- Three of the Top-Six: The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) continues to have a strong presence in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, with three of the top-6 teams.
- 16-0-0 Wisconsin remains the unanimous No. 1 in both polls, followed by No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Minnesota.
- Alone Among the Unbeatens: While playing the nation's second-toughest schedule to date, Wisconsin is the last unbeaten NCAA Division I program standing at 16-0-0, two wins shy of matching the best start in program history (18-0-0 in 2015-16).
- UW's last six wins have come against ranked opponents. The Badgers won a pair of one-goal contests Oct. 28-29 at No. 6 Minnesota for their first sweep of the Gophers in Minneapolis since Jan. 5-6, 2007. Wisconsin then took care of then-No. 4 Ohio State on Nov. 4-5 at LaBahn Arena, before winning twice on the road last weekend at No. 7 Cornell.
- Sophomore goaltender Kristen Campbell, a transfer from North Dakota, has started all 16 of UW's games so far. She leads all Division I goaltenders in wins and goals-against average (0.94), while she is second with a .951 save percentage and tied for second with four shutouts.
- Among DI teams, UW is tops in scoring defense (0.94 goals allowed per game) and fifth in scoring offense (3.62 gpg).
- Beavers Rolling: On the morning of Oct. 28, Bemidji State stood winless in the WCHA and 1-7-1 overall. Since then, the Beavers have rattled off four-straight wins, including three in league play, to jump into fourth place in the WCHA standings.
- BSU has been clicking on all cylinders, leading the WCHA over that small stretch in: scoring defense (0.75 goals allowed per game), shots for (35.50) and allowed (20.25) per game, and penalty-kill percentage (a perfect 1.000, at 11-for-11).
- Seniors Emma Terres, Alexis Joyce and Erin Deters have paved the way. Terres and Joyce both have a plus-6 rating and a game-winning goal apiece, while Terres has five points (2g-3a). Deters has three of the wins, turning aside 55-of-56 shots and collecting back-to-back shutouts.
- Clutch Performers: Three of the top-four national leaders in game-winning goals are WCHA skaters. Ohio State junior Maddy Field leads the country with four game-deciding markers, while Buckeyes freshman Emma Maltais and Minnesota senior Cara Piazza are tied for second with three apiece.
- WCHA and the Red, White and Blue: Fifteen (15) members of the U.S. National Women's Team that won the 2017 Four Nations Cup hail from the WCHA. Former Minnesota star Hannah Brandt scored two goals in the championship game; her former Gopher teammate, Amanda Kessel (a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner), and Hilary Knight, a former All-American at Wisconsin, added a goal and assist apiece, and another UMN alumna, Dani Cameranesi, had four assists. Goaltender Maddie Rooney (who has eligibility remaining at Minnesota Duluth) made 18 saves in the 5-1 win over Canada.
- All told, 39 women with WCHA ties were on the rosters of the United States, Canada, Finland and Sweden. The group included 11 from the University of Minnesota, 10 from the University of Wisconsin, seven from the University of Minnesota Duluth, two from Ohio State University, one from Minnesota State University – and eight from the University of North Dakota.
By the Numbers
- 4.5: Penalty minutes per game this season for Minnesota Duluth, the fewest per contest in the country.
- 8: Wins, in eight games, on the road this season for No. 6 Minnesota. Conversely, the Gophers are 1-4-1 at home -- including 0-3-1 in WCHA contests at Ridder Arena.
- 18: Freshmen and sophomores on St. Cloud State's roster this season, making the Huskies the second-youngest team in the Division I ranks. SCSU's nine freshmen are tied with Bemidji State for most in the WCHA and third-most nationally.
- 227: NCAA-leading blocked shots this season by Minnesota State. Senior defenseman Anna Keys paces the Mavericks, and is fourth nationally, with 33 blocks.
The Week Ahead
- No. 5 Ohio State at Bemidji State: The Beavers put their four-game overall winning streak, and three-game WCHA run, on the line when they host the fifth-ranked Buckeyes. OSU leads the all-time series, 36-24-10; but, the teams split in 2016-17.
- St. Cloud State at No. 6 Minnesota: The Gophers look to get back on track at home, where they have won once in six games overall. Minnesota has won 34-straight games in the series (dating back to October 2010) and is 76-3-2 all-time
- Minnesota State at Minnesota Duluth: The Bulldogs return off their bye week to host the Mavericks, who are in the middle weekend of three-straight on the road. UMD is 62-7-4 all-time against Minnesota State (3-1-0 last season).
The Week in Review
- Emma Terres scored two goals and added an assist, while freshman goaltender Kerigan Dowhy made 23 saves in her first career start to power Bemidji State past Minnesota Duluth, 3-2, at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Face-Off Classic.
- After its Monday victory, Bemidji State traveled south to face conference foe St. Cloud State and was seeing double, posting consecutive 3-0, shutout victories to wrap up a 3-0-0 week.
- Ohio State needed a pair of comebacks to do it, but the No. 5/6 Buckeyes got back on track with a sweep of visiting Minnesota State.
- Top-ranked Wisconsin hit the road for a tough matchup against No. 7 Cornell; but, as they have all season, the Badgers came away with two wins in a nonconference sweep.
- No. 6/5 Minnesota survived a scare Friday as they traveled east to take on Mercyhurst, but survived and won Saturday for a nonconference road sweep.
- Watch all the top goals, plays and saves from last weekend on the "WCHA Highlight Reel," found here.
- Full recaps and box scores are available at wcha.com.
Bemidji State 3, vs. Minnesota Duluth 2
(Nov. 6 -- U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women's Face-Off Classic
Isanti County Arena; Cambridge, Minn.)
Emma Terres scored two goals and added an assist, while freshman goaltender Kerigan Dowhy made 23 saves in her first career start to power Bemidji State past Minnesota Duluth, 3-2, at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Face-Off Classic.
All proceeds from the contest, which drew over 1,000 spectators, will benefit Isanti native Matt Olson, who is recovering from a spinal cord injury he suffered in 2016 while playing junior hockey.
Bemidji State 3, at St. Cloud State 0
Bemidji State 3, at St. Cloud State 0
(Nov. 10 and 11 at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center; St. Cloud, Minn.)
After its Monday victory, Bemidji State traveled south to face conference foe St. Cloud State and was seeing double, posting consecutive 3-0, shutout victories to wrap up a 3-0-0 week.
Senior goaltender Erin Deters led the way for the Beavers, turning aside all 38 shots she faced during the series. All six Bemidji State goals on the weekend were scored by different skaters: Emily Bergland, Paige Beebe and Tina Kampa lit the lamp Friday, while Alexis Joyce, Kiki Radke and Emma Terres found the back of the net Saturday.
The games, however, had a different feel. BSU scored twice in the third period Friday to put the game away, but tallied two first-period strikes Saturday to skate most of the game with a multi-goal lead.
at No. 5/6 Ohio State 2, Minnesota State 1
at No. 5/6 Ohio State 5, Minnesota State 3
(Nov. 10 and 11 at OSU Ice Rink; Columbus, Ohio.)
Ohio State needed a pair of comebacks to do it, but the No. 5/6 Buckeyes got back on track with a sweep of visiting Minnesota State.
Maddy Field's goal late in the third period Friday snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the Buckeyes a 2-1 victory (and the junior her NCAA-best fourth game-winner of the year). MSU jumped out to an early lead on freshman Brittyn Fleming's first collegiate goal with 10 seconds remaining in the first period, while goaltender Katie Bidulka finished with 40 saves. OSU freshman goaltender Amanda Zeglen earned the win in her collegiate debut, making 12 saves.
In the finale, the Buckeyes again rallied from an early deficit (this time, a 2-0 hole) to finish off the sweep with a 5-3 victory. Lauren Boyle, who had four points on the season entering the game, had four on the day with two goals and two assists for OSU. Emma Maltais broke a 3-3 tie with a power-play goal 2:29 into the third period, while Zeglen made 18 stops in the OSU net.
No. 1 Wisconsin 3, at No. 7 Cornell 1
No. 1 Wisconsin 2, at No. 7 Cornell 1
(Nov. 10 and 11 at Lynah Rink; Ithaca, N.Y.)
Top-ranked Wisconsin hit the road for a tough matchup against No. 7 Cornell; but, as they have all season, the Badgers came away with two wins in a nonconference sweep.
Sophia Shaver led the way to a 3-1 UW win Friday, tallying two goals for the visiting team. Goaltender Kristen Campbell did the rest, with 21 saves on 22 shots.
Campbell continued her dominance Saturday, stopping 26 shots -- and only allowing a power-play, extra-attacker goal with less than 15 seconds remaining -- as the Badgers squeaked out a 2-1 victory. Brette Pettet and Presley Norby scored for UW.
No. 6/5 Minnesota 2, at Mercyhurst 1 – OT
No. 6/5 Minnesota 5, at Mercyhurst 2
(Nov. 10 and 11 at Mercyhurst Ice Center; Erie, Pa.)
No. 6/5 Minnesota survived a scare Friday as they traveled east to take on Mercyhurst, but survived and won Saturday for a nonconference road sweep.
After the teams ended regulation knotted at 1-1 Friday, freshman Taylor Wente knocked in a power-play goal to push the Gophers to victory. Fellow rookie Alex Gulstene made 20 saves for the win.
Minnesota jumped out to a commanding 3-0 lead in the first period Saturday, with Alex Woken (game-winning goal and an assist) leading the way as the Gophers cruised to a 5-2 victory. Wente opened the scoring, while Katie Robinson and Cara Piazza tallied short-handed markers.