MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has returned to the national semifinals of women’s hockey, this time carrying a loss on the record and a little less stress.

After completing the first undefeated season in the 14-year history of the NCAA-sanctioned sport last March, the Gophers stretched their winning streak to a record 62 games until losing in November to North Dakota. Finally, they could relax a little.

Despite losing several key players from last season’s champions, to graduation or the Olympics, the Gophers (37-1-1) regrouped and raced past the competition again on their way to the Women’s Frozen Four. They play rival Wisconsin on Friday in Hamden, Conn. If they win, their chance to win a third championship in a row will come on Sunday against either Mercyhurst or Clarkson.

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