Updates Around The League
- A Brief Hiatus: The upcoming week sees all seven WCHA teams hanging up their skates for a week without competition. The action returns to the ice on Nov. 15-16 as the teams will see three league series and a non-conference matchup against Lindenwood.
- International Break: This weekend's break was built into the WCHA schedule due to the now-cancelled Four Nations tournament that was to be held Nov. 8-9 in Luleå, Sweden. The United States and Canada are holding a joint training camp this weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa., that will culminate in a pair of exhibition games on Friday and Sunday. Two current WCHA players - Minnesota Duluth's Maddie Rooney and Sydney Brodt – are joined by a dozen WCHA alumni in the U.S. camp while Ohio State's Emma Maltais is one of seven current and former WCHA players suiting up for Canada.
- A New No. 1 In Town: After gaining five of six league points in the series with Wisconsin last weekend (1-0-1, with a shootout win for an extra point), the Minnesota Golden Gophers take over the top spot in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly rankings. This is the first week a team other than Wisconsin has occupied the top spot.
- WCHA in the Top 10: In addition to Minnesota claiming No. 1 on both polls, three WCHA school also rank within both sets of Top 10 rankings. Wisconsin now sits at No. 2 while Ohio State remains No. 8 in both polls for the second-consecutive week. Minnesota Duluth moves up one spot on each poll to boast the No. 9 rank on both lists.
- National Players of the Month: The Women's Hockey Commissioners' Association has named Wisconsin junior Daryl Watts the Player of the Month for the September/October period of consideration. Wisconsin senior Kristen Campbell was also honored, being named the Goaltender of the Month. This month's awards marked Watts' first national honor as a Badger and the fifth of her career and the first of Campbell's career.
By the Numbers
- 63: Saves on the weekend for Minnesota's Sydney Scobee as she led the Gophers to earn a win and a tie in the series against then-No. 1/1 Wisconsin. She went 63-for-67 between the pipes for Minnesota, tallying a weekend save percentage of .940.
- 50: Saves for St. Cloud State's Emma Polusny during game one of the weekend series with Minnesota Duluth, giving the netminder a new single-game career high. She added 35 saves in the second contest to collected a weekend total of 85.
- 28: Points during the month of October for Wisconsin's Daryl Watts. The junior forward led both the WCHA and the NCAA in points scored last month, racking up nine goals and 19 assists in 10 games.
- 6: Goals scored by Minnesota Duluth in Saturday's win 6-0 win over St. Cloud State. Kylie Hanley, Gabbie Hughes, Ashton Bell, Anneke Linser and Mannon McMahon all contributed to the Bulldogs' high-scoring tally.
- 5: Points so far this season for Bemidji State freshman Reece Hunt (1g-4a). The Beavers newcomer is tied for third among freshman in league scoring.
- 4: Straight wins for Minnesota State as they swept Merrimack at home in the Mankato Civic Center this past weekend. The week prior the Mavericks earned two wins over WCHA foe St. Cloud State in the third weekend of the Opening Faceoff.