WCHA Press Releases

Bowling Green will host the Ice Breaker Tournament this weekend at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio
WCHA Week Two Notes: Ice Breaker, First League Series Highlight Weekend Action
Alaska visits Michigan Tech to open WCHA league play for 2019-10; Bowling Green welcomes RIT, Ohio State and Western Michigan for annual Ice Breaker Tournament

Opening Faceoff

- Falcons Host Ice Breaker: Bowling Green will host the Ice Breaker Tournament this weekend at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. The event, which rotates around the country each season, annually features four teams from four of the six NCAA Division I conferences. This year's event is the first Ice Breaker hosted by a WCHA institution since the league realigned in 2013.

  • The No. 17/RV Falcons will meet RIT of Atlantic Hockey at 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 11. No. 14/12 Western Michigan of the NCHC will face No. 12/14 Ohio State from the Big 10 in Friday's opener at 5 p.m. ET.
  • The consolation and championship games will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12.
  • All four games of the Ice Breaker will air on FloHockey.tv.

- FloHockey Spotlight Series Kicks Off Friday: WCHA streaming partner FloHockey, will debut its monthly Spotlight Series on Friday with bonus social media coverage of Lake Superior State's home contest with No. 2/2 Denver.

  • FloHockey correspondent Tim Rappleye will be on site in Sault Ste. Marie providing live pregame, in-game and postgame sights and sounds via Flo's social media channels.

- Polling Place: Two WCHA programs remain in the top-20 with three additional programs receiving votes in the polls following the first weekend of action in 2019-20.

  • Minnesota State is the top-ranked WCHA squad, checking in at No. 3 in both the USCHO Top 20 and the USA Hockey/USA Today rankings. Bowling Green remains at No. 17 in USCHO and again received votes in the USAH/USAT Top 15 following the Falcons' season-opening, 7-4, win at Miami on Oct. 6. Northern Michigan, Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State all received votes in the USCHO poll.

By The Numbers

- 95: Previous meetings between Bemidji State and St. Cloud State in a series that dates to 1948. The two teams will face off in a two-game set at the Sanford Center in Bemidji this weekend. BSU leads the all-time series, 46-44-5.

- 37: Saves by Alabama Huntsville goaltender David Fessenden in his first career start at UMass Lowell on Sunday. The total was the third-highest nationally during on the weekend.

- 5: Goals scored by Michigan Tech in the first period of the Huskies' 7-0 win over Robert Morris on Sunday.

- 4: Goals scored by Bowling Green junior Cameron Wright in the Falcons' 7-4 win at Miami on Sunday.

The Week Ahead

- League Play Gets Underway: Alaska and Michigan Tech will kick off the 2019-20 WCHA league season when the Nanooks and Huskies meet in a two-game set at the John MacInnes Student Ice Center on Friday and Saturday this week.

  • The two schools met twice last season with Tech taking the two-game set in Houghton on Nov. 23-24, 2018.
  • Michigan Tech leads the all-time series, 20-3-0, including a 10-2-0 mark at home. The Huskies have won the last 16 meetings between the two schools dating to a 7-2 win by Alaska at Tech in 2014. That win was part of a two-game sweep by the Nanooks on Feb. 14-15, 2014.

- Non-Conference Action: The remaining eight WCHA teams will hit the ice for non-conference action this week.

  • In addition to Bowling Green hosting the Ice Breaker, Ferris State will take on visiting Colgate in a single game on Thursday, Oct. 10.
  • The remaining non-league matchups are all two-game series on Friday and Saturday, with Northern Michigan hosting Michigan State, Lake Superior State hosting No. 2/2 Denver, Bemidji State hosting No. 7/8 St. Cloud State, No. 3/3 Minnesota State hosting RV/RV Arizona State, Alaska Anchorage visiting Maine and Alabama Huntsville traveling to Omaha.

2020 WCHA Postseason Tournament

Once again in 2020, the WCHA will bring the singular intensity and passion of playoff college hockey directly to its member institution fans with an eight-team, three-round tournament hosted on-campus by the highest remaining seeds. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the 2020 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship and the Jeff Sauer WCHA Championship Trophy, presented by Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup.