WCHA Press Releases

WCHA Week Twelve Notes: Top-Five Battle On Tap
Two league series feature on the weekend schedule

Updates Around The League

- National Goaltender Watch List: Seven WCHA netminders have been named to the HCA's inaugural Goaltender of the Year Watch List. Bemidji State's Kerigan Dowhy, Minnesota's Lauren Bench, Minnesota Duluth's Emma Soderberg, Minnesota State's Calla Frank, Ohio State's Andrea Braendli, St. Cloud State's Emma Polusny, and Wisconsin's Kennedy Blair were all included in the exclusive list. The WCHA boasts the most goaltenders of any league to be named to the watch list.

- WCHA in the Top 10: Four WCHA teams landed in the top six of the latest USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Wisconsin remains in the No. 1 spot in both polls. Minnesota sits just behind the Badgers at No. 2, and Ohio State follows at No. 4. 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 stand on the NCAA leaderboards in week 12. The league is currently home to the players with the most or tied for the most goals (13-Daryl Watts, Wisconsin) and shorthanded goals (two-Anna Klein, Minnesota Duluth). A WCHA team also sits at the top of the leaderboard for most blocked shots (260-Bemidji State).

- January National Awards: Wisconsin's Daryl Watts was recognized as the HCA's January 2021 Player of the Month for her outstanding performance in the beginning of the new year. The senior forward was the second WCHA student-athlete to garner national accolades this season, with Minnesota's Lauren Bench earning the national nod for her goaltending performance in November of 2020.

By the Numbers

- 96: Career wins for Minnesota Duluth's Maura Crowell. The Bulldogs head coach needs just four more victories to reach the century-win milestone.

- 38: Saves made by St. Cloud State's Sanni Ahola in the Huskies Saturday match up against Minnesota State. Her 38 stops were a career-high for the freshman netminder.

- 20: Blocked shots by five different Bemidji State blueliners. The Beavers lead the nation in shot blocking, totaling 260 as a squad.

- 18: Different Gophers who have tallied at least one point for Minnesota this season. Four skaters have recorded double-digit point lines in 2020-21.

- 13: Points on six goals and seven assists for Minnesota State's Jamie Nelson who paces all WCHA rookies in scoring.

- 11: Points apiece for Ohio State's Tatum Skaggs, Jenna Buglioni and Jennifer Gardiner. The trio share the lead for scoring amongst the Buckeyes.

- 6: Game point streak for Wisconsin's Sophie Shirley heading into the weekend's series against Bemidji State.

Up Next in the WCHA

- Bemidji State at (1/1) Wisconsin: The Badgers host the Beavers in Madison as these two teams meet for the first time in the 2020-21 season. Bemidji State looks to shake a three-game losing streak as they go up against the nation's top-ranked team.

- (4/4) Ohio State at (2/2) Minnesota: The Buckeyes and Gophers meet in a top-five showdown as Ohio State travels to Minneapolis. This weekend's series will be the third and fourth consecutive contests between the two powerhouses.