2009–10 WCHA women's ice hockey season

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2009–10 Western Collegiate Hockey Association women's ice hockey season
League NCAA Division I
Sport Ice hockey
Duration September 2009 - March, 2010
Number of teams 8
Champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs
Runners-Up Minnesota Golden Gophers
Ice hockey seasons
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The 2009–10 Western Collegiate Hockey Association women's ice hockey season marked the continuation of the annual tradition of competitive ice hockey among Western Collegiate Hockey Association members.


  • Sept. 24:The Badgers are the preseason pick to win the Western Collegiate Hockey Association women’s title, according to a poll of league coaches. Wisconsin went 34-2-5 last season en route to its third NCAA title in four years. The Badgers collected six first-place votes and 48 points in a poll of the eight coaches. Defending WCHA champion Minnesota, placed second with 43 points and two first-place votes. Minnesota Duluth, with 38 points, was selected to finish third. All three of those teams qualified for the NCAA Frozen Four last season.[1]

WCHA Preseason Coaches’ Poll[edit]

Place School First Place Votes Total Points
1 Wisconsin (6) 48
2 Minnesota (2) 43
3 Minnesota Duluth (0) 38
4 St. Cloud State (0) 29
5 Ohio State (0) 23
6 North Dakota (0) 20
7 MSU Mankato (0) 16
8 Bemidji State (0) 7


Preseason WCHA awards[edit]

  • Player of the Year voting
Player School Votes
Brooke Ammerman Wisconsin 5
Natalie Spooner Ohio State 2
Saara Tuominen Minnesota Duluth 1
  • Rookie of the Year voting
Player School Votes
Brianna Decker Wisconsin 6
Hokey Langan Ohio State 1
Jennifer Hars Minnesota Duluth 1

CIS Exhibition[edit]

Date Location NCAA school CIS team Score
Fri. Sept 25 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota Manitoba ND, 3-1[2]
Sat. Sept 26 Columbus, OH Ohio State Wilfrid Laurier[3] Tie, 1-1 (Ohio State scores in shootout)[4]
Sat. Sept 26 Grand Forks, ND North Dakota Manitoba Man, 3-2[5]

US Olympic exhibition games[edit]

Throughout the season, various NCAA schools will play the United States Olympic Hockey team.

  • On September 25, Natalie Darwitz was named the Player of the Game for Team USA.
Date Location NCAA school Score
September 25 Xcel Energy Center WCHA All-Stars 6-1, US[6]
September 26 National Hockey Center St. Cloud State[7] USA, 13-0[8]
January 5 Madison, WI Wisconsin 9-0[9]
January 12 Ridder Arena Minnesota 8-5[10]

Box scores[edit]

  • September 25
Period Goal Assists Time of Goal
1 Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej (USA) Hillary Knight 1:56
1 Kerry Weiland (USA) 4:51
1 Monique Lamoureux (USA) 8:17
1 Caitlin Cahow (USA) 10:43
2 Molly Engstrom (USA) 4:11
3 Holly Roberts (WCHA) 5:03
3 Julie Chu (USA) 10:32


WCHA All-Star Team[edit]

  • On September 25, a group of WCHA All-Stars will play the US Olympic Team. The head coach of the WCHA All-Stars is Jeff Giesen from St. Cloud State. Assisting him are Maria Lewis from North Dakota and Heather Farrell from Bemidji State. The Athletic Trainer is Stef Arndt from St. Cloud State. The roster is as follows:
Position Name Class School
G Alyssa Grogan Minnesota So
G Ashley Nixon Jr. St. Cloud State
G Zuzana Tomcikova So. Bemidji State
D Brittany Haverstock So. Wisconsin
D Danielle Hirsch Sr. St. Cloud State
D Kelly Lewis Jr. North Dakota
D Jaime Rasmussen Sr. Minnesota Duluth
D Shannon Reilly Jr. Ohio State
D Anne Schleper So. Minnesota
D Holly Snyder Sr. Minnesota State
F Brooke Ammerman So. Wisconsin
F Emmanuelle Blais Sr. Minnesota Duluth
F Mallory Deluce Jr. Wisconsin
F Laura Fridfinnson Jr. Minnesota Duluth
F Jasmine Giles Sr. Wisconsin
F Caitlin Hogan Sr. St. Cloud State
F Christina Lee Sr. Minnesota State
F Laura McIntosh So. Ohio State
F Holly Roberts Sr. St. Cloud State
F Natalie Spooner So. Ohio State
F Emily West Jr. Minnesota
F Alyssa Wiebe So. North Dakota


Regular season[edit]


Conference Overall
Minnesota 22 17 2 3 3 40 79 29 28 21 3 4 93 34
Minnesota-Duluth 22 15 5 2 1 33 68 42 28 19 7 2 88 57
Wisconsin 22 12 9 1 0 25 63 49 28 15 10 3 81 61
Bemidji State 22 7 8 7 3 24 41 48 28 8 13 7 50 70
St. Cloud State 22 8 10 4 3 23 49 61 28 11 11 6 70 81
Ohio State 22 10 10 2 0 22 70 71 28 13 11 4 91 84
Minnesota State 22 2 15 5 3 12 36 74 26 4 17 5 45 87
North Dakota 22 4 16 2 0 10 31 63 26 5 17 4 45 74




  • January 14: Nina Tikkinen, a junior forward for Minnesota State, has been named to Finland’s 2010 Winter Olympic Hockey Team.[12]



In season honors[edit]

Players of the week[edit]

Throughout the conference regular season, WCHA officials name a player of the week each Monday.

Week Player of the week
10/05/09 Chelsey Jones, Minnesota[13]
10/12/09 Sarah Erickson, Minnesota
10/19/09 Emmi Leinonen, Minnesota State
10/26/09 Emmanuelle Blais, Minnesota Duluth[14]
11/02/09 Meaghan Pezon, St. Cloud State[15]
11/09/09 Raelyn LaRocque, Ohio State[16]
11/16/09 Holly Roberts, St. Cloud State
1/4/10 Felicia Nelson, St. Cloud State[17]
1/11/10 Sarah Erickson, Minnesota[18]
1/18/10 Natalie Spooner, Ohio State[19]
1/25/10 Carolyne Prevost, Wisconsin[20]
2/15/10 Holly Roberts, St. Cloud State[21]

Defensive players of the week[edit]

Throughout the conference regular season, WCHA officials name a Defensive player of the week each Monday.

Week Player of the week
10/05/09 Jorid Dagfinrud, North Dakota
10/12/09 Zuzana Tomcikova, Bemidji State
10/19/09 Noora Räty, Minnesota
10/26/09 Jaime Rasmussen, Minnesota Duluth
11/02/09 Becca Ruegsegger, Wisconsin
11/09/09 Zuzana Tomcikova, Bemidji State
11/16/09 Anne Schleper, Minnesota
12/07/09 Noora Räty, Minnesota and Jennifer Harss, Minnesota-Duluth[22]
01/04/10 Chelsea Knapp, Ohio State
01/11/10 Becca Ruegsegger, Wisconsin
01/18/10 Zuzana Tomcikova, Bemidji State and Ashley Nixon, St. Cloud State
01/25/10 Noora Raty, Minnesota
02/17/10 Alli Altmann, MSU-Mankato

Rookie of the week[edit]

Throughout the conference regular season, WCHA officials name a Freshman player of the week each Monday.

Week Player of the week
10/05/09 Brianna Decker, Wisconsin
10/12/09 Katherine Wilson, Minnesota Duluth
10/19/09 Minttu Tuominen, Ohio State
10/26/09 Noora Räty, Minnesota
11/02/09 Hokey Langan, Ohio State
11/09/09 Audrey Cournoyer, Minnesota Duluth
11/16/09 Mariia Posa, Minnesota Duluth
11/23/09 Megan Bozek, Minnesota
12/14/09 Megan Bozek, Minnesota
01/04/10 Mary Loken, North Dakota
01/11/10 Erika Wheelhouse, Bemidji State
01/18/10 Jessica Wong, Minnesota Duluth
01/25/10 Hokey Langan, Ohio State
02/15/10 Hokey Langan, Ohio State

Statistical leaders[edit]


WCHA Tournament[edit]


Date Time Teams Score Notes
02/26/2010 7:00 PM Ohio State at Wisconsin OSU, 3-1 Natalie Spooner gets a hat trick[23]
02/27/2010 7:00 PM Ohio State at Wisconsin OSU, 4-3 (OT) Buckeyes win series 2-0
Date Location Opponent Score Notes
Feb. 26 Ridder Arena Minnesota vs. MSU Mankato 5-8
Feb. 27 Ridder Arena Minnesota vs. MSU Mankato 3-4 (3 OT) Emily West gets the game winner
  • February 27: After 3 hours and 47 minutes, Emily West scored at 1:16 of triple overtime to eliminate the MSU-Mankato Mavericks.[24]
Date Opponent Location Score Notes
Feb. 26 St. Cloud State St. Cloud 0-3
Feb. 27 St. Cloud State St. Cloud 2-1 End 14 game playoff losing streak
Feb. 28 St. Cloud State 4-1 Advance to first ever WCHA Final Face-Off
  • February 27: Bemidji State ends its 14 game playoff losing streak in a 2-1 victory over St. Cloud State.[25]
Date Location Opponent Score Notes
Feb. 26 Heritage Center North Dakota 6-2 Emmanuelle Blais scores 4 goals[26]
Feb. 27 Heritage Center North Dakota 3-1 Sweep series


Date Location Opponent Score Notes
Ridder Arena Minnesota vs. Ohio State
Date Location Opponent Score Notes
Ridder Arena Minnesota Duluth vs. Bemidji State


  • March 7: The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 3-2 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis to win the WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF playoff championship. It is the Bulldogs fifth WCHA playoff championship. This was their first postseason victory over the Golden Gophers since 2003. In addition, the Bulldogs lost three previous league playoff games against the Gophers at Ridder Arena.[27]
Date Location Opponent Score Notes
March 7 Ridder Arena Minnesota vs. Minnesota Duluth Minn Duluth, 3-2 Bulldogs fifth championship

NCAA Tournament[edit]

  • March 8: Two teams from the WCHA will compete for the 10th NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship. The University of Minnesota will be the host school for the 2010 Frozen Four, to be held March 19 and 21 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. WCHA Tournament champion University of Minnesota Duluth, and at-large selection Minnesota will be two of eight competing teams.

Minnesota Duluth (28-8-2) is seeded Number 2 and the Bulldogs will host the New Hampshire Wildcats (19-8-5) on Saturday, March 13 at 2:00 pm central standard time. The Golden Gophers (25-8-5) are the number 3 seed, and will host the Clarkson Golden Eagles (23-11-5), on March 13 at 4:00 pm central standard time. Minnesota Duluth won the Forzen Four for the first three years that the tournament was held (2001, 2002 and 2003). The Golden Gophers proceeded to win the next two Frozen Four tournaments (2004 and 2005).[28] Neither team has won since.

Record Win % R32 S16 E8 F4 CG

WCHA Awards and honors[edit]

Honor Selection
Player of the Year (Tie) Felicia Nelson, St. Cloud State and Zuzana Tomcikova, Bemidji State[29]
Coach of the Year Steve Sertich, Bemidji State
Freshman of the Year Hokey Langan, Ohio State
Student Athlete of the Year Caitlin Hogan, St. Cloud State
Defensive Player of the Year, Anne Schleper, Minnesota
Scoring Champion Hokey Langan, Ohio State
Goaltending Champion Noora Raty, Minnesota
WCHA First Team Natalie Spooner, F, Ohio State
Emmanuelle Blais, F, Minnesota Duluth
Emily West, F, Minnesota
Anne Schleper, D, Minnesota
Jaime Rasmussen, D, Minnesota Duluth
Noora Raty, G, Minnesota
WCHA Second Team Felicia Nelson, F, St. Cloud State
Hokey Langan, F, Ohio State
Holly Roberts, F, St. Cloud State
Laura Fridfinnson, F, Minnesota Duluth
Megan Bozek, D, Minnesota
Rachel Davis, D, Ohio State
Zuzana Tomcikova, G, Bemidji State
WCHA Third Team Brooke Ammerman, F, Wisconsin
Caitlin Hogan, F, St. Cloud State
Montana Vicharek, D, Bemidji State
Stefanie McKeough, D, Wisconsin
Jennifer Harss, G, Minnesota Duluth
All-Freshman Team Hokey Langan, F, Ohio State
Katherine Wilson, F, Minnesota Duluth
Brianne Decker, F, Wisconsin
Megan Bozek, D, Minnesota
Stefanie McKeough, D, Wisconsin
Noora Raty, G, Minnesota

WCHA all-academic team[edit]

National awards and honors[edit]

Patty Kazmaier Award nominees[edit]

There are 45 nominees for the Patty Kazmaier Award. Ten of the nominees are from Western Collegiate Hockey Association-member teams.

Player Position Class School Nationality
Emmanuelle Blais Forward Senior Univ. of Minnesota Duluth  Canada
Laura Fridfinnson Forward Junior Univ. of Minnesota Duluth  Canada
Caitlin Hogan Forward Senior St. Cloud State Univ.  United States
Hokey Langan Forward Freshman Ohio State  Canada
Felicia Nelson Forward Senior St. Cloud State Univ.  Canada
Noora Räty Goalie Freshman Minnesota  Finland
Anne Schleper Defense Sophomore Minnesota  United States
Natalie Spooner Forward Sophomore Ohio State  Canada
Zuzana Tomcikova Goaltender Sophomore Bemidji State Univ.  Slovenia
Emily West Forward Junior Minnesota  United States


2010 Olympics[edit]

Active players[edit]

The following active WCHA players will represent their respective countries in Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Player NCAA school Nationality Position Goals Assists Points Medal
Elin Holmlöv Minnesota-Duluth  Sweden Forward 4th Place
Haley Irwin Minnesota-Duluth  Canada Forward Gold
Jocelyne Lamoureux North Dakota  United States Forward Silver
Monique Lamoureux North Dakota  United States Forward Silver
Heidi Pelttari Minnesota State  Finland Forward Bronze
Mariia Posa Minnesota State  Finland Forward Bronze
Noora Raty Minnesota  Finland Goaltender Bronze
Nina Tikkinen[12] Minnesota State  Finland Forward Bronze
Zuzana Tomčíková Bemidji State  Slovakia Goaltender 8th
Saara Tuominen[31] Minnesota Duluth  Finland Forward Bronze

Former players[edit]

The following former NCAA players will represent their respective countries in Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Player NCAA school Nationality Position Goals Assists Points Medal
Natalie Darwitz Minnesota  United States Forward Silver
Meghan Duggan Wisconsin  United States Forward Silver
Molly Engstrom Wisconsin  United States Defence Silver
Hilary Knight Wisconsin  United States Forward Silver
Gigi Marvin Minnesota  United States Forward Silver
Meghan Mikkelson[32] Wisconsin  Canada Forward Gold
Caroline Ouellette Minnesota Duluth  Canada Forward Gold
Jessie Vetter Wisconsin  United States Goaltender Silver
Jinelle Zaugg Wisconsin  United States Forward Silver

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