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Bemidji State visits Minnesota State in a battle between the WCHA's top two teams
WCHA Week 16 Notes: WCHA Leaders Meet In Mankato
Bemidji State visits Minnesota State in a battle between the WCHA's top two teams

Opening Faceoff

- #VoteWCHA: Twelve WCHA student-athletes were among the 78 nominees announced for the 2020 Hobey Baker Memorial Award on Jan. 16. Among the WCHA nominees are six forwards, three defensemen and three goaltenders. By class, four are sophomores, one is a junior and seven are seniors. Fans may vote once per day at hobeybaker.com/vote.

  • The 12 nominees are Alaska's Max Newton; Bowling Green's Alec Rauhauser; Ferris State's Nate Kallen; Lake Superior State's Max Humitz and Mareks Mitens; Michigan Tech's Trenton Bliss and Matt Jurusik; Minnesota State's Dryden McKay and Marc Michaelis and Northern Michigan's Philip Beaulieu, Vincent de Mey and Griffin Loughran.

- Richter Watch: Minnesota State netminder Dryden McKay continues to turn in Mike Richter Award-worthy performances this season. The Maverick sophomore leads the nation in save percentage (.946), goals against average (1.25), shutouts (seven), wins (21) and winning percentage (.896). His save percentage, GAA and win percentage surpasses 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.

- Team of the Week: No. 3/3 Minnesota State became the fourth WCHA team to earn College Hockey News Team of the Week honors this week following the Mavericks' sweep at No. 15/15 Bowling Green over the weekend. Alaska (Oct. 15), Michigan Tech (Nov. 26) and Bowling Green (Dec. 3) were the WCHA teams previously recognized this season.

- Three in the Top 20: Three WCHA teams appear in the latest USCHO rankings released Jan. 20. Minnesota State remains the No. 3 team in the country this week with Northern Michigan moving up to No. 15 and Bowling Green checking in at No. 18. Bemidji State and Michigan Tech also received votes in the USCHO rankings. MSU (third) and NMU (15) also appear in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll while Tech was among the other teams receiving votes.

- Pairwise: Minnesota State moved into the No. 2 position in the latest Pairwise rankings this week while Northern Michigan is on the cusp of the top-16 at 17th. Michigan Tech (22) and Bemidji State (23), Bowling Green (27) and Alaska (29) are also ranked in the top-30.

By The Numbers

- 56: Points scored by Alaska Anchorage's freshman class this season (25g-31a), the most of any rookie class in the WCHA and seventh-best total nationally.

- 26: Points scored by Bowling Green defenseman Alec Rauhauser (8g-18a), which leads all WCHA blueliners.

- 26 (Part 2): Blocked shots by Lake Superior State's Yuki Miura, the most among WCHA forwards this season.

- 22: Points by Minnesota State freshman Lucas Sowder (4g-18a), which leads all WCHA rookies.

- 21: Points scored for Bemidji State's Adam Brady (12g-9a), which equals his previous career high set a season ago.

- 16: Team-leading point total for Alabama Huntsville freshman Josh Latta (7g-9a), the only league newcomer to lead his team in points, goals and assists.

- 13: Wins for Alaska this season, surpassing their victory total for 2018-19.

The Week Ahead

- (RV/UR) Bemidji State at (3/3) Minnesota State: The third-ranked Mavericks host second-place Bemidji State this weekend in Mankato. MSU defeated the Beavers, 2-0, at the Mariucci Classic in December but this will be the first of two WCHA league series this season between the two long-time foes. MSU leads the all-time series, 58-56-20.

- (15/15) Northern Michigan at Alaska: Third-place Alaska holds a one-point advantage over NMU in the league standings entering the weekend. The two teams split their first meeting this year in Marquette.

- Ferris State at (RV/RV) Michigan Tech: Michigan Tech enters the weekend with a 9-5-1 advantage over the Bulldogs in games played in Houghton and swept the last meeting between the two schools a season ago at Ferris State.

- Alaska Anchorage at Lake Superior State: The homestanding Lakers have won five of the seven all-time meetings with the Seawolves in Sault Ste. Marie. UAA and LSSU split their first series of the season, Jan. 3-4, in Anchorage.

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.