WCHA Press Releases

Bemidji State returns home after two weeks on the road to host Lake Superior State
WCHA Week Six Notes: Three League Series On Tap This Weekend
League play heats up as the season moves deeper into November

Opening Faceoff

- Three League Series on Tap for Week 6: Nine of the WCHA's 10 teams will be in action this weekend with three league series and three non-league matchups on the calendar. No. 3/3 Minnesota State visits Michigan Tech while Lake Superior State travels to Bemidji State and Alaska Anchorage visits Alabama Huntsville.

  • In non-conference action, No. 16/RV Northern Michigan hosts RV/RV St. Cloud State and RV/UR Alaska hosts RV/RV Arizona State while Ferris State tangles with RV/UR Western Michigan in a home-and-home set.

- October Players of the Month: Minnesota State's Dryden McKay (Goaltender) and Lucas Sowder (Rookie), Northern Michigan's Vincent de Mey (Forward) and Bowling Green's Alec Rauhauser (Defenseman) earned WCHA Player of the Month honors for October.

  • The honors are the fifth for Rauhauser, third for McKay and first for de Mey and Sowder in their careers.

- WCHA Teams Among National Statistical Leaders: Through five weeks of the 2019-20 season, WCHA teams rank among the top five nationally in a number of categories. Lake Superior State shares the national lead in assists with 58 while Minnesota State ranks fourth (55). The Lakers also share the NCAA lead in team points with 90 while the Mavericks are fourth at 86. MSU is also second in the country in scoring defense at 1.50 goals allowed per game.

- Three in the Top 20: The WCHA again landed three teams in the USCHO.com Top 20 this week. Minnesota State remains the league's top-ranked team at No. 3 in the latest poll. Northern Michigan climbed four spots in the rankings this week, moving from No. 20 to No. 16, and Bowling Green moved up one spot to No. 17 after its road split at MSU The Alaska Nanooks were among the teams receiving votes for the fourth consecutive week.

  • Minnesota State is also No. 3 in the USA Today/USAHockey Magazine rankings this week as both the Falcons and Wildcats again received votes.

By The Numbers

- 298: Career wins for Bemidji State's Tom Serratore, which ranks second all-time at BSU.

- 145: Meetings between Ferris State and Western Michigan, who will tangle this weekend in a home-and-home series.

- 142: Faceoffs won by Alaska's Max Newton, the most in the NCAA.

- 35: Shots on goal this season by Max Humitz of Lake Superior State, the most in the WCHA and tied for the third-most in the NCAA.

- 18: Blocks by Michigan Tech's Seamus Donohue, which leads the WCHA and is tied for fourth nationally.

- 4: Power play goals by Northern Michigan's Vincent de Mey, tied for the most in the country.

The Week Ahead

- (3/3) Minnesota State at Michigan Tech: The Mavericks travel to Houghton for a stiff road test this weekend. MSU leads the all-time series, 41-23-10.

- Lake Superior State at Bemidji State: The Beavers return home after two weeks on the road to host the Lakers. Bemidji State leads the all-time series, 32-26-4, including a 15-11-3 mark on home ice.

- Alaska Anchorage at Alabama Huntsville: The Seawolves trek to the Deep South to take on the Chargers. UAA enters the weekend with a 6-5-3 all-time mark vs. UAH in Huntsville.

- (RV/RV) St. Cloud State at (16/RV) Northern Michigan: NMU hosts St. Cloud for the first time since the Huskies visited Marquette in 2011. The Wildcats are 14-6-0 all-time at home against SCSU.

- Ferris State vs. (RV/UR) Western Michigan: The Bulldogs tangle with old CCHA rival Western Michigan in a home-and home series and are looking for their first win over WMU since 2017.

- (RV/RV) Arizona State at (RV/UR) Alaska: The Sun Devils are making their first visit to the NCAA's northernmost outpost this weekend as the two teams will meet for just the fourth and fifth times.

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.