Defending national champion Wisconsin begins its title defense tonight when it visits Lindenwood for a Thursday-Friday non-conference series. The Badgers were idle last weekend, while the Lions opened their schedule with a home sweep of Bemidji State.
Lindenwood junior F Morgan Neitzke (Jackson, Mich.) was named CHA Forward of the Week after collecting five points in those two wins against the Beavers.
Elsewhere around the nation this week, a top-five clash between Ohio State and Colgate (ESPN+) highlights the weekend schedule. OSU, last year’s national runner-up, was ranked No. 2 in both the latest USA Hockey/The Rink Live national poll and the preseason USCHO poll. Colgate, the unanimous ECAC preseason favorite, was ranked No. 4 in both.
Additionally, Robert Morris will return to the ice for the first time since 2020-21, a season in which the Colonials had captured the program’s third CHA Championship. RMU will travel to Schenectady, N.Y., for a two-game set at Union (ESPN+) on Friday and Saturday.
Visit the links below for a complete rundown of all the weekend action.
Boston Globe: 2023-24 women’s college hockey preview
CitrusTV: Syracuse women’s hockey: Four things to look forward to in 2023-24
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin women’s hockey 2023-24 storylines to watch
New England Hockey Journal: 10 local difference-makers in women’s college hockey
The Daily Gazette: Best friends Friday, Mark are teammates again
The Hockey News: Leading candidates for the 2024 Patty Kazmaier Award
The Maine Campus: A new era in women’s hockey
The Minnesota Daily: Six Gophers drafted in new women’s hockey league, Heise selected first overall
The Rink Live: St. Thomas brings in star-studded freshman class
The Rink Live: Wisconsin doesn’t lose much from its national championship roster
USCHO: 2023-24 WCHA season preview
Yale News: A season preview with coach and captain
Wisconsin State Journal: 5 questions with Wisconsin women’s hockey’s Caroline Harvey
Hangin’ a Hundred:
Mercyhurst senior F Sara Boucher (Burlington, Ontario) collected the 100th point of her collegiate career Sunday against Post when she assisted on Vanessa Upson’s (Jr., Stoney Creek, Ontario) second-period goal. The goal gave Mercyhurst a 2-0 lead, and the Lakers made it stand for a season-opening series sweep.
Boucher earned second-team All-CHA honors in 2022-23 after registering a team-leading 38 points and 21 assists in 36 games.
Northeastern fifth-year goalie Gwyneth Philips (Athens, Ohio), the 2022-23 National Goaltender of the Year, picked up last weekend right where she left off a year ago.
Philips turned aside 27 shots Saturday to earn a 1-0 win over No. 11 Penn State in the season opener for both teams. It was the 17th collegiate shutout for Philips in just her 58th career appearance. She made another 37 saves the following day in a 2-1 loss to the Nittany Lions.
Last season, Philips went 34-3-1 with a 0.87 goals against average and a .960 save percentage. She also had 10 shutouts.
Did you know? 98% of NCAA Division I women’s hockey players earn their degree!