Updates Around The League
- National Awards Continue: Ohio State's Andrea Braendli became the seventh WCHA player to collect national recognition as she earned NCAA Second Star of the Week honors after posting an WCHA-high 74 saves in the weekend series against No. 2/2 Wisconsin. This marks the ninth time and the third straight week a WCHA player has been named an NCAA Star of the Week.
- Short-Handed Spark: Minnesota Duluth's Sydney Brodt and Bemidji State's Haley Mack each potted a shorthanded goal this past weekend, making the pair the first WCHA skaters to tally multiple shorties this season. Brodt's first came on Feb. 8 against Ohio State, and Mack's original man-down goal hit the score sheet on Nov. 30.
- WCHA in the Top 10: Wisconsin remains No. 2 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls after falling 3-1 to Ohio State on Saturday. Minnesota sits just behind on both lists at No. 3. Ohio State returns to No. 5 after registering a win and a draw against Wisconsin this past weekend, and Minnesota Duluth checks in at No. 9 in the USCHO and No. 8 in the USAT/USAHM after their series against Minnesota State.
By the Numbers
- 100: Career points for Ohio State's Tatum Skaggs. The junior forward joins the ranks of 11 other Buckeye skaters who have hit the century mark in the program's history.
- 99: Wins under Jim Scanlan's belt while behind the bench at Bemidji State. With his next victory, Scanlon will become the first Beavers coach to reach 100 wins.
- 46: Game win streak for Minnesota in the all-time series with Minnesota State. The streak dates back to January of 2010, and the Gophers are already 3-0-0 against the Mavericks this season.
- 45: Assists for Wisconsin's Daryl Watts. The junior forward's 45 assists rank in the top-five in school history. She is only four assists from breaking the school record, which currently stands at 48.
- 29: Points from 11 goals and 18 assists in 30 games for Minnesota Duluth's Ashton Bell. The senior blueliner paces WCHA defensemen in points, points per game (1.04) power-play goals (seven) and game-winning goals (five).
- 11: Victories for Minnesota State in 2019-20, including an upset of a No. 1 team. The 11 wins in a season are the most since the 2013-14 season during which the Mavericks won 13 games.
- 8: Goals for St. Cloud State's Olivia Cvar. The freshman forward leads WCHA newcomers in goals scored.
Up Next in the WCHA
- St. Cloud State at 5/5 Ohio State: The Huskies head to Columbus to visit the fifth-ranked Buckeyes. St. Cloud State is coming off an overtime win at Bemidji, and Ohio State hosts after earning four points on the road at Wisconsin last weekend.
- 2/2 Wisconsin at 9/8 Minnesota Duluth: The second-ranked Badgers travel to Duluth for a top-10 match up against the Bulldogs. Wisconsin sits three points ahead of Minnesota in the WCHA standings, and a four-point weekend would see UW awarded the Julianne Bye Cup as the regular-season champions. If the Badgers earn fewer than four points there is a chance for the Gophers to earn a share of the title or win it outright.
- Minnesota State at 3/3 Minnesota: The Mavericks and the Gophers finish out the regular season in Minneapolis as third-ranked Minnesota looks to sweep and potentially earn a share of the regular-season title.