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No. 7 Ohio State hosts No. 2 Minnesota Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.
WCHA Week 17: Another Meeting Of Ranked Teams This Weekend

Opening Faceoff

Sweep Garners Poll Votes for the Bulldogs: Minnesota Duluth's home sweep of then-No. 5 Ohio State resulted in the Bulldogs receiving votes in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. UMD received six points in the USCHO rankings, which would put them in 12th place in the extended rankings, and totaled five points in the USAT/USAHM poll, which equaled 11th place in that poll's extended rankings. Wisconsin and Minnesota remain 1-2 in both polls following their series split in Minneapolis over the weekend. Ohio State checks in at No. 7 this week.

  • Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio State are also among the top-eight in the most-recent PairWise Rankings. The Badgers are No. 2, the Gophers are No. 3 and the Buckeyes are No. 8 while UMD is up to No. 13.

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

  • Wisconsin leads the country with 21 victories and is second in NCAA Division I in winning percentage (.875, 21-3-0). Minnesota is third at .865 (22-3-1) and Ohio State is 12th at .625 15-9-0). Minnesota Duluth is tied for 18th at .500 (10-10-2).

By The Numbers

866: Team saves by St. Cloud State this season, which ranks No. 2 in the NCAA.

84: Blocked shots by Minnesota State's Anna Wilgren, which leads the WCHA and ranks second in the NCAA.

79: Career wins at Bemidji State by head coach Jim Scanlan, two shy of the program record.

33: Points scored by Minnesota's Nicole Schammel (9g-24 assists), tops in the WCHA.

17: Points scored by Ohio State defenseman Jincy Dunne, which leads all WCHA blueliners.

8: Points scored by Minnesota Duluth's Naomi Rogge against Ohio State, which led the NCAA last weekend.

1.25: Goals allowed per game by Wisconsin, which ranks No. 1 in the NCAA.

The Week Ahead

Top-Seven Matchup: No. 2 Minnesota travels to Columbus to face No. 7 Ohio State Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink.

  • Minnesota owns the all-time series lead with the Buckeyes at 72-12-5
  • The two teams split their previous meeting, Oct. 19-20 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. The Gophers won the opener, 3-0 with Ohio State rebounding for a 3-2 win the series finale on Saturday.

Bemidji State at Minnesota State: The Beavers and Mavericks will meet for the second weekend in a row, this time in a conference series Friday and Saturday in Mankato.

  • Bemidji State owns a 40-29-11 advantage in the series but MSU is 2-0-1 in their three meetings this season.
  • The two squads met in a non-conference game last Saturday at the Hockey Day Minnesota outdoor rink on the shores of Lake Bemidji, with MSU coming away with a 2-1 win. The two teams also met in a WCHA series Oct. 26-27 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. The Mavericks won the opener, 4-1 and picked up an extra point in a shootout on Saturday after skating to a 0-0 tie in regulation and overtime.

St. Cloud State at (1/1) Wisconsin: The St. Cloud State Huskies will face No. 1 Wisconsin in a two-game set at LaBahn Arena in Madison, Wis. this weekend.

  • Wisconsin has won 17 straight meetings with the Huskies and has outscored SCSU, 70-9, during that streak.
  • The Badgers lead the all-time series between the two schools, 76-8-2

Quinnipiac at Minnesota Duluth: Fresh off its sweep of then-No. 5 Ohio State, Minnesota Duluth steps out of WCHA play for a home non-conference series with Quinnipiac out of the ECAC.

  • The meeting will be the first between the two schools.
  • The series will be the final non-conference matchup of the season for the WCHA, which has a 38-12-2 (.750) record in play against non-league opponents in 2018-19.

The Week in Review

at St. Cloud State 3, Minnesota State 1
(Jan. 18 at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center; St. Cloud, Minn.)

St. Cloud State scored twice in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and take a 3-1 win over Minnesota State at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Friday.

Laura Kluge opened the scoring for SCSU with a goal at 8:53 of the first period.

The Mavericks' Rebekah Kolstad knotted game at 1-1 with a goal at 16:29 of the second frame.

St. Cloud took the lead for good on a goal by Julia Tylke at 4:42 of the third period then got an insurance goal on the power play from Janna Haeg at 12:39 of the period for the final margin.

Emma Polusny made 29 saves for the Huskies in the win.

Game two of the series was moved to Tuesday, Feb. 5 to allow Minnesota State to play Bemidji State in a Hockey Day Minnesota game on Saturday.

at Minnesota Duluth 5, No. 5/5 Ohio State 2
at Minnesota Duluth 6, No. 5/5 Ohio State 3
(Jan. 18-19 at AMSOIL Arena; Duluth, Minn.)

Minnesota Duluth scored four first period goals - including two power play tallies from sophomore forward Naomi Rogge to cruise to a 5-2 win over fifth-ranked Ohio State at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth on Friday.

Rogge opened the scoring with a power play goal 6:37 into the first period.

Ohio State equalized two minutes later on a goal by Gabby Rosenthal before UMD poured in three straight scores over the next 11 minutes of the period.

Sydney Brodt scored at 9:10 and Anna Klein followed with a goal of her own at 16:30 before Rogge potted her second power play goal of the period at 19:39.

Ohio State cut the lead to 4-2 when Madison Field scored at 6:21 of the third.

Gabbie Hughes capped the day for UMD with an empty net goal at 17:54 for the final margin.

Maddie Rooney stopped 39 shots for the Bulldogs.

Minnesota Duluth started fast for the second game in a row, jumping out to a 2-0 lead and rolling to a 6-3 win over No. 5 Ohio State to clinch a sweep of the two-game set in Duluth on Saturday.

Naomi Rogge picked up her third and fourth goals of the weekend and Sydney Brodt tallied twice for the Bulldogs to give her three goals in the series.

Anna Klein and Gabbie Hughes also found the back of the net for UMD in the win.

Sophie Jaques, Paetyn Levis and Tatum Skaggs scored for the Buckeyes.

Maddie Rooney was again strong between the pipes, stopping 36 Buckeye shots to give her 75 saves in the series.

No. 1/1 Wisconsin 2, at No. 2/2 Minnesota 1
at No. 2/2 Minnesota 3, Wisconsin 1
(Jan.18-19 at Ridder Arena, Minneapolis, Minn.)

No. 1 Wisconsin opened a crucial WCHA series with second-ranked and conference-leading Minnesota with a 2-1 win on Friday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

Emily Clark tallied a first period power play goal and Maddie Rolfes broke a 1-1 third period tie with a goal at 14:59 for the win.

Kristen Campbell stopped 20 Gopher shots.

Nicole Schammel picked up Minnesota's lone goal 18 seconds into the second period.

Alex Gulstene stopped 24 shots for the Maroon and Gold.

Nicole Schammel scored twice and Sydney Scobee made a career-high 37 saves to lead No. 2 Minnesota to a 3-1 win over top-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday for a split of the two game series between the nation's top two teams.

Sophie Scarzynski opened the scoring for the Gophers with a goal at 15:44 of the first before Schammel put UM up 2-0 with her first of the day at 12:38 of the second.

Sophie Shirley cut the lead to 2-1 with the Badgers' lone goal at 12:59.

But Schammel potted an insurance goal at 6:08 of the third to clinch the win.

Minnesota State 2, at Bemidji State 1
(Jan. 19 at Hockey Day Minnesota Outdoor Rink; Bemidji, Minn.)

The Minnesota State Mavericks used goals by Brooke Bryant and Brittyn Fleming and 21 saves by Abigail Levy to down Bemidji State, 2-1, on Saturday.

The contest was played on an outdoor rink adjacent to Lake Bemidji as part of the 2019 Hockey Day Minnesota festivities and was carried live on Fox Sports North.

Bryant opened the scoring just 1:46 into the first period with her seventh goal of the season for MSU.

Bemidji's Mak Langei knotted the game 1-1 on a power play goal at 12:45 of the period.

Fleming put the Mavericks up 2-1 at 16:19 of the second period and Levy slammed the door from there to give Minnesota State the win.

Bemidji State used a trio of goalies - Lauren Bench, Lexi Baker and Kerigan Dowhy to stop 18 MSU shots.

The single game scheduled for Hockey Day Minnesota does not count in the league standings.