University of Minnesota women's hockey team caps perfect season with national title
College hockey has seen a lot of memorable moments in its lengthy history, but few can compete with what the University of Minnesota women's team recently accomplished. The Golden Gophers took home the NCAA title on Sunday when they downed Boston University 6-3. The championship wasn't the only milestone - the win finished off a perfect 41-0-0 season.
Dating back to last season, the Golden Gophers have won a stunning 49 games in a row, and in a sport as unpredictable as hockey that's simply amazing. Forty-nine straight wins means no fluke goals, no ties and no off games. Minnesota has also been winning in impressive fashion. According to CBS Sports, the Gophers outscored their opponents 216-36 this season and outshot them by nearly 700.
Minnesota certainly had its fair share of stars, but Amanda Kessel, who finished the year with 46 goals in 37 games, was the team's go-to player. She was also a distributor, notching 55 assists during the season.
"It doesn't matter how you say it, no other team has done this," goaltender Noora Raty told reporters after the game. "So our record speaks to the fact that it is the best season in women's hockey history."
The feat brings to mind some of the most impressive streaks in sports history. In women's basketball, the University of Connecticut famously won 90 games in a row between 2008 and 2010, while the Penn State women's volleyball team won 109 straight matches between 2007 and 2010, The New York Times notes.