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Updates Around The League

- Updating the Record Book: Minnesota Duluth's senior goaltender Maddie Rooney cemented her place in the Bulldog history books this past weekend as she tallied 59 saves in the series sweep of Bemidji State. The Andover, Minn., native became the all-time career-saves leader with 3,030 stops, surpassing the previous mark of 2,998 by Kayla Black.

- WCHA Battle for the Top: Wisconsin reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in both the USCHO and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll after Minnesota dropped the opening game of its weekend series to fifth-ranked Ohio State. Minnesota occupies the No. 2 spot on the polls after splitting with the Buckeyes (Friday: L, 4-1, Saturday W, 2-1). The two national powerhouses meet on the ice this weekend in Madison where they will each look to gain the advantage in the WCHA standings in addition to the national rankings.

- 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 climbed to No. 9 on each list. Bemidji State continues to receive votes in both polls for the second consecutive week.

By the Numbers

- 3,030: Career saves for Minnesota Duluth's Maddie Rooney who now claims the title of all-time saves leader for the Bulldogs. The senior netminder still has 10 regular season contests in which she can add to her record-breaking total.

- 723: Saves this season for St. Cloud State's Emma Polusny. The Huskies netminder paces the league in stops and leads the second-ranked goaltender by more than 150 saves.

- 415: Shots blocked by Minnesota State in 2019-20. The Mavericks are the best shot-blocking team in the WCHA and the second-best in the NCAA. Anna Wilgren (73) and McKenzie Sederberg (57) both rank in the nation's top ten shot blockers as individuals.

- 17: Times that Wisconsin's Sophie Shirley has scored to put the Badgers ahead this season. The sophomore forward is the best in the league at lighting the lamp to give her team the lead.

- 10: Goals netted at the OSU Ice Rink for Ohio State's Liz Schepers. The junior forward is the WCHA's best scorer when competing on home ice, scoring 0.42 goals per home contest.

- 4: Unassisted goals scored by Minnesota's Sarah Potomak. The redshirt senior leads both the WCHA and the NCAA in singlehanded scores. She shares the national lead with Princeton's Maggie Connors and Mercyhurst's Mikayla Grant-Mentis.

- 3: Shorthanded goals put away by Bemidji State, which tops the WCHA and ranks sixth in the NCAA. Kiki Radke, Haley Mack and Paige Beebe boast shorthanded tallies for the Beavers.

Up Next in the WCHA

- 2/2 Minnesota at 1/1 Wisconsin: The top-ranked Badgers host the second-seeded Gophers in the first meeting of the two teams this calendar year. When the teams last met on Nov. 2-3, 2019, Minnesota claimed a 4-2 victory on Saturday and an extra league point in a shootout after 5-on-5 overtime concluded in a 2-2 draw.

- 9/9 Minnesota Duluth at St. Cloud State: The Huskies play host to the Bulldogs after earning their first league points in a 2-1 victory over Minnesota State last weekend. Minnesota Duluth comes into the weekend claiming a share of fourth in the WCHA standings after sweeping Bemidji State.

- Minnesota State at RV/RV Bemidji State: The Mavericks travel to Bemidji to take on the Beavers for the second time this season. Bemidji State attained a series sweep when the team last visited Mankato.

- RV/10 Quinnipiac at 5/5 Ohio State: The Buckeyes welcome Quinnipiac for another top ten battle in Columbus. This weekend marks the final non-conference test of the regular season for Ohio State.