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Mark Bedics | | October 19, 2017

By the numbers: Hot starts by Clarkson and UW, UM's milestone

  Minnesota won its 600th all-time game as a program last weekend.

This weekend’s women’s hockey slate features some non-conference clashes that could have significant NCAA tournament implications down the road. Find out about those battles and much more in this week's by the numbers preview:

1: Just one goal decided five of the six meetings last year between Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth, including a 2-1 double overtime win by the Bulldogs in the WCHA Final Faceoff semifinal and a 1-0 Gopher victory in the NCAA quarterfinal a week later. The No. 7 Gophers and No. 8 Bulldogs meet this weekend in Duluth.

2: Clarkson raises its second NCAA national championship banner on Saturday prior to its game against archrival St. Lawrence at Cheel Arena. The 2017 championship banner will hang alongside the 2014 championship banner.

Clarkson wins the 2017 NC Women's Ice Hockey Championship

2: Shutouts away from tying the Clarkson record for senior Shea Tiley, who has 27 coming into the weekend, including three through six games this season. The Clarkson mark for career shutouts is held by Erica Howe ('14) with 29 whitewashes from 2010-14.

2: Boston College has the top two scorers in the nation in points per game in Daryl Watts (3.00) and Caitrin Lonergan (2.67). They will be put to the test this weekend against a UConn team that's allowed only six goals in five games this season.

4: The current national ranking held by Ohio State, which is the highest in program history, topping the previous best of No. 6 on Oct. 15, 2012.

RANKINGS: Latest top 10 poll

4: New Hampshire looks to go undefeated (2-0-1) in its first four games for the first time since 2012-13. The Wildcats most recently defeated soon-to-be league rival Holy Cross 9-1.

8: Top-ranked Wisconsin has won its first eight games of the season for the fourth time in school history. The only Badgers team to post a longer season-opening streak was the 2015-16 squad, which opened 18-0-0.

22: Clarkson takes a 22-game unbeaten streak, dating back to Jan. 20, into this weekend's home-and-home non-league series against North Country foe St. Lawrence.

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50: Eight different Colgate players have recorded at least 50 career points, the most in the country.

70: Harvard returns more than 70 percent of its scoring contingent and four of its top six scorers from the 2016-17 season as it opens its season this weekend at home against Dartmouth.

600: All-time victories for Minnesota. The Gopher women’s hockey program, which has won seven national championships in its first 20 seasons, owns a 600-122-50 all-time mark.