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The top two teams in the nation will face-off this weekend when #2 Minnesota hosts #1 Wisconsin in a Border Battle
WCHA Week 16: Badgers And Gophers Meet In Battle Of Nation's Top-Ranked Teams
NO. 1 WISCONSIN VISITS NO. 2 MINNESOTA TANGLE FOR WCHA LEAD

Opening Faceoff

Ohio State Up Two Spots to No. 5 UW, UM Remain 1-2 Nationally: Ohio State's split with No. Wisconsin saw the Buckeyes climb two spots in the latest USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The Badgers and Minnesota remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively heading into their showdown in Minneapolis this weekend.

  • Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio State are also among the top-five in the most-recent PairWise Rankings. The Badgers are No. 1, the Gophers are No. 2 and the Buckeyes are No. 5.

Hockey Day Minnesota: Bemidji State will host Minnesota State in an outdoor game as part of the 2019 Hockey Minnesota festivities on Saturday. The two WCHA squads will face off in a non-league game at 1 p.m. CT at an outdoor rink adjacent to Lake Bemidji. The game will air live on Fox Sports North.

Winning Hockey: Eighteen NCAA Division I programs have winning percentages of .500 or better, with three of those hailing from the WCHA.

  • Wisconsin leads the country with 20 victories and tops D-I with a .909 winning percentage (20-2-0). Minnesota is second at .896 (21-2-1) and Ohio State is ninth (.682, 15-7-0).
  • The Gophers (14-straight victories) have the nation's longest active winning streak, and the second-longest unbeaten run (Princeton is 13-0-5 in its last 18 games).

BY THE NUMBERS

473: Blocked shots by Minnesota State this season, the most in the country.

74: Goals scored by Minnesota during its current 14-game winning streak.

50: Career points for Minnesota State senior Corbin Boyd, making her the 19th Maverick to reach that milestone.

30: Points scored by Ohio State's Emma Maltais, which leads the WCHA.

5: Number of goal-scorers for Minnesota Duluth against Bemidji State in a 5-2 win on Jan. 12, marking the second time this season at least five Bulldogs found the back of the net in the same game.


THE WEEK AHEAD

Top-Two Matchup: No. 1 Wisconsin will visit No. 2 Minnesota in a battle for first place in the WCHA on Friday and Saturday at Ridder Arena.

  • Minnesota owns the all-time series lead with the Badgers at 51-36-11.
  • The Badgers and Gophers split their initial meeting of the season in Madison on Oct. 27-28 with the Gophers winning the opener, 1-0, and the Badgers taking game two by a 4-1 score.

No. 5 Ohio State at Minnesota Duluth: The WCHA's third nationally-ranked squad will also be in action in the Land of 10,000 Lakes this weekend as the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes visit Minnesota Duluth for a two-game set.

  • UMD owns an all-time series advantage of 67-19-3 over the Buckeyes.
  • The series will pit the teams with the two toughest schedules in the country. UMD owns the nation's top strength of schedule at .559 with the Buckeyes just percentage points behind at .544.

Minnesota State at St. Cloud State: Minnesota State will play game one of its WCHA series at St. Cloud State on Friday at 3:07 p.m. CT. The Mavericks and Huskies will complete the series on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

  • The scheduling quirk is a result of the MSU-Bemidji State matchup on Saturday that was inserted in the schedule as part of the Hockey Day Minnesota festivities in Bemidji this weekend.
  • St. Cloud State leads the all-time series with Minnesota State, 40-32-12.
  • The two squads split their first meeting this season in Mankato with the homestanding Mavericks taking game one, 3-1, and the Huskies rebounding to claim a 2-1 victory in game two. The two squads also played to a 2-2 tie in the semifinals of the Minnesota Cup with Saint Cloud State advancing to the championship game with a shootout win.

The Week in Review

at No. 7/7 Ohio State 1, No. 1/1 Wisconsin 0
No. 1/1 Wisconsin 5, at No. 7/7 Ohio State 2
(Jan. 11-12 at OSU Ice Rink; Columbus, Ohio)

Behind 32 saves from Andrea Braendli, No. 7 Ohio State shut out No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers, 1-0, in the opening game of the series.

The lone goal of the game came from Jincy Dunne as she fired the puck past UW goaltender Kristen Campbell at the 7:50 mark of the first period.

From there the game turned into a defensive standoff, as the Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead, and a 10-to-9 shots-on-goal advantage into the break.

The second period saw the Badgers outshoot the Buckeyes 10-3, but Braendli and the defense stepped up to keep the net empty heading into the second intermission.

In the third period Wisconsin peppered Braendli with 13 shots but could not get the equalizer as Braendli notched her third shutout of the season.

Wisconsin rebounded in game two of the series to claim a 5-2 win over Ohio State and secure a split in the weekend set in Columbus.

The Badgers scored just 52 seconds into the game when Britta Curl found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Emma Maltais responded for the Badgers later in the first, scoring her 10th goal of the season to tie things at 1-1.

Sophie Shirley scored near the end of the period to give Wisconsin a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.

After Annie Pankowski upped the UW lead to two, Ohio State's Sophie Jaques converted on a power play in the closing minute of the second period to cut the Wisconsin lead to 3-2 at the break.

Curl scored her second of the game and Sophia Shaver added an insurance goal to secure the 5-2 for the Badgers. UW's Kristen Campbell stopped 12-of-14 shots while OSU goaltender Andrea Braendli finished with 40 saves on the night.


at Bemidji State 4, Minnesota Duluth 1
Minnesota Duluth 5, at Bemidji State 2
(Jan. 11-12 at Sanford Center; Bemidji, Minn.)

Bemidji State's Lydia Passolt scored two first period goals and Kiki Radke and Ellie Moser found the back of the net as well to lead the Beavers to a 4-1 victory over Minnesota Duluth in game one of their series.

The win was the seventh in a row at home to extend the BSU program record.

Lauren Bench held to Bulldogs to one goal on 30 shots to secure the win.

Ashton Bell had the lone Bulldog goal on a second period power play.

Minnesota Duluth exploded for three third-period goals to break a 2-2 tie and roll to a 5-2 win over Bemidji State to secure a split of the two-game set on Saturday.

Briana George opened the scoring for the Beavers with her first goal of the season at 2:30 of the first period.

UMD's Gabbie Hughes answered with her 11th of the campaign at 18:15 of the period to knot the game at 1-1. Ryleigh Houston then gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead early in the second period before Bemidji State tied the game at 2-2 on a goal from Clair George at 15:21.

UMD broke the game open in the third as Anna Klein gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead at 8:12 of the frame and Anneke Linser (10:42) and

Ashton Bell (16:52) added goals for the 5-2 final.

Emma Sederberg stopped 23 shaves in the victory for Minnesota Duluth.


No. 2/2 Minnesota 5, at Minnesota State 1
No. 2/2 Minnesota 6, at Minnesota State 3
(Jan.11-12 at Verizon Center; Mankato, Minn.)

No. 2 Minnesota scored twice in the first period and limited Minnesota State to just 19 shots on goal en route to a 5-1 win over the Mavericks in Mankato on Friday.

The Gophers opened the scoring at 10:55 of the first on a goal by Patti Marshall. Emily Oden followed up with a goal at 18:15 for a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.

Minnesota upped its lead to 3-0 on a power play goal by Amy Potomak at 1:40 of the second period.

Ten seconds into the third period, the Gophers extended the lead to 4-0 as Taylor Wente found the back of the net.

The Mavericks got on the board at 7:31 of the period on a goal by Brooke Bryant.

Olivia Knowles capped the scoring with a her fourth goal of the season for UM at 18:11.

Minnesota's Alex Gulstene stopped 18 shots in the win.

Minnesota raced to a 3-0 second-period lead and cruised to a 6-3 win over Minnesota State to clinch a sweep of the two-game WCHA set.

Grace Zumwinkle tallied twice, once on the power play and the Gophers also got goals from Taylor Williamson, Abigail Boreen, Alex Woken and Amy Potomak in the win.

Sydney Scobee made 23 saves for the victory.

Jordan McLaughlin, Brooke Bryant and Brittyn Fleming tallied for the Mavericks.

MSU goaltender Abigail Levy turned away 28 Gopher shots.