WCHA Press Releases

WCHA Week 12: Top-10 Battle In Mankato
WCHA's top two teams square off as Minnesota State hosts Bowling Green

Opening Faceoff

- WCHA Lands Six on Mike Richter Watch List: Six WCHA netminders are among the 35 goaltenders named to the Hockey Commissioners Association's Mike Richter Award watch list released Feb. 2.

  • Named to the watch list from the WCHA were Zach Driscoll of Bemidji State, Eric Dop and Zack Rose of Bowling Green, Mareks Mitens of Lake Superior State, Blake Pietila of Michigan Tech and Dryden McKay of Minnesota State.
  • A committee of voters — made up of a cross section of coaches, administrators, scouts and media — will pare this list down to approximately 15 names within the next two weeks and then ultimately choose the winner who will be announced in April during the NCAA Frozen Four.

- Hobey Baker Nominees: Fourteen WCHA players have been nominated for the 2021 Hobey Baker Award.

  • This season's nominees include Alabama Huntsville's Tyrone Bronte; Bemidji State's Zach Driscoll; Bowling Green's Will Cullen, Connor Ford and Brandon Kruse; Lake Superior State's Ashton Calder, Lukas Kaelble and Mareks Mitens; Michigan Tech's Trenton Bliss and Blake Pietila; Minnesota State's Cade Borchardt, Dryden McKay and Nathan Smith and Northern Michigan's Joseph Nardi.
  • Fan voting for this year's Hobey Baker Award runs through March 8 at hobeybaker.com/vote.

- Bemidji State Rejoins the Top-20 This Week: Minnesota State and Bowling Green were joined by Bemidji State in the latest USCHO rankings released Feb. 1. Minnesota State checks in at No. 6 this week while Bowling Green remains in the No. 8 spot and Bemidji State returns to the rankings at No. 18. Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State received votes.

  • The Mavericks and Falcons are No. 4 and No. 8, respectively, in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings this week while Bemidji State received votes.
  • Minnesota State, Bowling Green and Bemidji State also found themselves ranked in the latest College Hockey News Power 16 rankings released Feb. 2. MSU checks in at No. 6 while the Falcons are No. 8 and BSU is No. 14.

By The Numbers

- 96: Career assists for Bowling Green's Brandon Kruse, the most by a WCHA player since the 2013 realignment.

- 60: Career points for Bemidji State's Owen Sillinger in 87 games with the Beavers.

- 15: Points for Minnesota State's Cade Borchardt (6g-9a), which leads the Mavericks. His 1.25 ppg average ranks 11th nationally.

- 11: Career points for Lake Superior State's Ashton Calder against Northern Michigan, the most for any current Laker against the Wildcats.

- 6: Consecutive games with a point for WCHA January Rookie of the Month Arvid Caderoth of Michigan Tech.

- 5: Points for Northern Michigan's Griffin Loughran in the Wildcats' sweep of Ferris State last weekend.

- .941: NCAA-best penalty-kill percentage for Bemidji State. The Beavers have killed 32-of-34 opponent power-play attempts this season.

The Week Ahead

- (8/8) Bowling Green at (6/4) Minnesota State: The Falcons visit Minnesota State for a two-game set this weekend for a match-up between the WCHA's two top-10 teams. Minnesota State is 8-5-0 at home against BGSU all-time.

- (RV/UR) Michigan Tech at Alabama Huntsville (NC): In the lone non-conference series of the weekend, the Huskies visit Alabama Huntsville. Michigan Tech leads the all-time series, 19-3-2, and is 8-1-1 in Huntsville.

- (18/RV) Bemidji State at Ferris State: Ferris State owns a 16-15-4 lead in the series with the Beavers but the series record at FSU is tied, 8-8-2.

- Northern Michigan at (RV/UR) Lake Superior State: In one of the most-played rivalries among current WCHA teams, Northern Michigan leads the 133-game series with the Lakers, 74-46-13. However, LSSU swept the non-conference series between the two teams earlier this season in Marquette.

- (RV/UR) Michigan Tech at Ferris State: The Bulldogs host Michigan Tech on Tuesday evening in the second of two rescheduled WCHA league contests. Michigan Tech won the first game of the set, 6-4, on Feb. 2.

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.