WCHA Week 10: Thanksgiving Week Brings Nonconference Feast
No. 1 Wisconsin and Minnesota State are in D.C. Tournament, Minnesota Duluth plays in Windjammer Classic, No. 5 Ohio State visits No. 9 Robert Morris, No. 6 Minnesota travels to Lindenwood; and, St. Cloud State hosts Bemidji State in non-league contest
No. 5 Ohio State travel to No. 9 Robert Morris for a Top-10 battle this weekend

Opening Faceoff

- 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 Nov. 10-11 at then-No. 7 Cornell.
  • Sophomore Kristen Campbell, a transfer from North Dakota, has started all 16 of UW's games. She leads all D-I goalies in wins, goals-against average (0.94) and save percentage (.951), while she is 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).

- Buckeyes on Top: Although four of the six teams below them have at least two games in hand, Ohio State sits atop the WCHA standings with 27 points.

  • The Buckeyes' 8-2-2-1 league mark is part of their 10-2-2 overall record -- the best 14-game start in program history.

- Hot Streaks: Wisconsin and Ohio State are not the only WCHA teams playing well of late.

  • Minnesota has won six-straight games and 10-of-12, with the only losses in that stretch a pair of one-goal setbacks to the top-ranked Badgers.
  • Minnesota Duluth has won four of its last five outings and, after a 1-5-0 start in WCHA play, have won four in a row to get back to .500 at 5-5-0.
  • Bemidji State is unbeaten in five of its last six games, going 4-1-1 since Oct. 28.

- Back to Nonconference: The Thanksgiving week brings a full slate of nonconference games, from East Coast tournaments to a top-10 matchup in Pennsylvania. WCHA teams own the best nonconference winning percentage in the country at .633, going 18-10-2 in their first 30 out-of-league contests this season.

By the Numbers

- 8: Wins, in eight games, on the road this season for No. 6 Minnesota. The Gophers look to keep that streak alive this weekend in a nonconference series at Lindenwood.

- 10: Points this season for Minnesota State junior Jordan McLaughlin, who has already matched her career highs for goals (5), assists (5) and points.

- 20: Seasons since Bemidji State and St. Cloud State last played a nonconference game. The teams played four times in 1998-99, as both were independents in the season prior to the WCHA being formed.

- 41: Career games, without a goal, for Bemidji State junior Sylvia Marolt, until she lit the lamp in back-to-back contests last weekend vs. No. 5 Ohio State.

- 263: NCAA-leading blocked shots this season by Minnesota State. Senior defenseman Anna Keys paces the Mavericks, and is second nationally, with 38 blocks.

The Week Ahead

- Bemidji State at St. Cloud State (Wednesday): The Huskies host the Beavers in a single, nonconference game Wednesday night. SCSU invites fans to "Pack the HBNHC" -- including packing bags of food to benefit the local Catholic Charities food shelf. Bemidji State swept SCSU on Nov. 10-11 in St. Cloud, winning by identical 3-0 scores.

- D1 in D.C.: Top-ranked Wisconsin and Minnesota State will represent the WCHA in the first-ever, four-team tournament in the Washington, D.C. area. Each team will play both Boston University and Northeastern at the Kettler Capitals IcePlex, the practice facility of the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals.

- Windjammer Classic: Minnesota Duluth travels to Vermont for the Windjammer Classic. The Bulldogs will face No. 2 Colgate in Friday's tournament opener, and will play either RIT or the host Catamounts on Saturday.

- No. 5 Ohio State at No. 9 Robert Morris: A matchup of league leaders, as the Buckeyes travel to Pittsburgh to face the Colonials, who sit atop College Hockey America.

- No. 6 Minnesota at Lindenwood: The Gophers and Lions meet for just the second time, and the first in St. Charles, Mo.

The Week in Review

- A fantastic series in Northern Minnesota saw No. 5 Ohio State come away with four hard-earned points at Bemidji State.

- Sixth-ranked Minnesota ran its winning streak to six games, sweeping visiting St. Cloud State in a league series at Ridder Arena.

- Minnesota Duluth climbed back to .500 in league play, outlasting visiting Minnesota State in a pair of one-goal contests at AMSOIL Arena.

- 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.

at Bemidji State 3, No. 5 Ohio State 3 - OT (BSU wins shootout, 1-0)
No. 5 Ohio State 5, at Bemidji State 4
(Nov. 17 and 18 at Sanford Center; Bemidji, Minn.)

A fantastic series in Northern Minnesota saw No. 5 Ohio State come away with four hard-earned points at Bemidji State.

Senior goaltender Erin Deters made 40 saves as the Beavers skated to a 3-3 tie Friday, then stopped all six OSU shootout attempts. Freshman Lydia Passolt finally broke through for BSU, giving the host team an extra league point. Sylvia Marolt scored her first collegiate goal for BSU, while Paige Beebe and Haley Mack (short-handed) also lit the lamp in regulation. OSU's Julianna Iafallo tied the contest at 3-3 with a goal midway through the second period.

Trailing 3-2 entering the second period Saturday, Ohio State exploded for three goals en route to a 5-4 win. Maddy Field and Iafallo netted the first two Buckeye tallies, while the first collegiate goal for freshman McKenna Wesloh stood as the game-winner. Emma Terres scored 7:37 into the third period to bring the Beavers within one, but OSU goaltender Kassidy Sauvé (21 saves) shut the door the rest of the way.

at No. 6 Minnesota 3, St. Cloud State 0
at No. 6 Minnesota 4, St. Cloud State 3
(Nov. 17 and 18 at Ridder Arena; Minneapolis, Minn.)

Sixth-ranked Minnesota ran its winning streak to six games, sweeping visiting St. Cloud State in a league series at Ridder Arena.

Alex Woken scored two goals and Sidney Peters recorded a 14-save shutout to the lead the Gophers to a 3-0 victory in Friday's series opener. Minnesota scored all its goals in the first period, as Nicole Schammel also lit the lamp and Sophie Skarzynski handed out a pair of assists.

Saturday's game saw the Gophers take a 1-0 lead into the third period, then survive a wild, six-goal final stanza for a 4-3 win. Schammel scored twice in the period, while freshman Emily Brown netted her first collegiate goal. Freshman Emma Bigham potted her first goal as a Husky to make the score 3-1; then, trailing 4-1, SCSU scored twice in a span of 59 seconds to come within one. Alyssa Erickson and Laura Kluge each had goals, but the comeback effort ran out of time.

at Minnesota Duluth 2, Minnesota State 1
at Minnesota Duluth 3, Minnesota State 2
(Nov. 17 and 18 at AMSOIL Arena; Duluth, Minn.)

Minnesota Duluth climbed back to .500 in league play, outlasting visiting Minnesota State in a pair of one-goal contests at AMSOIL Arena.

Mavericks goaltender Katie Bidulka made 29 saves Friday, but UMD managed to solve her twice in a 2-1 victory. After a scoreless opening period, Jalyn Elmes got the host Bulldogs on the scoreboard 15:38 into the second stanza. Freshman Naomi Rogge then tallied her seventh goal of the season just 42 seconds into the third period, giving UMD the cushion needed to survive Emily Antony's goal later in the frame.

The first career two-goal game for UMD's Emma Yanko was the difference in a 3-2 Bulldog triumph Saturday. The junior snapped a 1-1 tie with her first goal 1:48 into the second period, before she lit the lamp again at the 15:29 mark for what stood as the game-winner. Minnesota State's Sofia Poinar scored her first goal of the season with 40 seconds left to bring the Mavericks within one, but goaltender Jessica Convery (26 saves) and UMD closed out the win.