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College Hockey:
Women’s D-I wrap: Jan. 30

Another record falls in Madison
On January 29, 2011, Wisconsin set an NCAA attendance record for a women’s game with a crowd of 10,668. Saturday night, the Badgers bested their own mark, as 12,402 fans turned out to watch their team edge Bemidji State, 1-0, in the program’s third annual Fill the Bowl promotion.

It is unlikely that any program other than Wisconsin will approach that record any time soon, as few women’s games are played in venues even capable of holding as many fans. The last three digits of Saturday night’s record attendance are more in line with what is typical at a women’s game. The 503 fans on hand for Northeastern at Boston University on Saturday was the only crowd outside of Madison in the last week to reach 500.

Success on the ice as well as off
In October, Wisconsin played two-game series against four opponents, all ranked in the top 10 at the time. The Badgers raced through that gauntlet, winning seven times with just a single loss.

January brought a similar challenge, as Wisconsin met Minnesota, North Dakota, and Minnesota-Duluth, like it did three months earlier, and then finished off the stretch with Bemidji State rather than Boston University. The resulting record was nearly as stellar; UW produced a 5-1-2 mark. However, each opponent took Wisconsin to overtime once this time around, and the Badgers’ ability to go 2-0-2 in those games was crucial in recording that .750 winning percentage.

No. 2 Cornell takes a hit
A week ago, Cornell moved up to the second spot in the USCHO Poll and the PairWise Rankings. Saturday, it fell back to No. 3 in the PairWise after suffering a 5-3 defeat at Clarkson, with Juana Baribeau tallying a hat trick for the Golden Knights. The Big Red have won a lot of games over the last three seasons, but that success hasn’t translated on their trips to Potsdam, where they have gone just 0-2-1 over that timeframe.

The Big Red experienced a loss of a different sort in the first game of their road trip on Friday, as senior goaltender Amanda Mazzotta was injured in a collision and had to leave the 6-4 win over St. Lawrence in the first period. Mazzotta also suffered an injury earlier in the season in the team’s first loss at Dartmouth and wound up missing three games.

Terriers showing some bite
If injuries and an inability to overcome them have reduced Boston University to a spoiler in the Hockey East race, then it is a role that the Terriers are relishing. BU bounced both of the league’s leaders, thrashing Boston College, 6-0, on Wednesday, before edging out a late 3-2 win over Northeastern on Saturday.

No brooms to be found
Elsewhere, three teams in desperate need of sweeps to keep at-large hopes alive settled for disappointing splits. Ohio State exacted a bit of revenge for a pair of blowouts early in the season by thumping North Dakota, 6-2, on Friday, but the Buckeyes were unable to maintain any momentum and sputtered to a 5-2 defeat on Saturday. Host Quinnipiac earned just its second win of 2012 in handling Syracuse, 3-0, in the series’ first game, and then couldn’t overcome a 53-save effort by Kallie Billadeau in succumbing to the Orange by a 3-2 score Saturday. Goals were tough to come by, as Robert Morris squared off with Niagara in a CHA home-and-home series, with each visitor unable to find the net and falling by 1-0 scores.

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  • Rambwildcat

    Other than UMD, the WCHA stinks this season.

    • GeauxSioux

      Then you must think the rest of college hockey is brutal.

    • Bulldog Fan

      I bet UMD, UMTC, UND, CC and DU will all make the NCAA tourney. 

      • Molde David

        What is umtc?

        • http://twitter.com/Michalicash Jason Michalicek

          It’s what Duluth people call Minnesota, it makes them feel more of a part of the Minnesota system rather than just being a branch of the University of Minnesota.

    • http://twitter.com/Butterz07 Aaron G.

      you are a moron, the ignorance in your post shows it. A word of advice, check the polls; in fact check all the polls. (WCHA leads every conference in ability and votes, thus cannot be considered what you call “stinks”.

    • SUEH8TER

      DID’NT umd GET SWEPT BY THE GOPHERS???  ENOUGH SAID!!!!!!!!

      • Dumbhockeyguy

        You’re an idiot

      • Superdave7333

        yeah, that was two and a half months ago, and if you actually watched the game you’ll know that the only reason umtc won was because of patterson….you are a real nimrod if you think the goofers are better than them now

        • Anonymous

          We scored 10 goals in 2 wins against UMD in their own house all because of our goalie Patterson. He’s amazing.

          • Alkat07

            Patterson gave up 8 goals that weekend. Really amazing. Sure you won and that really is all that matters. No college hockey fan can deny that the Friday night game that weekend proved that these are two GOOD teams. Too bad the two teams don’t meet again… especially with Reiter playing better after that weekend it would be great hockey.

        • SUEH8TER

          SWEEP!!!  I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT SHOTS ON GOAL.  WHEN THEY START GIVING POINTS FOR SHOTS ON GOAL THEN YOU CAN BABBLE ON ABOUT HOW THE bulldogs OUT SHOT THE GOPHERS.  UNTIL THEN, ALL THAT MATTERS IS THE SCORE!!  AND THE GOPHERS WON BOTH AND IN THEIR BUILDING. I DON’T CARE THAT IT WAS TWO MONTHS AGO. THE dogs GOT SWEPT BY THE GOPHERS………………..

          • SUEH8TER

            AND BY YOUR LOGIC, IF MY AUNT HAD BALLS, SHE WOULD BE MY UNCLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • nogofer

            When does your junior high begin classes again so we might read these boards without your constant drivel, dribbling and babble-fests?

          • WCHAfan

            You can yell all you want about how you swept UMD at home but an early October sweep of UMD isn’t going to matter much in March if your gophers keep splitting with unranked and bottom half WCHA teams. UMD will see you again in the Final Five… provided the gophers actually win a friday game.

          • SUEH8TER

            A sweep is a sweep is a sweep.  If the dogs would nave swept the gophers, that is all we would have heard.  But guess what??  They didn’t and only time will tell.  You must have a crystal ball to see that the dogs and the gophers will meet in the final five, provided umd actually gets there.

        • http://twitter.com/Michalicash Jason Michalicek

          Lol at all the UMD fans trying to convince themselves that they didn’t lose those games. Oh and I’m sure Patterson scored all 10 goals that weekend too….

      • sueh8ersux

        What is with you and the stupid all capital letters? does that make you feel special or something? You sound like a real tough guy living in mommy’s basement.

        • sueh8ersux

          oh yeah, having the 8 in your retarded name takes care of the need for the T…….moron.

        • SUEH8TER

          There, is this better for you??  I must have struck a nerve.  You keep worrying about me living in your mom’s basement, you should be.  She and I get along real well. And your name really bothers me.  NOT!! hahahahahahahah

  • Ridingtimes

    Wow the WCHA must really be good at playing bad and have so many teams in the top 20 in the nation…Rambwildcat,,WCHA stinks this year..wake up..when it comes to the NCAA tourney mark my words there will be atleast one team in the Frozen Four if not more…

    • Localba

      The only reason there isn’t more wcha teams in the frozen four is because they pair all of them in the same regionals. I remember a few years back when all the east coast fans were crying cuz it was an all wcha final 4.

      • http://twitter.com/Michalicash Jason Michalicek

        Yep, back in 2004 it was all WCHA.

  • Guest

    Bemidji State’s freshman goalie’s name is Andrew Walsh, not Adam.

  • Gma loves hockey

    I would assume UMTC to be University of Michigan Technical College?

  • Lenn

    I was there to fill the bowl and, believe me, there were 12,402 people in attendance, as fans stretched into the third balcony.  Great atmosphere.

    • Lenn

      Actually, it would have been the second balcony, as there is the main bowl, plus two levels above that.  But you get the point.  To get 12,402 fans, people had to be in all three levels of the Kohl Center.

  • Anonymous

    A great picture of the record crowd (I assume) on the women’s main page. I’ve never seen a crowd like that at a women’s hockey game and frankly, had a hard time imagining that size crowd, until now. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if a much larger number of games everywhere got that kind of crowd.

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