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Coming off its weekend split with then-No. 1 Wisconsin, Bemidji State travels to Columbus to visit No. 9/9 Ohio State, which posted a pair of shutout wins at St. Cloud State a week ago.
WCHA Week 19: Two Ranked vs. Unranked Matchups Highlight Three League Series This Weekend

Opening Faceoff

Pankowski a Finalist for Hockey Humanitarian Award: Wisconsin senior Annie Pankowski was announced as one of five finalists for the 2019 Hockey Humanitarian Award on Feb. 5. The award honors a deserving male or female college hockey student-athlete who makes significant contributions to his or her team and the community at-large through leadership and volunteerism. The winner will be announced on April 12 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Winning Hockey: Minnesota (25) and Wisconsin (24) rank 1-2 in wins among all NCAA Division I programs this season. The Badgers (.857) also boast the top winning percentage in the nation among teams with at least 20 games played while the Gophers rank No. 2 at .850.

Gophers and Badgers Swap Spots in Top-10: The Minnesota Golden Gophers supplanted the Wisconsin Badgers the No. 1 team in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. The Badgers are now at No. 2 in the rankings. Ohio State remains in the top-10 in both polls, checking in at No. 9 with Minnesota Duluth receiving votes again this week.

  • Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio State are also among the top-eight in the most-recent PairWise Rankings. The Gophers are No. 2, the Badgers are No. 3 and the Buckeyes are tied for No. 8 while UMD is tied for 11th.

Badgers the Nation's Top Defensive Team: Wisconsin enters play this weekend with the top scoring defense in the NCAA. The Badgers are limiting their opposition to an average of 1.18 goals per game. UW also leads the nation in fewest shots per game permitted at 16.46 per contest.

By The Numbers

1,055: Team saves by St. Cloud State this season, the No. 2 total in the nation.

493: blocked shots by Minnesota State in 2018-19, the top mark in the NCAA.

132: Goals scored by Minnesota this season, which leads the NCAA.

81: Career wins at Bemidji State by head coach Jim Scanlan, which equals the program record.

81 (Part 2): Saves by Minnesota Duluth's Maddie Rooney in UMD's series at Minnesota, the most in the country last weekend.

23: Points scored by Ohio State defenseman Jincy Dunne this season, the top mark among all WCHA blueliners.

13: Blocked shots by Bemidji State's Tina Kampa in last weekend's split with Wisconsin, a total which led the country.

The Week Ahead

Bemidji State at (9/9) Ohio State: Coming off its weekend split with then-No. 1 Wisconsin, Bemidji State travels to Columbus to visit No. 9/9 Ohio State, which posted a pair of shutout wins at St. Cloud State a week ago.

  • Ohio State owns the series lead between the two schools at 38-27-12, including a 20-11-5 mark in Columbus.
  • Bemidji State swept the then-No. 4 Buckeyes in a two-game set at the Sanford Center in Bemidji earlier this season by scores of 2-1 on Nov. 9. and 4-2 on Nov. 10.

St. Cloud State at (RV/RV) Minnesota Duluth: St. Cloud rebounded from its sweep at the hands of Ohio State last weekend with a 4-1 home victory over Minnesota State on Feb. 5. Minnesota Duluth is coming off of a split with then-No. 2 Minnesota in Minneapolis last week and remains on the cusp of breaking into the national top-10.

  • UMD leads the all-time series between the long-time rivals, 65-13-6 but the two teams split a pair of games in St Cloud earlier in the season with the Bulldogs taking game one on Oct. 26, 2-1, before the Huskies rebounded with a 3-2 win in the finale the following day.

Minnesota State at (2/2) Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Badgers return home following a split at Bemidji State to host Minnesota State, which began a five-game road swing with a 4-1 defeat at St. Cloud State on Feb. 5.

  • The Badgers have won 23 consecutive games against MSU, outscoring the Mavericks, 112-10, during that span.

The Week in Review

No. 9/9 Ohio State 4, at St. Cloud State 0
No. 9/9 Ohio State 5, at St. Cloud State 0
(Feb. 1-2 at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center; St. Cloud, Minn.)

- Freshman Andrea Braendli stopped 22 shots and Ohio State scored three times in the third period to secure a 4-0 win over St. Cloud State at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Friday.

- Rebecca Freiburger opened the scoring for the Buckeyes with a goal at 9:42 of the first period and Braendli made that goal stand up until OSU broke through again in the third period when Paetyn Levis potted the Bucks' second goal at 1:03 of the frame.

- Sophie Jaques (16:43) and Emma Maltais (PP- 18:45) added a pair of insurance goals late in the period.

- St. Cloud's Emma Polusny stopped 49 shots for the Huskies in the loss.

- Andrea Braendli was again stellar in net, stopping all 28 shots she faced for her second shutout in as many games as No. 9/9 Ohio State completed a road sweep of St. Cloud State with a 5-0 win on Saturday.

- The Buckeyes outshot the Huskies, 48-28, and got goals from Tatum Skaggs, Madison Field, Charly Dahlquist, Liz Schepers and Jacyn Reeves in the victory.

- The shutout was Braendli's fifth of the season, tying her for second in the WCHA.

- OSU has not allowed a goal to the Huskies in their last four meetings in St. Cloud.

at Bemidji State 2, No. 1/1 Wisconsin 1
No. 1/1 Wisconsin 4, at Bemidji State 0
(Feb. 1-2 at Sanford Center; Bemidji, Minn.)

- Lauren Bench stopped 29 shots and Bemidji State rallied from a 1-0 second-period deficit to defeat No. 1 Wisconsin, 2-1, at the Sanford Center on Friday afternoon.

- The win was the first for the Beavers over a No. 1 team since 2014.

- After a scoreless first period, Mekenzie Steffen staked the Badgers to a 1-0 lead with her sixth goal of the season at 8:26. But Bemidji answered less than four minutes later when Jacqueline Kaasa found the back of the net at 12:18 to knot the score a 1-1.

- The game remained tied until 9:35 of the third period when Lydia Passolt scored on a power play to give BSU a 2-1 lead that would stand as the final score.

- Top-ranked Wisconsin rebounded from Friday's upset with a 4-0 win at Bemidji State on Saturday to split the two-game series.

- After a scoreless first period, the Badgers tallied three times in the second period on back-to-back goals by Sam Cogan at 1:00 and on the power play at 8:39; and a goal by Britta Curl at 12:56.

- UW added a short-handed empty net goal by Maddie Rolfes at 10:51 of the third.

RV/RV Minnesota Duluth 3, at No. 2/2 Minnesota 2 (OT)
at No. 2/2 Minnesota 5, RV/RV Minnesota Duluth 3
(Jan. 2-3 at Ridder Arena; Minneapolis, Minn.)

- Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota went to overtime for the third time in four meetings this season with the visiting Bulldogs coming away with a 3-2 win at Ridder Arena on Saturday on a goal by Naomi Rogge at 3:39 of the extra period.

- The Gophers tallied first on a goal by Sarah Potomak at 13:55 of the first period. Kylie Hanley answered for the Bulldogs four minutes later with her second goal of the season at 17:55.

- Gabbie Hughes put UMD up, 2-1, 1:31 into the second period but Grace Zumwinkle equalized for the Gophers at 8:27 of the period.

- Neither team found the next for the remainder of regulation, setting up Rogge's overtime heroics.

- Maddie Rooney stopped 42 shots for UMD in the win.

- Nicole Schammel's power play goal with 3:23 left in the third period snapped a 3-3 tie and propelled No. 2/2 Minnesota to a 5-3 win over Minnesota Duluth and clinched a split of the two-game set at Ridder Arena.

- Anneke Linser got UMD on the board first with a goal at 9:31 of the opening period. Catie Skaja (3:10) and Sarah Potomak (4:21) put the Gophers up 2-1 with a pair of second-period goals but Ryleigh Houston knotted the contest at 2-2 with a goal at 5:12 of the period.

- Amy Potomak put Minnesota up, 3-2, with a power play goal at 2:25 of the third before Gabbie Hughes equalized for UMD at 10:29.

- Schammel then broke the tie late in the period and Taylor Wente added an empty-net goal to clinch the win.

at St. Cloud State 4, Minnesota State 1
(Feb. 5 at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center; St. Cloud, Minn.)

- St. Cloud State defeated Minnesota State, 4-1, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center Tuesday, Feb. 5.

- After a scoreless first period, St. Cloud got on the board on a goal by Kayla Friesen just 1:30 into the period.

- Hannah Potrykus upped the lead to 2-0 at 10:13 and Hallie Theodosopoulos added a power play goal at 14:37 for a 3-0 lead heading into the second intermission.

- Potrykus scored her second goal of the night at 16:49 of the third before the Mavericks' Taylor Gullenchyn picked up Minnesota State's lone goal of the night at 17:24.

- St. Cloud State's Emma Polusny stopped 42 shots for the Huskies.

Minnesota Whitecaps 3 at Minnesota State 0 (Exhibition)
(Feb. 2 at Verizon Center; Mankato, Minn.)

- Minnesota State dropped a 3-0 decision to the NWHL's Minnesota Whitecaps in exhibition action Saturday in Mankato.

- Maverick goalies Kathryn Bidulka (17 saves) and Chloe Crosby (14 saves) stopped 31 of 35 shots for MSU.