WCHA Press Releases

The Buckeyes are set to face the Golden Gophers for the second straight weekend in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
WCHA Week Twenty-Three Notes: NCAA Tournament Time
Three WCHA teams look to extend their season in the NCAA Quarterfinals

Updates Around The League

- 2020 WCHA Final Faceoff Champions: The Ohio State Buckeyes captured the program's first-ever WCHA postseason championship this past weekend at Ridder Arena after a 4-3 overtime semifinal victory against No. 2 seed Minnesota and a 1-0 overtime win over against the defending champion and top-seeded Wisconsin Badgers in the championship game.

- 2020 NCAA Quarterfinals: The eight-team field for the 2020 NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Tournament is set as three WCHA teams have qualified to compete for the national championship. Defending champion Wisconsin, Minnesota, and WCHA Final Faceoff Champion Ohio State join Cornell, Clarkson, Northeastern, Mercyhurst and Princeton in the postseason tournament.

- No. 2 seed Wisconsin: The second-seeded Badgers earned the right to host on home ice and will welcome Clarkson for the first round of the tournament. Puck is set to drop at 2:07 p.m on Saturday, Mar. 14 at LaBahn Arena. The last time these two teams met, the Badgers defeated the Golden Knights in the 2019 Frozen Four to eventually claim the national title.

- No. 4 seed Minnesota: The fourth-seeded Golden Gophers also hold the home-ice advantage for the first round of the NCAA Tournament, hosting fellow league member Ohio State at Ridder Arena for the second-straight weekend.

- Ohio State: As the WCHA Final Faceoff champion, Ohio State earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the conference's automatic qualifier. The Buckeyes are making their second-ever appearance at NCAAs, following the team's 2018 Frozen Four run.

By the Numbers

- 7277:49: Minutes between the pipes for Minnesota Duluth's Maddie Rooney during her time as a Bulldog. The senior goaltender closes out her career at UMD as the all-time career saves leader with 3,449 stops.

- 170: Career points for Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-3 Finalist and WCHA Player of the Year Abby Roque. The Wisconsin forward ranks ninth in the Badger record books in career points and seventh in career assists (114).

- 101: Victories in Ridder Arena throughout Nadine Muzerall's coaching career. The Ohio State head coach has earned five wins at the helm with the Buckeyes and 96 during her time behind the bench as an assistant coach at Minnesota.

- 13: Straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament for Minnesota with the Gophers selection to the postseason tournament field. Minnesota has only missed the NCAA tournament twice in its 20-year history and has come away as national champions seven times.

- 2: Game-winning overtime goals scored by Ohio State's Tatum Skaggs to earn the Buckeyes their first WCHA postseason championship.

2020 NCAA Quarterfinals

- Clarkson at No. 2 Wisconsin: The Badgers and Golden Knights last met in the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four semifinal, a game UW won 5-0. This NCAA Quarterfinal match up marks the third time in the last four seasons Wisconsin and Clarkson will meet in the NCAA tournament.

- Ohio State at No. 4 Minnesota: The Buckeyes are set to face the Golden Gophers for the second straight weekend in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Ohio State is 3-0-0 against Minnesota when playing at Ridder Arena this year, including last weekend's WCHA semifinal 4-3 overtime victory.