WCHA Press Releases

For the first time since 2012, a regular-season NCAA hockey game will take place in Canada as Lake Superior State and Alabama Huntsville will play in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. on Saturday
WCHA Week 19 Notes: Playoff Push Is On
Weekend battles will have a bearing on postseason positioning

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 through March 9 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.

- North of the Border: For the first time since 2012, a regular-season NCAA hockey game will take place in Canada as Lake Superior State and Alabama Huntsville will play the second game of their two-game WCHA series across the St. Marys River at the GFL Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on Feb. 15. The contest will be the first NCAA game played in Canada by both Lake Superior State and Alabama Huntsville and the first U.S. college hockey game contested north of the border since then-WCHA member North Dakota faced Clarkson in Winnipeg, Man., on Jan. 7, 2012.

- Three Ranked Again: Minnesota State (3), Bemidji State (16) and Northern Michigan (19) all hold down spots in the latest USCHO.com Top-20 poll released Feb. 10 with Bowling Green also receiving votes this week. The Mavericks are also ranked No. 3 in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll with the Beavers, Falcons and Wildcats receiving votes.

- Nanooks, Huskies and Falcons Join the Party: Alaska, Michigan Tech and Bowling Green joined already-qualified Minnesota State, Bemidji State and Northern Michigan in locking up spots in the WCHA postseason last weekend. With three weeks to go, the remaining league squads - Lake Superior State, Alaska Anchorage, Ferris State and Alabama Huntsville remain in contention for the final two spots in the league's postseason tournament.

By The Numbers

- 97: Points scored by Brandon Kruse in his Bowling Green career. Kruse is on pace to join Alec Rauhauser as the second Falcon to reach 100 career points this season.

- 75: Career games played by Alaska goaltender Anton Martinsson, the most of any active WCHA netminder.

- 21: Goals scored by Northern Michigan sophomore Griffin Loughran, the most of any player in the country.

- 22: Number of players to record at least one point for Alabama Huntsville this season.

- 8: Shutouts by Minnesota State's Dryden McKay in 2019-20, which equals the WCHA single-season record.

- 3.5: Driving miles between Lake Superior State's Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and GFL Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., the venues for this weekend's cross-border series between the Lakers and Alabama Huntsville.

The Week Ahead

- (16/RV) Bemidji State at (19/RV) Northern Michigan: The homestanding Wildcats will be looking to close the gap on second-place Bemidji State in the only regular-season meeting between the two schools this season.

- Alabama Huntsville at Lake Superior State: The host Lakers are looking to lock down a spot in the WCHA postseason while the Chargers are playing to keep their playoff hopes alive as the two meet in Michigan and Ontario this weekend.

- Michigan Tech at Ferris State: The Huskies and Bulldogs each recorded 2-1 wins in their first meeting of the season, Jan. 24-25, in Houghton but FSU leads the all-time series, 19-16-1.

- (RV/RV) Bowling Green at Alaska: The Falcons visit Fairbanks for the only series between the two schools this season with the two teams looking for the first sweep in the series since BGSU took two from the Nanooks in 2014-15.

- Alaska Anchorage at (10/10) Arizona State: The Seawolves visit the Valley of the Sun for the final WCHA non-conference series of the season against Arizona State. UAA handed ASU a 3-2 overtime defeat in their only previous meeting in 2015.

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.