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September 27, 2011
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Top-Rated Wisconsin Wins First Two in Romp; No. 7 UND on Road to Take on No. 2 BU; No. 4 UM to Host Four-Team East/West Showcase; BSU, MSU Play Non-Conference Series; WCHA Teams to Participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October
No. 6 Minnesota Duluth Hosts Minnesota Whitecaps in Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Exhibitions; St. Cloud State Joins Host Gophers, Union College, Syracuse in Minneapolis for Weekend Event; Beavers, Sioux, Ohio State Post Exhibition Victories; USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll for Sept. 27 has UW No. 1, UM No. 4, UMD No. 6, UND No. 7 OSU Receives Votes
WCHA teams will participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

MADISON, Wis. The University of Wisconsin women's hockey team opened the 2011-12 season by raising the national championship banner at the Kohl Center last Friday, Sept. 23 and then went out and showed Lindenwood University the Badgers are a team to be reckoned with again. The top-rated Badgers beat the Lady Lions 11-0 in the opener and then came back to record a 13-0 victory on Sunday, Sept. 25 in a game where they outshot their opponent, 72-3.

The 13 goals scored is tied for third on the National Collegiate Athletic Association women's all-time list for most goals scored in a game by a team. The games were the first played by Lindenwood against a NCAA Division 1 opponent. The Lindenwood program is transitioning from the club level to the D1 level this year.

The two stars on offense for the Badgers were senior Hilary Knight and junior Brianna Decker as the two both recorded three-goal hat tricks, the fifth-career hat trick for Knight, who was voted the pre-season player of the year in the annual Western Collegiate Hockey Association coaches' poll, and third for Decker. For the weekend, all 13 skaters in the UW lineup recorded points. Knight, Decker and Kelly Jaminski all had seven points in the two games.

Most of the rest of the WCHA teams swing into play this coming weekend. No 7-ranked North Dakota, which scored 10-0 and 11-0 exhibition wins over the University of Manitoba last weekend, visits No. 2-ranked Boston University, the team which lost to Wisconsin in the national title game last March, in the premier matchup of games Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

Bemidji State, which beat the Thunderbay Queens, 10-3, in an exhibition game on Sept. 23, hosts Providence College at Sanford Center while Minnesota State takes on visiting Lindenwood at All Seasons Arena in the other non-conference series. St. Cloud State and host Minnesota compete in the East/West Showcase at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. On Friday, St. Cloud State faces Union College while No. 4-ranked Minnesota meets Syracuse. The two WCHA teams then switch opponents on Saturday. In upcoming exhibition games this Friday and Saturday, No. 6-ranked Minnesota Duluth hosts the Minnesota Whitecaps at AMSOIL Arena.

Both Ohio State and Wisconsin, meanwhile, are idle this weekend. The Buckeyes defeated visiting Wilfrid Laurier, 3-1, in an exhibition game on Sept. 23.

Conference play for 2011-12 begins the weekend of Oct. 7-9. The first WCHA matchups will have Bemidji State at Ohio State (Friday/Saturday), St. Cloud State at Minnesota (Friday/Saturday) and North Dakota at Wisconsin (Saturday/Sunday).

This Week in the WCHA

Games for Friday, September 30: * Syracuse vs St. Cloud State (NC), 4:07 pm CT; North Dakota at Boston University (NC), 7:00 pm ET; Lindenwood at Minnesota State (NC), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota Whitecaps at Minnesota Duluth (EX), 7:07 pm CT; Providence at Bemidji State (NC), 7:07 pm CT; * Union College at Minnesota (NC), 7:07 pm CT. * East/West Showcase at Minnesota

Games for Saturday, October 1: North Dakota at Boston University (NC), 3:00 pm ET; Lindenwood at Minnesota State (NC), 3:07 pm CT; Minnesota Whitecaps at Minnesota Duluth (EX), 3:07 pm CT; Providence at Bemidji State (NC), 4:07 pm CT; * Union vs St. Cloud State (NC), 4:07 pm CT; * Syracuse at Minnesota (NC), 7:07 pm CT. * East/West Showcase at Minnesota.

Last Week in the WCHA

Results of Friday, September 23
Univ. of Manitoba 0 at North Dakota 11 (EX)
Thunderbay Queens 3 at Bemidji State 10 (EX)
Wilfrid Laurier 1 at Ohio State 3 (EX)
Lindenwood 0 at Wisconsin 11 (NC)

Results of Saturday, September 24
Univ. of Manitoba 0 at North Dakota 10 (EX)

Results of Sunday, September 25
Lindenwood 0 at Wisconsin 13 (NC)

WCHA and Member Teams Participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

MADISON, Wis. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association's eight member women's teams will participate in promotions to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Each of the eight teams will be involved in at least one promotional event throughout October and each team will wear a patch on their uniforms, encouraging Breast Cancer Awareness.

Various promotional activities will take place to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Spectators are encouraged to wear pink clothing in support of all those affected by breast cancer.