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WCHA Week Seventeen Notes: Three WCHA Teams Vie For A Title
WCHA advances a trio of teams to the Frozen Four for the first time since 2009

Updates Around The League

- WCHA Advances Three to the Frozen Four: For the second time in league history, three Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams have advanced to the Frozen Four. No. 2 seed Wisconsin, No. 3 seed Ohio State and No. 5 seed Minnesota Duluth are joined Hockey East's Northeastern in the 2021 field.

  • The 2009 Frozen Four in Boston marked the first time a trio of WCHA teams reached the national semifinals. Wisconsin defeated Minnesota Duluth in one semifinal while Minnesota fell to Mercyhurst in the other semifinal. The Badgers then defeated Mercyhurst, 5-0, in the national championship game.
  • This year marks the seventh-consecutive Frozen Four with at least two WCHA teams in the field and the 15th time in 20 tournaments that the league has advanced multiple teams to the national semifinals.
  • With the Buckeyes and Badgers slated to meet in the second semifinal on Thursday, the WCHA is guaranteed to have one team in the national championship game for the 19th time in the 20 Frozen Fours that have been contested. Should Minnesota Duluth advance out of the first semifinal, it would mark the sixth time in Frozen Four history that two WCHA teams played for the national title and the third time in the last four tournaments.
  • The reigning NCAA champion, Wisconsin is making its seventh-straight Frozen Four appearance, the longest streak in NCAA history, and their 13th overall. The Badgers are seeking their sixth national championship.
  • Ohio State is making its second appearance in the Frozen Four this season and has now earned a national semifinal berth in both seasons it qualified for the NCAA tournament and games were played (Ohio State was in the 2020 field before the tournament was cancelled). The Buckeyes previously reached the Frozen Four in their first tournament appearance in 2018.
  • Minnesota Duluth is making its eighth Frozen Four appearance and boast an 11-2 (.846) all-time mark with five national championships in those trips to rank No. 1 in all-time Frozen Four winning percentage.

By the Numbers

- 238: Career points for Wisconsin's Daryl Watts, which leads all active NCAA players and ranks 14th in NCAA history.

- +35: Shots on goal margin for Ohio State over the last two periods of its 3-1 NCAA quarterfinal win over Boston College on Tuesday. The Buckeyes outshot the Eagles, 43-8, in the second and third periods as they rallied from a 1-0 first intermission deficit en route to a 3-1 victory.

- 26: NCAA tournament wins for Wisconsin following the Badgers' 3-0 win over Providence on Tuesday. The total ties UW with WCHA rival Minnesota for the most in NCAA tournament history.

- 16: Ranked opponents faced by Ohio State this season in 20 games played - 80 percent of its schedule - including the Thursday's Frozen Four matchup with No. 2/2 Wisconsin.

- 6: Shutouts this season for Minnesota Duluth's Emma Söderberg, tying her for third on the UMD single-season list and ties her for second nationally this season.

- 3: Career goals scored against Colgate by Minnesota Duluth's Ashton Bell after the senior potted the overtime game winner against the Raiders in Monday's semifinal matchup. Bell has recorded five points on three goals and two assists in three contests against Colgate.

Up Next in the WCHA

- No. 5 Minnesota Duluth vs No. 1 Northeastern: The Bulldogs meet Northeastern for the third time in program history and the first time in the postseason. UMD won the two previous meetings, 3-2, and 12-0, Jan. 7-8, 2001 in Duluth. The Bulldogs are 23-7-4 (.735) all-time against Hockey East opponents.

- No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Wisconsin: The Buckeyes and Badgers will meet for the fifth time this season and the second time in less than two weeks on Thursday. Wisconsin holds a 3-2 advantage in the season series with each team winning one game on the other team's ice and the Badgers skating off with a 3-2 overtime win in the WCHA Final Faceoff championship game on March 7 in Minneapolis.