WCHA Weekend Preview: Oct. 7-8, 2016
Series news and notes for the upcoming weekend of WCHA hockey
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Minnesota Duluth hosts Minnesota State for a WCHA series this weekend

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


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Ohio State (0-0-0-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 2-0-0) at No. 1 Wisconsin (2-0-0-0, 6 pts. WCHA / 2-0-0)
LaBahn Arena; Madison, Wis. – Fri., Oct. 7 at 7:07 p.m. CT and Sat., Oct. 8 at 1:07 p.m. CT

- After a bye week, the top-ranked Badgers put their 25-game LaBahn Arena winning streak on the line when they host their home opener against the Buckeyes.

- OSU won a pair of road games at RPI last weekend, while UW has been off since sweeping St. Cloud State back on Sept. 23-24.

- Last year, UW took all four games against Ohio State, outscoring the Buckeyes 19-1 in their four meetings. The Badgers lead the all-time series with OSU 60-10-6.

- OSU redshirt sophomore G Kassidy Sauve, who had not played a game since the end of the 2014-15 season due to injury, backstopped the Buckeyes to last weekend's sweep by stopping 67-of-68 shots (.985 save percentage).

- Buckeyes' freshman F Samantha Bouley (1g-2a) tallied three points in her first collegiate action, redshirt freshman D Jincy Dunne (1g-1a) had a pair of points and sophomore F Maddy Field had both goals in OSU's 2-0 win last Saturday.

- The Badgers went undefeated for the first time at home last year with a 21-0-0 record, and have not lost in Madison since Feb. 20, 2015.

- UW senior Ann-Renée Desbiens earned her 39th career shutout in the Badgers' season opener, matching Jessie Vetter's school record for career blank slates. Desbiens needs only four to match the NCAA record.

- Wisconsin begins the 2016-17 season ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com Poll, marking the first time since the 2011-12 season the Badgers start the season ranked in the top spot.


No. 2 Minnesota (0-0-0-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 2-0-0) at Bemidji State (0-0-0-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 2-0-0)
Sanford Center; Bemidji, Minn. – Fri., Oct. 7 and Sat., Oct. 8 (both at 3:07 p.m. CT)

- The Beavers, who traveled to New York last weekend and swept Syracuse in impressive fashion, return to the Sanford Center to face the second-ranked Gophers in an intra-state matchup.

- Minnesota also got its season off to a great start last weekend, raising its 2016 NCAA championship banner and then sweeping visiting Lindenwood.

- The Gophers own a 64-6-7 all-time mark against Bemidji State. Minnesota has won the last four games, including a sweep at the Sanford Center last January.

- Eleven different Gophers recorded points against the Lions, led by Dani Cameranesi (2g-2a) and Sarah Potomak (1g-3a).

- Sidney Peters picked up two wins in net last weekend, earning a 10-save shutout in game one against Lindenwood before making seven saves on nine shots in the first 49:26 of game two. Freshman goaltender Serena D'Angelo made one save on one shot faced in the game's final 10:22. Fellow rookies Alex Woken (1g-1a), Lindsay Agnew (1g), and Patti Marshall also made their Gopher debuts.

- After BSU senior G Brittni Mowat stopped 11-of-12 shots in a 2-1, opening-night victory last Friday, junior Erin Deters posted a 28-save shutout in a 2-0 win in the series finale.

- Sophomore F Emily Bergland, who had four points all last year (3g-1a), had three points on opening weekend with two goals (including Saturday's game-winner) and an assist. Lauren Miller (1g-1a), Alexis Joyce (1g-1a), Bailey Wright (2a) and freshman Kiki Radke (2a) all had multi-point weekends also.


Minnesota State (0-0-0-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 2-0-0) at No. 6/8 Minnesota Duluth (0-0-0-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 1-0-1)
AMSOIL Arena; Duluth, Minn. – Fri., Oct. 7 at 7:07 p.m. CT and Sat., Oct. 8 at 4:07 p.m. CT

- Both teams had impressive opening weekends in nonconference play: The Mavericks swept visiting RIT for their first 2-0 start in five seasons, while the Bulldogs tied and defeated then-No. 3 Boston College in an East-West rivalry series.

- The Bulldogs have won 10-straight games against MSU dating back to the 2012-13 season, (including going 4-0 last season) and are 61-6-4 all-time against the Mavericks.

- Minnesota State is 2-0 for the first time since the 2011-12 season, when the Mavericks won three straight games to start the campaign. MSU has also won consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 7 and 9, 2015.

- The Mavericks' goals against RIT were scored by four different players: senior Savannah Quandt (first career game-winner Saturday), sophomore Emily Antony, junior Lindsey Coleman, and freshman Sofia Poinar.

- Both MSU goaltenders – senior Brianna Quade and sophomore Katie Bidulka – started and won a game last weekend.

- UMD senior F Ashleigh Brykaliuk had a hat trick in Friday's game and finished the weekend with five points (4g-1a). Of the Bulldogs' six multi-point scorers last weekend, four had three or more: Brykaliuk, Sidney Morin (4a), Lara Stalder (1g-2a), and Katerina Mrázová (3a).

- UMD sophomore netminder Maddie Rooney played all 125 minutes against the Eagles, and made 58 saves on 63 shots for a 2.40 goals-against average.


No. 7/6 North Dakota (0-0-0-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 1-0-1) at St. Cloud State (0-2-0-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 1-3-0)
Herb Brooks National Hockey Center; St. Cloud, Minn. – Fri., Oct. 7 and Sat., Oct. 8 (both 6:07 p.m. CT)

- A rematch of the 2016 WCHA Quarterfinals (won by UND) awaits in St. Cloud, where the Huskies will host a Fighting Hawks team that earned a win and tie on the road at Mercyhurst last weekend.

- SCSU is the only WCHA team to have played each of the previous two weekends, dropping a pair of contests Sept. 23-24 to No. 1 Wisconsin and splitting with Merrimack last weekend.

- The Huskies are seeking to snap a 12-game (0-11-1) winless streak at home against the Fighting Hawks that dates back to the 2010-11 season; however, SCSU earned a win last season at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

- UND scored first in both games last weekend, but after winning the first game 3-1, was forced to tie 1-1 in the weekend finale. All of North Dakota's scoring came in the first period, while both of the Lakers' goals came in the third period. Special teams were also a factor over the weekend, as UND had 12 power-play opportunities and Mercyhurst had 15.

- Overall, UND senior G Lexie Shaw made a total of 45 saves (on 47 shots) on the weekend, recording a .957 save percentage and a 0.96 goals-against average.

- St. Cloud State sophomore F Julia Tylke scored three goals in the two-game split with Merrimack, including the game-winner on Friday, and now has four goals in her last three games.

- Senior forward Lauren Hesepenheide had a career day in the Huskies 4-2 win over Merrimack on Friday, notching three assists. The captain is averaging a point per game through four games this season and has already equaled her career high in assists (four).