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WCHA Notebook: Minnesota moves down, Wisconsin and Ohio State move up in national poll

After a shootout win and a regulation loss to Wisconsin, Minnesota moves down to No. 3 in the USCHO poll while Ohio State is back at No. 1.

Ohio State defeats Yale 2-1 in Frozen Four semifinal game at Pegula Ice Arena
Ohio State goaltender Amanda Thiele (30) stops the puck against Yale during the Women’s Frozen Four semifinal on Friday, March 18, 2022, at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pennsylvania.
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After a shootout loss and a regulation win to rival Minnesota, Wisconsin moves up to No. 2 in the USCHO poll while Ohio State climbs back up to No. 1.

OHIO STATE (#1), 12-1-1 Overall, 12-1-1 Conference:

Ohio State is back on top of the national polls after previous No.1 Minnesota lost in regulation to Wisconsin while the Buckeyes outscored Bemidji State 12-1 over two games.

On Friday, OSU scored at even-strength four times before tacking on a shorthanded goal to shut-out the Beavers 5-0. Amanda Thiele saved all 19 shots on goal, while Jenna Buglioni and Paetyn Levis both had three-point nights.

Six different scorers found the back of the net in game two for a 7-1 victory. Hadley Hartmetz and Jennifer Gardiner had three points apiece while goaltender Raygan Kirk stopped 11 of 12 pucks on net.

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Fifth-year skater Sophie Jaques made history in the weekend series as she broke the school record for most career points by a defenseman in Buckeye history.

Ohio State remains in first place in the conference after the sweep with a total of 37 WCHA points, which is eight points ahead of second-ranked Minnesota.

OSU will stay at home this week to take on sixth-ranked Colgate (13-1) in a pair of non-conference games. Puck drop is set for Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. (Central Time).

WISCONSIN (#2), 11-2-1 Overall, 8-1-1 Conference:

The Badgers have a lot to be excited about after a shootout loss and a regulation win in back-to-back sold-out matches against the previous No. 1-ranked team in the nation, Minnesota.

Game one went down as a tie on paper, as both teams couldn't push past the final 3-3 score. The Gophers won the shootout, so they received an extra point in the WCHA standings.

The Badgers came out with much more firepower in the second game of the series. Wisconsin scored early in the game on the power play and kept on pushing from there to earn a 4-1 win over Minnesota.

Redshirt senior Cami Kronish played almost the entire series in net and earned WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors for the first time in her career.

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Although the Badgers move up to No. 2 in the national polls, they remain at No. 3 in the WCHA standings, four points behind Minnesota and 12 behind Wisconsin.

The squad will receive a week of rest before traveling to take on Bemidji State (3-12-1), Dec. 2 and 3.

MINNESOTA (#3), 9-2-2 Overall, 9-1-2-2 Conference:

The Golden Gophers had a tough weekend, posting a tie and a regulation loss to rival Wisconsin.

Minnesota will receive two conference points from the first game, even though it is a 3-3 tie on paper. The game went to a shootout which was eventually won by junior Abbey Murphy.

In the second game of the series, the Gophers scored a power-play goal from Taylor Heise in the first period but were unable to score for the rest of the match. They ultimately fell by a score of 4-1.

After the tie and the regulation loss, Minnesota fell to No. 3 in the national polls after previously holding the top spot. The Gophers are in second place in the WCHA standings with 29 points, which is four points ahead of the Badgers but eight behind the Buckeyes.

Minnesota is now headed out west to Henderson, Nevada, for the Henderson Collegiate Hockey Showcase. The team will match-up against No. 12 Penn State (10-7-1) on Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. and will play either Boston University (6-8) or No. 5 Yale (6-0) the next day at either 3 p.m. or 6 p.m.

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MINNESOTA DULUTH (#7), 11-5 Overall, 5-5 Conference:

The Bulldogs had a dominant weekend, to put it lightly. UMD shutout Harvard in back-to-back games and put up 13 goals against the Crimson over two matches.

Gabbie Hughes and Anneke Linser had a team-high of two points each in night one, while Emma Soderberg stopped all 14 shots on goal.

Hughes was electric again the next night, notching a goal and three assists for a team high of four points. This won her WCHA Defender of the Week honors.

Freshman Hailey MacLeod earned her first collegiate shutout in game two.

The Bulldogs have the week off before a big matchup in early December against the newly No. 1 Ohio State.

ST. CLOUD STATE (RV), 7-8 Overall, 4-8 Conference:

The Huskies had the weekend off to rest before they head to St. Charles, Missouri, over Thanksgiving break to take on the Lindenwood Lions.

The Lions are currently 2-10. Both of their wins on the season were to unranked RIT.

Game times are set for Nov. 25 at 7:10 p.m. and Nov. 26 at 2:10 p.m.

MINNESOTA STATE, 7-7 Overall, 5-7 Conference:

The Mavericks are currently on a five-game win streak after sweeping St. Thomas in a home-and-home series.

Three different MSU players found the back of the net in night one for 3-1 victory. Lauren Barbro stopped 23 of 24 shots on net.

Two goals were all the Mavericks needed on Sunday for a 2-0 shutout victory with Alexa Dobchuk standing strong in-between the pipes.

Minnesota native Taylor Otremba had a two-goal weekend to earn her the second WCHA Rookie of the Week title of her career.

With the sweep, the Mavericks moved up to fourth place in the WCHA standings with a total of 16 points, one point ahead of Minnesota Duluth.

Minnesota State is off this week as they prepare to take on the third-ranked University of Minnesota in early December.

BEMIDJI STATE, 3-12-1 Overall, 1-11 Conference:

The Beavers had a tough task this weekend as they competed against No. 1 Ohio State on the road.

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BSU was shut-out, 5-0, in night one, and only put up a single goal in a 7-1 loss in night two.

Calli Forsberg was the only Beaver to record a point in the series with her unassisted power-play goal.

Bemidji State stands in seventh place in the WCHA with three points, which is 10 points behind No. 6, St Cloud State.

The Beavers will next head out East to compete in the Nutmeg Classic Championship tournament. They will match-up against Quinnipiac on Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. (Central Time) with a chance to play in the championship game the very next day with a time and opponent to-be-determined.

ST. THOMAS, 3-11 Overall, 0-10 Conference:

The Tommies had a frustrating weekend, being swept in a home-and-home series against Minnesota State.

Senior Maija Almich scored UST's lone goal of the series in the third period of game one. Other than that, the Tommies wouldn't be able to find the back of the net for the rest of the weekend. Final scores were 3-1 and 2-0 in favor of MSU.

St. Thomas remained at the bottom of the WCHA standings with no conference points. Bemidji State is ahead of the Tommies in seventh place, with three points.

UST has the week off before playing St. Cloud State (RV) in a home-and-home series on Dec. 2 and 3.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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