There are just two weekends left to play in the NCHA Women's Conference regular season and there is much to be determined in terms of the Slaats Cup Playoffs. Adrian has clinched and holds a three-point cushion on the Kronschnabel Trophy (regular season champion); St. Scholastica and Lake Forest have clinched and have the inside track for home ice in the Quarterfinals. Concordia Wisconsin and Trine have a three-point lead and sit tied for fourth place, while Northland, St. Norbert, Marian and Aurora are all tied or within two points of each other heading into this weekend. Put simply: they are all in the mix.
The table below outlines the playoff race and shows remaining NCHA opponents as we move toward "moving weekend." Below the table are scenarios for every team in the playoff picture.
Entering Sat, Feb 9:
|Current Pts||Pts Ceiling||NCHA Record||Remaining Games|
|*$ Adrian||27||33||13-1-1||vs SNC, vs MAR, vs MAR|
|*$ St. Scholastica||24||30||12-3||at AU, vs LFC, vs LFC|
|*$ Lake Forest||24||30||10-1-4||at MAR, at CSS, at CSS|
|Concordia Wisconsin||16||22||7-6-2||at FIN, at TRINE, at TRINE|
|Trine||14||20||6-7-2||vs NC, vs CUW, vs CUW|
|Northland||13||19||6-8-1||at TRINE, at SNC, at SNC|
|St. Norbert||11||17||4-8-3||at ADR, vs NC, vs NC|
|Marian||10||16||4-9-2||vs LFC, at ADR, at ADR|
|Aurora||9||15||3-9-3||vs CSS, vs FIN, vs FIN|
|Finlandia||2||8||1-14||vs CUW, at AU, at AU|
* Top 6 teams qualify for playoffs
* Teams are seeded, 1-6, based on total regular season conference points
* Quarterfinals: Two games (plus mini-game, if necessary)
* Semifinal and Final: Single-game elimination (play until winner is determined)
* Champion receives NCHA automatic bid to NCAA Tournament
Most overall conference wins
Wins vs all teams with more points than the tied teams
Goal differential in games between tied team only
Coin flip, conducted by Commissioner
(Info below not yet updated)
ADRIAN - Clinched playoff spot and home ice for Quarterfinals ... Controls #1 seed and home ice for Championship Weekend ... Several scenarios to clinch regular season title and home ice throughout playoffs this weekend, including two wins vs SNC plus CSS loss or tie plus LFC loss or two ties ... Holds tiebreaker on CSS ... Would lose tiebreaker with LFC.
ST. SCHOLASTICA - Clinched playoff spot and home ice for Quarterfinals ... Can finish as high as #1 seed and no lower than #3 ... Would lose tiebreaker to ADR ... Holds tiebreaker on TRINE (H2H) and CUW (more NCHA wins) ... Finishes season vs LFC.
LAKE FOREST - Clinched playoff spot ... Can finish as high as #1 seed and no lower than #4 ... Several scenarios to clinch home ice for Quarterfinals, including a win or tie at MAR this weekend, or a TRINE loss or tie vs NC ... Holds tiebreaker on ADR and CUW ... Tiebreak with TRINE would go to NCHA wins ... Finishes season at CSS.
CONCORDIA WISCONSIN - Controls playoff fate ... Several scenarios to clinch playoff spot this weekend, including two wins at FIN plus NC loss or two ties at TRINE plus SNC loss or tie at ADR ... Can finish as high as #4 seed ... Would lose tiebreaker to CSS and LFC ... Would win tiebreaker with SNC ... Plays at FIN this weekend and at TRINE last weekend of season.
TRINE - Controls playoff fate ... Can finish as high as #3 seed ... Several scenarios to clinch playoff spot this weekend, including two wins vs NC ... Or win and tie vs NC plus SNC loss at ADR plus MAR loss or tie vs LFC ... Holds tiebreaker on MAR and SNC ... Tiebreak with LFC would go to NCHA wins ... Finishes season against NC and CUW.
NORTHLAND - Controls playoff fate ... Can finish as high as #4 seed ... Can neither clinch nor be eliminated this weekend ... Holds tiebreak on MAR and AU ... Tiebreak with CUW would go to NCHA wins ... Tiebreak with TRINE to be determined this weekend ... Finishes season at SNC.
ST. NORBERT - Controls playoff fate ... Can finish as high as #4 seed ... Can neither clinch nor be eliminated this weekend ... Would lose tiebreak to CUW and TRINE ... Tiebreak with MAR and AU would go to NCHA wins ... Finishes season vs NC.
MARIAN - Several scenarios to qualify for playoffs ... Cannot clinch playoff spot this weekend ... Would lose tiebreak with CUW, TRINE and NC ... Tiebreak with SNC or AU would go to NCHA wins.
AURORA - Several scenarios to qualify for playoffs ... Cannot clinch playoff spot this weekend ... Would lose tiebreak with CUW and NC ... Tiebreak with SNC, MAR or TRINE would go to NCHA wins.