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BEMIDJI STATE BEAVERS Coach: Jim Scanlan, first season Last season's record: 11-21-4 overall, 8-17-3 WCHA Key departures: F Tess Dusik (7 goals, 8 assists for 15 points); D Allie Duellman (4-4--8) Key returnees: Jr. F Kaitlyn Tougas (8-14--22); j...

BEMIDJI STATE BEAVERS
Coach: Jim Scanlan, first season
Last season’s record: 11-21-4 overall, 8-17-3 WCHA
Key departures: F Tess Dusik (7 goals, 8 assists for 15 points); D Allie Duellman (4-4-8)
Key returnees: Jr. F Kaitlyn Tougas (8-14-22); jr. D Ivana Bilic (3-10-13); sr. F Kristine Grenier (8-4-12); soph. G Brittni Mowat (2.45 goals-against average, .918 save percentage)
Local connections: Fr. F Reilly Fawcett (Proctor); soph. D Carley Esse (Cloquet-Esko-Carlton)
Quote: “Carley is a sophomore who saw some action last year and I’ve been impressed with her. She’s done a real nice job. She is a very intelligent player and plays to her strengths. She’s been a great role model. Reilly, for a freshman, has looked very, very good.” -Scanlan on Fawcett and Esse.
MINNESOTA GOPHERS
Coach: Brad Frost, eighth season
Last season’s record: 38-2-1, 26-1-1
Key departures: F Kelly Terry (22-32-54); F Sarah Davis (20-29-49); D Baylee Gillanders (6-10-16)
Key returnees: Soph. D Lee Stecklein (3-9-12 in 2012-13); jr. G Amanda Leveille (1.22, .945); jr. F Hannah Brandt (23-42-65); sr. F Rachael Bona (23-38-61); sr. D Rachel Ramsey (12-31-43)
Quote: “They are extremely hungry and have tasted that defeat in the biggest moment of their careers. They certainly realized how vulnerable they were as we lost that last game. I know there is an extra hunger this year to try and get back to that game.” - Frost on losing to Clarkson in the national championship last season

MINNESOTA DULUTH BULLDOGS
Coach: Shannon Miller, 16th season
Last season’s record: 15-15-6, 11-11-6
Key departure: F Jamie Kenyon (17-14-31)
Key returnees: Sr. F Jenna McParland (11-22-33); soph. F Lara Stalder (4-18-22); sr. D Brigette Lacquette 8-16-24 (12-13); jr. G Kayla Black (2.31, .919)
Quote: “Our goal last year was to kind of survive the mess the best we could and plant some seeds for this year. The seeds have been planted. Brigette Lacquette is back (after centralizing with Team Canada), Brienna Gillanders is back (from injury). … So all the pieces have come together this year and we’re really excited about the season we’re going to have.” - Miller looking back at last season while previewing 2014-15.
MINN. STATE-MANKATO MAVERICKS
Coach: Eric Means, sixth season
Last season’s record: 13-23-1, 7-20-1
Key departures: G Danielle Butters (2.94, .924); F Nicole Germaine (11-13-24); F Kari Lundberg (11-11-22); D Lauren Barnes (5-17-22)
Key returnees: Jr. G Erin Krichiver (.193, .943); sr. F Kathleen Rogan (11-10-21); sr. D Shelby Moteyunas (3-10-13)
Quote: “We have a very young hockey team this year with 13 freshmen on our roster. We graduated eight girls and for a variety of reasons had a couple girls leave the program. We have a lot of new faces in our lineup this year, but we do also return a few key players.” - Means summing up the heavy turnover in Mankato.
NORTH DAKOTA
Coach: Brian Idalski, 13th season
Last season’s record: 20-12-4, 14-10-4
Key departure: F Michelle Karvinen (14-9-23)
Key returnees: Sr. F Josefine Jakobsen (14-19-33); jr. F Meghan Dufault (12-16-28); jr. G Shelby Amsley-Benzie (.916, 1.99); soph. G Lexie Shaw (.917, 1.92)
Quote: “I feel pretty good about where we are at with our defensive core and our goaltending situation. Up front, it’s going to be interesting to see who steps up for us to put the puck in the net consistently.” - Idalski sharing his teams’ strengths and weaknesses heading into the season.
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Coach: Nate Handrahan, fourth season
Last season’s record: 15-17-5, 9-14-5
Key departures: G Lisa Steffes (.186, .935); F Ally Tarr (11-21-32)
Key returnees: Sr. D Sara Schmitt (7-21-28); sr. F Danielle Gagne (10-13-23); sr. D Kari Schmitt (9-14-23); sr. F Taylor Kuehl (8-13-21)
Quote: “It’s obvious the Schmitt twins, they do so many good things for us and they are a big part of it. I’m looking for them to have a really solid senior year.” - Handrahan highlighting defensemen Sara and Kari Schmitt out of Canton, Mich.
ST. CLOUD STATE HUSKIES
Coach: Eric Rud, first season
Last season’s record: 4-27-5, 3-21-4
Key departures: F Molli Mott (13-11-24); F Julia Gilbert (10-12-22)
Key returnees: Sr. G Julie Friend (2.75, .926); sr. F Abby Ness (6-6-12)
Local connection: Jr. F Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids) (6-12-18 at Providence)
Quote: “I’m really excited about how (Illikainen) looks so far. She has great size and great presence and poise on a team where we are a little small in some positions. She brings a nice element there. That was a nice pickup for our program, having her come in.” - Rud on Illikainen, who transferred in after playing the previous two seasons at Providence.
WISCONSIN BADGERS
Coach: Mark Johnson, 12th season
Last season’s record: 28-8-2, 21-5-2
Key departures: G Alex Rigsby (1.32, .945); F Brittany Ammerman (23-21-44); F Madison Packer (11-12-23)
Key returnees: Sr. F Blayre Turnbull (18-22-40); jr. D Courtney Burke (5-21-26); sr. F Katy Josephs (12-10-22); soph. F Sarah Nurse (11-10-21); soph. G Ann-Renee Desbiens (1.06, .957)
Quote: “With some of the pieces we have returning, things look good from that standpoint. It doesn’t mean you’re going to win a lot of hockey games, but you certainly have some pieces coming back.” - Johnson previewing the season.

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