Updates Around The League
- WCHA Vacates BSU-SCSU Shootout Result: The WCHA Advisory Council 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. The contest ended in a 2-2 tie following the five-minute overtime period. The 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, both teams have awarded 1.5 standings points from the contest.
- WCHA in the Top 10: Four WCHA teams landed in the top six of both the latest USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. After sweeping Minnesota last weekend, Wisconsin re-takes the No. 1 spot on both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Polls. Minnesota sits just behind the Badgers at No. 2, and Ohio State follows at No. 3, making this week the second straight week that both polls have an all-WCHA Top Three. Minnesota Duluth is the league's final team in the Top 10, checking in at No. 6 on both lists.
- Leading the Nation: WCHA skaters continue to fill the NCAA leaderboards in week eight. The league is currently home to the players with the most or tied for the most goals (Grace Zumwinkle, Minnesota), goals per game (Anna Klein, Minnesota Duluth; Daryl Watts, Wisconsin), blocks (Mak Langei, Bemidji State), game-winning goals (Zumwinkle, Minnesota; Klein, Minnesota Duluth) and shutouts (Emma Söderberg, Minnesota Duluth; Kennedy Blair, Wisconsin). A WCHA team also sits at the helm of the best penalty kill (Ohio State) in the NCAA and the most blocked shots (Bemidji State).
- Noteworthy Netminders: Braendli Climbing WCHA Career Charts: Ohio State goaltender Andrea Braendli is one victory away from moving into a tie for 23rd place on the WCHA career victories list. Her .933 save percentage is currently ninth in league history and her 1.86 goals against average stands 20th all-time in the WCHA. Braendli's 11 career shutouts are tied for 24th.
- Polusny in Exclusive Company: St. Cloud State's Emma Polusny joined some exclusive WCHA company on Jan. 15 when she stopped 33 shots in the Huskies' win over Bemidji State. The performance pushed her career save total to 2,631, making her just the 15th netminder in WCHA history to reach the 2,600-save mark.
By the Numbers
- 78: Saves for Minnesota Duluth's Emma Söderberg against Ohio State this weekend. Her .981 save percentage was the best in the nation after letting only one shot past her while between the pipes.
- 75: Career goals for Minnesota's Grace Zumwinkle. The senior forward is the Gophers active scoring leader and her 75 goals tie her for 11th in Minnesota's all-time history books.
- 33: Stops for St. Cloud State's Emma Polusny during the win against Bemidji State on Friday. The senior netminder led her team to surpassing the Huskies win total from 2019-20 with the game-one victory.
- 21: Perfect penalty kills for Ohio State in 2020-21. The Buckeyes are the only team in the nation to remain flawless with a player in the penalty box.
- 8: Points for Minnesota State's Jamie Nelson on four goals and four assists. The freshman forward has registered the most points of any league rookie this season.
- 6: Point weekend for Wisconsin's Daryl Watts whose three goals and three assists helped the Badgers sweep then-No. 1/1 Minnesota.
- 4: Games have continued into overtime this season for Bemidji State. The Beavers have needed extra time to determine a result more than any other league team in 2020-21.
Up Next in the WCHA
- (1/1) Wisconsin at St. Cloud State: The Badgers face the Huskies this weekend after sweeping Minnesota last weekend and regaining their No. 1 rank. St. Cloud State looks to break a 25-game losing streak after coming away with a win and a tie against Bemidji last time on the ice.
- Minnesota State at (3/3) Ohio State: The Buckeyes host the Mavericks after returning home from a series split against Minnesota Duluth. Minnesota State returns to the ice after a weekend off from competition, hoping to extend its two-game win streak.
- (6/6) Minnesota Duluth at Bemidji State: The Bulldogs travel to Bemidji to take on the Beavers this weekend as Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State meet for the first time in 2020-21.