Updates Around The League
- Regular-Season Champion Crowned: The Wisconsin Badgers clinched the WCHA regular-season title with their 5-5 tie and eventual overtime win against Minnesota Duluth on Saturday at AMSOIL Arena. Commissioner Jennifer Flowers presented the Badgers with the Julianne Bye Cup following the game, adding a new element to Wisconsin's eighth WCHA regular-season crown and their fourth regular-season title in the last five seasons.
- National Awards Continue: Wisconsin's Daryl Watts collected her third NCAA Star of the Week nod as she was chosen as the Third Star after tallying six points on two goals and four assists in the weekend series against No. 9/8 Minnesota Duluth. This marks the 10th time and the fourth straight week a WCHA player has been named an NCAA Star of the Week. Notably, Watts potted the game-ending goal during the 3-on-3 session, flipping the puck to herself past a Bulldog defenseman to score on a breakaway. The play made it to number one on SportCenter's Top 10.
- WCHA in the Top 10: Wisconsin remains No. 2 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls after earning a win and a tie against Minnesota Duluth. Minnesota sits just behind on both lists at No. 3. Ohio State retains its No. 5 ranking after sweeping St. Cloud State this past weekend, and Minnesota Duluth checks in at No. 9 in both polls after their series against Wisconsin.
By the Numbers
- 588: Shots blocked by Minnesota State in 2019-20. The Mavericks rank third in the country and pace the WCHA in blocked shots.
- 99: Career victories for Bemidji State head coach Jim Scanlan. A win over Minnesota Duluth in the WCHA Quarterfinals this weekend would elevate him to 100 win, making him the first head coach in Beavers' program history to achieve the feat.
- 55: Points for Ohio State's Emma Maltais in 2019-20. The junior forward earns her spot in Buckeye program history as the single-season scoring record holder, surpassing the previous best of 54 points.
- 49: Assists for Wisconsin's Daryl Watts, who takes over Wisconsin's single-season assist record after tallying four helpers in the series with Minnesota Duluth.
- 48: Points for Minnesota Duluth's Gabbie Hughes. The sophomore forward is only the second Bulldog skater to compile 48 or more points in the past eight seasons, the last being Lara Stalder in 2016-17.
- 26: Consecutive killed penalties for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota ranks second in the NCAA and leads the WCHA on the penalty kill at 92.9 percent after dodging 78 of 84 opponent power-play opportunities.
- 23: Points on 6 goals and 17 assists for St. Cloud State's Klára Hymlárová . The freshman forward leads both the Huskies and WCHA rookies in points.
- No. 7 St. Cloud State at No. 2 Minnesota: The second-seeded Gophers host the seventh-seeded Huskies at Ridder Arena as both teams looks to advance to the Final Faceoff to be held there the following weekend. Minnesota is 4-0-0 against St. Cloud State so far this season.
- No. 5 Bemidji State at No. 4 Minnesota Duluth: For the fourth time in five seasons, Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth meet in the WCHA Quarterfinals with the Bulldogs earning home ice in Duluth this year. The rivals have fought fiercly in 2019-20, with the Beavers capturing two wins and the Bulldogs claiming three victories. UMD swept BSU when the team hosted Bemidji in the First Round in 2018-19.
- No. 6 Minnesota State at No. 3 Ohio State: The Mavericks face the Buckeyes in the first round of the WCHA playoff for the third straight season as Minnesota State travels to Columbus. Ohio State is 2-0-2 against Minnesota State, with Minnesota State earning extra league points in both overtime contests.