|WCHA WOMEN'S TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURES FOR PLAYOFF SEEDING ONLY
(Tiebreakers are applied to standings only at the end of the regular season)
In regular season competition, each WCHA team shall have an opportunity to accumulate points from each WCHA contest (i.e., a contest between teams representing two WCHA member institutions played as part of the conference schedule). A team that wins in regulation or overtime receives three (3) points, while the losing team receives zero (0). In the case of a tie after overtime, the team that wins in a shootout receives two (2) points, while the losing team receives one (1) point.
At the conclusion of the regular season, teams will be ranked by the number of points accumulated. If two teams are tied for first place, they will be declared co-WCHA champions.
The first round of the WCHA's post-season tournament will be a best-of-three games format at the home site of the teams ranked higher in the final regular season standings. All eight teams participate in the first round of the tournament. First round playoff pairings will be: #1 rank vs #8 rank, #2 rank vs #7 rank, #3 vs #6, and #4 vs #5.
Following the four first round series, the four winning teams will be re-seeded #1 thru #4 according to their standings in the final WCHA in-season competition and will advance to the WCHA Final Face-Off.
In the event that ties are encountered in the determination of WCHA ranking or designation of home teams for playoff purposes, the following procedures will be used in the order given to break the ties:
A) If two or more teams are tied, head-to-head competition during the regular (conference) season will be used to break the tie.
B) If two or more teams are still tied after (A), the highest seed will go to the team with the most WCHA (conference) wins during the regular season.
C) If two or more teams are still tied after (A) and (B), the highest seed will go to the team with the fewest WCHA (conference) losses during the regular season.
D) If two or more teams played a four-game series during the regular season and the teams have the same win-loss records for those series, the same number of WCHA wins and the same number of WCHA losses, the team having the least number of goals scored against it in the four-game series shall have the higher rank. If two or more teams played a two-game series during the regular season, proceed to tiebreaker E).
E) If two or more teams are still tied after applying the provisions of (A), (B), (C) and (D), the team having the greatest "winning margin" during the regular season will have the higher rank. Winning margin = WCHA goals for during the regular season minus WCHA goals against.
F) Games played against WCHA opponents in holiday tournaments will not be counted in the determinations
G) Shootout wins used during the WCHA regular season will not be counted in the determinations. Shootout games will be recorded as a tie in the determinations.
In the case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be used in order, beginning with A), until a team (or teams) is (or are) separated from the other tied team (or teams). At that point, the procedures are re-started to break the "new" tie and determine recipient of the higher seed. In other words, when a three-way tie becomes a two-way tie, the two-way tie is treated as a "new" tie and the process re-starts with the first criterion.