WCHA Weekend Preview: Nov. 11 - 13, 2016
Series news and notes for the upcoming weekend of WCHA hockey
St. Cloud State hosts Ohio State on Friday and Saturday

- The full WCHA weekly release can be found online here.

All rankings listed by USCHO.com poll first, followed by USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll


No. 3 Minnesota Duluth (5-2-1-1, 17 pts. WCHA / 6-2-2) at No. 9 North Dakota (5-3-0-0, 15 pts. WCHA / 6-3-1)
Ralph Engelstad Arena; Grand Forks, N.D.
Sat., Nov. 12 and Sun., Nov. 13 (both 2:07 p.m. CT)

- The marquee series this weekend in all of women's college hockey takes place at "The Ralph," as No. 9 North Dakota hosts No. 3 Minnesota Duluth. Video streams, along with free audio feeds, of the games will be available through UNDsports.com, as part of the UND Insider subscription.

- UMD is playing its seventh and eighth games this season against ranked opponents, having gone 2-2-2 against then-No. 3 Boston College, No. 2 Minnesota and then-No. 9/10 Bemidji State. UND has posted a 2-2-0 mark against No. 1 Wisconsin and then-No. 10 BSU.

- Both teams were idle last week, but earned sweeps the week before. The Fighting Hawks won both games of a home-and-home set with then-No. 10 Bemidji State on Oct. 28-29, while the Bulldogs earned a pair of wins at Ohio State.

- North Dakota has turned the tides of this series over the last 5+ years, going 13-5-5 in the last 23 games (including 6-2-2 in the last 10 contests). Prior to that, Minnesota Duluth had won 32 of the first 34 meetings between the schools. UND won the 2015-16 series, 3-1-0.

- UMD ranks sixth in the NCAA for scoring offense, averaging 3.60 goals per game. The Bulldogs have put at least 41 shots on goal for three-straight games.

- Bulldog sophomore G Maddie Rooney keeps climbing up on the national charts, now ranking 16th in the NCAA with a .934 save percentage and 17thy with a 1.89 goals-against average.

- UND senior G Lexie Shaw continues to be among the nation's very best in her first season as the full-time starter, ranking fifth nationally with a .947 save percentage and seventh with a 1.31 goals-against average.

- Fighting Hawk freshman F Emma Nuutinen is second among NCAA rookies with a five goals, while she leads all skaters for shooting efficiency – scoring her five goals on just 18 shots (.278). As a group, UND's freshmen rank second in the WCHA (tied for seventh nationally) with 21 points (11g-10a).

Ohio State (1-6-1-0, 4 pts. WCHA / 5-6-1) at St. Cloud State (2-5-1-1, 8 pts. WCHA / 3-6-1)
Herb Brooks National Hockey Center; St. Cloud, Minn.
Fri., Nov. 11 at 3:07 p.m. CT and Sat., Nov. 12 at 1:07 p.m. CT

- Two teams looking to move up the WCHA ladder meet as St. Cloud State welcomes Ohio State to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Video feeds are available, for a fee, at scsuhuskies.com.

- The Huskies return home for the first time in over a month, after a pair of road weekends and bye weeks (including last week). The Buckeyes got back in the win column last weekend, sweeping visiting Lindenwood with a pair of shutout victories.

- SCSU won all four meetings in 2015-16 (including three, one-goal victories) to win the season series for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign. OSU leads the all-time series, 38-29-8.

- Buckeye redshirt sophomore G Kassidy Sauve made 57 saves in the back-to-back blankings of Lindenwood, and continues to lead the country in stops by a wide margin with 421 (123 more than the next-highest total). She also ranks fourth nationally with a .950 save percentage and 19th with a 1.95 goals-against average.

- OSU sophomore D Lauren Boyle netted her first career hat trick in a 3-0 win last Saturday – the first by a D-I defenseman, regardless of gender, this season. She was also the only blue-liner with at least four points, five blocked shots and a +4 rating.

- SCSU freshman Janine Alder is second among NCAA rookie goaltenders with a 1.94 goals-against average and .939 save percentage, ranking in the WCHA top-five in both categories. She is 3-3-1 in her 7 games thus far.

- Sophomore F Julia Tylke leads the Huskies with six goals – tied for fifth in the WCHA and tied for 10th nationally. She has also added a pair of assists for a team-high eight points.


Minnesota Whitecaps at Bemidji State
Sanford Center; Bemidji, Minn.
Fri., Nov. 11 at 7:07 p.m. CT and Sat., Nov. 12 at 3:07 p.m. CT.

- The Beavers will welcome 2016 alumna and recent Four Nations Cup champion Stephanie Anderson back to the Sanford Center, hosting a pair of exhibition games against the Minnesota Whitecaps. Video feeds are available, for a fee, at bsubeavers.com.

- The Whitecaps, an elite team of post-collegiate players, feature 22 former WCHA student-athletes on their roster.