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The Badgers have the opportunity to secure the regular-season title if they complete a series sweep in front of the home crowd this weekend in Madison.
WCHA Week Nineteen Notes: Search For The Regular-Season Champions
Three league series on tap this weekend

Updates Around The League

- National Awards Continue: Minnesota Duluth's Maddie Rooney became the eighth WCHA player to collect national honors as she garnered NCAA Second Star of the Week accolades after posting an NCAA-high 87 saves in the weekend series against Ohio State in which the eighth-ranked Bulldogs upset the then-No. 5/5 Buckeyes in both games of the series to earn the sweep and six league points. The senior netminder has posted 40-plus save outings in three of her last four games, all of which were against top-five opponents.

- WCHA in the Top 10: Wisconsin dropped to No. 2 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls after falling 3-1 to Minnesota State on Saturday. Minnesota sits at No. 4 on both lists after sweeping Bemidji State who received votes in the USAT/USAH poll. Ohio State slides to No. 6 in the USCHO and No. 7 in the USAT/USAH rankings after now No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth earned a series sweep over the Buckeyes this past weekend.

- Hats Off: Bemidji State's Reece Hunt became the seventh WCHA skater to tally a hat trick this season when she lit the lamp three times for the Beavers on Feb. 7 in the 5-4 road loss to Minnesota. The freshman forward is the only league rookie to pot a trio of goals this season and one of only 10 NCAA newcomers to achieve the feat in 2019-20.

By the Numbers

- 170: Career points for Minnesota's Sarah Potomak. The redshirt senior has recorded 62 goals and 108 assists during her time donning the 'M' and sits in 11th in Minnesota's all-time standings.

- 87: Saves made by Minnesota Duluth's Maddie Rooney in the Bulldogs' sweep of Ohio State. The netminder's total was the best mark in both the WCHA and the NCAA this past weekend.

- 73: Blocked shots for Bemidji State's Tina Kampa. The sophomore defenseman ranks second in the WCHA and fifth in the NCAA in blocks.

- 32: Assists for Ohio State's Emma Maltais in 2019-20. The junior forward's total puts her in the top five in the NCAA in assists per game at 1.07.

- 28: Game losing streak against Wisconsin snapped by Minnesota State with Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Badgers. The streak dates back to March 1, 2014 when the Mavericks defeated then-No. 2/2 Wisconsin in game two of the WCHA Quarterfinals.

- 7: Goals apiece for St. Cloud State's Klára Hymlárová and Olivia Cvar. The Husky duo tie for the WCHA-newcomer lead in goals scored this season.

- 3: Wisconsin skaters who have tallied 50+ points this season (Daryl Watts, Sophie Shirley, Abby Roque). This is the first time since 2011-12 that the Badgers have had a trio hit the season mid-century mark.

Up Next in the WCHA

- UR/RV Bemidji State at St. Cloud State: The Beavers close out their regular season with a trip to St. Cloud as they look to mathematically lock up fifth in the WCHA standings. The Huskies look to rebound from their last meeting with Bemidji State at the Minnesota Cup. The Beavers snagged a 1-0 overtime win over St. Cloud to advance to the championships game.

- 8/8 Minnesota Duluth at Minnesota State: The Mavericks look to build on Saturday's upset win over the then-No. 1/1 Badgers as they host the Bulldogs. These teams last met in the Minnesota Cup during which 3-on-3 overtime was needed to determine who (UMD) would go on to claim the tournament title.

- 6/7 Ohio State at 2/2 Wisconsin: The Badgers have the opportunity to secure the regular-season title if they complete a series sweep in front of the home crowd this weekend in Madison. The Buckeyes, having dropped both previous contests against Wisconsin this season, hope to prove spoiler to the Badgers' hopes to clinch.