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Woog's WCHA Wisdom

01/30/2013, 9:30am CST
By Greg Anzelc

With the Gopher men idle this week, we take a look at the #1 women's team

Minnesota is idle this weekend after splitting with Minnesota State, Mankato last weekend.

This Week In The WCHA:

Denver at Minnesota Duluth

Both Denver and UMD were off from WCHA action last weekend, and both return to conference play this weekend with a similar challenge. UMD is in need of points if they hope for a top half finish and the same holds true for Denver, who sits just a single point ahead of the Bulldogs in 7th place.

Michigan Tech at Nebraska Omaha
Omaha is coming off a sweep of Bemidji and is only a point out of first place so they have plenty of motivation for a sweep at home against 10th place Tech. Omaha will score too many goals with their puck possession game.

THE CALL: Omaha sweep

St. Cloud State at Bemidji State
First place St. Cloud will look to expand their 1 point WCHA lead this weekend up in Bemidji against the 10th place Beavers. St. Cloud is hot and their style of play will likely be too much for Bemidji. St. Cloud so far has been the most consistent horse in the race.
THE CALL: St. Cloud sweep

Wisconsin at North Dakota
The Badgers swept Anchorage last weekend to move into a three-way tie for 4th place and they quietly are staying in the pack. With only two points separating 4th place from 8th place Wisconsin will be motivated to find a way to get a point or two in Grand Forks against a hungry UND team that saw St. Cloud leave the Ralph with three points last weekend. Look for special teams to be a key factor in this series.
THE CALL:  Split

Colorado College at Alaska Anchorage

The Tigers sit in 9th place and face the Seawolves who have gained only one WCHA win this season. CC has really drifted away from the top pack but should have the skills to take 4 points this weekend against a team that doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
THE CALL: Tiger sweep

Gopher women continue on an amazing run!
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are the defending NCAA national champions and earned their 17th straight week as the unanimous No. 1. They recently broke the record for most consecutive victories in NCAA women’s hockey history at 34. The Golden Gophers have outscored teams 147-20 in posting 13 series sweeps, and leads the WCHA by 23 points. Two points this weekend will give them the WCHA Championship!


Player Spotlight:


Amanda Kessel

WCHA Player of the Week (4th time this season)
* Seven points in a two-game sweep at Minnesota State last weekend
* 24th player in NCAA history to surpass the 200 career-point milestone
* 4 hat tricks this season and 9 in career

*The top scorer for Minnesota this season, as well as in the WCHA and in the nation, with 71 points (34g, 37a) in 23 games

* 99-game career stats = 85 goals, 116 assists and 201 points



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