WCHA Press Releases

Jan. 16 Bemidji State-St. Cloud State Shootout Result Vacated
Incorrect rules interpretation resulted in premature end to Saturday's shootout

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 20, 2021 – The Advisory Council of the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has vacated the shootout result from the Jan. 16 WCHA contest between Bemidji State and St. Cloud State due to an incorrect application of the shootout rules by game officials.

Saturday's contest ended in a 2-2 tie following the five-minute overtime period. The ensuing shootout was conducted as a sudden-victory event rather than a three-round event followed by sudden-victory, if needed, as mandated by NCAA rules.

After a scoreless first shootout round, Bemidji State scored in the second round while St. Cloud State did not convert its attempt. Officials declared the shootout over at that point and ended the contest.

As a result of the error, the WCHA Advisory Council voted unanimously Wednesday to award 1.5 standings points from the contest to both Bemidji State and St. Cloud State. The final score remains 2-2.

About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women's League

The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is marking its 22nd season in 2020-21. The nation's premier women's hockey conference, WCHA member institutions have won a record 17 national championships since the league's inception in 1999 (including 16 of a possible 19 NCAA titles), while producing seven Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, 105 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The seven-team, NCAA Division I conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), The Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers). The WCHA will grow to eight members with the addition of the University of St. Thomas (Tommies) beginning with the 2021-22 season. For more information, visit wcha.com.