Updates Around The League
- NCAA Stars of the Week: Wisconsin's Daryl Watts continues to lead the nation in points, and this weekend was no exception. The junior forward put together a seven-point performance against St. Cloud State and earned NCAA Second Star of the Week honors. This is the third-such selection for the WCHA season as Wisconsin's Abby Roque and Minnesota's Grace Zumwinkle earned Star of the Week nods earlier in 2019-20.
- WCHA in the Top 10: The Minnesota Golden Gophers remain the No. 1 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls heading into Week 10. In addition to Minnesota claiming the top spot, three WCHA school also rank within both sets of Top 10 rankings. Wisconsin sits at No. 2, Ohio State rises to No. 6 in the USCHO rankings and remains No. 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and Minnesota Duluth claims the No. 9 spot on both sets of polls.
- West is Best: For the third consecutive week, WCHA teams sit atop the pair of national polls on both the women's and the men's side. Representing the WCHA, Minnesota State men's hockey team claims the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row. The women's league of the WCHA has yet to see a team outside the league earn the top spot as Wisconsin sat at No. 1/1 for six weeks while Minnesota has kept the top spot for the past four.
By the Numbers
- 60: Saves on the weekend for St. Cloud State Emma Polusny. The Huskies goaltender faced the No. 1 scoring offense in the country during the series against Wisconsin.
- 52: Shots blocked this season by Anna Wilgren. The Minnesota State blueliner leads the league and is second in the NCAA in blocked shots.
- 50: Career points for Minnesota's Emily Brown after notching an assist against Minnesota Duluth this past weekend. The blueliner has tallied 12 goals and 38 helpers during her time as a Gopher.
- 20: Points earned by Minnesota Duluth's Gabbie Hughes in 13 games for the Bulldogs. The sophomore center has posted nine goals and 11 assists.
- 13: Wins for Wisconsin's Kristen Campbell just 16 games into the 2019-20 season. The Badgers netminder leads the nation's goaltenders in victories.
- 3: Different Buckeyes scored a pair of goals in Ohio State's 6-2 win over Colgate on Friday. Liz Schepers, Rebecca Freiburger and Emma Maltais each recorded a duo of tallies in the contest.
- 1: Meetings between Bemidji State and RPI prior to this weekend's series between the Beavers and Engineers.
The Week Ahead
- Non-Conference Tests: All seven WCHA teams face non-conference foes this weekend as four school get set for tournament actions. The other three schools prepare for weekend series as Bemidji State travels to Rensselaer, 6/7 Ohio State welcomes 3/3 Cornell in a Top 10 matchup and St. Cloud State hosts Lindenwood.
- Country Classic: No. 1/1 Minnesota and No. 2/2 Wisconsin travel to Nashville, Tenn., for the 2019 Country Classic, which also features Boston College and Harvard. The four-game event is set to take place at the Nashville Predators' practice facility, Ford Ice Center in Bellevue.
- Windjammer Classic: Minnesota State will travel to Burlington, Vt., to participate in the Windjammer Classic, hosted by Vermont. The Mavericks will play No. 7/6 Clarkson in the first game on Nov. 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Penn State and Vermont are the other two team participating in the tournament.
- Nutmeg Classic: 9/9 Minnesota Duluth will spend Thanksgiving day traveling to Hamden, Conn. for this weekend's 16th Nutmeg Classic, hosted by Qunnipiac University at the Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena. UConn and Yale round out the tournament participants.