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WCHA Week Ten Notes: Minnesota And Ohio State Meet For Top Three Match-Up
Three league series feature on the weekend schedule

Updates Around The League

- 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 St. Cloud State this past weekend, Wisconsin remains in 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 third straight 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 (11-Daryl Watts, Wisconsin), points (21-Watts) goals per game (1.10-Watts), points per game (2.10-Watts), game-winning goals (three-Anna Klein, Minnesota Duluth; three-Grace Zumwinkle, Minnesota; three-Tatum Skaggs, Ohio State), blocks (47-Mak Langei, Bemidji State), and shots on goal (71-Emma Maltais, Ohio State). A WCHA team also sits at the helm of the best penalty kill (100 percent-Ohio State) in the NCAA and the most blocked shots (229-Bemidji State).

- Good Things Come in Pairs: The Wisconsin senior duo of Daryl Watts and Brette Pettet each recorded three goals in the Badgers 10-0 victory over St. Cloud State on January 22, becoming the fifth pair in UW history to tally three individual goals in the same game.

- Watts Climbs the All-Time Ranks: With her NCAA-best eight points this past weekend, Wisconsin's Daryl Watts achieved two significant career milestones. The senior forward netted her 100th career goal during the Badgers Jan. 23 contest against St. Cloud State. The Toronto, Ont., native is the 24th player in NCAA history to reach the century mark in goals-scored. Watts' 100th goal also marked the 225th point of her collegiate career, boosting her to 20th on the NCAA all-time points list.

By the Numbers

- 225: Career points for Wisconsin's Daryl Watts. The senior forward now ranks 20th on the NCAA all-time points list with her 100 goals and 115 assists.

- 153: Wins at the dot for Ohio State's Liz Schepers. The senior forward boasts the most faceoff wins in the league and the fourth-most in the nation.

- 75: Career goals for Minnesota's Grace Zumwinkle. The senior forward's goal total is tied for 11th in the Gophers record books.

- 52: Stops for Minnesota State's Calla Frank during the Mavericks Friday match-up against Ohio State. Frank's single-game total ranks second in the NCAA this season.

- 41: Saves for St. Cloud State's Emma Polusny on Saturday as the Huskies battled against the Badgers. The senior's 2,684 career saves are the 14th most in league history.

- 10: Goals allowed in 10 games for Minnesota Duluth's Emma Söderberg. The junior netminder leads the league in goals against average (1.03), save percentage (.960) and whitewashes (four).

- 6: Games that have gone into extra time for Bemidji State. Half of the Beavers contests have needed overtime to determine a winner in 2020-21.

Up Next in the WCHA

- (2/2) Minnesota at (3/3) Ohio State: The Gophers travel to Columbus this weekend for a Top-3 match-up against the Buckeyes. The last time Minnesota and Ohio State faced off marked the opening weekend of the season for both squads, and the team split the series, each coming away with a single victory.

- Bemidji State at Minnesota State: The Beavers travel to Mankato after splitting with the No. 6/6 Bulldogs last weekend. They face a Mavericks team that has yet to drop a contest to Bemidji State in regulation this season.

- St. Cloud State at (6/6) Minnesota Duluth: Minnesota Duluth hosts the Huskies who look to rebound after being swept by Wisconsin last weekend. Last time these teams met in December, Minnesota Duluth emerged with a pair of wins.