At the conclusion of the regular season, teams will be ranked by the number of points accumulated. If two or more teams are tied for first place, they will be declared co-WCHA champions. So to win or be co-champion of the MacNaughton Cup is based solely the number of WCHA points. Simple enough, DU is two points behind Minnesota & one point behind UMD with six games to play.
WCHA Playoff Seeding Procedures
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 twelve teams participate in the first round of the tournament. First round playoff pairings will be: #1 vs #12, #2 vs #11, #3 vs #10, #4 vs #9, 5# vs #8 & #6 vs #7.
Following the five first round series, the six winning teams will be reseeded #1 thru #6 according to their standings in the final WCHA in-season competition and will advance to the WCHA Final 5. #3 will play #6, #4 vs #5; #1 & #2 have byes. If DU finishes first or second and won the first round playoff series they will avoid a "play-in" game.
In the event that ties are encountered in the determination of WCHA ranking or designation of home teams for playoff purposes, the following procedures would be used.
If two or more teams are tied, head-to-head competition during the regular (conference) season will be used to break the tie. DU was 0-1-1 vs. Minnesota-Duluth and 2-0-0 against Minnesota. UMD was 0-2-0 against Minnesota. DU would win a three-way tie breaker. DU would have the two-way tiebreaker over Minnesota. UMD would have the two-way tiebreaker over DU; Minnesota would have the two-way tiebreaker over UMD.
DU's remaining schedule: @ Wisconsin, UND & UNO
UMD's remaining schedule: @ Mankato, CC & @ SCSU
MN's remaining schedule: BSU, @ UNO, Wisconsin