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No. 2 Minnesota hosts Minnesota Duluth on Feb. 2-3 at Ridder Arena in a battle between two of the top four teams in the WCHA this weekend.
WCHA Week 18: Gophers And Bulldogs Battle In Minneapolis

Opening Faceoff

Winning Hockey: Minnesota (24) and Wisconsin (23) rank 1-2 in wins among all NCAA Division I programs this season. The Badgers (.885) also boast the top winning percentage in the nation among teams with at least 20 games played while the Gophers rank No. 2 at .875.

WCHA Continues to Top National Rankings: The Wisconsin Badgers remain the No. 1 team in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week with Minnesota holding steady at No. 2. Ohio State remains in the top-10 in both polls, checking in at No. 9 with Minnesota Duluth receiving votes again 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 tied for No. 8 while UMD is tied for 11th.

By The Numbers

.960: Save percentage for St. Cloud State's Janine Adler, which leads the WCHA and ranks sixth in the NCAA.

199: Saves by Minnesota Duluth's Maddie Rooney, which led the WCHA for the month of January.

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

39: Non-conference wins by WCHA teams this season.

12: Points scored in January by Minnesota's Grace Zumwinkle and Taylor Heise and Minnesota Duluth's Gabbie Hughes, which led the WCHA.

14: Goals for Wisconsin freshman Sophie Shirley this season, which is tied for the national lead among rookies.

13: Consecutive weeks at No. 1 in both national polls for the Wisconsin Badgers.

The Week Ahead

Gopher-Bulldog Matchup Headlines Week 18: No. 2 Minnesota hosts Minnesota Duluth on Feb. 2-3 at Ridder Arena in a battle between two of the top four teams in the WCHA this weekend.

  • Minnesota owns the all-time series lead with the Bulldogs at 57-27-9 in a series that dates to 1998.
  • The two teams have met three times this season with two of the games decided in overtime. Most recently, the Gophers defeated UMD, 4-3, in overtime in the semifinals of the Minnesota Cup on Jan. 5 at Ridder. In their first WCHA series of 2018-19, the Gophers posted a 5-2 win at Duluth on Oct. 5 with the teams playing to a 2-2 tie the following day. Minnesota Duluth picked up the extra point that day with a shootout win.

(9/9) Ohio State at St. Cloud State: Ninth-ranked Ohio State visits St. Cloud State for a two-game series at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center this weekend.

  • Ohio State leads the all-time series, 44-30-11 and swept the first series meeting this season with the Huskies, taking a pair of 3-2 decisions Nov. 2-3 at the OSU Ice Rink.

(1/1) Wisconsin at Bemidji State: Top-ranked Wisconsin visits Bemidji State for a two-game set with the Beavers.

  • Wisconsin is 16-0-1 in the last 17 meetings between the two teams and owns a 73-5-4 mark in the series.
  • The Badgers are 29-1-3 in road contests with the Beavers.

Minnesota State at St. Cloud State (Feb. 5): Minnesota State and St. Cloud State will meet in a WCHA league game on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in St. Cloud. The matchup is actually the second game of a conference series that opened Jan. 18 with MSU taking a 3-1 win. The series was split to allow the Mavericks to play Bemidji State the following day as part of Hockey Day Minnesota.

Minnesota Whitecaps at Minnesota State (Exhibition): Minnesota State will host the NWHL's Minnesota Whitecaps in an exhibition game on Saturday at the Verizon Center in Mankato, Minn.

  • The Mavericks swept a two-game exhibition series with the Whitecaps last season, winning 5-1 and 5-2 on Dec. 1-2, 2017.

The Week in Review

No. 2/2 Minnesota 7, at No. 7/7 Ohio State 2
No. 2/2 Minnesota 7, at No. 7/7 Ohio State 1
(Jan. 25-26 at OSU Ice Rink; Columbus, Ohio)

- Grace Zumwinkle, Emily Oden and Alex Woken each scored twice and Minnesota jumped out to a 4-0 first-period lead en route to a 7-2 win road win over Ohio State in the opening game of their series.

- Zumwinkle opened the scoring with a power play goal at 3:13 of the first period.

- Oden (7:24) and Woken (8:13) then found the next 49 second apart and Nicole Schammel added another power play tally at 18:16 of the period.

- Madison Field got OSU on the board with her 11th goal of the season at early in the second period before Zumwinkle potted her second of the day at 11:19.

- Jincy Dunne quickly answered for the Buckeyes with a goal at 13:32 of the period to cut the deficit to 5-2 heading to the second intermission.

- Woken (16:00) and Oden (16:33) capped the night with a pair of late third period goals.

- Alex Gulstene stopped 19 shots for the Gophers in the win.

- Minnesota turned a 0-0 second period score into a 6-1 lead with six goals in the period's first 13 minutes and cruised to a 7-1 win and a sweep of its two-game set at Ohio State.

- Taylor Heise scored twice in the period and Crystalyn Hengler, Taylor Wente, Alex Woken and Amy Potomak also found the back of the net.

- Ohio State's lone tally was a short-handed goal by Emma Maltais at 7:55 of the second period.

- Grace Zumwinkle potted her third goal of the series in the third period to cap the scoring for Minnesota.

- Sydnee Scobee stopped 21 shots for the Gophers in the victory.

Bemidji State 5, at Minnesota State 2
Bemidji State 3, at Minnesota State 3 (MSU wins shootout, 2-1)
(Jan. 25-26 at Verizon Center, Mankato, Minn.)

- Lauren Bench stopped 25 shots and Page Beebe scored two third-period goals to lead Bemidji State to a 5-2 win over homestanding Minnesota State in Game 1.

- The Beavers jumped out to a 3-0 lead on first period goals by Abby Halluska (12:34) and Graysen Myers (18:46) and a second period tally by Clair DeGeorge (10:39) for a 3-0 lead.

- The Mavericks responded with goals from Brooke Bryant in the second period (14:25) and Emily Antony on the power play in the third period (15:07) to cut the lead to 3-2.

- Beebe then put the game away with a power play tally at 16:20 then potted an empty net goal at 18:52 to ice the win.

- Minnesota State and Bemidji State skated to a 3-3 tie on Saturday with the Mavericks picking up an extra point with a shootout victory.

- Tristen Truax opened the scoring for the Mavericks with an early first period goal at 30 seconds. The score stayed 1-0 until the third period when the two teams combined to score five times to knot the game 3-3 and send it to overtime.

- Jacqueline Kaasa scored twice for Bemidji at 3:48 and 6:49 but MSU responded with goals from Corbin Boyd at 10:31 and Brittyn Fleming (12:58) for a short-lived lead

- Emily Bergland knotted tings up at 16:26 of the period.

- After a scoreless overtime, MSU picked up an extra point with a 2-1 win in the shootout.

No. 1/1 Wisconsin 5, at St. Cloud State 0
No. 1/1 Wisconsin 3, at St. Cloud State 1
(Jan.25-26 at LaBahn Arena, Madison, Wis.)

- No. 1 Wisconsin started fast and rolled to a 5-0 win over St. Cloud State in the opening game of their two-game series.

- Junior Alexis Mauermann opened the scoring for the Badgers with a goal at 5:18 of the first period. At the 11:36 mark, Sophia Shaver made it 2-0.

- Mekenzie Steffen recorded the lone tally of the second period, scoring with just 15 seconds left in the stanza.

- A minute into the third period, Steffen again buried a blast from the point, recording the first multi-goal game of her career.

- Six seconds later, freshman Sophie Shirley beat everyone down the ice and scored on a breakaway, her 14th goal of the season, and set a new UW record for shortest time between two goals.

- Goaltender Kristen Campbell recorded 14 saves on her way to her 17th career shutout, tying her for fifth place on UW's all-time list.

- St. Cloud State scored early on a goal by Hannah Potrykus but Wisconsin scored three unanswered goals to complete the home two-game sweep of the Huskies with a 3-1 win in Game 2.

- After the Husky goal at 4:53 of the opening frame, Britta Curl (10:25) and Abby Roque (15:44) each found the back of the net to put UW up, 2-1, heading to the first intermission.

- The score held until Emily Clark picked an insurance goal for the Badgers at 8:41 of the third period to clinch the win.

at RV/RV Minnesota Duluth 3, Quinnipiac 1
Quinnipiac 2, at RV/RV Minnesota Duluth 1
(Jan. 25-26 at AMSOIL Arena; Duluth, Minn.)

- Minnesota Duluth extended its home-ice unbeaten streak to eight games Friday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Quinnipiac University at AMSOIL Arena.

- The Bulldogs fell behind midway through the first period after the Bobcats' Lexie Adzila found the back of the net through traffic.

- After Quinnipiac outshot the Bulldogs 11-7 in the opening stanza, UMD flipped the game's momentum at 6:02 of the second period when Lizi Norton scored on a delayed penalty, drawing UMD even at 1-1.

- Ashton Bell then walked into the high slot on her own to beat Bobcat goaltender Abbie Ives high for a 2-1 lead at the 13:48 mark.

- UMD added goal number three early in the third period, the first collegiate goal for freshman forward Kylie Hanley.

- Bulldog goaltender Maddie Rooney had 23 saves in the win.

- Minnesota Duluth's eight-game home winning streak was snapped in a 2-1 loss to visiting Qunnipiac on Saturday, splitting the two-game non-conference set.

- The game was scoreless until Anna Klein scored UMD's lone goal of the day at 3:59 of the third period.

- Quinnipiac answered six minutes later with a pair of goals just 19 seconds apart to take the win in what was the final regular season non-conference game of the season for the WCHA.