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Bowling Green hosts Minnesota State this weekend in a battle of Top-15 teams.
WCHA Week 15 Notes: Top-15 Battle In Bowling Green
Minnesota State and Bowling Green square off in battle of WCHA's top-ranked teams

Opening Faceoff

- Richter Watch: Minnesota State goaltender Dryden McKay continues to turn in Mike Richter Award-worthy performances this season. The Maverick sophomore leads the nation in save percentage (.950), goals against average (1.14), shutouts (seven) and wins (19). McKay's save percentage and GAA currently surpass the marks of all six of the previous Richter Award winners and his seven shutouts tops the total of five of the six previous recipients.

- All We Do is Win Faceoffs: WCHA forwards continue to excel in the faceoff circle this season. Entering play this weekend, six of the nation's top-10 faceoff winners hail from WCHA schools. Alaska's Max Newton leads the league and the nation with 309 wins, followed by Northern Michigan's Joseph Nardi (2nd - 292) and Michigan Tech's Alex Smith (3rd - 288) to round out the top-three nationally. Bowling Green's Connor Ford (5th - 273), Bemidji State's Owen Sillinger (7th - 253) and Lake Superior State's Hampus Eriksson (ninth - 248) complete the WCHA contingent among the national leaders. Newton also ranks fourth in the NCAA in faceoff win percentage at .633 (309-of-488).

  • The WCHA dominates the NCAA team faceoff wins list this season with five teams in the top-10, led by national leader Lake Superior State (822). The Lakers are joined in the top-10 by Minnesota State (fourth - 765), Bowling Green (fifth - 761), Michigan Tech (sixth - 744) and Northern Michigan (10th - 731).

- Four in the Top 20: The WCHA again boasts four top-20 teams in the latest USCHO rankings released Jan. 13. Minnesota State remains the No. 3 team in the country this week while Bowling Green also remains in the rankings at No. 15 Joining the Mavericks & Falcons in the poll again this week are No. 17 Northern Michigan and No. 19 Michigan Tech. Bemidji State also received votes in the USCHO rankings.

  • Minnesota State remains No. 3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll while Bowling Green is 15. NMU also received votes this week.

By The Numbers

- .933: NCAA-leading penalty-kill percentage for Minnesota State

- 195: Penalty minutes for Bemidji State this season, the lowest total in the WCHA.

- 19: Points by Minnesota State freshman Lucas Sowder, which leads WCHA rookies and is tied for second nationally among newcomers.

- 12: Career game-winning goals by Northern Michigan's Darien Craghead, equaling the most in the WCHA since realignment.

- 10: Career shorthanded goals for Minnesota State's Marc Michaelis, the most in school history and the top total in the WCHA since realignment.

- 10 (Part 2): Wins away from home for Michigan Tech & Minnesota State, tied for the most in the NCAA this season.

The Week Ahead

- (3/3) Minnesota State at (15/15) Bowling Green: The Falcons and Mavericks split their first meeting of the season in Mankato, Nov. 1-2 and are 5-5-0 in their last 10 meetings. BGSU is 5-4-3 all-time against Minnesota State at home.

- (19/UR) Michigan Tech at (RV/UR) Bemidji State: The Beavers host Michigan Tech in their only meeting of 2019-20 this weekend. Tech is 15-12-5 all-time against Bemidji State but BSU is 9-7-0 in games played in Bemidji, including a sweep of last year's series that included an outdoor game as part of the 2019 Hockey Day Minnesota festivities.

- (17/RV) Northern Michigan at (T-1/1) Cornell: The Wildcats visit top-ranked Cornell to conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule. The Big Red has won five of the eight meetings between the two schools all-time.

- Alaska at Ferris State: Alaska visits Big Rapids for the second meeting between the Nanooks and Bulldogs this season. The team split their earlier meeting, Nov. 22-23, in Fairbanks.

- Alabama Huntsville at Alaska Anchorage: UAA picked up five of six points with a win and a tie in the first meeting with the Chargers this season but UAH is 9-5-4 in the series since 2014.

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.