WCHA Weekend Preview: Dec. 9 - 11, 2016
Series news and notes for the upcoming weekend of WCHA hockey
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Minnesota State concludes a season-long eight-game homestand by hosting third-ranked Minnesota Duluth

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


WCHA

No. 1 Wisconsin (11-2-1-1, 35 pts. WCHA / 15-2-1) at Ohio State (4-8-2-0, 14 pts. WCHA / 8-8-2)
OSU Ice Rink; Columbus, Ohio
Friday, Dec. 9 at 6:07 p.m. ET and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3:07 p.m. ET

- The Badgers and Buckeyes both wrap up their 2016 calendar year schedule with a series this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Wisconsin remains No. 1 in both national polls, while Ohio State is receiving votes in the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine rankings.

- In an Oct. 7-8 series at LaBahn Arena, Wisconsin won the opener 3-0 before the teams skated to a 1-1 tie the following day (UW won the shootout). The Badgers lead the all-time series by a 61-10-7 margin.

- Both teams earned WCHA points last weekend. No. 1 Wisconsin won the series finale to split with No. 2 Minnesota, while Ohio State took four points from then-No. 9 North Dakota in Columbus.

- UW senior Sarah Nurse was the American Sports Network Player of the Week and the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week after recording a hat trick in the Badgers' victory over the Gophers. She leads Wisconsin with 15 goals and 22 points this season, while her next goal will be her 67th at UW – tied for ninth-most in school history.

- Behind 16 different goal-scorers, UW leads the WCHA (fourth nationally) by averaging 3.67 goals per game. Led by All-American goaltender Ann-Renιe Desbiens, the Badgers are tied for the NCAA's best scoring defense (1.11 goals allowed per game).

- Ohio State redshirt-sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve once again led the nation in saves last weekend with 85 against UND. She ranks among the NCAA top-10 leaders this season for: saves (1st – 200), save percentage (2nd - .952), starts (tied 3rd – 18), minutes (5th – 1039:22), shutouts (tied 5th – 4), goals-against average (10th – 1.73) and wins (tied 10th – 8).

- OSU redshirt-freshman Jincy Dunne, who earned an invite to USA Hockey's Women's Winter Training Camp, has nine points (2g-7a) and leads all NCAA rookies with 39 blocked shots.


No. 3 Minnesota Duluth (9-3-2-1, 30 pts. WCHA / 12-3-3) at Minnesota State (2-11-1-0, 7 pts. WCHA / 4-12-2)
Verizon Wireless Center; Mankato, Minn.
Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:07 p.m. CT and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3:07 p.m. CT

- The Mavericks conclude a season-long eight-game homestand by hosting the third-ranked Bulldogs, who are playing their third-straight road series (and final games of the 2016 calendar year).

- Minnesota Duluth has won 12-straight games in the series dating back to the 2012-13 season, including sweeping the Mavericks on Oct. 7-8 at AMSOIL Arena (4-0 and 5-1). UMD leads the all-time series, 61-6-4.

- UMD remained in third place in the WCHA standings by sweeping host St. Cloud State last weekend, while Minnesota State split a home series against Bemidji State.

- After posting a 15-21-1 (10-17-1 WCHA) mark last year in Maura Crowell's first season at the helm, UMD is already 12-3-3 (9-3-2) in 2016-17. The Bulldogs, who have played the nation's third-toughest schedule to date, are 9-1-2 in their last 12 contests.

- With four wins overall and two in WCHA play, Minnesota State has already surpassed its victory total from the entire 2015-16 season (3-29-4) and has its most league triumphs since the 2013-14 campaign. The Mavericks have won two of their last three WCHA games and are 2-2-1 in their last five contests overall.

- UMD senior forward Katherine McGovern, who leads the Bulldogs with a +21 rating, has 20 points (10g-10a) in 18 games – more than she compiled in 104 contests over her first three seasons combined (8g-9a=17pts).

- A trio of Bulldog seniors are riding scoring streaks: Ashleigh Brykaliuk has a nine-game run (6g-6a=12pts), Lara Stalder has assists in four-straight contests (0g-8a=8pts) and defenseman Sidney Morin is on a career-best five-game binge (2g-3a=5pts).

- Minnesota State sophomore Emily Antony, who scored a goal in last Saturday's win over Bemidji State, leads the Mavericks with four goals and eight points this season.

- Senior goaltender Brianna Quade made 55 stops with a .932 save percentage last weekend, including 23 stops in the Mavericks' 3-2 win.


St. Cloud State (4-9-1-1, 14 pts. WCHA / 5-12-1) at No. 10 North Dakota (5-5-4-2, 21 pts. WCHA / 7-6-5)
Ralph Engelstad Arena; Grand Forks, N.D.
Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 (both at 2:07 p.m. CT)

- The 10th-ranked Fighting Hawks host the Huskies, who travel to Grand Forks for SCSU's final games of the 2016 calendar year.

- The last two regular season series between these two teams have resulted in splits, including a pair of one-goal decisions Oct. 7-8 in St. Cloud (1-0 UND, 3-2 SCSU) and Feb. 12-13, 2016 in Grand Forks (1-0 SCSU, 3-0 UND). However, the Fighting Hawks swept the last meeting at Ralph Engelstad Arena, winning both games of the 2016 WCHA quarterfinals. UND leads the all-time series, 33-21-6.

- SCSU dropped a pair of games last weekend to visiting Minnesota Duluth, while North Dakota earned a tie and shootout victory at Ohio State.

- Freshman goaltender Janine Alder has made 12-straight starts for St. Cloud State, ranking second among NCAA rookies with a 2.39 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. With two shutouts already this season, she is the only netminder in SCSU history to boast multiple clean sheets in her rookie campaign.

- Sophomore forward Julia Tylke leads the Huskies with eight goals and 12 points. Her goal total ranks sixth in the WCHA and is one off her freshman-year output.

- North Dakota's freshman class is first in the WCHA and fifth nationally with 37 points, stemming from 17 goals and 20 assists. All eight rookie skaters have already recorded a point, led by Ryleigh Houston (3g-8a=11pts).

- Senior Amy Menke, who is UND's active scoring leader against St. Cloud State with 10 goals and 11 assists, is six points shy of becoming the seventh 100-point scorer in school history.


NONCONFERENCE

Bemidji State (4-11-1-0, 13 pts. WCHA / 6-11-1) at RIT (1-6-1, 3 pts. CHA / 3-16-1)
Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena; Rochester, N.Y.
Friday, Dec. 9 at 2:05 p.m. ET and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1:05 p.m. ET

- Bemidji State concludes its 2016 calendar year schedule with a nonconference road trip to Rochester, N.Y., where the Beavers will face College Hockey America opponent RIT.

- This weekend's series is the first-ever matchup between the Beavers and Tigers.

- Third-year head coach Jim Scanlan is 12-1-1 in nonconference play since arriving at Bemidji State, including a sweep at Syracuse to open the 2016-17 season.

- The Beavers were also on the road last weekend, splitting at Minnesota State.

- Senior goaltender Brittni Mowat turned in her 17th career shutout last Friday at MSU and is now one blank sheet from matching former BSU great Zuzana Tomcikova (2008-12) for most in school history.

- Senior defenseman Madison Hutchinson has a three-game point streak (1g-2a=3pts) and is tied for the team lead with 10 points overall (5g-5a) – good for second among WCHA blue-liners.

- Freshman forward Kiki Radke, who leads BSU rookies with six points, scored her first two collegiate goals last Saturday.


No. 2 Minnesota (12-2-2-2, 40 pts. WCHA / 14-2-2) at Boston University (7-6-0, 14 pts. HEA / 11-6-1)
Walter Brown Arena; Boston, Mass.
Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m. ET and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3:00 p.m. ET

- The No. 2 Gophers wrap up their 2016 calendar year schedule with a nonconference road series at Boston University. The Terriers are in third place in the Hockey East standings and are receiving votes in both national polls.

- Minnesota is 4-0-0 all-time against BU, including a pair of postseason wins (2013 and 2014). The last time the teams met in a regular season contest, the Gophers skated to a 5-2 win at Ridder Arena on Oct. 4, 2014.

- The Gophers are on the road for a second-straight weekend, part of a stretch of 54 days between home games at Ridder Arena. Minnesota split last weekend at No. 1 Wisconsin.

- Senior assistant captains Dani Cameranesi and Kate Schipper reached milestones on the game-winning goal last Saturday at Wisconsin. Schipper scored the goal for her 100th career point, becoming the 33rd Gopher to reach the milestone. With the primary assist on the play, Cameranesi became the 19th player in WCHA history (since 1999) and the eighth Minnesota skater ever to record 200 career points.

- Junior forward Kelly Pannek is riding a 14-game point streak. She has tallied 29 points (8g-21a) during the span, which includes at least one assist in all 14 contests.

- Pannek leads the NCAA with 34 points (8g-26a) and 1.89 points per game, while Cameranesi is second with 31 points (18g-13a) and 1.82 points per contest.