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WCHA First Round Playoffs Get Underway Thursday; Best-of-Three Series Set for March 13-16
2014 WCHA/MacNaughton Cup Champion Ferris State Hosts No. 8 Bemidji State, No. 2 Minnesota State Hosts No. 7 Northern Michigan, No. 3 Alaska Welcomes No. 6 Alaska Anchorage, No. 4 Bowling Green Entertains No. 5 Michigan Tech; Four First Round Winners to Advance to WCHA Final Five; Tickets Available for 2014 WCHA Final Five ... Playoff Championship March 21-22 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids; League Awards to Be Announced Thursday Afternoon; Latest Div. 1 Men's National Poll Has FSU at No. 6, MSU at No. 18 … Alaska Receives Votes; Seven League Players Nominated for 2014 Hobey Baker Memorial Award; FSU's Motte a Candidate for Inaugural Mike Richter Award; FSU's Czarnowczan a Finalist for 2014 Senior CLASS Award; Watch WCHA First Round Playoff Hockey Live and On-Demand Via America ONE Sports; Video Highlights Package of Top Plays Available Wednesdays at WCHA.com; Catch "This Week in the WCHA" Radio Show Friday at WCHA.com
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FSU, MSU, UAF and BGSU will host WCHA quarterfinal series this weekend

MADISON, Wis. – The first round of the men's 2014 Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff championship gets underway this Thursday night as eight member teams square off in four best-of-three series set for March 13-16. The four first round winners will then move on to the WCHA Final Five and play for the Broadmoor Trophy and the league's automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. The WCHA Five Five is March 21-22 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.

After a dramatic final regular season weekend March 7-8 that saw Ferris State capture the conference championship and MacNaughton Cup by one point over runner-up Minnesota State, Bowling Green clinch the final home playoff spot and all four first-round pairings determined, the post-season promises even more excitement.

The four, best-of-three first round playoff series will feature No. 1 seed Ferris State hosting No. 8 Bemidji State, No. 2 seed Minnesota State entertaining No. 7 Northern Michigan, No. 3 seed Alaska hosting in-state rival and No. 6 Alaska Anchorage, and No. 4 seed Bowling Green taking on No. 5 Michigan Tech.

In Big Rapids, No. 1 seed Ferris State (25-9-3) goes up against No. 8 seed Bemidji State (10-19-7) beginning Friday. Face-off times at Ewigleben Ice Arena (2490) are at 7:07 pm ET both Friday and Saturday and then, if necessary, at 5:07 pm ET on Sunday. The Bulldogs were 3-1 against the Beavers during the regular season. FSU won twice at home against BSU on Nov. 8-9 by 5-4 (ot) and 5-3 scores, and then split their Feb. 14-15 series in Bemidji, winning 4-1 and losing 2-1. Ferris State is 14-1-1 at home this season while Bemidji State is 5-9-3 away.

In Mankato this weekend, No. 2 seed Minnesota State (22-13-1) plays host to No. 7 seed Northern Michigan (15-19-2) in a first round playoff match up at Verizon Wireless Center (4832). Puck drops are slated for 7:07 pm CT Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if necessary). The Mavericks, who sport also sport a 14-1-1 mark on home ice this season, went 3-1 against the Wildcats during the regular season. MSU won 3-2 and 3-0 over NMU on Dec. 6-7 in Mankato and then split in Marquette on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, falling 5-2 and winning 5-1. Northern Michigan stands 7-12-1 away.

Up in The Last Frontier, in-state rivals Alaska and Alaska Anchorage will be matched up for the second straight weekend. The No. 3 seeded Nanooks (17-13-4) host the No. 6 seeded Seawolves (16-14-4) in a first round playoff series that gets underway Thursday. Puck drops at Carlson Center (4595) in Fairbanks are at 7:07 pm AT on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (if necessary). The two teams split their four-game regular season series 2-2. On Dec. 6-7 in Anchorage, UAA won game one 3-2 before UAF took game two 5-4. The last weekend in Fairbanks, UAF won the opener 7-2 before UAA claimed game two 3-1. Alaska is 10-6-2 on home ice this season while Alaska Anchorage is 4-10-2 away.

And at the BGSU Ice Arena (5000) this weekend, No. 4 seed Bowling Green (16-14-6) goes up against No. 5 seed Michigan Tech (14-17-7) in a best-of-three playoff series. The Falcons will host the Huskies at 7:07 pm ET on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if necessary). Michigan Tech prevailed 2-1-1 over Bowling Green in their four-game regular season. In Houghton on Dec. 13-14, the Huskies won game one 3-2 before a 4-4 (ot) draw in game two. Then on Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Bowing Green, MTU swept the Falcons 5-2 and 5-4 (ot). BGSU sports a 10-5-2 record on home ice this season while Michigan Tech is 6-11-3 away.

Two teams, Lake Superior and Alabama Huntsville, saw their 2013-14 seasons conclude last weekend. The Lakers, who dropped a pair of one-goal games at league champion Ferris State on March 7-8, lost a tie-breaker to Bemidji State (BSU won season series 3-1) for a first round playoff berth.

After the first round of league playoffs, the four winning teams will be re-seeded No. 1 through No. 4, according to their regular season finish, ad advance to the 2014 WCHA Final Five, which will be contested Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. There will be two semifinals on Friday at 2:07 pm CT and 7:07 pm CT with the Broadmoor Trophy championship game on Saturday at 7:07 pm CT. The winner of the WCHA Final Five receives the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.


This Week in the WCHA

WCHA Playoffs - First Round - Best-of-Three

Games for Thursday, March 13: (6) Alaska Anchorage at (3) Alaska (NC), 7:07 pm AT.

Games for Friday, March 14: (5) Michigan Tech at (4) Bowling Green (NC), 7:07 pm ET; (8) Bemidji State at (1) Ferris State (NC), 7:07 pm ET; (7) Northern Michigan at (2) Minnesota State (NC), 7:07 pm CT; (6) Alaska Anchorage at (3) Alaska (NC), 7:07 pm AT.

Games for Saturday, March 15: (5) Michigan Tech at (4) Bowling Green (NC), 7:07 pm ET; (8) Bemidji State at (1) Ferris State (NC), 7:07 pm ET; (7) Northern Michigan at (2) Minnesota State (NC), 7:07 pm CT; (6) Alaska Anchorage at (3) Alaska (NC), 7:07 pm AT (if necessary).

Games for Sunday, March 16: (8) Bemidji State at Ferris State (NC), 5:07 pm ET (if necessary); (5) Michigan Tech at (4) Bowling Green (NC), 7:07 pm ET (if necessary); (7) Northern Michigan at (2) Minnesota State (NC), 7:07 pm CT (if necessary).


Last Week in the WCHA

Results of Friday, March 7: Bemidji State 3 at Bowling Green 5 (WCHA); Lake Superior 1 at Ferris State 2 (WCHA); Northern Michigan 4 at Alabama Huntsville 1 (WCHA); Michigan Tech 0 at Minnesota State 3 (WCHA); * Alaska Anchorage 2 at Alaska 7 (WCHA). * Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup.

Results of Saturday, March 8: Bemidji State 2 at Bowling Green 5 (WCHA); Lake Superior 1 at Ferris State 2 (WCHA); Michigan Tech 1 at Minnesota State 1 ot (WCHA); Northern Michigan 5 at Alabama Huntsville 2 (WCHA); * Alaska Anchorage 3 at Alaska 1 (WCHA). * Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup.


Tickets Available for 2014 WCHA Final Five
League Playoff Championship March 21-22 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Single Game Tickets On Sale March 10

Tickets for the upcoming 2014 WCHA Final Five playoff championship at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids are available. Three-game ticket packages, priced at $95 and $50, can be purchased at the Van Andel Arena® and DeVos Place® 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.

There will be two semifinal games on Friday at 2:07 pm ET and 7:07 pm ET and those match ups will be announced once all first round playoff games are complete. The WCHA membership has determined that the team in closest proximity, if participating in one of the two Friday semifinals, will play in the evening game. The Broadmoor Trophy championship game will be Saturday evening at 7:07 pm ET.

Single game tickets will go on sale March 10. Ticket prices for individual games are: Semifinal Game 1 – $35 and $18; Semifinal Game 2: $35 and $18; Championship Game 3: $40 and $25.


WCHA.com, WCHA.com/mobile Feature Live Scoreboards and Stats, Recaps, etc.

The WCHA's official web site, wcha.com, also features fully-functional mobile pages at wcha.com/mobile where visitors can access live national scoreboards, in-game stats and box scores, recaps, standings, etc. Get all the latest developments as games are in progress!


Watch WCHA Men's Game Action Live and On-Demand Via America ONE Sports; Link Up at WCHA.com
First Round Playoff Games Available

The men's WCHA has teamed up with America ONE Sports to forge a successful new partnership and conference-wide broadband initiative throughout the 2013-14 season. WCHATV powered by America ONE Sports enables fans everywhere to watch member team home games throughout the season live and on-demand, including all 140 conference match-ups.

The league and the four host teams are also making all first round playoff games available live and on demand for the first time ever via America ONE sports. Playoff games are priced at $9.

Viewers can access live games via portals at WCHA.com, americaonesports.com, and through the official websites of league-member teams. Most games are also available in High Definition.

Subscribers can access games through traditional web browsers on PC and MAC computers and iOS and Android devices. Each live event may be viewed beginning 10 minutes prior to start time and all events are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Three pass levels – Day Pass, Monthly Pass or Full Season Pass – are available for either mobile or PC/MAC devices and 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. The price structure is: 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 passes come with on-demand access for the previous 30 days events. C. Full Season Pass – $150 per pass plus a $1 daily option for mobile delivery. Season passes make available on-demand games from the previous 30 days.


Weekly Top Plays Highlights Package Available Wednesday's at WCHA.com

A weekly men's highlights package of top plays is now available on Wednesday afternoons throughout the remainder of the season at WCHA.com.

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 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).