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This is the 2017-18 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women's season.  This is the league's 19th season.

Membership ChangesEdit

  • On March 29, 2017; the University of North Dakota announced that the school is cutting the women's ice hockey program effective the end of the 2016-17 academic year.  The reason stated was a $1.3 million budget shortfall due to the school attempting to meet minimum standards of the Summit League which most of the school's athletic teams are moving to for 2017-18.  The men's and women's swimming and diving programs were also cut at the school.  The school announced UND will honor all athletic scholarships for the discontinued sports “at their present equivalencies for returning student-athletes."

MembershipEdit

Team Location Arena Capacity
Bemidji State Beavers Bemidji, Minnesota Sanford Center 4,700
Minnesota Golden Gophers Minneapolis, Minnesota Ridder Arena 3,400
Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Duluth, Minnesota AMSOIL Arena 6,764
Minnesota State Mavericks Mankato, Minnesota All Seasons Arena 1,000
Ohio State Buckeyes Columbus, Ohio OSU Ice Rink 1,415
St. Cloud State Huskies St. Cloud, Minnesota Herb Brooks National Hockey Center 5,763
Wisconsin Badgers Madison, Wisconsin LaBahn Arena 2,273

StandingsEdit

Teams are awarded 3 points for a regulation or overtime win and 1 point for an overtime tie. If the game is tied after the five minute overtime period the game goes to a three round shootout. The shoot out winning team is awarded an extra point in the standings.  The NCAA considers games determined in a shootout as a tie.

Western Collegiate Hockey Association Overall Record
Team GP W SW L T GF GA Pts GP W L T GF GA
Wisconsin Badgers 24 20 2 2 2 81 29 64 38 31 5 2 126 48
Ohio State Buckeyes 24 14 3 6 4 63 51 49 39 24 11 4 112 77
Minnesota Golden Gophers 24 13 0 8 3 74 54 42 38 24 11 3 119 79
Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 24 10 2 11 3 49 62 35 35 15 16 4 71 82
Bemidji State Beavers 24 9 1 13 2 60 68 30 38 16 19 3 90 96
St. Cloud State Huskies 24 6 1 14 4 41 59 23 33 8 20 5 52 82
Minnesota State Mavericks 24 3 0 21 0 37 82 9 34 5 28 1 57 123

Conference TournamentEdit

FormatEdit

All seven teams qualify for the conference tournament. The quarterfinal round is held February 23rd to 25th. The quarterfinals are best-of-three at the higher seeded team with the top seed receiving a bye to the semifinals. The semifinals and finals are single elimination known as the 2018 WCHA Final Face-Off held at the Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The tournament champion earns the conference's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Tournament.

QuarterfinalsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

FinalEdit

2018 WCHA Women's Champions Minnesota Golden Gophers

2018 WCHA Women's champions Minnesota Golden Gophers

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