Where They Stand ...
WCHA Playoff Positioning Remains Up For Grabs
by Dan Myers/CHN Staff
MANKATO, Minn. With just one game remaining for the 10 WCHA schools, here's how the teams stack up for the first round of the league playoffs beginning next weekend:
3-5) St. Cloud State, Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota
ON THE ROAD
6) Colorado College
8-9) Minnesota State, Alaska-Anchorage
10) Michigan Tech
HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW
- Denver, which clinched the MacNaughton Cup last weekend, is the league's No. 1 seed no matter what happens Saturday. They will host Michigan Tech, which is locked into 10th place in the league standings.
- Wisconsin, with its win over Minnesota and St. Cloud State's loss to Minnesota State Friday night, clinched the No. 2 seed for next week. They will play the No. 9 seed — either Alaska-Anchorage or Minnesota State. That will not be decided until Saturday evening.
- The No. 3 seed will be either SCSU, Minnesota Duluth or North Dakota. The Huskies lost in Mankato, UMD is at Alaska-Anchorage (result not in yet as of the time of this writing) and North Dakota rolled Michigan Tech Friday. All three of these teams will host games next weekend, it's simply a matter of where they're seeded. That will not be known until Saturday night.
- Colorado College will finish sixth and play at the No. 5 seed — determined Saturday night.
- Minnesota will finish seventh and play at the No. 4 seed — determined Saturday night. It's game Sunday against Wisconsin (all other games in the league are Saturday) is essentially meaningless.
- Minnesota State is currently in eighth, one point ahead of Anchorage (score against UMD not final as of this writing). Neither team wants to travel to Madison next weekend, so competition for this spot will be furious. We likely won't know who's in eighth until late Saturday night.