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MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Golden Gophers’ are as little as 60 minutes away from clinching a perfect season and a second consecutive national championship, but neither reward will come without work.

The top-ranked, undefeated and untied Gophers (40-0-0) will face No. 3 Boston University (28-5-3) Sunday afternoon on Minnesota’s own Ridder Arena ice in the Division I final. BU head coach Brian Durocher hopes his team will keep its momentum going Sunday against the favored Gophers in what, for the Terriers, will promise to be a very hostile environment.

His job is made easier, though, in that little will need to be said before Sunday’s game in order for him to geek up and prepare his Terriers for the opportunity at hand: Namely, a shot at the first national championship in their program’s history.

“They know who’s in front of them and they know the mark that [Minnesota has] set,” Durocher said, “And I don’t think I’ll have to say too much.

“You kind of almost have to dial people down so they’re still thinking about what they have to do.”

Durocher has no delusions about the difficulties his team will face on Sunday, though. The Gophers have been virtually invincible this season for plenty of reasons, and three of those reasons are embodied in the best players at their positions in all women’s college hockey.

On the scoring front, junior Minnesota forward Amanda Kessel leads the way. Her 44 goals and 53 assists from 36 games so far this season saw her named the 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner Saturday afternoon as Division I women’s hockey’s top player.

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