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WCHA Notebook: St. Cloud is on a five-game win streak, receives national poll votes

Minnesota jumps to No. 1 in the polls but is handed its first loss of the season after being upset by St. Cloud State. Ohio State retains the most conference points.

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St. Cloud State's Bailey Burton (4) scores a power-play goal in the second period against the University of Minnesota in a nonconference game on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, at Andover Community Center in Andover, Minn.
Courtesy of Thomas Breach / St. Cloud State University Athletics

Things are shaken up in the WCHA after a busy weekend. Minnesota stands atop the national polls as the No. 1 overall team, while Ohio State has the most conference points, and St. Cloud State pulls off an impressive upset after back-to-back weekend sweeps.

ST. CLOUD STATE (RV), 7-6 Overall, 4-6 Conference:

The Huskies had a big weekend. The earned their third sweep of the season after taking down Bemidji State by scores of 2-0 and 3-1.

Sanni Ahola earned the shutout in game one, stopping all 15 shots on goal. Emma Gentry potted a goal on both Friday and Saturday.

After the sweep, St. Cloud was on a four-game win streak, and they pushed that to five after upsetting top-ranked Minnesota in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women's Face-Off Classic in Andover, Minn.

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The Huskies scored early and scored often in the 4-1 upset of the Golden Gophers.

Klara Hymlarova light the lamp for the squad and Addi Scribner made it 2-0 at the end of the first frame. Providence College transfer Bailey Burton tacked on a power play goal in the second period to increase the lead to 3-0. The Gophers scored their lone goal halfway through the game but Allie Cornelius sealed the win for the Huskies after tacking on the fourth and final SCSU goal.

Since this was a special neutral-site Monday-night game, no conference points are awarded to the Huskies, but the win does count for both team's overall records.

The Huskies are on a five-game win streak and look to improve upon that at home this weekend against #7/8, Minnesota Duluth. Puck drop in St. Cloud is set for Friday at 3 p.m. CT and Saturday at 2 p.m. CT.

WISCONSIN (#3), 10-2 Overall, 7-1 Conference:

Wisconsin had the weekend off to regroup after their previous split against Minnesota Duluth.

The Badgers are at No. 3 in the national polls.

Wisconsin is currently third in the WCHA standings, eight points ahead of St. Cloud State, and six points under second-place Minnesota.

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They will have another weekend off before playing Minnesota Nov. 19 and 20.

MINNESOTA STATE, 5-7 Overall, 3-7 Conference:

The Mavericks posted a nonconference sweep this past weekend at home against Sacred Heart.

Minnesota State won game one, 4-1, and game two, 5-1. Charlotte Akervik , Taylor Otremba , and Jamie Nelson each scored two goals during the series, while their teammates held SHU to only 32 total shots over the two games.

Akervik takes home the Howie's Hockey Tape Performance of the Week and WCHA Defender of the Week title.

The Mavericks will have an exhibition game next week at home against the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Division III). Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. CT on Monday, Nov. 14.

ST. THOMAS, 1-9 Overall, 0-8 Conference:

The Tommies had a tough weekend against second-ranked Ohio State.

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St. Thomas was shut out both games, for final scores of 4-0 and 6-0. Saskia Maurer and Alexa Dobchuk split time in net with Maurer facing 47 total shots on goal, Dobchuk 52.

The Tommies will have a break against conference opponents and will head to Missouri to take on the winless Lindenwood Lions (0-8) at 11:30 a.m. CT Thursday CT and 1:10 p.m. Friday.

MINNESOTA (#1), 9-1-1 Overall, 9-0-1-1 Conference:

The Golden Gophers move up to the No. 1 overall team in the country after sweeping Minnesota Duluth at home.

Game one was a close match-up that went to overtime. Ella Huber scored early on in the first period, then UMD transfer Lizi Norton potted the Gophers' second of the night for a 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs rallied back to tie it late in the game but Taylor Heise netted the game-winning-goal to assert Minnesota's dominance.

The next night Minnesota pulled away early to win by a final score of 5-3. Catie Skaja posted two goals, and Heise and Huber both tallied two assists.

Heise's performances earns her WCHA Forward of the Week honors, and Gopher netminder Skylar Vetter made 50 saves to become the WCHA Goaltender of the Week.

Minnesota's luck ran out on Monday though as the No. 1 team fell to (RV) St. Cloud State, 4-1, in the 2022 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women's Face-Off Classic.

The Golden Gophers went down 3-0 before Taylor Heise scored Minnesota's lone goal of the night. The Huskies give the Gophers their first loss of the season, and the loss will count on the team's record, but no conference points were awarded to SCSU for the win since it wasn't technically a conference matchup.

Minnesota has the weekend off before heading to Madison to take on the #3 Wisconsin Badgers. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m. CT on both Nov. 19 and 20.

OHIO STATE (#2), 10-1-1 Overall, 10-1-1 Conference:

The Buckeyes had a standout performance in two shut-out wins against St. Thomas, 4-0 and 6-0.

Four different OSU players found the back of the net in game one while Quinn Kuntz made all 16 saves in goal.

Emma Peschel , Gabby Rosenthal , and Jenna Buglioni both tacked on twopoints apiece in game two. Amanda Thiele stopped all nine shots on goal. Ohio State tops the WCHA standings with 31 points, four points ahead of Minnesota, but drop to second in the national polls.

Peschel, formerly of Benilde-St. Margaret's, earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors after scoring her first three collegiate goals.

Emma Maltais broke the Ohio State record for most career points scored by a Buckeye in women's hockey history after Friday's game. She currently sits at 172 career points.

The Buckeyes are off this weekend and will play Bemidji State Nov. 18 and 19 at home at 5 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

MINNESOTA DULUTH (#7/8), 7-5 Overall, 3-5 Conference:

The Bulldogs faced their first sweep of the season to top-ranked Minnesota.

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UMD trailed in game one early on, but Gabby Krause and Nina Jobst-Smith helped force the game to overtime. But the Bulldogs couldn't finish the rally in overtime to fall 3-2.

In game two, Minnesota was up 5-1 heading into the third period. The Bulldogs added two goals in the final frame but couldn't keep up with the Gophers. They fell on Saturday, 5-3.

Minnesota Duluth falls to sixth in the conference standings, one point behind Minnesota State, and fall to #7/8 in the national polls.

The Bulldogs have a chance to gain some critical conference points this weekend in a road series against RV St. Cloud State. Game times are set for Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. CT and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.

BEMIDJI STATE, 3-10-1 Overall, 1-9 Conference:

The Beavers fell in a two-game homestand last weekend to St. Cloud State (RV).

BSU was shutout in game one, Hannah Hogenson stopped 21 of 23 shots on goal.

The Huskies exploded for three goals in the first period of game two, but the Beavers scored a goal from Anika Stoskopf (her first collegiate point) late in the game to avoid the shutout. BSU ended up falling 3-1 the next night.

Bemidji State has the weekend off to regroup before heading to Columbus to take on No. 2 Ohio State on Nov. 18 and 19.

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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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