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Minnesota receives an automatic bye into the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff while Wisconsin, Ohio State and Minnesota Duluth will all host WCHA quarterfinal series next weekend.
2019 WCHA Postseason Tournament Field Set
Best-of-three quarterfinal series set for campus sites, March 1-3
Final Faceoff slated for Ridder Arena, March 9-10

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 23, 2019 –With the regular season complete, the field has been set for the 2019 postseason tournament in the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Minnesota, the 2018-19 WCHA regular season champion, is the tournament's top seed and receives an automatic bye into the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff, held March 9-10 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. The League's other six teams will vie to join the Gophers by winning a best-of-three WCHA Quarterfinal series, held at the home sites of the No. 2-4 seeds the weekend of March 1-3.

The winner of the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff receives the League's automatic bid into the National Collegiate Women's Hockey Championship.

Pairings, locations and start times for the Friday-Sunday, March 1-3 best-of-three WCHA Quarterfinals (* denotes if necessary):

No. 7 St. Cloud State at No. 2 Wisconsin (LaBahn Arena; Madison, Wis.)

  • Game 1 (Friday, March 1): 4:07 p.m. CT
  • Game 2 (Saturday, March 2): 3:07 p.m. CT
  • *Game 3 (Sunday, March 3): 2:07 p.m. CT

No. 6 Minnesota State at Ohio State (OSU Ice Rink; Columbus, Ohio)

  • Game 1 (Friday, March 1): 6:07 p.m. ET
  • Game 2 (Saturday, March 2): 3:07 p.m. ET
  • *Game 3 (Sunday, March 3): 3:07 p.m. ET

No. 5 Bemidji State at No. 4 Minnesota Duluth (AMSOIL Arena; Duluth, Minn.)

  • Game 1 (Friday, March 1): 2:07 p.m. CT
  • Game 2 (Saturday, March 2): 2:07 p.m. CT
  • *Game 3 (Sunday, March 3): 2:07 p.m. CT

2019 WCHA Final Faceoff

The premier conference tournament in women's college hockey, the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff will be held March 9-10, 2019 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Annually featuring a collection of the nation's highest-ranked programs and best players, the WCHA's four remaining teams will compete for the league's playoff championship and an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA tournament.

The league's top event and the best weekend of the year for college hockey fans, the three-day 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff weekend is a celebration of the sport's past, present and future.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

  • Semifinal Game #1 (No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 4 remaining seed) – 2:07 p.m. CT
  • Semifinal Game #2 (No. 2 remaining seed vs. No. 3 remaining seed) – 5:07 p.m. CT

Sunday, March 10, 2019

  • Championship Game – 2:07 p.m. CT

3-Game, All-Tournament Packages

  • $35 – Reserved Chairback seating
  • $25 – General Admission (Adult)
  • $20 – General Admission (Seniors/Students/Youth/Groups of 10+)

Single-Session Packages (either for Saturday's semifinals or Sunday's Championship Game only)

  • $20 – Reserved Chairback seating
  • $15 – General Admission (Adult)
  • $12 – General Admission (Seniors/Students/Youth/Groups of 10+)
  • $10 – General Admission (Groups of 10+)

Ticket packages for the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff are available for purchase directly through the Gopher Sales & Service Department; in-person at 3M Arena at Mariucci (during regular office hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, Monday-Friday), via phone at 612-624-8080 (Option 1) or online here. Certain fees may apply.

The league's showcase event and the best weekend of the year for women's college hockey fans, the three-day 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff will mark the culmination of the league's 20th Anniversary celebration. The WCHA thanks 2019 Final Faceoff supporting partners Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Minneapolis, Fox Sports North, GELSTX, GoodWood Hockey, Howies Hockey Tape, RBC Wealth Management, The Tearse-Wright Group of RBC Wealth Management, Sports Minneapolis and Wicked Rags.


About Ridder Arena

The first-ever facility built specifically for women's hockey in the country, Ridder Arena is home to the seven-time national champion University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Women's Hockey Program. Since its opening in 2002, Ridder Arena has been a regular host of WCHA Championships (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018), NCAA Regionals and Frozen Fours (2010, 2013 and 2015).