Reporting Mike Max
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Gopher women’s hockey team goes into Madison, Wis. Friday trying to beat their rivals and remove their record. They’ve won 32 straight, tying them with the Badgers for an unbeaten streak. But that’s only a part of this year’s goal.
When you know you have a good team, you expect good things. However, when you dominate teams like the Gopher women’s hockey team has this season, it’s a new level no one expected — they have been that good.
“It’s incredible so far, and the way that our team has come together,” said forward Amanda Kessel. “It’s just been fun.”
Now, there’s an opportunity to set the record against Wisconsin, the friendly neighbor and rival to the east that holds the record.
“Probably one of our biggest rivals I think. It’s up there with Duluth and North Dakota, but I’d say those Wisconsin games are pretty intense,” said forward Hannah Brandt.
So, they approach this weekend well aware of what it means to go into the history books — and understanding why they are where they are.
“When you have the best player at every position on your team, it’s a pretty good team,” said coach Brad Frost.
For this team, this week is secondary. The team has already technically tied the record. What they really want is to win the final game of the season and take home a national championship.