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October 12, 2010
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Five WCHA Teams Ranked in National Top 10 UM, UW Tied at No. 3, UMD No. 5, UND No. 7/8, OSU No. 10; Three Conference Series Set for Weekend of Oct. 15-17
North Dakota's Split with National Champion UMD Soars Sioux into Elite with Bulldogs, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio State; Bemidji State Opens New Arena Friday by Hosting Top-Rated Mercyhurst; League Series this Weekend Have St. Cloud State at Ohio State, Minnesota State at Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota Visiting Minnesota
Wisconsin swept Bemidji State this past weekend

MADISON, Wis. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, which has produced the women's national champion in each of the last 11 seasons, has five of its eight-member teams ranked in this week's two national polls. The USCHO.com Division 1 Women's Hockey Poll for Oct. 12 has Minnesota and Wisconsin tied at No. 3, Minnesota Duluth at No. 5, North Dakota at No. 8 and Ohio State at No. 10. The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll for Oct. 12 has Minnesota at No. 3, Wisconsin at No. 4, Minnesota Duluth at No. 5, North Dakota at No. 7 and Ohio State at No. 10. It is believed to be the first time five WCHA teams have ever been ranked among the top 10 in the nation at one time.

The show of national dominance comes after the first full week of competition, a weekend where North Dakota split a home series with defending national champion and WCHA champion Minnesota Duluth. UMD (1-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) won the opener in Grand Forks last Friday (Oct. 8) as former Swedish Olympic goaltender Kim Martin made 23 saves and earned her 12 career shutout in a 4-0 decision before 2,366 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena. On Sunday (Oct. 10) Jocelyne Lamoureux, who played with the U.S. Olympic team last season, had a goal and an assist and Stephanie Ney made 30 saves to lead North Dakota (2-2-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) to a 4-2 victory over the Bulldogs before 1,469.

Wisconsin (4-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) jumped into first place in the WCHA by sweeping visiting Bemidji State (1-3-0, 0-2-0 WCHA) twice at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Carolyne Prevost's three goals led the Badgers to a 7-1 victory over the Beavers in the series opener Oct. 8 and Becca Ruegsegger made 11 saves and recorded her second shutout of the season as UW took a hard-fought 2-0 decision from BSU on Sunday (Oct. 10).

In non-conference play last weekend, Ohio State (2-0-0) opened their 2010-11 regular season with a pair of 4-1 victories over Robert Morris in Pittsburgh as Natalie Spooner had a five point weekend (two goals and an assist last Friday and a goal and an assist last Saturday). Minnesota State (1-0-1), meanwhile, opened their season with a 3-2 home ice victory over Niagara behind two goals by Moira O'Connor. The Mavericks and Purple Eagles then teams skated to a 0-0 scoreless tie last Saturday. In single non-conference games this past weekend, visiting Wayne State beat St. Cloud State (0-3-0) 3-0 last Friday and then fell to Minnesota (3-0-0) 1-0 on Saturday as Amanda Kessel had the game's lone goal and Noora Raty had her second shutout.

St. Cloud State and Ohio State open their respective conference seasons this weekend in a head-to head series Friday and Saturday (Oct. 15-16) at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio, while North Dakota plays its third straight nationally-ranked team when it travels to Minnesota for a Friday-Saturday series which features the return of Lamoureux and her twin sister Monique to Ridder Arena, where they played two seasons ago. Minnesota State opens league play when it travels to Minnesota Duluth for a Saturday-Sunday series.

And it will be a big weekend in Bemidji when the Bemidji State Beavers move into their new home Friday and Saturday against top-ranked Mercyhurst. The Beavers' Friday afternoon game at 2:07 pm will be the first hockey game played at the sparkling new Bemidji Regional Event Center.

This Week in the WCHA

Games for Friday, October 15: Mercyhurst at Bemidji State (NC), 2:07 pm CT; North Dakota at Minnesota (WCHA), 6:07 pm CT; St. Cloud State at Ohio State (WCHA), 7:07 pm ET.

Games for Saturday, October 16: Mercyhurst at Bemidji State (NC), 2:07 pm CT; Minnesota State at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 3:07 pm CT; St. Cloud State at Ohio State (WCHA), 4:07 pm ET; North Dakota at Minnesota (WCHA), 4:07 pm CT.

Games for Sunday, October 17: Minnesota State at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 3:07 pm CT.

Last Week in the WCHA

Results of Friday October 8
Minnesota Whitecaps 2 at Minnesota 3 (EX)
Ohio State 4 at Robert Morris 1 (NC)
Niagara 2 at Minnesota State 3 (NC)
Wayne State 3 at St. Cloud State 0 (NC)
Bemidji State 1 at Wisconsin 7 (WCHA)
Minnesota Duluth 4 at North Dakota 0 (WCHA)

Results of Saturday, October 9
Ohio State 4 at Robert Morris 1 (NC)
Wayne State 0 at Minnesota 1 (NC)
Niagara 0 at Minnesota State 0 ot (NC)
Minnesota Whitecaps 4 at St. Cloud State 2 (EX)

Results of Sunday, October 10
Bemidji State 0 at Wisconsin 2 (WCHA)
Minnesota Duluth 2 at North Dakota 4 (WCHA)

WCHA to Continue Shootouts; Implements Three-Point Wins in League Standings

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association will continue to use shootouts and implement a three-point system in women's league play, Associate Commissioner Sara Martin has announced.

In a change this year the WCHA has adopted a standings format for league play where a team that wins in regulation or overtime receives three points, a team that wins a shootout is awarded two points, a team that loses a shootout gets one point, and a team that loses in regulation or overtime earns no points.

The standings will show wins, losses, ties and shootout wins W-L-T-SW (W-L-T add up to games played, the tie column signifies how many times a team has been to a shootout and the SW column represents how many shootouts a team has won.)

A team receives three points for winning a game in overtime (in regulation or overtime) and one point for an overtime tie. NCAA rules do not recognize shootout wins and for purposes to figure out a team's RPI, a game which ends tied after 65 minutes and prior to a shootut is recorded as a tie.

To reiterate the new WCHA women's league policy: Teams are awarded three points for each win in regulation or overtime, and one point for an overtime tie. Conference games tied after 65 minutes advance to a three-player shootout with the winning team receiving an extra point in the standings (denoted in the SW column).

Visit Us at the All-New WCHA.com
League's Official Website Features New Look, New Features

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association's official website WCHA.com is all-new for 2010-11! The WCHA has teamed up with SportDesigns.com to provide visitors with a full-service experience that features a significant number of upgrades, including new game-day live scoreboards and fully-functional mobile pages, a host of new features, and an all-new on-line store TheWCHAShop.com.

Included in the all-new WCHA.com are new game-day live scoreboards, fully functional mobile pages that include press releases, game stories, box scores, team and league stats and live game box scores, a more seemless integration of schedules, rosters, standings, live box scores, and statistics in conjunction with collegehockeystats.net, and a new 'campus news' section that features the latest press releases from both men's and women's member teams.

In addition, the upgrades include:

Easy access to standings and statistics right from the home page.

A Live Game Day Scoreboard with links to live box scores that will appear on the home page on any day there is a game.

A Live Mobile Scoreboard box scores via www.wcha.com/mobile. This is a fully functional mobile website that also includes game stories, statistics, etc.

Game story integration with game stories posted from all games to make the all-new WCHA.com a place fans want to visit more regularly. For example, on Saturday morning fans can read what happened in all Friday night games in one cohesive location.

An Upgraded Standings Page includes information on head-to-head records within the league.

New Sortable Team Statistic Pages can be sorted by category at the top of the table.

A New WCHA Against the Rest Page with records for each WCHA team against teams from other leagues.

New WCHA-member team pages that feature direct links to each school's website, tickets, and audio and/or video broadcasts.

Some of the new technology employed in the design of the all-new TheWCHAShop.com are upgraded photo zooming on the product pages, the ability for people to share product pages through places like Facebook and Twitter for added exposure, new TheWCHAShop.com Gift Certificates, and a new checkout process upgraded to a one-page checkout to make it easier for customers to shop. Additionally, TheWCHAShop.com is developing a mobile commerce website to allow for purchases from Smart Phones.

As a 'work in progress', the all-new WCHA.com will continue to evolve over the coming months as we build and integrate the history of the men's and women's leagues into the archives. Also in future plans for the all-new WCHA.com are Individual Player Pages which would include current season statistics, year-by-year stats and game-by-game stats.