WCHA Press Releases

The 2019 Opening Faceoff begins with Wisconsin traveling to Ohio State on October 11-12.
WCHA Week Three Notes: 2019 Opening Faceoff Begins Friday
WCHA teams to compete in two league and three nonconference series

Opening Faceoff

- 2019 Opening Faceoff: The WCHA is launching a new yearly rivalry series during the 2019-20 season. The series will highlight the biggest matchups in the top league in all of NCAA women's hockey.

  • The 2019 Opening Faceoff begins with Wisconsin traveling to Ohio State on October 11-12. The competition between the two teams has been fierce the last few seasons as the recent series stands at just 4-3-2 in the Badgers' favor since the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

- Polling Place: At the close of Week 2, the WCHA is still the most-represented conference in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Polls with four teams on each list. Wisconsin and Minnesota maintain their respective No. 1 and No. 2 rankings on both polls while Ohio State climbs to No. 8 on each poll and Minnesota Duluth rises to No. 9 from both sets of voters. The Bulldogs have moved up in the polls after their series split with then-No. 3 Clarkson.

By the Numbers

- 62: Saves made by St. Cloud State's goaltending tandem of Janine Alder [33] and Emma Polusny [29] during the series against Ohio State.

- 11: Points scored by Wisconsin's Daryl Watts in the first four games of the season. Her five goals and six assists for 11 points leads the NCAA.

- 16: Points recorded for Minnesota's star-studded line of Alex Woken (3g-3a), Taylor Heise (3g-3a) and Grace Zumwinkle (2g-2a).

- 15: Shots blocked by Minnesota State's Anna Wilgren during the series against Minnesota. Her 16 blocked shots so far this season are tied for first in the NCAA.

- 13: Shots stopped by Bemidji State's Kerigan Dowhy in the 1-0 shutout of Lindenwood on Saturday.

- 4: Goals scored by Ohio State's Emma Maltais in the Buckeye's 5-2 victory over St. Cloud State on Friday night, which is a program record at Ohio State and is tied for sixth in WCHA history.

- 2: Minnesota Duluth players tallied four-point weekends in the Bulldogs' split with then No. 3 Clarkson, helping UMD to their first top-10 upset since beating then No. 2 Minnesota at Ridder Arena last season 3-2 on Feb. 2, 2019. Sydney Brodt recorded two goals and two assists for the Bulldogs, while Ashton Bell contributed four assists on the weekend.

The Week Ahead

League Series: WCHA play continues this weekend as No. 1/1 Wisconsin and No. 8/8 Ohio State will face off in Columbus, Ohio in the first league series of the season for the Badgers and the second for the Buckeyes. Minnesota State travels to No. 9/9 Minnesota Duluth as both teams look to attain their first league victory of the season. -

Nonconference Matchups:

  • Both St. Cloud State and No. 2/2 Minnesota hit the road this weekend as the WCHA teams prepare for road contests against RIT and Robert Morris, respectively. The Huskies are searching for their first win of the season while the Gophers are a perfect 4-0 two weeks into 2019-20.
  • Bemidji State hosts Providence this weekend, being the first WCHA teams to face off against a Hockey East foe. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:07 pm CT on Friday and 2:07 pm CT on Saturday.