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  • University of Minnesota forward Amanda Kessel during the post game news conference after defeating University of Boston 6-3 in the 2013 NCAA Women's Frozen Four Championship game at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis on March 24, 2013. (Ryan Coleman/Ryan Coleman, USCHO.com)

    Kessel’s return sparks team, makes news

    2013 Patty Kazmaier Award winner Amanda Kessel returned to the Minnesota Golden Gophers last week, just six months after retiring from hockey due to lingering concussion symptoms. In her first game, she notched two assists. Arlan Marttila looks at Kessel's return. Kessel

    Photo: Ryan Coleman
  • Ashlynne Rando (Colgate - 35). (Shelley M. Szwast)

    Deuces

    Colgate handed Quinnipiac only its second loss of the year, Amanda Kessel had two assists in her first game with Minnesota in over two years, and No. 2 Wisconsin moved one step closer to capturing its first WCHA regular season crown in three years.

    Photo: Shelley M. Szwast
  • 11 Dec 15: Dani Cameranesi (Minnesota - 21), Brittney Anderson (St. Cloud 7). The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers play against the St. Cloud State University Huskies in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game at the Roseville Skating Center in Roseville, MN. (Jim Rosvold)

    Critical matchups

    Minnesota has a crucial series with North Dakota, while Colgate has a huge weekend hosting Princeton and Quinnipiac. Candace gives her picks, and Arlan tells you what to watch. Picks :: What to Watch

    Photo: Jim Rosvold
  • Jenna Dingeldein of Mercyhurst (Tim Brule)

    Poetic license

    With just three weeks to go in the season, Arlan Marttila turns to poetry to describe each team's season and playoff outlook. This week: Poetic license

    Photo: Mercyhurst Athletics
  • (Shelby Amsley-Benzie-1 North Dakota).26 Jan. 13 St. Cloud State University hosts The University of North Dakota in a WCHA match-up at the National Hockey and Event Center in St. Cloud,MN (BRADLEY K. OLSON)

    Surprises and status quo

    Candace and Arlan discuss Minnesota State's tie with North Dakota, what the Mercyhurst-Syracuse split means in the CHA, Plattsburgh's perfect season, the chaos in the ECAC and bottom half of Hockey East, and the Beanpot results. Wednesday Women: Status quo and surprises

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  • Kessel takes risks to pursue the dream

    Against all odds, 2013 Patty Kazmaier Award winner Amanda Kessel returned to play at Minnesota, and this past weekend in her first games with her old team in two years, she notched two assists. What does Kessel's return mean for her team?

  • Wednesday Women: Surprises and status quo

    Candace and Arlan discuss Minnesota State's tie with North Dakota, what the Mercyhurst-Syracuse split means in the CHA, Plattsburgh's perfect season, the chaos in the ECAC and bottom half of Hockey East, and the Beanpot results.

  • Wednesday Women: The haves and the in-betweens

    Candace and Arlan look at teams like North Dakot and Bemidji State, which sit just on the cusp, ponder whether Princeton and Northeastern can maintain winning streaks, and consider which teams have surprised positively and which have surprised negatively.

  • Wednesday Women: Close calls for the favorites

    Candace and Arlan discuss Minnesota's tough series with Minnesota State, North Dakota's sweep of Minnesota-Duluth, the CHA, ECAC, and Hockey East races, and prognosticate on likely Patty Kazmaier Award nominees.

  • Wednesday Women: Returns

    After two weeks of the second half, Candace and Arlan ponder all the standings races, whether BC showed vulnerability in its win over BU, and what the possible return of Amanda Kessel could mean to Minnesota's fortunes.

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