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Huskies and Falcons meet in Bowling Green as WCHA wraps up January slate

Opening Faceoff

- McKay Notches Another: Minnesota State's Dryden McKay notched his sixth shutout of the season with a 4-0 blanking of Ferris State on Jan. 22. The whitewash was the 20th of the junior's career, one shy of the WCHA record set by Bemidji State's Michael Bitzer (2014-18) and six behind the NCAA all-time mark set by Ryan Miller of Michigan State (1999-2000).

- WCHA Announces All-Decade Team for the 1970s: The WCHA continued its recognition of 70 Years of Excellence last week with the announcement of its All-Decade honorees for the 1970s.

  • Named to the All-Decade Team were forwards Mark Johnson of Wisconsin (1976-79), Tom Ross of Michigan State (1972-76) and Mike Zuke of Michigan Tech (1972-76); defensemen Curt Giles of Minnesota Duluth (1975-79) and Craig Norwich of Wisconsin (1974-77) and goaltender Ron Grahame of Denver (1969-73).
  • Wisconsin's Johnson was honored as the Player of the Decade. Johnson tallied 256 career points on 125 goals and 131 assists for the Badgers.
  • Minnesota's Herb Brooks was named the WCHA Coach of the Decade. The Miracle on Ice architect led the Gophers to three national titles in four NCAA championship game appearances, four WCHA postseason crowns and one league regular season title from 1972-79 before going on to greater fame in Lake Placid in 1980.

- WCHA Lands Three in the Top-20 This Week: Minnesota State, Bowling Green and Michigan Tech represent the WCHA in the USCHO rankings this week. The Mavericks slot in at No. 3 after a weekend sweep of Ferris State. Meanwhile, the Falcons occupy the No. 8 spot and Tech returns to the rankings at No. 18. Bemidji State and Lake Superior State received votes.

  • The Mavericks and Falcons are No. 2 and No. 8, respectively, in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings this week while Michigan Tech received votes this week.
  • Minnesota State, Bowling Green, Bemidji State and Michigan Tech also found themselves ranked in the latest College Hockey News Power 16 rankings released Jan. 26. MSU checks in at No. 4 while the Falcons are No. 7. BSU is No. 14 and Tech is at No. 16 for the third week.

By The Numbers

- 320: Saves by Bemidji State's Zach Driscoll, which leads all WCHA netminders this season.

- 93: Career assists for Bowling Green's Brandon Kruse, two shy of the WCHA post-realignment record.

- 79: Faceoffs won by Alabama Huntsville's Tyrone Bronte, the most among WCHA rookies.

- 33: Shots on goal by Ferris State freshman forward Mitch Deelstra this season, which leads all WCHA newcomers.

- 30: WCHA-leading blocked shots total for Northern Michigan senior Ben Newhouse.

- 16: Points for Bowling Green defenseman Will Cullen (4g-12a), which leads WCHA blueliners and ranks third nationally among defenders.

- 14: Shutouts by WCHA goaltenders this season, the most recorded by any conference in the country.

- 1.45: Career goals against average for Minnesota State's Dryden McKay, the lowest average in WCHA history. McKay is one of only two netminders in league history with a career GAA below 2.00.

The Week Ahead

- (18/RV) Michigan Tech at (8/8) Bowling Green: The Huskies and Falcons will meet for their only scheduled series of the season this weekend in Bowling Green in what should a defense-heavy match-up of two of the five teams in the NCAA currently allowing fewer than two goals per game.

- Ferris State at Northern Michigan: Northern Michigan won the first two meetings between the two schools this season, taking a pair of non-conference wins in December to extend their all-time series lead to 66-30-6 against the Bulldogs.

- (3/2) Minnesota State at (RV/UR) Bemidji State (NC): The top two teams in the WCHA a year ago will meet in their fourth non-conference contest of the season on Saturday. Minnesota State posted a 2-0-1 mark in the first three match-ups with the Beavers in the 2020-21 campaign.

- (18/RV) Michigan Tech at Ferris State: The Bulldogs host Michigan Tech on Tuesday evening in the first of two rescheduled WCHA league contests. The second game of the postponed series is slated for Feb. 9, also at Ferris State.

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.