WCHA Press Releases

No. 1/1 Minnesota returns to action after a week off to host Minnesota State.
WCHA Week 20: Race For The Regular Season Title Continues

Opening Faceoff

Johnson Honored by Wisconsin: Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson became the first former Badger men's player to have his jersey retired when he was honored prior to the UW men's game on Feb. 9. Johnson, who is in his 16th season as the Badgers' women's coach, was a two-time All-American under his father, Bob, during his playing days in Madison and a member of the 1980 gold medal-winning U.S. men's hockey team at the Lake Placid Olympics.

Scanlan Tops Bemidji State Career Wins List: Bemidji State's 3-2 win at Ohio State on Feb. 8 was fifth-year head coach Jim Scanlan's 82nd win with the Beavers, surpassing Steve Sertich for the most in program history.

Winning Hockey: Wisconsin (26) and Minnesota (25) rank 1-2 in wins among all NCAA Division I programs this season. The Badgers (.867) and Gophers (.850) also rank second and third nationally in winning percentage.

Gophers and Badgers Continue to Hold Down Top Two Spots in the Polls: Minnesota and Wisconsin remain 1-2, respectively, in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. Ohio State remains in the top-10 in both polls, checking in at No. 10 with Minnesota Duluth receiving votes again this week.

  • Minnesota and Wisconsin are among the top-three teams in the most-recent PairWise Rankings. The Gophers are No. 2, the Badgers are No. 3. Ohio State is tied for No. 9 while UMD is tied for 12th.

Gophers Lead the Nation in Goals Scored: Minnesota enters the weekend as the NCAA leader in goals scored with 132, 15 more than second-place Clarkson (117). WCHA rival Wisconsin is fourth at 113. .

Putting the Puck on the Net: Wisconsin leads the NCAA in shots on goal this season with 1,183. Defensively, the Badgers have limited their opponents to 486 shots, the second-lowest total in the country, for an NCAA-best +697 shot differential.

By The Numbers

.940: St. Cloud State goaltender Janine Alder's save percentage, which leads the WCHA and ranks No. 6 nationally.

848: Shots faced by Abigail Levy of Minnesota State, the second-most in the nation this season.

104: Blocked shots by Minnesota State freshman Anna Wilgren this season, which leads the WCHA and ranks No. 2 nationally.

100: Shots on goal by Minnesota Duluth in their two-game series with St. Cloud State last weekend.

3: Short-handed goals by Minnesota's Kelly Pannek, which leads the league and is tied for second nationally.

1.12: Points per game by Minnesota Duluth's Gabbie Hughes, which leads all WCHA rookies and ranks fourth in the NCAA.

The Week Ahead

Minnesota State at (1/1) Minnesota: No. 1/1 Minnesota returns to action after a week off to host Minnesota State, which is in the midst of a five-game road trip.

  • The Gophers own the all-time series advantage over the Mavericks at 86-3-3 in a series that dates to 1998 and has won the last 41 meetings between the two schools, including all three contests this season.

(2/2) Wisconsin at (RV/RV) Minnesota Duluth: Following a home sweep of Minnesota State, No. 2/2 Wisconsin visits Minnesota Duluth for a two-game set on Friday and Saturday.

  • Wisconsin owns a 21-1-4 record over the last 26 matchups against the Bulldogs and leads the all-time series, 47-30-14.

Bemidji State at St. Cloud State: Bemidji State visits St. Cloud State coming off of back-to-back weekends with wins over then-No. 1 Wisconsin at home and then-No. 9 Ohio State on the road. St. Cloud enters the series having won two of its last three games.

  • The two teams played three games in a span of 12 days in late November and early December this season with BSU taking two-of-three from the Huskies. St. Cloud State took a 3-0 decision from the Beavers on Nov. 20 in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Face-Off Classic in Brainerd, Minn., before Bemidji State swept a two-game WCHA set at Bemidji, 3-0 and 2-0, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

The Week in Review

Bemidji State 3, at No. 9/9 Ohio State 2
at No. 9/9 Ohio State 5, Bemidji State 1
(Feb. 8-9 at OSU Ice Rink; Columbus, Ohio)

- Lauren Bench stopped 44 shots and Bemidji State rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit with three unanswered goals over the final two periods to take down No. 9/9 Ohio State, 3-2, at the OSU Ice Rink on Friday.

- The win was the 82nd for Bemidji State head coach Jim Scanlan, making him the winningest coach in BSU women's hockey history.

- The Buckeyes scored twice in the opening period on goals by Madison Field (8:16) and Lauren Boyle (18:26) but were unable to solve Bench for the remainder of the game.

- The Beavers got on the board in the second period on a goal by Abby Halluska at 3:32 then tied the contest when Lydia Passolt potted her fifth of the year at 8:24.

- The game remained tied until early in the third period when Emily Bergland scored the game-winner at 3:25.

- Charley Dahlquist lit the lamp twice as Ohio State rolled to a 5-1 win over Bemidji State to salvage a split of their two game series.

- Rebecca Freiburger (0:50) scored less than a minute into the game to put OSU up 1-0 early, with Dahlquist upping the lead to 2-0 at 6:13 of the period.

- Mak Langei got the Beavers on the board with a goal late in the period at 19:21 to cut the lead to 2-1 at the first intermission.

- After a scoreless second period, the Buckeyes scored three times in the third to put the game away.

- Dahlquist pushed the lead to 3-1 with a goal 48 seconds into the period. Emma Maltais then scored on a penalty shot at 13:07 and Sophie Jaques capped the day for OSU with a power play goal at 16:39.

- Amanda Zeglen stopped 18 shots for the Buckeyes in the win.

at RV/RV Minnesota Duluth 4, St. Cloud State 2
St. Cloud State 3, at RV/RV Minnesota Duluth 2
(Feb. 8-9 at AMSOIL Arena; Duluth, Minn.)

- Minnesota Duluth jumped out to a 3-0 lead en route to a 4-2 victory over visiting St. Cloud State at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth on Friday evening.

- McKenzie Hewett (9:03) and Sydney Brodt (16:03) staked the Bulldogs to a 2-0 lead at the first intermission with goals in the opening period.

- Lizi Norton extended the lead to 3-0 with a goal at 2:42 of the second period before the Huskies got on the board on a power play goal by Jenniina Nylund at 6:56 of the frame.

- But Ryleigh Houston pushed the lead back to three, netting her eighth goal of the season less than two minutes later at 8:16.

- Julia Tylke scored SCSU's final goal of the night at 19:22 of the second for the final margin.

- UMD's Maddie Rooney stopped 21 shots in the win while Emma Polusny turned away 43 shots for the Huskies.

- Goaltender Janine Alder turned away 51 shots and St. Cloud State picked up goals from three different players to give the Huskies a 3-2 win at Minnesota Duluth on Saturday for a split of their WCHA series.

- UMD opened the scoring on a goal by Naomi Rogge at 3:45 of the first period but St. Cloud answered less than a minute later on a goal by Jenniina Nylund at 4:32.

- Kayla Friesen gave the Huskies their first lead of the weekend with her fourth goal of the season at 6:31 of the second and SCSU led 2-1 heading to the third period.

- Taylor Wemple extended the lead to 3-1 with a power play goal at 2:37 that turned out to be the game winner after Anneke Linser scored for the Bulldogs at 11:23.

- Alder was strong between the pipes for SCSU as she faced 53 shots on the day and allowed only two goals.

at No. 2/2 Wisconsin 7, Minnesota State 2
at No. 2/2 Wisconsin 4, Minnesota State 1
(Feb. 8-10 at LaBahn Ice Rink; Madison, Wis.)

- Annie Pankowski recorded a goal and three assists and seven different Badgers found the back of the net as Wisconsin opened its two-game set with Minnesota State with a 7-2 win on Saturday.

- UW scored two goals in each of the first two periods and tallied three more times in the final frame for the victory.

- Nicole LaMantia (1:42) and Emily Clark (6:43) lit the lamp in the opening period while Abby Roque (8:55) and Mekenzie Steffen (10:22) scored on the power play in the second.

- Pankowski (1:16), Sophie Shirley (7:48) and Britta Curl (13:21) picked up the Badgers' final three goals in the third period.

- Rebekah Kolstad and Claire Butorac were the goal scorers for the Mavericks.

- Abby Roque's second-period goal was the 100th point of her Badger career, making her the 25th player in UW women's history to reach the century mark for career points.

- The day was also a special one for Badger head coach Mark Johnson as the former UW player became the first Badger men's player to have his number retired prior to the UW men's game Saturday night.

- Wisconsin completed the two-game sweep of Minnesota State with a 4-1 victory on Sunday.

- Sophie Shirley scored twice and Alexia Mauermann and Britta Curl also lit the lamp as the Badgers took control early and never looked back.

- Defensively, UW limited the Mavericks to just 12 shots on goal.

- Corbin Boyd scored the lone goal for MSU in the third period and Abigail Levy made 38 saves for the Mavericks in the loss.

- For the second day in a row, a Badger joined the career 100-point club as Sam Cogan's assisted on Meuermann's first-period goal to become the 26th Badger with 100 career points.