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WCHA Notebook: What's happened and what's next to come

Every WCHA team except Ohio State played their first games of the season, and all teams except St. Thomas will be back in action for week two.

Minnesota Duluth Women’s hockey routs St. Thomas to complete series sweep
Minnesota Duluth defenseman Nina Jobst-Smith (28) controls the puck near St. Thomas forward Maddie Jurgensen (22) on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

All teams in the WCHA, except for Ohio State, hit the ice for the first time in the 2022-23 season this past weekend. Every team in the conference that played found at least one win in their first game or pair of games.

This upcoming weekend, all teams except for St. Thomas will take the ice for more women's hockey action.

ST. CLOUD STATE, 0-0-0:

St. Cloud played two exhibition games this weekend, one against St. Thomas and the other against the Durham West Jr. Lightning. Statistics were not kept for the St. Thomas game, but the Huskies were able to start their season off with a win, 5-1, over the Jr. Lightning.

The Huskies will start regular season play this weekend, with two home games against RPI on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 with puck drop at 6 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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RPI is currently coming off of a 3-2 overtime exhibition loss to the University of Montreal.

MINNESOTA DULUTH, 2-0-0:

Coming in at No. 4 on the current USCHO poll the Bulldogs had an impressive weekend on the road, sweeping Long Island University 5-0 and 4-1 .

Taylor Anderson netted two goals on Friday, while teammates Gabbie Hughes and Katie Davis notched two assists each.

On Saturday, Ashton Bell notched three goals for a hat trick, and an assist, for a grand total of four points in the 5-0 win. This performance gave Bell WCHA Defender of the Week honors.

UMD will travel to Canton, New York, this week for a game against St. Lawrence on Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. and Penn State on Sept. 30 at 3 p.m.

St. Lawrence (1-1-0) recently split a series with Providence College, and lost an exhibition game to Colgate. Penn State is 1-1-0 after a big split with Wisconsin and an exhibition win to RIT.

BEMIDJI STATE, 2-0-0:

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The Beavers are 2-0-0 after sweeping Lindenwood in week one. BSU won game one, 3-2, in overtime, and 6-3 the next day.

Taylor Nelson notched the game-winning-goal on Friday, while WCHA Rookie of the Week Raeley Carney put up two power play goals on Saturday.

After a perfect 2-0 start, the Beavers will look to continue their winning ways on the road against Clarkson. Game times are set for at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 30.

Clarkson is also 2-0 after sweeping Sacred Heart in their first series of 2022-23.

MINNESOTA STATE, 0-0-0:

Mankato hit the ice for the first time in an exhibition match this past weekend against the University of Manitoba and won, 5-1.

Minnesota State received votes in the last USCHO Women's College Hockey poll .

The Mavericks will play in their first regular season series against conference foe Ohio State on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at home with puck drops at 3 p.m. and noon, respectively.

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OHIO STATE, 0-0-0:

The Buckeyes are the only WCHA team that has not yet seen any action on the ice.

Ohio State, being the reigning national champions, are No. 1 in the polls. They will travel to Mankato, Minnesota, for their first series of the year against fellow WCHA team, Minnesota State.

Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m., Sept. 30 and noon, Oct. 1.

WISCONSIN, 1-1-0:

The Badgers are the only WCHA so far to record a loss on their record. Wisconsin traveled to Penn State to open the season and wound up being upset by the Nittany Lions on night one, but came back to win big the next day.

Even with the loss, Wisconsin stands at No. 5 overall in the USCHO Division I poll. Jane Gervais received WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors while teammate Lacey Eden is the WCHA Forward of the Week.

The Badgers should have an easier task this weekend as they will return home to take on Lindenwood who was swept by Bemidji State in their season opener.

MINNESOTA, 0-0-0:

The Gophers, currently second in the nation in the USCHO poll, had a roaring 13-0 exhibition win to open the season against the University of Manitoba.

Minnesota will have one more exhibition before starting regular season play in October. The team will take on the Minnesota Whitecaps at home at 6 p.m. Sept. 30.

ST. THOMAS, 0-0-0:

The Tommies played in two exhibition games to kick off their season, one against St. Cloud and another against the University of Manitoba. Score was not kept for the game against the Huskies, but St. Thomas defeated Manitoba, 4-1.

St. Thomas is the only WCHA team which will not play this weekend as it will have a break before playing Wisconsin on the road on Oct. 7-8.

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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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