Updates Around The League
- NCAA Stars of the Week: Wisconsin's Abby Roque was selected as the NCAA Third Star of the Week after she tallied six points on two goals and four assists in No. 1/1 Wisconsin's sweep of No. 10/10 Minnesota Duluth this past weekend. This is Roque's second honor and the fifth-such selection for the WCHA season as her Badger teammate Daryl Watts as well as Minnesota's Grace Zumwinkle and Sydney Scobee earned Star of the Week nods earlier in 2019-20.
- WCHA Battle for the Top: Wisconsin retains the No. 1 ranking in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Polls after sweeping No. 10/10 Minnesota Duluth (4-3 on Friday, 5-2 on Saturday). Minnesota sits at No. 2, but is still receiving first place votes in each 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 both polls after taking the week off competition. Minnesota Duluth comes in at No. 10 on each list after dropping two close contests to the top-ranked Badgers.
- West is Best: For the fifth-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 fifth 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 regains its No. 1/1 ranking, giving the team eight weeks at the top while Minnesota maintained the No. 1 ranking for four weeks.
By the Numbers
- 71: Saves made by St. Cloud State's Emma Polusny this weekend in the series against Bemidji State. The Huskies netminder stopped 36 shots on Friday and added 35 saves on Saturday.
- 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.
- 8: Previous contests against teams ranked in the Top-10 for Ohio State in 2019-20 in which the team went 3-4-1. The Buckeyes match up against No. 7/7 Princeton for their ninth and tenth games against a ranked program this season.
- 6: Consecutive wins for Bemidji State after the Beavers swept St. Cloud this weekend. The teams looks to capture the longest-ever winning streak in program history with a seventh win over Union on Friday.
- 5: Shutouts this season for Minnesota netminder Sydney Scobee. The Minnetrista, Minn., native paces the nation in whitewashes.
The Week Ahead
- Nothing but Non-Conference: Three WCHA teams are set to face non-conference opponents this weekend as Bemidji State travels to Union, St. Cloud State heads to Mercyhurst and No. 5/5 Ohio State matches up against No. 7/7 Princeton in the only Top-10 series taking place this weekend. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State will all resume play in the new year.
- Minnesota State-Lindenwood Series Postponed: This weekend's series between Minnesota State and Lindenwood has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date this season.