Updates Around The League
- Competition Returns in the New Year: WCHA teams spend the next few weeks off the ice leading up to the onset of the new decade. Play resumes Jan 4-5, 2020 as six of the seven league teams return to competition. Minnesota welcomes Yale in a non-conference series while Wisconsin heads to the Battle of the Burgh in Pittsburgh, Pa., to match up with Robert Morris and Colgate or Northeastern. Bemidji State, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State and St. Cloud State are all set to participate in the 2020 Minnesota Cup in Duluth. Ohio State returns to the ice the following weekend as they host Minnesota State.
- Skating Off Unbeaten: Minnesota Wisconsin and Bemidji State wrap up the first half of the 2019-20 schedule with the three longest consecutive unbeaten streaks in the country. The Gophers finish 2019 7-0-3 in their last 10 contests, while Wisconsin carries a nine-game unbeaten streak after having gone 8-0-1. Bemidji State joins the top three with their eighth victory in a row after sweeping Union Dec. 13-14.
- WCHA Battle for the Top: Wisconsin retains the No. 1 ranking in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Polls while Minnesota sits at No. 2 and is still receiving votes in the USCHO Poll.
- WCHA in the Top 10: In addition to the top-spot competition between the Badgers and Gophers, two other league teams claim top-10 rankings. Ohio State sits at No. 5 in the USCHO rankings and No. 6 in the USAT/USAH Poll. Minnesota Duluth comes in at No. 10 on each list after a week off from competition.
By the Numbers
- 38.1: Power-play percentage for the Badgers after 20 games. Wisconsin leads the NCAA on the man-advantage, capitalizing on 24-of-63 chances.
- 57: Blocked shots for Minnesota State's Anna Wilgren. The sophomore defenseman ranks second in the NCAA in blocks.
- 13: Points in the first half of the season for St. Cloud State's Klára Hymlárová who leads all league rookies in points earned in 2019-20.
- 10: Assists against Princeton for Ohio State forwards Emma Maltais and Tatum Skaggs who each registered five helpers during the Buckeyes' series split with No. 7/7 Princeton.
- 8: Consecutive wins for Bemidji State after the Beavers swept Union on the road Dec. 13-14, marking the longest consecutive win streak in program history.
- 6: Goals scored by Minnesota Duluth's Anna Klein when the Bulldogs are tied. The junior forward has broken stalemates more than any other team member and is tied for second in the league at shifting the lead.
- 5: Shutouts this season for Minnesota netminder Sydney Scobee. The Minnetrista, Minn., native paces the nation in whitewashes.
Competition in the New Year
- Minnesota Cup: Four WCHA teams headline the 2020 Minnesota Cup as Bemidji State, 10/10 Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State and St. Cloud State head to Duluth, Minn. on Jan 4-5 for the event.
- Battle of the Burgh: 1/1 Wisconsin opens the new year in Pittsburgh, Pa. where the Badgers will face RV/RV Robert Morris on Jan. 4 and either Colgate or 3/3 Northeastern on Jan. 5.
- Non-conference Test: 2/2 Minnesota hosts Yale to kick off the second half of the 2019-20 season.