|TIEBREAKING FOR WCHA POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT SEEDING
(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 regular season League contest (i.e., a contest between teams representing two WCHA member institutions played as part of the League schedule). A team that wins in regulation receives three (3) points, while the losing team receives zero (0). A team that wins in three-on-three overtime or 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 (2) or more teams are tied for first place, they will be declared WCHA regular season co-champions.
The WCHA regular season champion will be awarded the #1 seed for the WCHA Postseason Tournament, will be granted an automatic quarterfinal-round bye and will automatically be awarded the top seed for the WCHA Final Faceoff. In the case of co-champions, the #1 seed will be determined by the tiebreaking procedure outlined below.
The quarterfinal round of the WCHA Postseason Tournament will be a best-of-three (3) games format, with all games at the home sites of the teams ranked higher in the final regular season standings. With the #1 seed earning a bye into the WCHA Final Faceoff semifinals, all six (6) remaining teams participate in the quarterfinal round of the Tournament. Quarterfinal-round playoff pairings will be: #2 rank (host) vs #7 rank, #3 (host) vs #6, and #4 (host) vs #5.
Following the three (3), quarterfinal-round series, the three (3) winning teams will be re-seeded #2 through #4 according to their standings in the final WCHA regular season competition and will join the #1 seed in the WCHA Final Faceoff.
In the event that ties are encountered in the determination of WCHA ranking or designation of home teams for WCHA Postseason Tournament purposes, the following procedures will be used in the order given to break the ties:
a) If two (2) or more teams are tied, head-to-head competition during the regular (League) season will be used to break the tie.
b) If two (2) or more teams are still tied after (A), the highest seed will go to the team with the most WCHA (League) 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 (League) losses during the regular season.
d) If two (2) or more teams played a four (4)-game series during the regular season and the teams have the same win-loss records for those series, the same number of WCHA (League) wins and the same number of WCHA (League) losses, the team having the least number of goals scored against it in the four (4)-game series shall have the higher rank. If two (2) or more teams played a two (2)-game series during the regular season, proceed to tiebreaker E).
e) If two (2) 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 (League) goals for during the regular season minus WCHA (League) 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.
NOTE: In the case of ties among three (3) or more teams, 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 (3)-way tie becomes a two (2)-way tie, the two (2)-way tie is treated as a "new" tie and the process re-starts with the first criterion.