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Minnesota State hosts top-ranked Wisconsin this weekend
WCHA Week 6: Another Fun Weekend Of League Series Ahead

Opening Faceoff

- Take It From the Top: Led by No. 1 Wisconsin and No. 2 Minnesota, the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) enters Week 6 with three teams in the top-five and four teams ranked overall in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The WCHA is tied with ECAC Hockey for the most ranked teams among all conferences.

  • Wisconsin (9-1-1) remains in the top spot, while Minnesota (7-2-1) moved up to No. 2 after a Border Battle split in Madison. Ohio State (7-3-0) remained at No. 4 following a road split at No. 10 St. Lawrence, while Minnesota Duluth (5-4-1) is ranked seventh.

- Horns Up: At 4-3-1, Minnesota State is off to its best eight-game start since the 2012-13 season (4-2-2). The Mavericks (2-3-1 WCHA) are a win shy of matching their 2017-18 overall and league victory totals (5-28-1 / 3-21-0).

  • Led by freshman Abigail Levy, the WCHA Goaltender of the Month, Minnesota State leads the WCHA and is fifth among Division I programs by allowing just 1.38 goals-per-game. The Mavericks are also the only D-I program yet to allow a power-play goal, killing off all 20 penalties.

- Four Nations Cup: The 2018 Four Nations Cup takes place Nov. 6-10 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is scheduled to include 29 current or former WCHA players, representing six institutions. The women on preliminary rosters are (active student-athlete in bold):

  • United States (15): Megan Bozek (Minnesota), Hannah Brandt (UMN), Sydney Brodt (Minnesota Duluth), Dani Cameranesi (UMN), Brianna Decker (Wisconsin), Mikaela Gardner (UW), Amanda Kessel (UMN), Hilary Knight (UW), Gigi Marvin (UMN), Sidney Morin (UMD), Annie Pankowski (UW), Kelly Pannek (UMN), Emma Polusny (St. Cloud State), Alex Rigsby (UW) and Maddie Rooney (UMD).
  • Canada (5): Jocelyne Larocque (UMD), Halli Krzyzaniak (North Dakota), Sarah Nurse (UW), Natalie Spooner (Ohio State) and Blayre Turnbull (UW).
  • Finland (6): Susanna Tapani (UND), Emma Nuutinen (UND - currently Mercyhurst), Michelle Karvinen (UND), Noora Räty (UMN), Eveliina Suonpää (UMD) and Minnamari Tuominen (OSU).
  • Sweden (3): Johanna Fällman (UND), Emma Söderberg (UMD) and Pernilla Winberg (UMD).

By the Numbers

- 350: Career wins for Minnesota head coach Brad Frost, who reached the milestone with the Gophers' 1-0 win last Saturday (Oct. 27) at Wisconsin. In his 12th season at the helm, Frost, a two-time AHCA Coach of the Year, a four-time WCHA honoree and a four-time national champion, is 350-66-31 (.818).

- 358: WCHA-leading team saves for St. Cloud State, one off the top NCAA total. The Huskies have the goaltending tandem of two-time Swiss Olympian Janine Alder (166 saves) and 2018 Four Nations Cup participant Emma Polusny (192), each of whom have made five starts.

The Week Ahead

- "Miracle Men" Reunion: 1980 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists John Harrington (head coach, Minnesota State) and Mark Johnson (head coach, Wisconsin) will meet up once again this weekend when the upstart Mavericks host the top-ranked Badgers.

  • Both games are available via FloHockey.tv, while Saturday's 2:00 p.m. CT contest will also be televised live on FOX Sports North PLUS.

- Bemidji State at (2) Minnesota: The Beavers return to Ridder Arena for the first time since the 2018 WCHA Final Faceoff, as the second-ranked Gophers host the weekend set.

  • Both games (Friday and Saturday) will be streamed live on FloHockey.tv and BTN Plus.

- St. Cloud State at (4) Ohio State: The Huskies open a four-game roadtrip with a series at the fourth-ranked Buckeyes, who are home for the first time since Oct. 12-13.

  • Both games (Friday and Saturday) will be streamed live on FloHockey.tv and BTN Plus.

- Minnesota Whitecaps at (7) Minnesota Duluth (Sat.): Former Bulldog greats Katie McGovern and Emma Stauber return to AMSOIL Arena with the NWHL-leading Whitecaps for a Saturday exhibition against No. 7 UMD. Puck drops at 4:00 p.m. CT, live on FloHockey.tv.

The Week in Review

No. 3 Minnesota 1, at No. 1 Wisconsin 0
at No. 1 Wisconsin 4, No. 3 Minnesota 1
(Oct. 27 and 28 at LaBahn Arena; Madison, Wis.)

- The first Border Battle of the 2018-19 season was a top-3 showdown that resulted in a split, with the No. 3 Gophers winning Saturday and the top-ranked Badgers earning the victory Sunday.

- Minnesota snapped Wisconsin's 35-game home unbeaten streak and took down the No. 1 Badgers, 1-0. Sophomore goaltender Alex Gulstene was incredible with 27 saves for her second career shutout, while Emily Brown scored the game's only goal in the third period.

- Wisconsin bounced right back to win, 4-1. The teams were tied, 1-1 after the first period, but the Badgers scored the final three goals. Natalie Buchbinder scored the game-winner, while Britta Curl also lit the lamp and Maddie Rolfes had three assists. Goaltender Kristen Campbell was outstanding with 30 saves, including 18 in the third period alone.

Minnesota State 4, at Bemidji State 1
Minnesota State 0, at Bemidji State 0 - OT (MSU wins shootout, 2-1)
(Oct. 26 and 27 at Sanford Center; Bemidji, Minn.)

- The Mavericks, off to their best start since 2012-13, captured five points on the road at Bemidji State.

- Mankato native Rebekah Kolstad scored two goals and had an assist for the Mavericks in a 4-1 win Friday. MSU was held scoreless for the first 38:40, but Corbin Boyd tied the game and Kolstad scored the game-winner before a pair of empty-net goals sealed the outcome.

- A goaltending duel, with Bemidji State's Lauren Bench (33 saves) and Minnesota State's Abigail Levy (25 stops) going toe-to-toe in the 0-0, shutout tie. The Mavericks earned the extra league point with a four-round shootout victory, as Emily Antony scored the winner.

No. 5 Minnesota Duluth 2, at St. Cloud State 1
at St. Cloud State 3, No. 5 Minnesota Duluth 2
(Oct. 26 and 27 at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center; St. Cloud, Minn.)

- Two tightly-contested, one-goal games resulted in a split between the No. 7 Bulldogs and the host Huskies.

- UMD scored both goals in the first period (by Anna Klein and freshman Anneke Linser) then held on for a 2-1 road win Friday at SCSU. Freshman goaltender Emma Soderberg made her first collegiate start and made 15 saves for the win.

- The Huskies rallied for a hard-fought, 3-2 win. Hannah Potrykus scored two goals, while fellow senior Julia Tylke snapped the 2-2 tie with the game-winner (coming with just 3:40 remaining in regulation). Emma Polusny was incredible in the SCSU net, stopping 48-of-50 shots.

at No. 10 St. Lawrence 3, No. 4 Ohio State 2
No. 4 Ohio State 6, at No. 10 St. Lawrence 1
(Oct. 26 and 27 at Appleton Arena; Canton, N.Y.)

- The fourth-ranked Buckeyes traveled East for a nonconference set and came away with a split at No. 10 St. Lawrence.

- OSU rallied from a 2-0, first-period deficit to the tie game 2-2 entering the third period Friday, but the host Saints scored the winner at 11:54 of the final stanza. Jincy Dunne and Tatum Skaggs scored for the Buckeyes.

- OSU bounced back in a big way Saturday, rolling to a 6-1 win. Charly Dahlquist had a huge game for the Buckeyes, with two goals and two assists. Freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli made 42 saves in the win.