Courtney Kennedy was one of Minnesota's greatest players, but the Boston College associate coach is aiming to spoil the powerhouse Golden Gophers' perfect season in the Frozen Four.
Hannah Brandt and Amanda Kessel give Minnesota a potent scoring punch, teaming up for a combined 166 points and helping the Gophers to an undefeated, untied regular season.
Hugh McCutcheon went from coaching Team USA to a silver medal in London to Minnesota in a blink of an eye. He is now getting to know his newest students, the 12th-ranked Golden Gophers.
Goalie Noora Raty has stopped nearly everything in her path in leading Minnesota to its second Frozen Four in the past three seasons. Her skills will be tested by high-scoring Cornell in the semifinals Friday night.
While the next coach is committed to the U.S. national team through the Olympics, assistant Laura Bush has stepped up and led Minnesota to a No. 15 ranking.