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College women's hockey preview: Minnesota Duluth at Minnesota State-Mankato

MINNESOTA DULUTH AT MINNESOTA STATE-MANKATO What: WCHA seriesWhen: 7:07 p.m. Friday and SundayWhere: All Seasons Arena, Mankato2014-15 Records: UMD is 16-6-3 overall, 10-6-2-2 in WCHA; Minnesota State-Mankato is 2-19-1 overall, 0-15-1 in WCHA.Ran...


What: WCHA series
When: 7:07 p.m. Friday and Sunday
Where: All Seasons Arena, Mankato
2014-15 Records: UMD is 16-6-3 overall, 10-6-2-2 in WCHA; Minnesota State-Mankato is 2-19-1 overall, 0-15-1 in WCHA.
Rankings: The Bulldogs are No. 6 in the poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Minnesota State is unranked.
Series: UMD is 55-6-4 all-time against Minnesota State-Mankato with the Bulldogs having won six straight games over the Mavericks. UMD swept MSUM earlier this season 3-0 and 6-3.
Coaches: Shannon Miller, in her 16th season at UMD, is 378-138-48; Eric Means, in his fifth season at Minnesota State, is 47-138-16.
Minnesota State-Mankato update: The Mavericks’ only two wins this season came at Lindenwood Jan. 7 and 9. Their only points in WCHA play came via a shootout loss at St. Cloud State on Oct. 18. The Mavericks are 0-8 at home where they have been outscored 32-6. Minnesota State has been outscored 91-29 overall this year. The Mavs ranks last in the WCHA in every category - scoring offense, scoring defense, power play, penalty minutes, special teams net - except penalty kill, where they are seventh at 77.1, edging out St. Cloud State. Freshman forward Nicole Schammel leads the team in scoring with four goals and nine assists for 13 points. Freshman forward Hannah Davidson is second with five goals and six assists for 11 points. Junior goaltender Erin Krichiver has started 16 of the Mavs’ 22 games, including 11 of the team’s 16 WCHA contests. Overall she has a .909 save percentage and 3.94 goals against average.
UMD update: The Bulldogs are coming off their fifth sweep of the season following 2-0 and 3-2 wins over St. Cloud State at Amsoil Arena. UMD sits third in the WCHA with a four-point lead over fourth-place Ohio State, but is 10 points back of second-place Wisconsin. The Bulldogs got back senior defenseman Tea Villa in a limited role against the Huskies. She will once again play a limited role against the Mavericks. UMD will play with seven defensemen and 11 forwards to work Villa into the lineup. Junior goaltender Kayla Black needs one more shutout to hold the single-season record. She picked up her seventh against SCSU a week ago. Black’s next shutout will also tie her with Riita Schaublin for the career shutout record of 17. Black’s seven shut outs this season rank second in the NCAA while her .932 save percentage is 14 and 1.73 goals against average ranks 15th. Sophomore forward Ashleigh Brykaliuk leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points after scoring a goal Saturday against St. Cloud. Senior forward Zoe Hickel had an assist in both games to extend her scoring streak to five games. She is second on the team in scoring with 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points. Sophomore forward Lara Stalder scored a goal in both games last weekend to move into third on the team in scoring with six goals and 14 assists.
Quote: “Every year at this time is when I really try to ramp it up and you start going for the Frozen Four, you start talking about it. You have more team meetings. Your practices are more focused. You start getting more intense.” - Miller

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