINAL
Connecticut 81
Iona 81 FINAL
Drexel 62
Concordia (MI) 42 FINAL
Eastern Mich 100
Harvard 46 FINAL
Arizona State 56
Longwood 64 FINAL
Ball State 69
Sacred Heart 76 FINAL
Brown 79
Colgate 64 FINAL
Columbia 69
MD-Eastern Shore 78 FINAL
Duquesne 69
UNC Greensboro 50 FINAL
East Carolina 71
Marist 64 FINAL
Elon 69
NJIT 71 FINAL
Lafayette 76
Cincinnati Christian 58 FINAL
Liberty 78
Morgan State 53 FINAL
Marquette 81
Campbell 56 FINAL
Samford 65
Bucknell 71 FINAL
Siena 73
Long Beach State 67 FINAL
Syracuse 85
Coppin State 80 FINAL
Evansville 85
UMKC 73 FINAL
Indiana State 70
Hofstra 88 FINAL
Long Island 62
Coast Guard 48 FINAL
Army 93
Thomas (GA) 39 2nd Half 8:22
High Point 68
Texas Southern 43 2nd Half 7:03
Kansas State 41
Rutgers 57 2nd Half 2:03
Monmouth 55
NC Wesleyan 50 2nd Half 1:26
NC A&T 50
South Dakota St 59 2nd Half 2:28
Northern Iowa 72
Central Penn College 60 2nd Half 3:00
Radford 115
Bowling Green 66 2nd Half 4:24
South Florida 60
Harris-Stowe 66 FINAL
SE Missouri St 94
Robert Morris-IL 56 FINAL
SIU Edwardsville 104
Northland College 59 FINAL
North Dakota St 83
Milwaukee 60 2nd Half 0:24
South Dakota 84
Northwestern St 58 2nd Half 14:00
Arkansas 65
Saint Peters 15 2nd Half
Cornell 17
St Katherine 29 2nd Half
Fresno State 52
Haskell 20 1st Half 1:26
Oral Roberts 40
Wake Forest 33 2nd Half
Richmond 25
Fla Gulf Coast 21 1st Half 4:05
Xavier 34
SD Christian 13 1st Half 1:28
Northern Ariz 38
Judson 3:30 PM
IUPU-Ft Wayne
Ill-Chicago 4:00 PM
Bradley
Loyola-Maryland 4:00 PM
Fairfield
Miss Valley St 4:00 PM
Houston
Lehigh 4:00 PM
UMBC
Delaware State 4:00 PM
Temple
Belmont 5:00 PM
Butler
Howard 5:00 PM
Fordham
NW Christian 5:00 PM
Nevada
UC Davis 5:00 PM
Washington St
Abilene Christian 5:00 PM
Grand Canyon
UCLA 5:30 PM
Alabama
Stony Brook 7:00 PM
Washington
Buffalo 7:00 PM
Wisconsin
CS-Bakersfield 9:00 PM
California
Cincinnati 17 FINAL
Virginia Tech 33
(15) Arizona State 36 FINAL
Duke 31
Miami-Florida 21 FINAL
So Carolina 24
Boston College 30 FINAL
Penn State 31
(25) Nebraska 42 FINAL
(24) USC 45
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
East Carolina 1/3/15 11:00 AM
Florida
Toledo 1/4/15 8:00 PM
Arkansas State
Drexel 71 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 54
Holy Cross 63 FINAL
Norfolk State 62
East Carolina 62 FINAL
South Florida 69
(10) Oregon State 63 FINAL
(8) Tennessee 74
Providence 51 FINAL
Boston College 79
Florida A&M 47 FINAL
Miami-Florida 83
Oakland 69 FINAL
Central Michigan 74
Chattanooga 59 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 49
Fairfield 59 FINAL
La Salle 73
St Francis-PA 59 FINAL
Pittsburgh 97
Milwaukee 72 FINAL
IUPU-Ft Wayne 78
Gardner-Webb 59 FINAL
Longwood 63
New Hampshire 58 FINAL
Manhattan 54
Bucknell 68 FINAL
Binghamton 57
Northeastern 70 FINAL
Albany 67
George Mason 70 FINAL
Towson 72
Richmond 59 FINAL
William & Mary 56
Tulane 60 FINAL
Cincinnati 50
North Florida 51 FINAL
Florida 63
(14) Georgia 51 FINAL
Seton Hall 70
Tennessee St 75 FINAL
(12) Kentucky 87
American Univ 64 FINAL
Wake Forest 77
Massachusetts 78 FINAL
Boston U 57
Quinnipiac 69 FINAL
Saint Josephs 67
Lafayette 49 FINAL
Saint Peters 34
Northwestern 61 FINAL
(20) Michigan State 57
Duquesne 82 FINAL
Lehigh 75
George Washington 72 FINAL
Loyola-Maryland 49
(17) Rutgers 66 FINAL
Indiana 51
(24) Green Bay 66 FINAL
Dayton 72
Western Mich 55 FINAL
Stony Brook 59
Davidson 67 FINAL
Virginia 57
Saint Louis 63 FINAL
Eastern Illinois 49
UNC Greensboro 46 2nd Half 9:14
LSU 58
Denver 61 2nd Half 0:55
North Texas 52
VA Commonwealth 62 2nd Half 1:48
Coppin State 50
Huston-Tillotson 35 2nd Half 0:15
Houston Baptist 86
Lamar 54 2nd Half 4:14
Rice 86
Miss Valley St 40 2nd Half 1:25
Alabama 68
Middle Tennessee 92 2nd Half 1:08
Tenn Tech 73
Penn State 46 2nd Half 4:43
(23) Iowa 67
Purdue 48 2nd Half 5:05
Illinois 47
DePaul 94 2nd Half 3:47
Illinois State 53
Sam Houston St 35 2nd Half 4:48
Wichita State 62
South Dakota 52 2nd Half 13:07
TX-San Antonio 43
(4) Notre Dame 38 1st Half 1:00
UCLA 29
Coll of Charleston 20 2nd Half
SC State 41
Alcorn State 18 1st Half 1:14
Texas-El Paso 19
Dartmouth 40 2nd Half
Niagara 28
Colgate 9 1st Half 13:39
Siena 14
Michigan 21 1st Half 0:57
Wisconsin 26
Fla Gulf Coast 13 1st Half 11:14
CS-Northridge 11
Yale 6 1st Half 15:26
(25) Arizona State 9
UC Santa Barbara 4:00 PM
(16) Stanford
Long Island 4:00 PM
Long Beach St
Jackson State 4:00 PM
Louisiana
Eureka 4:30 PM
Western Ill
Cornell 5:00 PM
(22) Syracuse
Temple 7:30 PM
Memphis

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Vikings offense

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close