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WCHA Week Fourteen Notes: Quest For The Julianne Bye Cup
Two league series feature on the weekend schedule

Updates Around The League

- WCHA in the Top 10: Four WCHA teams landed in the top seven of the latest USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Wisconsin remains in the No. 1 spot on both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Ohio State continues at No. 3 in the USCHO poll and drops one spot to No. 3 in the USAT/USAH rankings while Minnesota retains the No. 4 spot on both lists. Minnesota Duluth is the league's final team in the Top 10, checking in at No. 7 in the USCHO poll and No. 6 in the USAT/USAH poll after sweeping Minnesota State this past weekend.

- Leading the Nation: WCHA skaters continue to stand on the NCAA leaderboards in week thirteen. The league is currently home to the players with the most or tied for the most goals (16-Grace Zumwinkle, Minnesota), shorthanded goals (two-Anna Klein, Minnesota Duluth), blocks and shots on goal (103-Zumwinkle, Minnesota). A WCHA team also sits at the top of the leaderboard for most blocked shots (336-Bemidji State).

By the Numbers

- 116: Blocked shots by Bemidji State's Mak Langei and Tina Kampa in 2020-21. The pair of Beavers ranks second and third respectively in the NCAA in shot blocking, contributing more than one-third of Bemidji State nation-leading total.

- 98: Career victories for Minnesota Duluth's Maura Crowell in her time behind the bench for the Bulldogs. She could reach the century mark during this weekend's series against Wisconsin.

- 39: Penalties killed by Ohio State on 41 trips to the box for a .951 kill rate. The Buckeyes have the third-best penalty-kill unit in the nation.

- 17: Game unbeaten streak for Wisconsin when facing off against Minnesota Duluth. The Badgers aim to keep that streak alive and claim the Julianne Bye Cup this weekend in Duluth.

- 15: Goals scored by Minnesota in the series against Bemidji State this past weekend. Saturday's nine-goal victory saw the Gophers tally eight different goal scorers in a single game for the first time since 2014.

- 7: Wins over top-10 ranked teams for Ohio State in 2020-21. The Buckeyes have downed Wisconsin twice, Minnesota four times and Minnesota Duluth once this season.

- 54.7: Percent success rate on special teams for Minnesota State. The Mavericks have the fifth-best combined special teams percentage in the NCAA.

Up Next in the WCHA

- St. Cloud State at Bemidji State: The Beavers and Huskies are set to meet in Bemidji as both squads close out the regular season. Each team is looking to rebound from its last time out on the ice and finish the 2020-21 campaign with a win.

- (1/1) Wisconsin at (7/6) Minnesota Duluth: The Badgers and Bulldogs face off in Duluth this weekend to determine the WCHA regular-season champions. Minnesota Duluth needs to complete the series sweep in regulation to take home the Julianne Bye Cup, while Wisconsin needs to claim just one point in the series to earn a share of the title.