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NCHC roundup, playoff scenarios, tiebreakers, current standings

Published: March 2, 2014, 6:19 am, by Joe Paisley

bigger NCHC logoRemember when the coaches said before the season began how tight the National Collegiate Hockey Conference would be?

Give them credit for being dead-on.

St. Cloud State’s 3-1 Senior Night home win on Saturday resulted in a series split and a tie atop the NCHC standings headed into the final regular-season weekend.

Both teams secured home ice for the quarterfinals while next weekend’s games will decide the regular-season champion.

St. Cloud State travels to seventh seed Colorado College while North Dakota hosts Western Michigan. If both teams finish with the same amount of points, they would be co-champion.

The Mavs can secure home ice for the quarterfinals when they close the regular season at Minnesota-Duluth next weekend, needing one point to clinch it (or can clinch with a North Dakota win/tie over Western Michigan.

Third-place UNO is still alive for the regular-season title, though they need SCSU and UND to both lose at least once.

Western Michigan, tied for fourth place with Duluth, and sixth-place Denver both remain alive for a top-four finish and home playoff ice. DU hosts Miami, which is guaranteed the low seed while CC is No. 7.

Here is the NCHC’s tiebreaking procedure for playoff seeding (with the league’s exact wording):

If two or more teams have the same number of points in the final standings, they tie will be broken based on the below formula.

In the case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria will be used in order until a team, or teams, is separated from the pack. At that point, the process will begin anew to break the “new” tie. In other words, when a four-way tie becomes a three-way tie, the three-way tie is treated as a “new” tie and the process begins with the first criterion.

1. The team with the greater number of NCHC regular-season wins shall be the higher seed.

2. Head-to-head competition. Among the teams tied in the standings, the team with the highest winning percentage will be the higher seed.

3. Goal differential: Total goals for and against in contests between the teams tied in the standings.

4. Winning percentage of the teams tied in the standings against the remaining NCHC teams, starting at the top of the standings and working toward the bottom until the tie is broken.

5. Coin flip.

STANDINGS

  Conference Overall
Team Pts GP W L T SW Win% GF GA GP W L T Win% GF GA
North Dakota 42 22 14 8 0 0 0.636 73 61 32 19 10 3 0.641 101 84
St. Cloud State 42 22 13 6 3 0 0.659 76 59 32 19 8 5 0.672 114 86
Nebraska Omaha 39 22 12 8 2 1 0.591 76 60 32 15 15 2 0.500 106 101
Minnesota Duluth 34 22 10 10 2 2 0.500 60 64 32 15 13 4 0.531 90 91
Western Michigan 34 22 10 10 2 2 0.500 64 66 34 16 13 5 0.544 91 89
Denver 32 22 9 10 3 2 0.477 54 54 34 15 13 6 0.529 86 77
Colorado College 24 22 6 11 5 1 0.386 47 64 32 6 20 6 0.281 61 100
Miami 17 22 5 16 1 1 0.250 52 74 32 11 18 3 0.391 92 98