WCHA Press Releases

WCHA Week 7 Update: Great Lake State Weekend Opens League Play
Three WCHA series highlight the first weekend of 2021

Opening Faceoff

- WCHA Announces Changes to 2020-21 Schedule: Following Alaska Fairbanks decision on Dec. 11 to join Alaska Anchorage in opting out of the 2020-21 season, the WCHA announced changes to this season's schedule to replace games lost by the Nanooks and Seawolves withdrawing from competition.

  • The eight competing WCHA teams will play their scheduled two-game league series against each of their seven remaining opponents for a total of 14 league games. Additionally, teams will also play two non-conference series against WCHA opponents. Those match-ups will feature the teams slated to play Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks each weekend in the original WCHA schedule.
  • The additional games have been designated non-conference in order to maintain the balance of one league series per opponent that was agreed to when the current 2020-21 WCHA schedule was approved.

- Great Lakes State Weekend Opens WCHA League Play: The WCHA opens the new year with its first weekend of league play on Saturday and Sunday with all four series taking place in the state of Michigan. No. 7/7 Bowling Green visits Ferris State, Alabama Huntsville travels to RV/UR Michigan Tech and No. 5/5 Minnesota State is at Northern Michigan. Bemidji State will also be at No. 19/RV Lake Superior State for a non-conference series.

- Bowling Green Up to Seventh in Latest USCHO Poll: Bowling Green continues to climb in the national rankings. The Falcons moved up two spots to No. 7 in the USCHO poll released Dec. 28, just two spots behind WCHA rival Minnesota State, which held onto the No. 5 spot again this week. Lake Superior State moved up one spot to No. 19. Michigan Tech and Bemidji State were among the teams receiving votes.

  • The Mavericks are also No. 5 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings while Bowling Green checks in at No. 7. Lake Superior State also received votes.
  • Minnesota State and Bowling Green also found themselves ranked in the latest College Hockey News Power 16 rankings released Dec. 22. MSU checks in at No. 6 while the Falcons are up to No. 8 this week.

By The Numbers

- 147: All-time meetings between Bowling Green and Ferris State entering this weekend's series.

- 69: Faceoffs won by Lake Superior State's Dustin Manz, which leads the Lakers and ranks fifth in the WCHA.

- 17: Wins in the last 20 games for Bowling Green dating back to last season. The Falcons are 17-1-2 in that span, which dates to Feb. 7, 2020.

- 16: Blocked shots for Michigan Tech's Eric Gotz, which leads the WCHA.

- 8: Players with at least one goal for Bemidji State through five games this season.

- 4: Points for Minnesota State's Cade Borchardt against Bemidji State on Dec. 18, his first career four-point game.

- 3: Game-winning goals for Bowling Green senior Max Johnson, which tops the WCHA and ranks second nationally.

The Week Ahead

- (7/7) Bowling Green at Ferris State: The Falcons visit Big Rapids to open WCHA play for both teams. Bowling Green leads the all-time series, 74-60-13, after sweeping a two-game home-and-home non-conference series Dec. 11-12.

- Alabama Huntsville at (RV/UR) Michigan Tech: The Huskies host UAH holding a 17-3-2 all-time mark against the Chargers, including a 9-2-1 mark in Houghton.

- (5/5) Minnesota State at Northern Michigan: The Mavericks are 16-3-3 all-time against Northern Michigan, including a 6-3-3 mark in Marquette. The two teams split last season's series at Northern with MSU winning the series opener, 5-2, on Dec. 11, 2019 before the Wildcats rebounded with a 4-1 victory the following evening.

- (RV/UR) Bemidji State at (19/RV) Lake Superior State (NC): Bemidji State travels to Lake Superior State for a non-conference series this weekend. The Beavers and Lakers last met in the 2020 WCHA Quarterfinals with BSU winning the series 2-1 with a 3-1 win in Game 3 on March 8, which turned out to be the final NCAA hockey game prior to the COVID-19 shutdown.

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.