- NCAA-Best Four Ranked Teams: The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) enters Week 4 with an NCAA-best four teams (all in the top-five) in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
- No. 2 Wisconsin (swept UMD) and No. 3 Minnesota (swept SCSU) remained steady, while No. 4 Ohio State (swept MSU) and No. 5 Minnesota Duluth switched spots.
- Winningest. Coach. Ever.: Wisconsin's 3-1 victory Sunday was the 465th of Mark Johnson's career, making him the winningest coach in NCAA National Collegiate women's hockey history.
- Now in his 16th season at the helm of his alma mater, Johnson has led the Badgers to a 465-83-41 (.824) mark. Under his direction, UW has compiled four NCAA titles, seven WCHA playoff titles and seven WCHA league regular season crowns. The seven-time WCHA Coach of the Year and four-time AHCA Division I Coach of the Year has also mentored 21 All-Americans and 112 WCHA All-Academic Team members.
- Each of the top-three winningest coaches in NCAA women's hockey history are active, with Johnson surpassing Harvard's Katey Stone (464-224-48) and Mercyhurst's Michael Sisti (464-165-48).
- WCHA on FOX Sports: The third year of the WCHA partnership with FOX Sports North and FOX Sports Wisconsin begins this Friday, as No. 2 Wisconsin hosts Princeton on FSW Plus.
- The 2018-19 WCHA package includes the league's most regular season games (nine) to date, airing across the region's preeminent sports networks.
- Leading the Way: While very early in the season, WCHA players sit at or near the top of several national statistical leaderboards.
- Ohio State sophomore Emma Maltais (2g-8a) and Wisconsin junior Abby Roque (4g-6a) are tied for the NCAA lead with 10 points apiece, while St. Cloud State senior Julia Tylke paces everyone with nine assists.
- Minnesota junior Patti Marshall (1g-5a), who leads NCAA blueliners with a +11 rating, is tied with UW's Mekenzie Steffen (2g-4a) for second for defense scoring with six points.
- SCSU forward Jenniina Nylund (2g-5a) is tied for the NCAA rookie scoring lead with seven points, followed by four WCHA freshmen with five points apiece: UMN's Taylor Heise and Amy Potomak (both 3g-2a), Minnesota Duluth's Gabbie Hughes (3g-2a) and UW's Nicole LaMantia (5a).
- UMD's Maddie Rooney has the most saves (209) of any goaltender in the country, while Minnesota State's Abigail Levy is tops among freshmen with 126 stops.
By the Numbers
- 4: Ranking for Ohio State in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, matching the highest in program history (the 2017-18 Buckeyes reached that milestone during the regular season and in the final polls.
- 6: Straight games against top-4 opponents for Minnesota Duluth a first in program history. The Bulldogs, currently ranked No. 5, have played then-No. 4 Boston College (2-0), No. 3 Minnesota (0-1-1), and at No. 2 Wisconsin (0-2).
- 100: Wins all-time for Wisconsin at LaBahn Arena, a venue at which the Badgers have 15-straight sellouts and a 33-game unbeaten streak.
The Week Ahead
- No. 4 Ohio State at No. 3 Minnesota: For the third-straight week, we get a top-four matchup between WCHA teams. Both games (Friday at 7:07 p.m. CT and Saturday at 3:07 p.m. CT) will be live on BTN Plus and FloHockey.tv.
- Bemidji State at No. 5 Minnesota Duluth: A rematch of the Beavers' 2018 WCHA Quarterfinals upset, with BSU returning to AMSOIL Arena. The puck drops at 3:07 p.m. CT both Friday and Saturday on FloHockey.tv.
- St. Cloud State at Minnesota State: The first meeting of the season between the Huskies and Mavericks, with Friday's 7:07 p.m. CT and Saturday's 3:07 p.m. CT contest available on FloHockey.tv.
- Princeton at No. 2 Wisconsin: The Badgers and Tigers will meet for the first time since 1999. UW brings its 33-game home unbeaten streak into the series, with Friday's opener televised on FOX Sports Wisconsin PLUS (7:07 p.m. CT) and Sunday's finale on BTN Plus and FloHockey.tv (2:07 p.m. CT). o Wisconsin will honor its 2008-09 NCAA title team, while celebrating 20 years of Badgers women's hockey.
The Week in Review
- First weekend of all-WCHA play features a trio of sweeps.
at No. 2 Wisconsin 4, No. 4 Minnesota Duluth 2
at No. 2 Wisconsin 3, No. 4 Minnesota Duluth 1
(Oct. 13 and 14 at LaBahn Arena; Madison, Wis.)
- The No. 2 Badgers opened league play with a hard-fought sweep of the fourth-ranked Bulldogs.
- With Sunday's triumph, Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson is now the winningest coach in NCAA national collegiate women's hockey history with 465 career victories (surpassing Harvard's Katey Stone).
- Johnson's milestone win came as the Badgers rallied for a 3-1 victory. Alexis Mauermann scored the game-winning goal at 13:56 of the second period, snapping a 1-1 tie.
- Saturday's game was also close, tied 2-2 until UW freshman Britta Curl scored the game-winner with 7:08 remaining in regulation (the Badgers won, 4-2).
No. 3 Minnesota 6, at St. Cloud State 2
(Oct. 12 at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center; St. Cloud, Minn.)
at No. 3 Minnesota 4, St. Cloud State 1
(Oct. 13 at Ridder Arena; Minneapolis, Minn.)
- The third-ranked Gophers started strong in both games, scoring three first-period goals on Friday and again Saturday, never looking back to sweep a home-and-home series vs. the Huskies.
- A pair of freshmen led the Gophers, with WCHA Forward of the Week Taylor Heise scoring twice in the first period of Friday's 6-2 win in St. Cloud, and Emily Oden lighting the lamp twice Saturday for a 4-1 victory in Minneapolis.
- Sarah Potomak also scored two goals Friday for Minnesota.
at No. 5 Ohio State 4, Minnesota State 0
at No. 5 Ohio State 2, Minnesota State 1 - OT
(Oct. 12 and 13 at OSU Ice Rink; Columbus, Ohio)
- Netminders took center stage in Columbus, with WCHA Goaltender of the Week Abigail Levy of Minnesota State going toe-to-toe with WCHA Rookie of the Week Andrea Braendli of Ohio State.
- In the end, the fifth-ranked Buckeyes overcame Levy's WCHA-best 84 saves for a sweep of the visiting Mavericks.
- Four different Buckeyes scored Friday (including the first collegiate goal for sophomore Lisa Bruno) and Braendli posted 22 saves for her first career shutout (in her second start) in a 4-0 victory.
- The teams were tied 1-1 deep into overtime on Saturday and looked on their way to a shootout, until OSU senior Madison Field scored with 53 seconds left in OT to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 win. Braendli made a career-high 33 saves, outdueling Levy (42 stops). Tristen Truax scored for the Mavericks.