Results from weekend’s WCHA men’s playoff series; what we know of the Final Five schedule

 

St. Cloud State men’s hockey team members celebrate with the MacNaughton Cup on Saturday at center ice at the National Hockey Center. There was a postgame awarding of the cup for St. Cloud State, which tied for its first WCHA regular season title. The Huskies beat Alaska-Anchorage 5-1 Saturday to advance to the WCHA Final Five. Photo by Dave Schwarz, dschwarz@stcloudtimes.com

WCHA MEN’S FIRST ROUND PLAYOFFS

Results Friday

St. Cloud State 6, Alaska-Anchorage 1

Minnesota 2, Bemidji State 1 (OT)

North Dakota 5, Michigan Tech 3

Wisconsin 3, Minnesota-Duluth 1

MSU-Mankato 4, Nebraska-Omaha 3 (OT)

Denver 5, Colorado College 3

Games Saturday

St. Cloud State 5, Alaska-Anchorage 1, Huskies sweep series 2-0

Minnesota 4, Bemidji State 3, Gophers sweep series 2-0

Michigan Tech 2, North Dakota 1, Series tied 1-1

Wisconsin 4, Minnesota-Duluth 1, Badgers sweep series 2-0

Nebraska-Omaha 2, MSU-Mankato 1, Series tied 1-1

Colorado College 2, Denver 1, Series tied 1-1

Games March 17

No. 10 Michigan Tech (13-19-4) at No. 3 North Dakota (20-11-7), 7:07 p.m.

No. 7 Nebraska-Omaha (19-17-2) at No. 6 MSU-Mankato (23-12-3), 7:07 p.m.

No. 8 Colorado College (15-18-5) at No. 5 Denver (20-12-5), 8:07 p.m.

WCHA FINAL FIVE (AT XCEL ENERGY CENTER)

Games March 21 (teams get re-seeded after opening round)

No. 3 seed vs. No. 6 seed, 7 p.m.

No. 4 seed vs. No. 5 seed, 2 p.m.

* Note: Wisconsin (19-12-7) has advanced to the Final Five. The Badgers are the No. 4 seed in the first round, but could be the No. 3 seed in the Final Five if North Dakota loses on Sunday.

Semifinals March 22

No. 3/6 winner vs. No. 2 Minnesota (26-7-5), 7 p.m.

No. 4/5 winner vs. No. 1 St. Cloud State (23-14-1), 2 p.m.

Championship March 23

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Mick Hatten

About Mick Hatten

I cover St. Cloud State hockey and I am a general assignment reporter for the sports department at the Times. 2012-13 was my third season covering the Huskies hockey programs. My wife Kristin and I have two boys (Luke, 5, and Josh, 3) and we live in St. Cloud. I have had two stints working at the Times. I worked here from 1986-91 as a part-time sports reporter and intern. I have been back since Aug. 1999. I spent one year as the prep sports coordinator, six years as the St. Cloud State reporter (football, men's and women's basketball and everything else but hockey) and spent four years as the Citizen Times editor. The last two years, I was also the editor of the Rocori Times and Sauk Rapids-Rice Times sections, which are mailed directly to people in those two school districts. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MickHatten or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sctimesmick. I do online chats about college hockey during the season from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays at www.sctimes.com.
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