The Gophers women's hockey team will play Minnesota Duluth at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday in a WCHA series at Amsoil Arena.
No. 2 Minnesota has a 21-game unbeaten streak (20-0-1) against the Bulldogs going back to Jan. 14, 2012. The Gophers swept UMD 4-3 and 3-2 in overtime in mid-October at Ridder Arena.
Senior Lara Stadler leads the Bulldogs (13-4-3, 10-4-2-1) in scoring with nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points. Ashleigh Brykaliuk has a team-high 12 goals.
Gophers junior forward Kelly Pannek (11-33-44) leads the nation in points and is on a 17-game streak with at least one point. Her linemates, Dani Cameranesi and Sarah Potomak, have 31 points apiece.
The Gophers (16-3-2, 12-2-2-2) have the top power play (20-for-61, 31.7 percent) in Division I hockey and also lead in fewest penalty minutes, averaging six minutes per game.
• Vanessa Seljeskog, associate director of athletics at Macalester, will retire at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. She has held her present position for the past 16 years after serving as the assistant athletic director for 10 years.
• Minnesota State Mankato junior Michael Sandle was named U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's NCAA Division II field athlete of the week. Sandle, the reigning outdoor triple jump national champion, went a career-best 53 feet, ¼ inch at the Mavericks' Alumni Open last Saturday. That jump was a school record.
• The North American Hockey League announced that its 2017 Robertson Cup National Championship, a four-team event, will be played at the Duluth Heritage Center from May 11-14. The tournament was held at Braemar Arena in Edina last year.
• Minnesota State Mankato's home hockey games with Bowling Green at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday will be on XFINITY's Ch. 999 in the Twin Cities, through an agreement reached with Comcast, as well as the four other home games left.