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NCHC Quarterfinal Match-Ups, Times Announced

By NCHC, 03/08/15, 4:00PM EDT

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Four best-of-three series set for March 13-15 on campus sites

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With the 2014-15 regular season complete, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) has announced the pairings and times for the upcoming NCHC Quarterfinal series as the 2015 NCHC Tournament begins on Friday, March 13. The four quarterfinal series will take place next weekend from March 13-15 with the top four seeds hosting the bottom four seeds on their campus in a best-of-three series. The four series winners then advance to the second annual NCHC Frozen Faceoff March 20-21 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Earning the top seed in the NCHC Tournament was top-ranked North Dakota (25-7-3, 16-6-2-0 NCHC), which captured the NCHC regular-season title and Penrose Cup with a win at Miami on Friday, finishing with 50 points in the conference standings. UND will host eighth-seeded Colorado College (6-24-3, 2-19-3-1 NCHC) next weekend in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal series, which North Dakota won as the No. 2 seed in three games. All three games will take place a Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. with Friday’s game at 7:37 p.m. CT, Saturday’s game at 7:07 p.m. CT and Sunday’s game, if necessary, also at 7:07 p.m. CT. UND won all four regular-season meetings with the Tigers this season.

No. 5/5 Miami (21-12-1, 14-9-1-1 NCHC) captured the No. 2 seed after defeating UND on Saturday night to earn a series split as the RedHawks totaled 44 points in the standings. Miami will host seventh-seeded Western Michigan (13-16-5, 6-13-5-4 NCHC) next Friday, Saturday and possibly Sunday in a battle of former CCHA rivals. The series will take place at Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio with Friday’s game at 7:35 p.m. ET and Saturday’s game at 7:05 p.m. ET while Sunday’s game would be at 7:05 p.m. ET as well, if necessary. Miami went 3-0-1 against the Broncos during the regular season this year, including 2-0 in Oxford.

Claiming the No. 3 seed was No. 7/8 Omaha (18-10-6, 12-8-4-3 NCHC), which topped Colorado College Saturday night to clinch home ice and finish with 43 points in the standings. The Mavericks will face sixth-seeded St. Cloud State (16-17-1, 11-12-1-0 NCHC) in their best-of-three quarterfinal series after the Huskies knocked off Denver to close the regular season Saturday. The series is set for the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. with Friday’s game at 7:37 p.m. CT, Saturday’s game at 7:07 p.m. CT and Sunday’s game, if necessary, also at 7:07 p.m. CT. The two teams split their regular-season series this year with UNO sweeping SCSU in Omaha and the Huskies sweeping the Mavericks in St. Cloud.

The final quarterfinal series will take place in Denver, Colo. as No. 8/7 Denver (20-12-2, 13-10-1-1 NCHC) claimed the No. 4 seed and the final home ice spot with 41 points in the standings after splitting at St. Cloud State to close the regular season. The Pioneers will entertain fifth-seeded No. 6/6 Minnesota Duluth (20-13-3, 12-9-3-0 NCHC) in a top-10 quarterfinal series, as UMD finished with 39 points, two back of DU after falling at Western Michigan in the regular-season finale Saturday. The series is set for Magness Arena with Friday’s game at 7:37 p.m. MT while Saturday and Sunday, if necessary, will be at 7:07 p.m. MT. The Pioneers and Bulldogs split their four meetings this season, including both games in Denver.

Every NCHC Quarterfinal game this postseason will be available online on NCHC.tv. Fans who already have a conference Annual, Monthly, Mid-Season or End of Season Pass will have access to all the quarterfinal games. For fans who do not have an NCHC.tv subscription yet, the Playoff Pass is available for purchase for $24.95, which gets fans access to all quarterfinal games, as well as the Third-Place Game at the Frozen Faceoff. Press conferences from the Frozen Faceoff will also be streamed live on NCHC.tv.

For ticket information regarding any of the quarterfinal series, contact the host institution’s box office.

The four quarterfinal series winners will then converge on Target Center in downtown Minneapolis for the 2015 Frozen Faceoff to determine a NCHC Tournament champion. The teams are re-seeded for the Frozen Faceoff with the two semifinals on Friday, March 20, both of which will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. On Saturday, March 21, the Third-Place Game is set for 3:30 p.m. CT, followed by the Championship Game at 7:30 p.m. CT, which will also be shown on CBS Sports Network. For tickets to the Frozen Faceoff, visit AXS.com.

Last season’s quarterfinal series saw three of four lower seeds advance with second-seeded North Dakota the lone host to make it to Target Center for the inaugural Frozen Faceoff. Denver, last year's No. 6 seed, is the defending NCHC Tournament champion after edging eighth-seeded Miami, 4-3, in last year's Frozen Faceoff Championship game to earn an automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

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NCHC Quarterfinal Schedule

Friday, March 13
Western Michigan at Miami, 7:35pm ET
Colorado College at North Dakota, 7:37pm CT
St. Cloud State at Omaha, 7:37pm CT
Minnesota Duluth at Denver, 7:37pm MT

Saturday, March 14
Western Michigan at Miami, 7:05pm ET
Colorado College at North Dakota, 7:07pm CT
St. Cloud State at Omaha, 7:07pm CT
Minnesota Duluth at Denver, 7:07pm MT

Sunday, March 15 (If Necessary)
Western Michigan at Miami, 7:05pm ET
Colorado College at North Dakota, 7:07pm CT
St. Cloud State at Omaha, 7:07pm CT
Minnesota Duluth at Denver, 7:07pm MT

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