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WCHA Postseason gets underway with quarterfinal action at four campus sites
WCHA Week 22 Notes: The Championship Season Is Here
WCHA Postseason gets underway with quarterfinal action at four campus sites

Opening Faceoff

- The Championship Season is Here: The quest for the Jeff Sauer WCHA Championship Trophy begins March 6-8 with best-of-three WCHA Quarterfinals at four campus sites. The top eight teams in the WCHA will battle it out for the league's postseason championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship.

  • This weekend's quarterfinals see No. 1 Minnesota State host No. 8 Alaska Anchorage; No. 2 Bemidji State host No. 7 Lake Superior State; No. 3 Northern Michigan host No. 6 Michigan Tech and No. 4 Alaska host No. 5 Bowling Green.
  • The top two remaining seeds following the quarterfinals will host the two lower seeds in best-of-three series at campus sites in the WCHA Semifinals, March 13-15, with the WCHA Championship Game slated for the home of the highest remaining seed.

- #VoteWCHA: Twelve WCHA student-athletes were among the 78 nominees announced for the 2020 Hobey Baker Memorial Award on Jan. 16. Among the WCHA nominees are six forwards, three defensemen and three goaltenders. By class, four are sophomores, one is a junior and seven are seniors. Fans may vote once per day through March 9 at hobeybaker.com/vote.

  • The 12 nominees are Alaska's Max Newton; Bowling Green's Alec Rauhauser; Ferris State's Nate Kallen; Lake Superior State's Max Humitz and Mareks Mitens; Michigan Tech's Trenton Bliss and Matt Jurusik; Minnesota State's Dryden McKay and Marc Michaelis and Northern Michigan's Philip Beaulieu, Vincent de Mey and Griffin Loughran.

- Mavericks and Beavers Ranked: Minnesota State (3/3) and Bemidji State (10/10) hold down spots in the latest USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top-20 polls released March 2. Bowling Green and Alaska also received votes in the USCHO rankings this week.

By The Numbers

- .911: Penalty-kill percentage for Minnesota State, the top mark in the country, just ahead of No. 2 Bemidji State (.904)

- 89: Saves by Alabama Huntsville's Mark Sinclair in the Chargers' series with Bowling Green, a WCHA season high.

- 43: Power-play goals scored by Bowling Green, which leads the NCAA.

- 13: Career game-winning goals for Northern Michigan's Darien Craighead, which is tied for the top mark in the country among active players.

The Week Ahead

- No. 8 Alaska Anchorage at No. 1 Minnesota State: The Seawolves and Mavericks will meet in the WCHA Postseason for just the second time ever this weekend. Minnesota State is 9-0-1 in the last 10 meetings between the two teams.

- No. 7 Lake Superior State at No. 2 Bemidji State: In a rematch of last year's 4-5 quarterfinal, the homestanding Beavers looking to avenge last year's loss in the Soo and advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2017.

- No. 6 Michigan Tech at No. 3 Northern Michigan: One of the country's fiercest rivalries reconvenes for a second-consecutive week to open the WCHA postseason. Tech won three of the four regular season meetings this season.

- No. 5 Bowling Green at No. 4 Alaska: Bowling Green returns to the site of what was a double-tie weekend when the two teams met last month seeking a WCHA semifinal trip for the second year in a row.

2020 WCHA Postseason Tournament

Once again in 2020, the WCHA will bring the singular intensity and passion of playoff college hockey directly to its member institution fans with an eight-team, three-round tournament hosted on-campus by the highest remaining seeds. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the 2020 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship and the Jeff Sauer WCHA Championship Trophy, presented by Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup.