WCHA weekly preview: March 11-17

Weekly WCHA Preview logoGoing into the final week of the WCHA regular season, the standings were tight and hardly anything was set in stone.

Five teams were fighting for the MacNaughton Cup, four teams for the #1 seed in the playoffs, and five teams for four opportunities to host a first-round series.

In the final weekend, Minnesota Duluth swept Nebraska Omaha, Minnesota swept Bemidji State, and Denver swept Alaska Anchorage. Three series were split: Colorado College vs. Michigan Tech, St. Cloud State vs. Wisconsin, and North Dakota vs. Minnesota State.

St. Cloud State’s loss on Saturday left the door open for Minnesota and North Dakota to share the MacNaughton Cup with the Huskies. Minnesota won, but North Dakota lost in overtime, meaning that St. Cloud State and Minnesota shared the final MacNaughton before the WCHA gets a new look next season.

With the results of last weekend, everything is all set for the first round of the WCHA playoffs, which takes place this weekend.

The six best-of-three series will be as follows:
WCHA First Round MatchupsThe six winners of the first round series will advance to the WCHA Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on March 21-23.

# 12 Alaska Anchorage vs. #1 St. Cloud State

  • Times/Locations:
    • Friday at St. Cloud State (7:37 p.m. CT)
    • Saturday at St. Cloud State (7:07 p.m. CT)
    • Sunday at St. Cloud State (if necessary, 7:07 p.m. CT)
  • Regular Season Records:
    • Alaska Anchorage – 2-20-6 WCHA (12th), 4-23-7 overall
    • St. Cloud State - 18-9-1 WCHA (1st), 21-14-1 overall
  • Last Ten Games:
    • Alaska Anchorage - 1-7-2
    • St. Cloud State - 6-4-0
  • National Rankings:
    • Alaska Anchorage - Unranked USA Today, Unranked USCHO, Unranked PairWise
    • St. Cloud State - 8th USA Today, 8th USCHO, T-10th PairWise
  • Head to Head:
    • 11/30/12 – 4-3 St. Cloud State win (at Alaska Anchorage)
    • 12/1/12 – 3-1 Alaska Anchorage win (at Alaska Anchorage)

#11 Bemidji State vs. #2 Minnesota

  • Times/Locations:
    • Friday at Minnesota (7:07 p.m. CT)
    • Saturday at Minnesota (7:07 p.m. CT)
    • Sunday at Minnesota (if necessary, 7:07 p.m. CT)
  • Regular Season Records:
    • Bemidji State – 5-16-7 WCHA (11th), 6-20-8 overall
    • Minnesota - 16-7-5 WCHA (T-1st), 24-7-5 overall
  • Last Ten Games:
    • Bemidji State - 1-6-3
    • Minnesota - 6-3-1
  • National Rankings:
    • Bemidji State - Unranked USA Today, Unranked USCHO, Unranked PairWise
    • Minnesota - 2nd USA Today, 2nd USCHO, 2nd PairWise
  • Head to Head:
    • 3/8/13 – 4-3 Minnesota win (at Bemidji State)
    • 3/9/13 – 5-1 Minnesota win (at Bemidji State)

#10 Michigan Tech vs. #3 North Dakota

  • Times/Locations:
    • Friday at North Dakota (7:37 p.m. CT)
    • Saturday at North Dakota (7:07 p.m. CT)
    • Sunday at North Dakota (if necessary, 7:07 p.m. CT)
  • Regular Season Records:
    • Michigan Tech – 8-16-4 WCHA (10th), 12-18-4 overall
    • North Dakota - 14-7-7 WCHA (3rd), 19-10-7 overall
  • Last Ten Games:
    • Michigan Tech - 5-5-0
    • North Dakota - 6-2-2
  • National Rankings:
    • Michigan Tech - Unranked USA Today, Unranked USCHO, Unranked PairWise
    • North Dakota - 4th USA Today, 4th USCHO, T-5th PairWise
  • Head to Head:
    • 12/14/12 – 6-1 North Dakota win (at Michigan Tech)
    • 12/15/12 – 4-1 North Dakota win (at Michigan Tech)

#9 Minnesota Duluth vs. #4 Wisconsin

  • Times/Locations:
    • Friday at Wisconsin (7:07 p.m. CT)
    • Saturday at Wisconsin (7:07 p.m. CT)
    • Sunday at Wisconsin (if necessary, 7:07 p.m. CT)
  • Regular Season Records:
    • Minnesota Duluth – 10-13-5 WCHA (9th), 14-17-5 overall
    • Wisconsin - 13-8-7 WCHA (T-4th), 17-12-7 overall
  • Last Ten Games:
    • Minnesota Duluth - 4-4-2
    • Wisconsin - 6-3-1
  • National Rankings:
    • Minnesota Duluth - Unranked USA Today, Unranked USCHO, Unranked PairWise
    • Wisconsin - 15th USA Today, 14th USCHO, T-18th PairWise
  • Head to Head:
    • 10/26/12 – 2-0 Minnesota Duluth win (at Minnesota Duluth)
    • 10/27/12 – 2-2 tie (at Minnesota Duluth)

#8 Colorado College vs. #5 Denver

  • Times/Locations:
    • Friday at Denver (8:37 p.m. CT)
    • Saturday at Denver (8:07 p.m. CT)
    • Sunday at Denver (if necessary, 8:07 p.m. CT)
  • Regular Season Records:
    • Colorado College – 11-13-4 WCHA (8th), 14-17-5 overall
    • Denver - 14-9-5 WCHA (T-4th), 19-11-5 overall
  • Last Ten Games:
    • Colorado College - 4-3-3
    • Denver - 6-3-1
  • National Rankings:
    • Colorado College - Unranked USA Today, Unranked USCHO, T-31st PairWise
    • Denver - 10th USA Today, 11th USCHO, T-5th PairWise
  • Head to Head:
    • 11/16/12 – 6-5 Denver win (at Colorado College)
    • 11/17/12 – 6-2 Denver win (at Denver)
    • 2/8/13 – 1-1 tie (at Denver)
    • 2/9/13 – 6-5 Colorado College win (at Colorado College)

#7 Nebraska Omaha vs. #6 Minnesota State

  • Times/Locations:
    • Friday at Minnesota State (7:07 p.m. CT)
    • Saturday at Minnesota State (7:07 p.m. CT)
    • Sunday at Minnesota State (if necessary, 7:07 p.m. CT)
  • Regular Season Records:
    • Nebraska Omaha – 14-12-2 WCHA (7th), 18-16-2 overall
    • Minnesota State - 16-11-1 WCHA (T-4th), 22-11-3 overall
  • Last Ten Games:
    • Nebraska Omaha - 3-7-0
    • Minnesota State - 5-4-1
  • National Rankings:
    • Nebraska Omaha - Received votes in USA Today, 20th USCHO, 30th PairWise
    • Minnesota State - 11th USA Today, 10th USCHO, 9th PairWise
  • Head to Head:
    • 12/14/12 – 6-3 Minnesota State win (at Nebraska Omaha)
    • 12/15/12 – 5-1 Nebraska Omaha win (at Nebraska Omaha)

 

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