Women's hockey: Conference championships to watch, numbers to know
With selection weekend upon us, conference tournament titles are up for grabs. Find out who and what to watch for by the numbers.
1 | Boston College’s Katie Burt is one win away for the all-time postseason wins record in Women’s Hockey East play. She is currently tied with Boston University’s Kerrin Sperry with nine wins.
2 | Boston University’s Rebecca Leslie is two goals away from tying the all-time postseason goals record in Women’s Hockey East. Leslie has 10 goals in 12 games played as her Terriers enter the WHEA semifinals against Northeastern this weekend.
3 | Of the top-four teams in the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine poll hail from the WCHA – unanimous No. 1 Wisconsin (which has been atop the rankings since the preseason), No. 2 Minnesota Duluth and No. 4 (tied) Minnesota.
3 | Number of finalists for the 2017 Patty Kazmaier Award, which includes Wisconsin’s Ann-Renee Desbiens, Clarkson’s Cayley Mercer and Minnesota Duluth’s Lara Stalder.
4 | Years in a row that Boston University and Northeastern have met in the Women’s Hockey East semifinals. The Huskies and the Terriers will clash again Saturday at Walter Brown Arena in Boston for a chance to advance to the 15th annual WHEA championship game.
5 | Of the top-10 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award finalists that play in the WCHA, most of any conference.
5 | Categories in which Wisconsin senior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens currently leads the country: wins (25), winning percentage (.900, 25-1-4), goals-against average (0.69), save percentage (.963) and shutouts (15). She was honored with HCA Women’s Hockey Player of the Month for Februay 2017 for her efforts.
6 | Boston University aims to win its sixth WHEA Tournament championship this weekend, more than any other program in league history. The Terriers are hosting this year’s championship weekend Saturday and Sunday at Walter Brown Arena.
12 | The number of times the WCHA playoff champion has gone on to win the national title. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota meet this weekend in the 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off, held at Ridder Arena.
14 | Points by Boston College’s Megan Keller in February, tied for the most in Women’s Hockey East play for the month. She was named WHEA Player of the Month for her offensive production as well as holding Merrimack scoreless in the quarterfinal round.
16 | Wisconsin's active unbeaten streak, the longest in the country. The Badgers are 15-0-3, having outscored their opponents 85-12 during the stretch.
60 | NCAA-leading points total by Minnesota forward Kelly Pannek, on 19 goals and 41 assists. The junior also leads the country in points-per-game (1.67), assists, assists-per-game (1.14), power-play points (18) and face-offs won (530). She has tallied a point in 30 of the Gophers' 36 contests thus far.
1,135 | Saves by Ohio State redshirt-sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve, a program single-season record, the second-most in WCHA history and the sixth-highest total in NCAA annals.