Women's hockey: Record-breaking performances, regional rivalries loom in this week's by the numbers
Conference play heats up this weekend in women’s hockey, featuring several battles of top 10 teams. Wisconsin and Clarkson continue their unbeaten ways, but can they prolong their streaks? Check out all the action by the numbers:
1: Wins Boston College goaltender Katie Burt needs to set a new Women’s Hockey East regular-season record of 53 victories. Burt will have two chances this week, skating against Boston University on Saturday and Maine on Sunday. Burt currently sits at 52 career regular-season wins, tied with New Hampshire’s Melissa Bourdon (2003-07).
3: Top 10 teams meeting at Clarkson University's Cheel Arena this weekend to open the ECAC Hockey campaign. No. 2 Clarkson, the defending league champion, hosts No. 5 Colgate on Friday at 6 p.m. and No. 9 Cornell on Saturday at 3 p.m.
3: With a win in her first game this season, Colgate goaltender Julia Vanydk now has 32 career wins, tied for third in program history and three away from tying the program record.
7: Colgate will go for its seventh consecutive win this weekend, seeking a 7-0-0 start for the first time in program history.
8: Consecutive games to start her collegiate career that Clarkson freshman sensation Elizabeth Giguere has recorded at least one point. The right wing has a team-high seven goals and seven assists.
9: The Providence Friars are in the middle of a stretch of playing nine of 10 games on the road. After five consecutive games away from Schneider Arena (1-2-1), Providence returns home this weekend for one game against Northeastern before embarking on another four-game road trip, all against league rivals.
10: Straight wins to start her Wisconsin career for sophomore goaltender Kristen Campbell, who transferred from North Dakota. All-Americans Alex Rigsby and Ann-Renée Desbiens each started 8-0-0 with the Badgers.
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11: Combined national championships (10 NCAA, 1 AWCHA) between “Border Battle” rivals Wisconsin and Minnesota. The top-ranked Badgers and No. 6 Gophers, who have also combined for 15 WCHA regular season titles and 13 WCHA playoff crowns, face off this weekend in Minneapolis.
19: The Northeastern Huskies are entering a vital part of their schedule where 19 of the next 21 games will come in Women’s Hockey East league play. The only two reprieves from conference opponents comes Nov. 24-25 when they travel to Washington D.C. to face No. 1 Wisconsin and Minnesota State in a non-conference tournament.
24: Defending national champion Clarkson is unbeaten in its last 24 games (22-0-2), dating back to Jan. 20, a 2-1 setback to Cornell in Potsdam. The Knights host the Big Red on Saturday at Cheel Arena.
41: Career wins for Minnesota senior goaltender Sidney Peters (41-10-5), good for sixth most in Gopher history and two shy of Kim Hanlon for fifth place (43-14-2 from 2005-09).
60: Career points for Bemidji State senior defenseman Alexis Joyce, fourth among blue-liners in BSU history and one away from matching 2015-16 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year Ivana Bilic for third in program annals.
216: NCAA-leading saves for Ohio State redshirt-junior Kassidy Sauvé, along with her NCAA-best four shutouts. The 2016-17 All-American tops the WCHA with a .952 save pct. (sixth-best nationally), while she is second in the league and ninth in the country with a 1.36 goals-against average.
762: Combined coaching wins that will be behind the benches at Ridder Arena this weekend, when No. 1 Wisconsin and head coach Mark Johnson (438-78-39) visit No. 6 Minnesota and head coach Brad Frost (324-55-28). Johnson is the WCHA’s all-time winningest coach and is third all-time among National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey bench bosses, while Frost is third in league history and eighth in NC annals.