2011–12 Minnesota Golden Gophers women's ice hockey season
|2011–12 Minnesota Golden Gophers women's ice hockey season|
|Frozen Four Champions, 4–2 vs. Wisconsin|
|Home ice||Ridder Arena|
|USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine||#2|
|USCHO.com/CBS College Sports||#2|
|Coaches and Captains|
|Head Coach||Brad Frost|
The Minnesota Golden Gophers women's hockey team represented the University of Minnesota in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I women's ice hockey season. The Gophers won their third NCAA women's Frozen Four championship.
News and notes
- August 8: Four Golden Gophers will participate at the USA Hockey Festival. The festival will occur from August 10 to the 20th at the Schwann Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel, Jen Schoullis and former Gopher Gigi Marvin were invited.
- August 19: USA Hockey announced today the members of the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete in the 2011 IIHF 12 Nations Tournament Series, Aug. 24–31, in Vierumäki, Finland. The 22-player roster includes two current University of Minnesota players in sophomore forward Amanda Kessel and Jen Schoullis.
|Stephanie Anderson||United States||Forward||Played for the Minnesota Thoroughbreds|
|Rachel Bona||United States||Forward||Played at Coon Rapids High School|
|Meghan Lorence||United States||Forward||Played at Irondale High School|
|Rachel Ramsey||United States||Defense||Played high school hockey at Minnetonka|
|Shyler Sletta||United States||Goaltender||Played at New Prague High School|
- All games will be contested at Ridder Arena
|Sept. 30||Union||7:07 pm CT||6–1|
|Oct. 1||Syracuse||7:07 pm CT||4–0|
- October 14: Jen Schoullis and Amanda Kessel, were named to the Team USA roster that will participate in the 2011 Four Nations Cup from Nov. 9–13 in Sweden. In addition, former Gophers player Gigi Marvin was named to the roster.
- October 16: The Gophers defeated the top ranked Wisconsin Badgers in Madison, Wisconsin by a 3–2 tally. It was the first loss for the Badgers since November 2010. In addition, the Gophers earned their first win at the Kohl Centre since 2007.
- November 18: Minnesota skater Amanda Kessel registered 5 points (including four goals)as the Golden Gophers defeated the New Hampshire Wildcats by an 11–0 tally. New Hampshire starting goalie Jenn Gilligan made 27 saves but allowed eight goals in two periods. She was replaced by Moe Bradley in the third period. Bradley stopped 11 of 14 shots as the Wildcats suffered their worst loss in the 35 year history of the program.
- November 19: Kessel earned her second hat trick of the series as the Gophers defeated New Hampshire by a 6–1 tally. Senior Jen Schoullis factored on every goal, as she tied the Gophers record for assists in a game with five. With three points in the first period, Schoullis also set a career record for points in a period.
|#6 North Dakota||28||16||9||3||2||53||116||75||36||22||11||3||154||89|
|St. Cloud State||28||4||24||0||0||12||32||150||36||5||29||2||37||130|
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
National rankings: Conference rankings:
Updated March 23, 2012
Awards and honors
- Rachael Bona, WCHA Rookie of the Week (Week of January 23, 2012)
- Megan Bozek, WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (Week of December 7, 2011)
- Alyssa Grogan, Nominee, 2012 Hockey Humanitarian Award 
- Amanda Kessel, WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Week of October 12, 2011)
- Amanda Kessel, WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Week of November 21, 2011)
- Amanda Kessel, WCHA Player of the Week (Week of February 8, 2012)
- Noora Raty, WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (Week of November 8, 2011)
- Emily West, WCHA Player of the Week (Week of February 1, 2012)
- Noora Raty, 2012 NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player
- Megan Bozek, 2011–12 CCM Hockey Women’s Division I All-American: First Team
- Megan Bozek, 2011–12 Minnesota Golden Gophers Female Athlete of the Year
- Anne Schleper, 2012 Big Ten Medal of Honor
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2013-12-04.