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Four WCHA Series Set for January 3-4 as Race for 2014 League Championship, MacNaughton Cup Heads to Second Half; Friday-Saturday Sets Have MTU at LSSU, BGSU at UAH, NMU at BSU, MSU at UAF
Mavericks Sport Seven Straight League Victories; Nanooks Unbeaten Over Last Three; No. 2-Ranked Ferris State Heads to Minnesota's Mariucci Classic in Midst of Nation's Best 15-Game Unbeaten Streak; Alaska Anchorage Visits Wisconsin; Ticket Packages for 2014 WCHA Final Five On Sale Now ... League Playoff Championship at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids March 21-22; Latest USCHO.com Div. 1 Poll Has FSU at No. 2, LSSU at No. 18 ... MSU Receives Votes; League Teams 23-35-11 in Non-Conference Play with 14 One-Goal Losses; Michigan Tech Comes Up Short in 1-0 OT Loss in GLI Championship Game; Falcons Take Third Place at Three Rivers Classic; Watch WCHA Hockey Live and On-Demand All Season via America ONE Sports; Catch "This Week in the WCHA" Radio Show Fridays at WCHA.com
Lake Superior State hosts Michigan Tech at Taffy Abel Arena this weekend

MADISON, Wis. – Eight of the ten Western Collegiate Hockey Association men's member teams return to conference action over the coming weekend of January 3-4, as the race for the conference regular season championship and MacNaughton Cup takes center stage over the remaining 10 weeks of the 2013-14 campaign. The four league series being contested Friday and Saturday feature Michigan Tech at Lake Superior State, Bowling Green at Alabama Hunstville, Northern Michigan at Bemidji State and Minnesota State at Alaska.

Outside the WCHA on Friday and Saturday, No. 2-ranked Ferris State will join Rensselaer, Colgate and host and top-ranked Minnesota at the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis while Alaska Anchorage plays at Wisconsin.

In Sault Ste. Marie, No. 18-ranked Lake Superior State (10-7-1, 6-6-0 WCHA) returns to action after a two-week holiday break by hosting Michigan Tech (6-10-6, 4-4-4 WCHA) for a two-game league set at Taffy Abel Arena (4000). Face-offs are at 7:37 pm ET on Friday night and 7:07 pm ET on Saturday evening. Currently tied for fifth place in the conference standings, the two clubs split their first two-game series back on Nov. 15-16 in Houghton, with the Lakers winning 5-3 in game one and the Huskies prevailing 2-1 in game two.

At Von Braun Center (6600) this weekend, Alabama Huntsville (1-19-0, 1-11-0 WCHA) skates against Bowling Green (9-9-4, 6-6-2 WCHA) in a pair of 7:07 pm CT conference games. The Chargers and Falcons opened their four-game league season series a month ago in Bowling Green, with host Bowling Green claiming a 3-0 victory in game one on Dec. 6 before Alabama Huntsville notched their first-ever WCHA win on Dec. 7 with a 4-3 overtime triumph.

At Sanford Center (4373) in Bemidji on Friday and Saturday, Bemidji State (5-9-6, 5-5-4 WCHA) takes on Northern Michigan (6-10-2, 4-5-1 WCHA) in the only two-game regular season league series between the two clubs. Puck drops are set for 7:37 pm CT and 7:07 pm CT respectively.

And in Fairbanks on January 3-4, Alaska (7-8-3, 4-7-1 WCHA) goes up against streaking Minnesota State (11-7-0, 9-3-0 WCHA) in two 7:07 pm AT face-offs at Carlson Center (4595). This will mark the only two regular season meetings between the Nanooks and Mavericks. Alaska, idle since Dec. 14, has put together a three-game (2-0-1) WCHA unbeaten streak while pre-season league favorite Minnesota State has won seven straight contests – all conference games – to close to within four points of league-leading Ferris State.

The FSU Bulldogs (14-2-3), sporting a nation's best 15-game unbeaten streak at 12-0-3 since a 3-2 loss to visiting St. Lawrence Oct. 18, heads to Minneapolis to play in the annual Mariucci Classic at Mariucci Arena. Ferris State will take on ECAC Hockey-member Rensselaer (8-6-4) in the tournament opener Friday at 4:07 pm CT while host Minnesota (12-2-2) will play ECAC Hockey's Colgate (7-9-2) at 7:07 pm CT. On Saturday, the third place game is set for 4:07 pm CT with the championship tilt at 7:07 pm CT.

In a two-game non-conference series this week, Alaska Anchorage (8-8-2) heads to Madison to play Big 10 Conference-member and No. 13-ranked Wisconsin (10-5-1) Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center (15,237), with game times at 7:07 pm CT both evenings.

This Week in the WCHA

Games for Friday, January 3: *Ferris State vs Rensselaer (NC), 4:07 pm CT; Michigan Tech at Lake Superior (WCHA), 7:37 pm ET; Bowling Green at Alabama Huntsville (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Alaska Anchorage at Wisconsin (NC), 7:07 pm CT; Northern Michigan at Bemidji State (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Minnesota State at Alaska (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT. *Mariucci Classic at Minnesota.

Games for Saturday, January 4: *Colgate/Minnesota vs Ferris State (NC), 4:07 pm/7:07 pm CT; Michigan Tech at Lake Superior (WCHA), 7:07 pm ET; Northern Michigan at Bemidji State (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Bowling Green at Alabama Huntsville (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Alaska Anchorage at Wisconsin (NC), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota State at Alaska (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT. *Mariucci Classic Third Place/Championship at Minnesota.

Last Week in the WCHA

Results of Friday, December 27: * Michigan State 2 vs Michigan Tech 2 ot (NC); # Bowling Green 0 vs Boston College 5 (NC); Alabama Huntsville 0 at Wisconsin 5 (NC). * Great Lakes Invitational (Detroit, MI). # Three Rivers Classic (Pittsburgh, PA)

Results of Saturday, December 28: * Bowling Green 3 vs Robert Morris 2 (NC); # Western Michigan 1 vs Michigan Tech 0 ot (NC); Alabama Huntsville 2 at Wisconsin 3 (NC). * Three Rivers Classic Third Place (Pittsburgh, PA). # Great Lakes Invitational Championship (Detroit, MI).

2014 WCHA Final Five Tickets On Sale Now
Playoff Championship Set for March 21-22 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI
Download the 2014 WCHA Final Five Fan Guide at: www.wcha.com/men/tourney/index.php

The WCHA and Van Andel Arena have announced that three-game, all tournament packages for the 2014 WCHA Final Five championship, March 21-22 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., go on sale Sunday, December 8 at 10:00 am ET.

All tournament ticket packages are $95 and $50 and can be purchased beginning Dec. 8 at the Van Andel Arenaฎ and DeVos Placeฎ Convention Center box offices, online at www.ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets – including D&W stores and select Family Fare and Walmart locations, or can be charged by phone at 1.800.745.3000. Final Five ticket packages are specially priced at just $80 and $35 between Dec. 8 and through Dec. 19. Groups of 10+, who save $5 per ticket, can reserve tickets by phoning Rebecca Chesnut at 616.742.6185 or via e-mail to: groupsales@smggr.com. Single game tickets, if available, will go on sale March 10.

The schedule for the 2014 WCHA Final Five includes two semi-finals on Friday at 2:07 and 7:07 pm ET, followed by the Broadmoor Trophy championship game on Saturday at 7:07 pm ET. The field for Final Five field will consist of the four winning teams from the first round of WCHA Playoffs. The Final Five winner receives the Broadmoor Trophy and an the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Fans can celebrate the Final Five and college hockey with music, games, food, beverages and more at the WCHA Kick-Off Event on Thursday from 4 to 8 pm at the Deltaplex in Grand Rapids and also at the 'Sports Madness' pre-game tailgate party on championship Saturday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the renowned B.O.B., located just across the street from Van Andel Arena. Both Final Five weekend events are free and open to the public.

For more information please visit:

- WCHA Final Five: http://wcha.com; WCHARoadtoVanAndelArena.com
- Download the 2014 WCHA Final Five Fan Guide: http://wcha.com/men/tourney/index.php
- Van Andel Arena: http://vanandelarena.com
- City of Grand Rapids: http://www.experiencegr.com. Site includes information on hotels, things to do, events, restaurants, etc.
- Deltaplex Arena (site of WCHA Kick-Off event): http://deltaplex.com
- Grand Rapids Area Hotel Reservations: https://aws.passkey.com/g/20157200
- The B.O.B.: http://www.thebob.com

Visit wcha.com & wcha.com/mobile for Complete Live League & National Scoreboards, In-Game Statistics & Box Scores

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association's official web site – wcha.com – also features fully functional mobile pages at wcha.com/mobile where visitors can access live league and national scoreboards, live in-game box scores and statistics, complete team and individual statistics, league standings, etc.

To access all the latest developments as games are in progress visit www.wcha.com and/or www.wcha.com/mobile.

Catch the League's Long-Running Weekly Radio Show – This Week in the WCHA – at WCHA.com

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is pleased to once again provide it's long-running weekly radio show – This Week in the WCHA – via wcha.com and to interested media outlets. The show will be available each Friday throughout the regular season at wcha.com beginning October 11 and is also available for electronic distribution.

Hosted by Jim Rich and produced by Kevin Falness of the Minnesota Wild Radio Network, This Week in the WCHA runs 6-7 minutes and features key moments and highlights from live game broadcasts, including goals, saves, overtime game-winners, post-game sound clips, a look at upcoming games.

To get on the distribution list for This Week in the WCHA please contact: Kevin Falness, Minnesota Wild Radio Network (kfalness@wild.com or 651 755-5161).

WCHATV Powered by America ONE Sports Launches for 2013-14 Season
Follow Western Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Live Game Action All Season Long Via wcha.com and americaonesports.com

With the dawning of a new era in its storied 62-year history, the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced on September 23 (2013) an exciting new partnership with America ONE Sports and its first-ever conference-wide broadband initiative. WCHATV powered by America ONE Sports will provide fans around the world an opportunity to watch league-member games live throughout the 2013-14 season via broadband telecast distribution to their PC and MAC computers and iOS and Android devices.

WCHATV powered by America ONE Sports will enable fans from Bowling Green to Fairbanks and Huntsville to Houghton to watch every game of the regular season live and on-demand, including all 140 conference match-ups. Fans will be able to access WCHATV powered by America ONE Sports via portals at wcha.com, americaonesports.com and through the official athletic websites of all WCHA member men's teams. Most games will also be available in High Definition.

"This is a tremendous development for the WCHA and its member men's teams," said Commissioner Bruce M. McLeod, "and we couldn't be more excited to partner with America ONE Sports to showcase our league, our universities, teams and student-athletes, our outstanding on-ice product and our long and proud tradition to fans everywhere. I want to commend both Bruce LeVine and the great folks at America ONE Sports and the leadership of our member teams for bringing live WCHA hockey to fruition."

"America ONE Sports is honored to partner with such a tradition-rich conference as the WCHA," said Bruce LeVine, America ONE Sports Director of Programming. "We look forward to working with the conference and its 10 member schools to bring top grade college hockey via state of the art technology to fans around the world."

Subscribers to WCHATV powered by America ONE Sports will be able to access games through traditional web browsers on PC and MAC computers and iOS and Android devices. Requirements for viewing games are available at the America ONE test site at:


Each live event may be viewed beginning 10 minutes prior to start time and all events are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Fans can buy any of three pass levels – Day Pass, Monthly Pass or Full Season Pass (see special Full Season Pass offer below) – for either mobile or PC/MAC devices. All passes include on-demand viewing. Any pass purchased will allow fans to watch all WCHA events played in WCHA venues during that time period. Only live events can be viewed on mobile devices. For each game sold on a pay-per-view/pass system basis to individual users throughout the season, the price structure for the regular season is as follows:

a. Day Pass – 24 hours (Noon ET of the day purchased to Noon ET of the next day): $8 per pass plus a $1 daily option for mobile delivery. Day Pass makes available all games from any given night and comes with on-demand from the previous 24 hours.

b. Monthly Pass – viewing for 30 days from day of purchase: $45 per pass plus a $1 daily option for mobile delivery. Monthly or Season Passes comes with on-demand access for previous 30 days events. Purchase Monthly Pass

c. Full Season Pass – $150 per pass plus a $1 daily option for mobile delivery. If purchased by October 1, a Full Season Pass is available at a special price of $125. Monthly or Season Passes makes available on-demand games from the previous 30 days. Purchase Full Season Pass

America ONE Sports is a world leader in LIVE Broadband Sports, bringing fans more than 5,500 live and exclusive events per year from over 100 colleges across the United States, and live professional sports including hockey, football and soccer from 70 teams and hundreds of pro leagues from Asia and Europe. America ONE Sports is owned and operated by ONE Media Corp., a privately owned company based in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX. The company also owns and operates ONE World Sports, a sports network delivering exclusive world-class sports live from around the globe; ONE CONNXT, a global HD/SD broadcast video transport technology and services solution; America ONE Television, a general entertainment and sports broadcast television network.

For more information please visit:

WCHA – www.wcha.com
America ONE Sports – http://www.americaonesports.com
WCHA on America ONE Sports – http://www.americaonesports.com/package_wcha.asp
University of Alabama in Huntsville – http://www.uahchargers.com
University of Alaska Anchorage – http://www.goseawolves.com
University of Alaska – http://alaskananooks.com
Bemidji State University – http://www.bsubeavers.com
Bowling Green State University – http://www.bgsufalcons.com
Ferris State University – http://www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com
Lake Superior State University – http://www.lssulakers.com
Michigan Technological University – http://www.michigantechhuskies.com
Minnesota State University – http://www.msumavericks.com
Northern Michigan University – http://www.nmuwildcats.com