Have you heard about the team that is 30-0 overall, sets NCAA records almost every game, and that may even go down as the best women’s college hockey team of all time, yet has a hard time attracting fans to fill their arena? One team that has been underexposed this year is the Gopher Women’s Hockey Team. The Gopher Women’s Hockey team has been left in the dust lately instead of getting the media attention they deserve compared to the amount the Gopher Men’s Basketball and Men’s Hockey teams have been getting.
The Women’s Hockey Team has been unanimously ranked number one since the start of the season, a total of 18 weeks. Despite their great success, the Gopher Women’s Hockey Team is rarely seen on T.V. and they struggle with having high game attendance. Their game statistics are staggering, especially when it comes to outscoring their opponents 147-20, meaning they average 5.7 goals per game while just allowing a mere 0.8. One of their star players, junior Amanda Kessel, is having a phenomenal season so far and is said to be likely to play in the Olympics in the future and is. Kessel is ranked number one in scoring nationally, followed by teammate Hannah Brandt, a stellar freshman, who has proved to be a vital player to the team this year.
While the lady gophers are easily one of the greatest teams right now, they are the most underrated. Women’s sports deserve more attention. We have seen a number of other cases of women’s sports being underrated. Take the Minnesota Lynx for example. They were not as hyped up as the Vikings or the Twins last year, despite winning the WNBA championship and ultimately being named the best Minnesota sports team during that time. One disappointing fact is that even after starting their season in September, the women finally got their first televised game this year on The Big Ten Network just last week against UMD. Not even last year’s NCAA title game was televised, and this year’s championship on March 24th will not be either. It is a shame that the country won’t be able to see what this team can do and their impact will not be able to reach as broad of an audience.
They Gophers are currently 24-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with four games remaining. Try and make the game and see for yourself the amazing show these ladies put on when they go against Bemidji State at 7:00p.m. Ridder Arena, this Friday.
I have no doubt in my mind that the gopher women will bring home the NCAA title again this year! Go Gophers!