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.
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