Feb. 23, 2009

 

Courtesy of Wisconsin

After Wisconsin and Minnesota both earned series sweeps in the last weekend of play, the Badgers remain second in the league standings entering the first round of Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs. The pairings have been set, with the four best-of-three series being conducted Friday, February 27, Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1 (if necessary).

The second place Wisconsin Badgers are the No. 2 seed and will host the No. 7 seed Ohio State Buckeyes at Eagles’ Nest in Verona, Wis. Fans are encouraged to buy tickets beforehand, with limited seating available.
All games are set for 7 p.m. at the Eagles' Nest.

The 2008-09 WCHA regular season champion Minnesota Golden Gophers are the No. 1 seed and will host the No. 8 seed Bemidji State Beavers at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, third place finisher in the final regular season standings, are the No. 3 seed for the tournament and will play host to the No. 7 seed North Dakota Fighting Sioux at the Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center in Duluth, Minn. And the fourth place St. Cloud State Huskies will host the No. 5 seed Minnesota State Mavericks at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.

Following the first round of the WCHA Playoffs, the four winning teams will be re-seeded according to their regular season finish and advance to the 2009 WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF, set for Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 at Ridder Arena. Two semi-final games will be contested on March
7 at 1:07 pm CT and 4:07 pm CT. The playoff championship game will be held on Sunday at 1:07 pm CT. Tickets for the 2009 WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF championship, set for March 7-8 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., are on sale now through the University of Minnesota Athletic Ticket Office.

WCHA Playoffs • First Round • Best-of-Three

Games for Friday, February 27
(5) Minnesota State at (4) St. Cloud State, 7:07 pm CT
(6) North Dakota at (3) Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 pm CT
(7) Ohio State at (2) Wisconsin, 7:07 pm CT*
(8) Bemidji State at (1) Minnesota, 6:07 pm CT *at Eagles’ Nest, Verona, WI

Games for Saturday, February 28
(5) Minnesota State at (4) St. Cloud State, 7:07 pm CT
(6) North Dakota at (3) Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 pm CT
(7) Ohio State at (2) Wisconsin, 7:07 pm CT*
(8) Bemidji State at (1) Minnesota, 4:07 pm CT *at Eagles’ Nest, Verona, WI

Games for Sunday, March 1 (if necessary)
(5) Minnesota State at (4) St. Cloud State, 7:07 pm CT
(6) North Dakota at (3) Minnesota Duluth, 5:07 pm CT
(7) Ohio State at (2) Wisconsin, 7:07 pm CT*
(8) Bemidji State at (1) Minnesota, 4:07 pm CT *at Eagles’ Nest, Verona, WI