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GB Puck Fan
02-11-2012, 11:33 PM
Here are the final regular season standings as listed on the conference site:

1 St. Norbert (15-5-5) 12 4 2 26
2 St. Scholastica (14-7-4) 9 5 4 22
3 UW-River Falls (16-7-2) 10 6 2 22
4 UW-Stevens Point (12-9-4) 8 6 4 20
5 UW-Superior (9-9-7) 4 7 7 15
6 UW-Eau Claire (11-11-3) 5 11 2 12
7 UW-Stout (8-16-1) 4 13 1 9

I don't know the tiebreakers, but assuming the conference does and listed CSS in second for a reason, here are the quarterfinal matchups:

#1 SNC - bye
#2 CSS vs. #7 UW Stout
#3 UWRF vs. UWEC
#4 UWSP vs UWSup

If seeds hold, the semis would be SNC-Point, and CSS-UWRF.

Let the games begin...

Collegeman
02-11-2012, 11:55 PM
SP and Superior had really close series not sure who would be the favorite. Superior had so many ties this season. I think RF will fold under pressure against a tuff Saint team. But as ever year in this league it seems to be anybodies games, whoever is hot.

GB Puck Fan
02-12-2012, 12:01 AM
Those are the correct pairings, as CSS earned the #2 seed based on head-to-head with UWRF.

As much as I'd like to see SNC win it again - and they are playing much better in the second half of the season - I don't think the Cup is by any means a sure thing. This is not the same juggaurnaut as some seasons. SNC can win it, but will have to earn it.

Question is, does the title game loser still get an NCAA bid? Here's hoping for seeds to hold everywhere else...

Cheese4ever
02-12-2012, 10:39 AM
I do not think the NCHA will get two teams in. I only see 3 west teams in and that will be the AC teams. As stated who ever wins the Peter's Cup will have to earn it as the conference is so balanced this year. Should be a great Peter's Cup.

pete99race
02-12-2012, 12:29 PM
My Predictions for the First Round Series:
1 -- Stout @ CSS.
The Blue Devils did not fare well against the Saints this season, going 0 - 2 - 1.
Outcome: Sweep by CSS.
2 -- Eau Claire @ River Falls
The Blugolds went 1 - 2 against the Falcons this season.
Outcome: Sweep by River Falls, although the games will be tight.
3 -- Superior @ Stevens Point.
The YellowJackets went 1 - 0 - 2 against the Pointers this season.
Outcome: Each team wins regulation game. Point wins the mini game to move to the next round. Home crowd is big advantage for the Pointers.

Ice King
02-12-2012, 01:35 PM
I don't think CSS has a chance to win. In tough games they always seem to get out coached.

FALCONSANNOUNCER
02-12-2012, 02:36 PM
Going to try predicting out the whole tournament and see where I end up.

UW-Stout @ CSS
The Bluedevils play their typical wide open style but I think the Saints are to sound all-around for Stout to win. Stout 4-3 Fr., CSS 3-1, 2-0

UWEC @ UWRF
The Bluegolds are big and do provide some matchup problems for RF however the Falcons are the faster, better team. If RF plays like they did this weekend in splitting with CSS and UWS the Falcons sweep. RF 4-1 Fr., EC 3-1 Sa., RF 2-1 OT Mini

UWS @ UWSP
I believe UWSP has slightly better skaters and an edge in goaltending most nights. However the Pointers struggle to keep their heads at times and I think Superior can frustrate them. UWS 3-3, 4-3

Round 2

UWS @ SNC
I think UWS winning at SNC is asking to much of this Yellowjackets team but this game could easily be headed for OT. SNC 4-3

UWRF @ CSS
Two games were very good and one got out of hand. Friday nights game was the best played game start to finish by two teams I have seen all season. Neither team gave an inch or made bonehead mistakes and CSS escaped with an early goal for the 1-0 win. It is hard to beat a team four times in the NCHA and I believe RF has a great shot at winning this game but its been all CSS so far so it is hard to go against that. CSS 3-2

Finals

CSS @ SNC
I like what CSS does against every other team in the NCHA but not against SNC. This one will leave something to be desired. SNC 4-1

StoutHockeyFan44
02-12-2012, 05:35 PM
Round 1

UW-Stout @ CSS

As much as I feel it will be a good series, CSS in the mini-game

UW-EC @ UW-RF

RF sweep

UW-Superior @ UW-SP

Point in the Mini

SNC SID
02-12-2012, 06:31 PM
Is the NCHA Quarterfinals the only place in all of college hockey that still uses the mini-game? I'm pretty sure it is but thankfully we haven't had to play in one since 2001.

NUProf
02-12-2012, 07:04 PM
Is the NCHA Quarterfinals the only place in all of college hockey that still uses the mini-game? I'm pretty sure it is but thankfully we haven't had to play in one since 2001.

It's whole lot better procedure than the one and done format. It would be even better to come back the next day and play a full game if a two game series ends up tied. Make it a race to 3 points, but if after 2 games it is 2-2 play a full game.

MW49
02-12-2012, 07:36 PM
Is the NCHA Quarterfinals the only place in all of college hockey that still uses the mini-game? I'm pretty sure it is but thankfully we haven't had to play in one since 2001.

The MCHA uses the mini-game in their Quarterfinals.

FALCONSANNOUNCER
02-16-2012, 01:08 AM
A WIAC school leaks the UW schools are looking to form recognized WIAC Hockey conference and the playoff talk gets extinguished. I say lets focus on the present and save the future for the post-season when the talk was likely supposed to occur.

pete99race
02-17-2012, 12:26 PM
Preview from the D-3 site. Well done.
http://www.d3hockey.com/notables/2011/Releases/120217-ncha-playoff-preview
I will be heading to Point both on Friday and Saturday nights....

GB Puck Fan
02-18-2012, 11:31 AM
Wow, a good night for the road teams.

pete99race
02-18-2012, 11:39 AM
Wow, a good night for the road teams.
I think we see, at least, two of the games going to the mini game tonight.

StoutHockeyFan44
02-18-2012, 11:44 AM
After a very rough first 2 periods for Stout and being down by 3 goals headed into the 3rd period, Stout comes back with more energy and better play to tie the game up in the 3rd. Forcing a tie into overtime where both teams had chances to win the game but the goalies denied all the chances. Tonight will be interesting to see who starts in goal for Stout as well as the energy level that is shown from the start of the game.

joecct
02-18-2012, 12:38 PM
Completely off topic, and probably mentioned before, but I never realized how popular Stevens Point was around the country. In every rink I go to, at least one person will yell during the game "POINT!"

Sorry....

GB Puck Fan
02-18-2012, 09:48 PM
As of this writing, 3/4 of semis set.

UWEC upset UWRF and heads to SNC.

CSS got a 3rd period and OT goal to beat UW Stout. Saints host winner of Point-Sup minigame

MW4Bucky&SNC
02-18-2012, 10:43 PM
Completely off topic, and probably mentioned before, but I never realized how popular Stevens Point was around the country. In every rink I go to, at least one person will yell during the game "POINT!"

Sorry....
You may have met Caveman. He's everywhere.

GB Puck Fan
02-19-2012, 12:20 AM
And now we are all set.

#6 UW Eau Claire at #1 St. Norbert

#4 UW Stevens Point at #2 St. Scholastica