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Continued: At 61 and counting, Gophers women's hockey winning streak evokes wonder and worry

  • Article by: DENNIS BRACKIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 15, 2013 - 12:00 PM

“Obviously, I’m aware of [the streak], because it’s all over the media every time we win a game,” said freshman Dani Cameranesi, who scored the tying goal against St. Cloud State. “The only reason I know the streak right now [is 61] is because of ESPN.”

Fans, too, have taken note of the team’s achievement. The average attendance for home games at 3,400-seat Ridder Arena was 838 in 2010-11. The final six home games last season each attracted more than 2,000 fans. This year’s average attendance is 1,928.

“It’s great exposure [for women’s hockey],” North Dakota’s Idalski said. “We’re actually disappointed it’s taken people this long to get noticed.”

And the streak figures to have tangible benefits for the future for Frost and his team. Success breeds success, and that includes recruiting, where Frost says his goal is to keep the best Minnesota high school players at home and supplement the in-state talent with elite players from elsewhere.

“The publicity brought to our program has been great, because now more Canadians and Europeans are hearing about our program,” Frost said.

How long can the streak go? Frost said he never anticipated being 12-0 this season, because the team lost so many star players from last year, including goalie Noora Raty to graduation and top-scorer Amanda Kessel to the U.S. Olympic team.

No matter. The Gophers just keep on winning.

Their greatest strength might be a confidence that has increased in proportion to the streak.

“So much of any sport is just dictated by your mind, and what you think you can and cannot do, and all those kinds of things,” Brausen said.

Which is why, as the clock was ticking down at St. Cloud State, senior co-captain Baylee Gillanders said the collective mind-set was “Who wants to get the next goal? Who’s going to make that big play?”

And somehow, again, they found a way to do just that.

“It’s awesome being part of the streak, great because history is being made,” Gillanders said. “But it is nerve-racking. [The streak] is in the back of your mind, because you see it everywhere. No one wants to lose.”

 

Dennis Brackin • 612-673-1740

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New England 14 3rd Qtr
Seattle 14
Miami 83 FINAL
Boston 75
LA Lakers 80 FINAL
New York 92
Arizona 3 FINAL
Montreal 2
St. Louis 4 FINAL
Washington 3
Nashville 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 4 FINAL
Vancouver 2
Miami-Florida 54 FINAL
Florida State 55
Oakland 96 FINAL
Youngstown St 80
Cincinnati 46 FINAL
East Carolina 50
Michigan 66 FINAL
Michigan State 76
Marist 75 FINAL
Canisius 67
Fordham 77 FINAL
Dayton 101
Manhattan 87 FINAL
Monmouth 76
Quinnipiac 100 FINAL
Niagara 105
Utah 67 FINAL
USC 39
Connecticut 68 FINAL
Houston 70
California 90 FINAL
Washington 88
North Dakota St 64 FINAL
Western Ill 62
Penn State 65 FINAL
(22) Rutgers 76
(14) Texas 59 FINAL
TCU 64
Coll of Charleston 49 FINAL
Towson 71
Cornell 53 FINAL
Yale 60
Xavier 68 FINAL
Providence 57
Drexel 61 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 44
Stony Brook 60 FINAL
New Hampshire 52
Maine 52 FINAL
Albany 44
Miami-Florida 66 FINAL
Pittsburgh 81
(21) Georgia 72 FINAL
(10) Kentucky 80
Arizona 69 FINAL
Colorado 81
Wake Forest 63 FINAL
(4) Notre Dame 92
Loyola-Chicago 56 FINAL
Illinois State 72
(24) Oklahoma 69 FINAL
West Virginia 78
St Johns 73 FINAL
Seton Hall 78
Delaware 73 FINAL
Hofstra 62
Binghamton 49 FINAL
UMass Lowell 66
Vermont 49 FINAL
Hartford 60
William & Mary 72 FINAL
Northeastern 66
Boston College 60 FINAL
(16) North Carolina 72
Virginia 77 FINAL
Clemson 72
(2) Connecticut 83 FINAL
Temple 49
Arkansas 53 FINAL
Alabama 42
Virginia Tech 71 FINAL
Georgia Tech 79
Kansas 58 FINAL
(3) Baylor 66
Canisius 51 FINAL
Rider 52
Monmouth 52 FINAL
Fairfield 54
Quinnipiac 81 FINAL
Saint Peters 50
Butler 55 FINAL
Creighton 62
Wichita State 61 FINAL
Drake 64
Evansville 52 FINAL
Indiana State 67
(18) Miss State 67 FINAL
(6) Tennessee 79
Villanova 47 FINAL
DePaul 49
Georgetown 73 FINAL
Marquette 80
North Texas 55 FINAL
Rice 58
Auburn 45 FINAL
(12) Texas A&M 78
(11) Arizona State 58 FINAL
Utah 48
Missouri State 56 FINAL
Northern Iowa 64
Michigan 60 FINAL
(15) Nebraska 75
Minnesota 49 FINAL
Northwestern 70
Wisconsin 73 FINAL
Illinois 62
Bradley 59 FINAL
Southern Ill 76
Florida 67 FINAL
Vanderbilt 58
(20) Iowa 88 FINAL
(5) Maryland 93
(1) South Carolina 77 FINAL
Ole Miss 59
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