WCHA Press Releases

WCHA Week Sixteen Notes: Onto The NCAA Quarterfinals
Three WCHA teams to compete in the first round of the NCAA tournament

Updates Around The League

- Wisconsin Wins the 2021 Final Faceoff: The Badgers emerged victorious at Ridder Arena on March 7 as Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 3-2 in overtime to take home its ninth WCHA postseason championship and claim the title of 2021 Final Faceoff champions. UW defeated Minnesota, 5-3, in the semifinal round to advance to the championship against the Buckeyes who had earned a 7-2 victory over Minnesota Duluth in Saturday's semifinal match-up.

- Rookie of the Year Finalist: Minnesota State's Jamie Nelson has been named a finalist for the 2021 HCA National Rookie of the Year award alongside three other NCAA newcomers. The Andover, Minn., native has registered eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in 18 games and is one of two forwards on this year's ballot.

- Three Teams Go Dancing: A trio of WCHA squads continue their season as they secure spots in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. No. 2 seed Wisconsin qualifies for the eighth-straight season and is set to face Providence in the quarterfinal round. No. 3 seed Ohio State earns its spot for the second consecutive year and will face Boston College next Tuesday. No. 5 Minnesota Duluth is the final WCHA team looking to take home an NCAA championship this year. The Bulldogs will match up against Colgate next Monday.

- 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 holds the No. 2 in both polls after its WCHA postseason-tournament victory. Ohio State continues at No. 3 in both polls while Minnesota moves to the No. 5 spot on both lists. Minnesota Duluth is the league's final team in the Top 10, claiming the No. 6 spot on both polls heading into the NCAA Quarterfinals.

- 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 (17-Grace Zumwinkle, Minnesota; Daryl Watts, Wisconsin), shorthanded goals (two-Anna Klein, Minnesota Duluth). A WCHA team also sits at the top of the leaderboard for most blocked shots (372-Bemidji State).

By the Numbers

- 17: Goals scored by Minnesota's Grace Zumwinkle and Wisconsin's Daryl Watts. Both Patty Kazmaier Top-10 Finalists pace the NCAA in goal scoring in 2020-21, and each forward scored at least one goal during the 2021 Final Faceoff with Zumwinkle lighting the lamp once in the semifinals and Watts potting a pair of goals for Wisconsin in the championship game.

- 15: Games won by Minnesota Duluth in the NCAA postseason since the program first began competing. A 16th win for the program would give head coach Maura Crowell her 100th victory behind the bench for the Bulldogs.

- 8: Consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament for Wisconsin. The Badgers have been competing for the national championship each year from 2014 until 2021, giving UW the longest ongoing streak of consecutive tournament appearances in women's collegiate hockey.

- 5: Goals scored in a single period by Ohio State during the Buckeyes' semifinal contest against Minnesota Duluth. The five goals were the most scored by a team in a single period in WCHA Final Faceoff history.

Up Next in the WCHA

- No. 5 Minnesota Duluth vs No. 4 Colgate: The Bulldogs will compete in the NCAA quarterfinals for the ninth time in program history and the second under Crowell's leadership. Monday's contest marks the third time these programs will face off on the ice and the first in the NCAA postseason.

- No. 2 Wisconsin vs No. 7 Providence: Tuesday's quarterfinal contest will mark the 15th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history for the Badgers and will be the first game played by UW on a Tuesday since 2003.

- No. 3 Ohio State vs No. 6 Boston College: The Buckeyes face Boston College for just the second time in program history, last meeting the Eagles in 2018 when Ohio State defeated BC 2-0 to advance to that year's Frozen Four.