The Golden Gopher women's hockey team coined the phrase, "Get It Done" when they kicked off the 2003-04 season. After falling short in the national semifinals of the past two Frozen Fours, the Gophers were determined at the beginning of the season to not only win the semifinal contest, but a national championship as well.
Minnesota began the 2004 run for the title by clinching the WCHA regular season championship with a 19-3-2 mark in conference action and the top seed in the WCHA Final Five. With the No. 1 seed in the 2004 Frozen Four, the Golden Gophers advanced to the NCAA Championship game for the first time in three years to face Harvard. The Maroon and Gold were victorious and earned Minnesota's first NCAA championship for any women's sport.
The team operated under the same slogan during the following season. With all but four returning from the championship team, the Gophers again claimed their conference title and earned the No. 1 seed in the WCHA tournament championship. For the second year, Minnesota rolled through Dartmouth in the semifinal game and then defeated Harvard in the final to claim back-to-back national championship titles. The Gophers finished the near perfect season with a 36-2-2 mark - an NCAA record for most wins and fewest losses - and were ranked as the top team in the nation for the entire campaign. The squad also ranked first in numerous categories, including power-play percentage, scoring offense and scoring margin.
The squad looked poised for a third straight crown before falling to Wisconsin in the 2006 national title game.
With players consistently honored as some of the most talented athletes in the country, the Gophers' honor roll is deep. A three-time All-American, Krissy Wendell won the 2005 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which is given to the top player in women's college hockey. She beat out teammate and fellow three-time All-American Natalie Darwitz for the honor. Joining Wendell and Darwitz among the list of Gopher All-Americans are Ronda Curtin (2002-03) and Jody Horak (2005). Darwitz and Wendell joined Courtney Kennedy and Lyndsay Walls on the 2002 U.S. Olympic team, and in 2006 the four of them shared the U.S. National team roster with Winny Brodt and Kelly Stephens.
Guiding the Gophers to national prominence, head coach Laura Halldorson earned her second and third distinctions as National Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004. Haldorson led Minnesota to five-straight Frozen Fours from 2002-06 and a record of 150-29-12 during that time.