Updates Around The League
- 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff: The nation's premier conference tournament is set, as the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association will host the 2020 WCHA Final Faceoff this weekend at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. The stellar four-team championship field features four of the country's top-ranked teams. The tournaments gets underway on Saturday with the first semifinal pitting No. 1 seed Wisconsin against No. 4 seed Minnesota Duluth at 2:07 p.m. CT. Second seed Minnesota meets No. 3 seed Ohio State in the second semifinal at 5:07 p.m. CT.
- Second-ranked Wisconsin, the No. 1 seed, earned a bye directly into the Final Faceoff by capturing its 8th WCHA regular season championship. The Badgers are competing in their 10th consecutive WCHA Final Faceoff and are looking for their fifth title in six seasons and second in a row.
- Third-ranked Minnesota, the No. 2 seed, is back in the WCHA Final Faceoff for the 21st-consecutive time and is seeking a WCHA-record eighth postseason title after sweeping St. Cloud State last weekend to advance.
- Fifth-ranked Ohio State, the No. 3 seed, is making its third-consecutive Final Faceoff appearance after sweeping Minnesota State last weekend. The Buckeyes are seeking their first WCHA postseason title.
- Ninth-ranked Minnesota Duluth makes back-to-back Final Faceoff appearances, making it to Minneapolis this season after a hard-fought series against Bemidji State that included the longest game in WCHA history.
- Jack Swanson returns to handle play-by-play duties for all three games. He will be joined in the booth by Natalie Darwitz for the weekend's competition.
- On the Airwaves: All three Final Faceoff games will be streamed live in FloHockey. Sunday's championship game will air live on FOX Sports North+ and FOX Sports Wisconsin.
- 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 Feb. 23 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.
By the Numbers
- 494: Faceoff wins for Wisconsin's Abby Roque. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-3 Finalist boasts the second-best faceoff win percentage in the nation at 66.3.
- 128.42: Minutes in the longest game in WCHA history during which Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State battled to extend their postseason runs. Bemidji emerged victorious 2-1, but Minnesota Duluth claimed the series the next day to advance.
- 39: Assists for Ohio State's Emma Maltais who now owns the single-season assist record for the Buckeyes after she added a helper on the lone goal against Minnesota State this past Saturday.
- 2: Goals scored by Minnesota in the first 59 seconds of Saturday's WCHA Quarterfinal against St. Cloud State. The pair of tallies marks the fastest two goals scored by the same team to begin a game, besting the previous record set by Minnesota when the Gophers scored two goals in the first 1:07 against Bemidji State in 2013.
2020 WCHA Final Faceoff
- Semifinal 1, No. 1 Wisconsin vs No. 4 Minnesota Duluth: The Badgers and Bulldogs are set to meet in the WCHA postseason for the 11th time throughout which Wisconsin leads 6-4 and 4-3 in semifinal match ups. The pair last met in the WCHA Final Faceoff on March 5, 2017 when the Badgers won 4-1.
- Semifinal 2, No. 2 Minnesota vs No. 3 Ohio State: The Golden Gophers and Buckeyes square off on WCHA-postseason ice for the 12th time throughout which Minnesota leads 10-1 and 6-1 in semifinal match ups. The pair last met in the WCHA Final Faceoff on March 3, 2017 when the Gophers won 2-0.