Updates Around The League
- Competition Returns in the New Year: WCHA teams hit the ice for the first time this decade on 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 Jan. 10-11 when the Buckeyes 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 retained the No. 1 ranking in the final USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Polls before the break 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 to begin the year.
By the Numbers
- 322: Saves this season for Bemidji State's Lauren Bench. The redshirt junior boasts a .912 save percentage after the first half of 2019-20.
- 129: Career games played by Ohio State's Jincy Dunne. The redshirt senior will skate in her 130th contest to open the new year. She has collected 78 points on 14 goals and 64 assists in her time as a Buckeye.
- 103: Goals for the Wisconsin Badgers this season as the team leads the nation in lighting the lamp. Daryl Watts and Sophie Shirley pace the team with 18 goals apiece.
- 57: Blocked shots for Minnesota State's Anna Wilgren. The sophomore defenseman ranks first in the WCHA and second in the NCAA in blocks.
- 25: Points for Minnesota Duluth's Gabbie Hughes. The sophomore forward leads the Bulldogs in points, goals (10) and assists (15) through the first half of the season.
- 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.
- 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.