- WCHA Polling Strong: The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) enters Week 3 of the 2018-19 season with four of the top-5 teams in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
- No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Minnesota Duluth and No. 5 Ohio State all hold steady after solid showings in top-10 matchups.
- The Badgers earned a road sweep at then-No. 10 Mercyhurst, the Gophers took four points from the Bulldogs in the WCHA league opener and the Buckeyes split with No. 8 Colgate.
- Nonconference Success: After posting the country's top nonconference winning percentage last season at .614 (34-21-2), WCHA teams are an NCAA-best 15-7-0 (.682) thus far in 2018-19.
- Hallie with the Hot Hand: St. Cloud State's Hallie Theodosopoulos (Jr., F) had a pair of two-goal games last weekend during the Huskies' sweep of RIT and now leads the country with five goals in her first four contests.
- Theodosopoulos scored twice during SCSU's record-setting first period outburst Friday night, then tallied both of the Huskies' regulation markers Saturday in a game they came back to win, 3-2 in overtime.
- After also scoring in SCSU's finale at UConn, she is more than halfway to her 2017-18 total of eight goals.
- With a Little Help from our Friends: Through two weeks of the season, eight of the NCAA's top-12 assist leaders are WCHA skaters.
- St. Cloud State's Julia Tylke (Sr., F) is tied for the national lead with seven assists (in four games), Ohio State's Emma Maltais (So., F) ranks third with six and Minnesota's Nicole Schammel (RS-Sr., F) is fourth with five, while UMN's Patti Marshall (Jr., D), SCSU's Laura Kluge (So., F) and Jenniina Nylund (Fr., F), and Wisconsin's Abby Roque (Jr., F) and Nicole LaMantia (Fr., D) are all tied for fifth with four helpers apiece.
By the Numbers
- 1: Full year, for the first time in program history, that Ohio State has been ranked in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Buckeyes debuted at No. 7 in the Oct. 9, 2017 polls and have not been out since.
- 2: Straight seasons a Wisconsin Badger has netted the NCAA's first hat trick (women or men). Abby Roque (Jr., F) had her first career three-goal effort last Friday in UW's 6-1 win at Mercyhurst, while then-freshman forward Brette Pettet had a trick Sept. 29, 2017 (also against the Lakers).
- 6: First-period goals by St. Cloud State in Friday's 7-3 win over RIT, a program record for the Huskies and the most by a WCHA team in nearly two years (since Minnesota on Nov. 6, 2016 at Minnesota State). Hallie Theodosopoulos (Jr., F) and Hannah Potrykus (Sr., F) each had two goals apiece in the period, while Jordan Stewart (Sr., F) and Taylor Wemple (So., D) also lit the lamp for SCSU, which scored on six of its 16 shots.
The Week Ahead
- First Full WCHA Weekend: After the Gophers and Bulldogs christened the 2018-19 league season last weekend, six teams play in three league series this coming Friday-Sunday.
- No. 4 Minnesota Duluth at No. 2 Wisconsin: A second-straight top-four matchup awaits in Madison, as the Badgers host the Bulldogs on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Both games begin at 2:07 p.m. CT and will be streamed live on BTN Plus and FloHockey.tv.
- No. 3 Minnesota at/vs. St. Cloud State: The Gophers and Huskies meet for the first of two home-and-home weekends, skating Friday in St. Cloud (6:07 p.m. CT) and Saturday in Minneapolis (4:07 p.m. CT). Both games are streamed live on FloHockey.tv, with Saturday's also available on BTN Plus.
- The Gophers have won three-straight games over the Huskies but are unbeaten in the last 41 games (40-0-1) between the two teams.
- On Friday, SCSU will welcome back its first-ever head coach, Kerry Brodt Wethington, and players from the inaugural 1998-99 Huskies team.
- Minnesota State at No. 5 Ohio State: Idle last weekend after their season-opening sweep of RPI, the Mavericks travel to Columbus to face the fifth-ranked Buckeyes. The puck drops at 6:07 p.m. ET on Friday and 1:07 p.m. ET Saturday, with both again available to be live-streamed on BTN Plus and FloHockey.tv.
- OSU is hosting its annual Alumni Weekend for past generations of Buckeyes.
The Week in Review
- WCHA league opener doesn't disappoint with top-four matchup; league goes 5-3-0 in nonconference play.
No. 3 Minnesota 5, at No. 4 Minnesota Duluth 2
at No. 4 Minnesota Duluth 2, No. 3 Minnesota 2 - O (UMD wins shootout, 2-0)
(Oct. 5 and 6 at AMSOIL Arena; Duluth, Minn.)
- The top-four showdown in the WCHA opener lived up to its billing, with the No. 3 Gophers winning Friday, and the No. 4 Bulldogs getting a tie and the extra point with a shootout win on Saturday.
- Friday's game was wild, with six of the seven goals coming in the first period. UMD struck first on Gabbie Hughes' first career goal, but the Gophers scored the next four (including the first of Catie Skaja's career and two by Taylor Wente). The Bulldogs got within 4-2, but Minnesota added a third-period goal to win, 5-2.
- UMD's Maddie Rooney, the WCHA Goaltender of the Week, was excellent Saturday, making 37 saves in regulation/OT to cap an NCAA-best 78-save weekend. The Gophers did score twice in the third period to tie the game 2-2 (goals by Nicole Schammel and Kelly Pannek), but Rooney stopped both shots in the shootout. UMD's Hughes, who also scored in the first period, lit the lamp in the shootout, as did Ryleigh Houston, to give the Bulldogs the extra point in the WCHA standings.
No. 2 Wisconsin 6, at No. 10 Mercyhurst 1
No. 2 Wisconsin 5, at No. 10 Mercyhurst 3
(Oct. 5 and 6 at Mercyhurst Ice Center; Erie, Pa.)
- The second-ranked Badgers, returning to Erie, Pa. for the first time since winning the 2011 national championship, kept on winning there with a sweep of the 10th-ranked Lakers.
- UW's Abby Roque got the first hat trick in college hockey this season (and the first of her career) Friday in a 6-1 victory, earning WCHA Forward of the Week honors for her efforts. The Badgers also got a goal from freshman Britta Curl, the first of her collegiate career.
- Five different Badgers scored Saturday (including WCHA Defenseman of the Week Mekenzie Steffen), and they needed almost all of it in a 5-3 win. The teams combined for five goals in the first period (UW led 3-2), and it was still a one-goal game into the final minute before the visitors held on for the 5-3 triumph.
at No. 5 Ohio State 4, No. 8 Colgate 3
No. 8 Colgate 5, at Ohio State 2
(Oct. 5 and 6 at OSU Ice Rink; Columbus, Ohio)
- The fifth-ranked Buckeyes had a night to remember Friday, unveiling a banner commemorating the program's first-ever trip to the Frozen Four in 2018, then rallying for a 4-3 victory over No. 8 Colgate.
- Trailing 2-1 after the first period, OSU got second-period goals from Rebecca Freiburger, Charly Dahlquist and the tie-breaking, game-winner from Lauren Boyle.
- OSU took a 2-0 lead after the first period Saturday looking for a sweep, but the Raiders scored the game's final five goals.
at St. Cloud State 7, RIT 3
at St. Cloud State 3, RIT 2 - OT
(Oct. 5 and 6 at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center; St. Cloud, Minn.)
- SCSU enjoyed a wonderful home opener weekend, setting records Friday night and rallying Saturday to sweep RIT.
- The Huskies set a school record by scoring six first-period goals in a 7-3 win Friday. Hallie Theodosopoulos and Hannah Potrykus both scored twice in the period, while Potrykus also added two assists during the game for a four-point night.
- Theodospoulos remained hot Saturday, scoring two more goals, including one that tied the game 2-2 with just under seven minutes left. But, it was Abby Thiessen that was the ultimate hero, lighting the lamp 2:38 into OT for a 3-2 victory. Julia Tylke had two assists on the game and five for the weekend, teaming with WCHA Rookie of the Week Jenniina Nylund to set up all four Theodospoulos markers.
at Providence 4, Bemidji State 1
at Providence 4, Bemidji State 3
(Oct. 5 and 6 at Schneider Arena; Providence, R.I.)
- The Beavers had a tough road trip, getting swept at Providence.
- BSU outshot the Friars on Friday, but lost 5-1.
- Saturday, the Beavers jumped out to a 3-0 lead on second-period goals by Clair DeGeorge, Lindsey Featherstone and Tina Kampa, but Providence scored four unanswered goals to win, 4-3.