Updates Around The League
- Out in Front: Wisconsin's Daryl Watts, the 2018 Patty Kazmaier award winner, continues to pace the nation on offense, posting an incredible 2.15 points per game in 2019-20. Her 56 points through 26 games are tied for the third-most in Badger history through that time period, and her 36 helpers lead the NCAA.
- WCHA Battle for the Top: Wisconsin retained the No. 1 ranking in both the USCHO and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll after sweeping second-ranked Minnesota with a 5-4 overtime win on Jan. 24 and a 3-0 whitewash of the Golden Gophers on Jan. 25. Wisconsin holds a 2-1-1 record against Minnesota in 2019-20 and leads by only one point in the WCHA standings.
- 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 the USCHO rankings and the USAT/USAH Poll. Minnesota Duluth remains at No. 9 on each list. Bemidji State continues to receive votes in both polls for the third consecutive week.
By the Numbers
- 100: Career games in the books for Ohio State's Tatum Skaggs and Liz Schepers. Saturday's 3-2 win over Quinnipiac marked the milestone for both Buckeyes.
- 73: Saves made by Minnesota State's Abigail Levy during the weekend series against Bemidji State. The Mavericks netminder tied a career-high total of 43 stops in game two.
- 26: Straight games on home ice without a loss for Wisconsin. The Badgers have not lost at LaBahn Arena since Oct. 27, 2018 when the dropped a 1-0 decision to Minnesota. Wisconsin looks to add a 27th and 28th victory at home when they host St. Cloud State this weekend.
- 26 part 2: Points for Minnesota Duluth's Ashton Bell who leads all WCHA defenseman in points. The junior ranks fourth among all NCAA blueliners with her 10 goals and 16 assists.
- 20: Points for Bemidji State's Haley Mack. The senior forward paces the Beavers offense with 13 goals and seven assists.
- 19: Points for St. Cloud State's Klára Hymlárová. The freshman forward leads all league rookies in points with her six goals and 13 assists.
- 4: Game-winning goals for Minnesota's Madeline Wethington. The freshman blueliner leads the Gophers in game winners, with only one of her five scores not clinching a win.
Up Next in the WCHA
- RV/RV Bemidji State at 5/5 Ohio State: The Beavers head to Columbus for a match up against the fifth-ranked Buckeyes. Bemidji State is one point out of fourth in the league standings and only six points behind Ohio State, who sits in third. Earlier this season the Beavers dropped two games to the Buckeye (4-3 in OT, 3-1).
- 9/9 Minnesota Duluth at 2/2 Minnesota: Coming off a two-game loss to Wisconsin, the second-ranked Gophers host the ninth-ranked Bulldogs in Minneapolis. Minnesota Duluth enters the weekend riding a six-game unbeaten streak.
- St. Cloud State at 1/1 Wisconsin: The Huskies travel to Madison to face off against the top-ranked Badgers. Last weekend, St. Cloud State forced a Top-10 team (UMD) into a 2-2 tie, but dropped both games to Wisconsin at the teams' last meetings.
- Lindenwood at Minnesota State: The Mavericks welcome the Lindenwood Lions to Mankato this weekend as Minnesota State competes in its final non-conference series of the regular season. The series was originally set to take place Dec. 14-15, but was postponed due to weather.