Women's hockey by the numbers: What can we expect in the conference tournaments?
It’s conference tournament time in NCAA Women’s Hockey. What can we expect? Let’s find out by the numbers:
1: Number of appearances in the Women’s Hockey East Tournament for the Merrimack Warriors, as they earned their first postseason berth this year in just their second varsity season.
2: Consecutive WCHA regular season championships for Wisconsin, which has now won six league titles.
2: Points needed for Robert Morris to clinch their first College Hockey America Regular Season Championship.
3: Of the top-four teams in the national polls hail from the WCHA – unanimous No. 1 Wisconsin (which has been atop the rankings since the preseason), No. 2 Minnesota Duluth and No. 4 Minnesota.
5: Categories in which Wisconsin senior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens leads the country, including wins (23), winning percentage (.893, 23-1-4), goals-against average (0.74), save percentage (.961) and shutouts (13).
6: Number of league shutouts by Syracuse goalie Abbey Miller, breaking the previous CHA record for single-season shutouts.
7: Wins this season for Minnesota State, more than the Mavericks' victory total for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns combined (six). Under second-year head coach John Harrington, the Mavs also won four WCHA games this season after combining for just one in the past two years.
14: Number of consecutive seasons that Mercyhurst at least earned a share of the CHA regular season title, a streak that will come to an end this year.
16: Wisconsin's active unbeaten streak, the longest in the country. The Badgers are 13-0-3, having outscored their opponents 72-12 during the stretch.
46: Saves needed by Kassidy Sauve to set Ohio State's single-season record. The redshirt-sophomore leads the country with 1,040 stops this season, the 19th-best single-season total in NCAA women's history. She is looking to better Lisa Steffes' OSU mark of 1,085 saves set during the 2010-11 campaign.
47: Points by Lara Stalder, the most by a Minnesota Duluth skater entering the postseason since Emmanuelle Blais ran up 49 points in 2009-10. The senior enters the quarterfinal round of the 2017 WCHA Playoffs with a career-long 11 game scoring streak intact (21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists).
48: Saves made by Merrimack rookie netminder Lea-Kristine Demers in Merrimack’s season finale, a 3-2 victory that secured a postseason berth.
57: NCAA-leading points total by Minnesota forward Kelly Pannek, on 17 goals and 40 assists. The junior also leads the country in points-per-game (1.73), assists, assists-per-game (1.21), power-play points (18) and face-offs won (478). She has tallied a point in 28 of the Gophers' 33 contests thus far.
3,522: Career saves by Brittni Mowat, most in Bemidji State history. The senior goaltender is now the Beavers' career leader in games played (131), minutes (7718:31), wins (61), GAA (2.04), save percentage (.931) and saves (3,522).