WCHA Week 7: No. 6/5 Bemidji State Visits Ohio State In Lone Weekend Series; 32 Current Or Former WCHA Players Competing In This Week's Four Nations Cup
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No. 6/5 Bemidji State Visits Ohio State In Lone Weekend Series

Opening Face-Off

- Badgers, WCHA Leading at the Polls: The WCHA continues to have an NCAA-best four teams (tied with the ECAC) in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Wisconsin, which is off to the best start in program history, is the nation's new No. 1 in both polls. The Badgers are followed by No. 3 Minnesota, No. 5/6 North Dakota and No. 6/5 Bemidji State. A fifth WCHA team, Minnesota Duluth, is receiving votes in both polls.

- Winning Hockey: Of the 17 Division I schools with a .500-or-better record thus far (15 that have played at least six games), five play in the WCHA. Wisconsin, which is 10-0-0 for the first time ever, is one of three remaining unbeaten and untied teams (two with at least six games played). Minnesota is (9-1-0, .900) is fifth nationally for winning percentage, while Bemidji State (8-2-2, .750) is eighth, North Dakota (6-2-2, .700) is ninth and Ohio State (4-4-0, .500) is tied for 13th.

- Eight and Counting: Wisconsin has posted an NCAA-record eight consecutive shutouts, bettering the previous WCHA and national standard of six (set by Minnesota from Feb. 22 to March 16, 2013). The Badgers have not given up a goal in the last 521 minutes, 15 seconds, dating back to the first period of UW's 8-1 win over Providence in San Jose, Calif. on Oct. 3. UW goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens has not allowed a goal in the last 440:52, which is the second-longest streak in NCAA history (men's or women's), behind only UW legend Jesse Vetter's streak of 448:32, set between Feb. 9 and March 18, 2007.

- Blink of an Eye: North Dakota rallied to hand Minnesota its first loss last Friday night, a 4-3 win aided in large part by Meghan Dufault's two-goal outburst in a nine-second span of the second period - the second-quickest two goals by one player in WCHA history (Wisconsin's Lindsay Macy scored twice just seven seconds apart on March 6, 2004 vs. Bemidji State).

- Four Nations Cup: The eyes of the women's hockey world are on Europe this week for the 2015 Four Nations Cup, where 32 current and former Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) players – representing seven member institutions – will be competing for the United States, Canada, Finland and host Sweden. The full list is below (current student-athletes in bold):

- United States (12): Stephanie Anderson, F (Bemidji State); Megan Bozek, D (Minnesota); Brianna Decker, F (Wisconsin); Meghan Duggan, F (Wisconsin); Zoe Hickel, F (Minnesota Duluth); Hilary Knight, F (Wisconsin); Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, F (North Dakota); Monique Lamoureux, D (North Dakota); Gigi Marvin, D (Minnesota); Alex Rigsby, G (Wisconsin); Anne Schleper, D (Minnesota); Jessie Vetter, G (Wisconsin).

- Canada (8): Emily Clark, F (Wisconsin); Sarah Davis, F (Minnesota); Halli Krzyzaniak, D (North Dakota); Brigette Lacquette, D (Minnesota Duluth); Sarah Nurse, F (Wisconsin); Sarah Potomak, F (Minnesota); Natalie Spooner, F (Ohio State); Blayre Turnbull, F (Wisconsin).

- Finland (7): Mira Jalosuo, D (Minnesota); Michelle Karvinen, F (North Dakota); Anna Kilponen, D (North Dakota); Vilma Tanskanen, F (North Dakota); Suvi Ollikainen, F (St. Cloud State); Noora Räty, G (Minnesota); Susanna Tapani, F (North Dakota).

- Sweden (5): Jenni Asserholt, D (Minnesota Duluth); Johanna Fällman, D (North Dakota); Maria Lindh, F (Minnesota Duluth); Annie Svedin, D (Ohio State); Pernilla Winberg, F (Minnesota Duluth).


By the Numbers

- 10, 10, 20: Goal, assist and point totals for Minnesota sophomore Kelly Pannek, the WCHA Offensive Player of the Month for October. Pannek is tied for second in the WCHA for points (t-4th NCAA) and is tied for third with 2.00 points per game (t-6th NCAA). She had at least one point in all ten games, with seven multi-point efforts and three multi-goal contests.

- 0.23, .985, 7: Goals against average, save percentage and shutouts for Wisconsin junior Ann-Renée Desbiens, the WCHA Defensive Player of the Month for October. Desbiens, who has the top GAA and save pct. of any NCAA goalie with more than one start, is one of three national goaltenders with a perfect winning percentage (9-0-0).

- 4, 15, 19: Goal, assist and point totals for Minnesota freshman Sarah Potomak, the WCHA Rookie of the Month for October. Potomak led all NCAA rookies in points, plus/minus rating (+18), assists and points per game (2.38).


The Week Ahead

- Bemidji State at Ohio State: This weekend's lone series takes place in Columbus, where Ohio State welcomes No. 6/5 Bemidji State for a two-game set. The Buckeyes won all four meetings between the schools last season.


The Week in Review

- Behind a combined five third-period goals and solid goaltending by Brittni Mowat, No. 6 Bemidji State swept visiting St. Cloud State by identical 3-1 scores.

- Wisconsin set a pair of records during a weekend sweep at Minnesota State, as the Badgers improved to 10-0-0 for the first time in program history and posted their eighth-consecutive shutout - the longest streak in NCAA annals.

- In the latest chapter of a storied rivalry, host North Dakota rallied for a second-game victory and a split with then-No. 1 Minnesota.

- Full recaps and box scores are available at wcha.com.


at No. 6 Bemidji State 3, St. Cloud State 1
at No. 6 Bemidji State 3, St. Cloud State 1
(Oct. 30 and 31 at Sanford Center; Bemidji, Minn.)

Behind a combined five third-period goals and solid goaltending by Brittni Mowat, No. 6 Bemidji State swept visiting St. Cloud State by identical 3-1 scores.

Scoreless through two periods Friday, the Beavers tallied three third-period goals for the win - including two by senior F Stephanie Anderson (who missed Saturday's contest after departing for her Team USA duties). Anderson scored at the 5:39 and 12:52 mark, and, after SCSU's Lauren Hespenheide scored with an extra attacker, BSU's Hanna Moher added an empty-net goal for the final margin.

The Beavers and Huskies traded the first two goals Saturday, with BSU's Emily Bergland netting her first career tally and SCSU's Molly Illikainen countered with the equalizer. BSU received final-stanza goals from Ciscely Nelson (game-winner) and Ivana Bilic for the win.

Mowat finished the weekend with 48 saves (on 50 shots), while the Huskies' Katie Fitzgerald made 52 stops (on 56 shots).


No. 3 Wisconsin 6, at Minnesota State 0
No. 3 Wisconsin 7, at Minnesota State 0
(Oct. 30 and 31 at Verizon Wireless Center; Mankato, Minn.)

Wisconsin set a pair of records during a weekend sweep, as the Badgers improved to 10-0-0 for the first time in program history and posted their eighth-consecutive shutout - the longest streak in NCAA annals.

Badgers' junior G Ann-Renée Desbiens stopped all 34 shots she faced, while the UW offense scored 13 goals on the weekend.

Six Badgers scored on Friday, with Baylee Wellhausen (game-winner), Sam Cogan, Kim Drake, Rachel Jones, Courtney Burke and Erika Sowchuk all lighting the lamp. Burke (1a), Cogan (1a), Mellissa Channell (2a), Jones (1a), Annie Pankowski (2a) and Jenny Ryan (2a) all had multi-point efforts.

12 Badgers registered a point on Saturday, led by Burke (1g, 2a), Channel (1g, 1a), Cogan (2a), Pankowski (2a), Maddie Rolfes (2a), Sophia Shaver (2g) and Sowchuk (2a).


No. 1 Minnesota 5, at No. 7/8 North Dakota 1
at No. 7/8 North Dakota 4, No. 1 Minnesota 3
(Oct. 29 and 30 at Ralph Engelstad Arena; Grand Forks, N.D.)

In the latest chapter of a storied rivalry, host North Dakota rallied for a second-game victory and a split with then-No. 1 Minnesota.

The visiting Gophers jumped out to a 3-0, first-period lead Thursday behind goals from Caitlin Reilly, Milica McMillen (game-winner) and Kate Schipper. Nina Rodgers extended the Minnesota lead to 4-0 and, after Becca Kohler tallied the lone UND goal, the Gophers' Megan Wolfe scored for the final margin. Minnesota goaltender Amanda Leveille turned back 18-of-19 shots for the win.

Minnesota again jumped out to an early lead Friday, riding a Brook Garzone goal to a 1-0 lead after one period. UND, however, struck for three second-period goals to take the lead. Amy Menke netted the equalizer, before Meghan Dufault scored twice in a nine-second span (second-quickest elapsed time between goals for a single player in WCHA history). Menke added a third-period goal for the game-winner, as UND withstood final stanza scores from Minnesota's Kelly Pannek and Dani Cameranesi.

UND senior netminder Shelby Amsley-Benzie made a season-high 28 saves Friday for the victory.