WCHA Press Releases

WCHA Week 2 Notes: Five More WCHA Teams Debut This Weekend
Alabama Huntsville, Michigan Tech, Lake Superior State, Minnesota State and Bemidji State hit the ice for the first time in 2020-21

Opening Faceoff

- Seven Games in Four Days: WCHA teams will skate in seven games during a Saturday-Monday weekend schedule, with five teams making their season debuts.

  • Alabama Huntsville will visit RV/UR Robert Morris for a two-game set, Nov. 21-22. RV/UR Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State will skate in a two-game non-league series in the Soo Nov. 21-22 while No. 5/4 Minnesota State will travel to No. 16/RV Bemidji State to face the Beavers in another non-league series, Nov. 22-23.
  • No. 19/RV Bowling Green, the only WCHA school to debut last weekend, will visit Adrian (Mich.) for a single game on Nov. 21.

- Falcons, Lakers Perfect in Latest Grad Rate Survey: Bowling Green and Lake Superior State were two of 22 schools nationally to record a perfect graduation rate in the latest NCAA Graduation Rate Survey released Nov. 17.

  • Alaska Anchorage (95 percent) and Michigan Tech (92 percent) finished tied for 25th and tied for 32nd, respectively.

- Alaska Anchorage Opts Out of 2020-21 Season: The University of Alaska Anchorage announced Nov. 13 that it would opt out of the 2020-21 men's ice hockey season and will not compete in the WCHA this season. The announcement was part of a broader decision by the university to suspend competition in all six of its indoor winter sports - men's hockey, women's gymnastics, men's and women's basketball and men's and women's indoor track & field. With this decision, the WCHA will be a nine-team league this season.

- Mavericks, Beavers & Falcons in the Rankings: Minnesota State, Bemidji State and Bowling Green landed in the Top 20 in the latest USCHO.com poll released Nov. 16. The Mavericks check in at No. 5 this week and picked up one first place vote. Bemidji State remains at No. 16 while Bowling Green moved into the Top 20 at No. 19. Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech also received votes.

  • Minnesota State moved up one spot to No. 4 in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Bemidji State, Bowling Green and Northern Michigan also received votes.

By The Numbers

- 200: Points scored a season ago by the returning members of Lake Superior State's roster. The total represents 74 percent of the squad's 2019-20 output.

- 100: Career points for Bowling Green's Max Johnson, who reached the century mark with a pair of goals on Nov. 13. Johnson is the 74th 100-point scorer in school history and the third to reach the milestone in the last two seasons.

- 74: Career points for Minnesota State's Jake Jaremko, which ranks No. 4 among current WCHA players.

- 24: Points for then-freshman defenseman Elias Rosén for Bemidji State a season ago, the second-best rookie total in the NCAA in 2019-20.

- 22: Points for Ferris State blueliner Jake Willets in his debut season. The No. 2 total among returning WCHA blueliners.

- 21: Wins by Michigan Tech in 2019-20, marking the sixth time in the last seven seasons the Huskies have topped the 20-win mark.

The Week Ahead

- Alabama Huntsville at (RV/UR) Robert Morris: The Chargers visit Pittsburgh to take on former CHA rival Robert Morris in UAH's season-opening series. Alabama Huntsville leads the all-time series, 16-15-1, in a series that dates to 2004.

- (RV/UR) Michigan Tech at Lake Superior State: Michigan Tech travels across the UP to meet Lake Superior State in the first non-league series between WCHA foes this season. Tech won the 2019-20 season series with the Lakers, 3-1, with a sweep in the Soo and a split of the Winter Carnival Series in Houghton.

- (19/UR) Bowling Green at Adrian (Mich.): The Falcons travel north to meet the Bulldogs for the second weekend in a row. Bowling Green opened the 2020-21 campaign with a 6-2 home win over the Bulldogs on Nov. 13 in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

- (5/4) Minnesota State at (16/RV) Bemidji State: The top two teams in the WCHA a season ago meet in a non-league series in Bemidji on Nov. 22-23. The two squads split their four meetings in 2019-20, with each team winning a game on the other team's ice. Minnesota State also skated away with a 2-0 win in the consolation game of the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis on Dec. 29, 2019.

2021 WCHA Postseason Tournament

Once again in 2021, the WCHA will crown a playoff champion at the WCHA Postseason Tournament. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship and the Jeff Sauer WCHA Championship Trophy, presented by Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup.