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Quarterfinal Series, Times Set for 2018 NCHC Tournament

By NCHC, 03/04/18, 5:00PM EST

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Best-of-three series take place Friday, March 9-Sunday, March 11

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With the 2017-18 regular season complete, the 2018 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Tournament quarterfinal match-ups are set, as well as times and television information for the best-of-three series from Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11.

The top four seeds host the bottom four seeds in the quarterfinal series, with the four series winners advancing to the 2018 NCHC Frozen Faceoff at its new home, Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. The four best-of-three series are Miami at St. Cloud State, Colorado College at Denver, Western Michigan at Minnesota Duluth and Omaha at North Dakota.

All quarterfinal series games can be seen on NCHC.tv and the NCHC Playoff Pass is available for purchase, which grants access to watch all quarterfinal series games and the NCHC Frozen Faceoff Third-Place Game. For those already with an NCHC.tv subscription, you will have access to the quarterfinal games.

Penrose Cup champion and top-ranked St. Cloud State (22-6-6, 16-4-4-1/0 NCHC) hosts No. 8 seed Miami (11-18-5, 6-14-4-2/0 NCHC) in one quarterfinal series at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Friday’s contest begins at 7:37 p.m. CT, while Saturday’s puck drop is 7:07 p.m., with the same start time set for Sunday’s game 3 if necessary. This is the second time the RedHawks and Huskies have met in the NCHC Quarterfinals, also tangling in the inaugural 2014 NCHC Tournament when SCSU was also the one seed and Miami the eight seed. The RedHawks stunned the Huskies back in 2014, sweeping the series with a pair of one-goal wins. Both teams have made the NCHC Frozen Faceoff twice previously, each winning the championship once, with Miami’s win coming in 2015 over SCSU, but both missed out last season. In their only series this season, top-seeded St. Cloud State, which is riding an 11-game unbeaten streak into the postseason, swept Miami in Oxford with 5-2 and 4-0 wins Feb. 9-10. In addition to NCHC.tv, the series can be seen on TV in Minnesota on FOX9+.

In a rematch of last year’s NCHC Quarterfinal series, second-seeded No. 4/5 Denver entertains in-state rival and seventh-seeded Colorado College at Magness Arena. A season ago, the Pioneers (18-8-8, 12-6-6-4/0 NCHC) swept the Tigers (14-15-5, 8-12-4-3/0 NCHC) in the quarterfinals with 4-1 and 4-0 wins. This season, however, the teams split their four meetings, going 1-1-2 against each other, including CC earning a tie and a shutout win at Magness Arena. Denver has made it to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff all four years of its existence, winning the inaugural tournament, while the Tigers are still searching for their first trip to the Frozen Faceoff. Friday’s and Saturday’s games begin at 7:07 p.m. MT, while Sunday’s if-necessary contest would begin at 6:07 p.m. MT. This series can only be seen on NCHC.tv.

Also meeting for the second time in the NCHC Quarterfinals is third-seeded No. 7/7 Minnesota Duluth and sixth-seeded Western Michigan, which will collide at AMSOIL Arena in their best-of-three series. The Bulldogs (19-14-3, 13-11-0-0 NCHC) and Broncos (15-17-2, 10-13-1-0 NCHC) first met in the NCHC postseason in the inaugural 2014 tournament when WMU swept UMD behind a pair of one-goal wins at AMSOIL Arena. The teams also met in the Frozen Faceoff semifinals last year, which the Bulldogs won en route to winning the 2017 Frozen Faceoff at Target Center. UMD has made it to each of the last two Frozen Faceoffs, while the Broncos have made two all-time appearances at the NCHC’s championship weekend. This season, the Bulldogs went 3-1-0 against WMU, sweeping the Broncos most recently in Kalamazoo a combined 14-1 on Feb. 23-24, though the teams traded shutout victories in Duluth back in November. All three games of the series are set for 7:07 p.m. CT and can be seen locally on TV on My9/KBJR, in addition to NCHC.tv.

The final quarterfinal series is a first-time meeting in the NCHC playoffs as fourth-seeded No. 13/14 North Dakota entertains No. 5 seed and No. 14/15 Omaha at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Friday’s puck drop is set for 7:38 p.m. CT, while Saturday’s game 2 and Sunday’s if-necessary game 3 begin at 7:08 p.m. CT. The Fighting Hawks (14-12-10, 8-10-6-1/2 NCHC) are hosting the quarterfinal round of their conference tournament for the 16th straight season, the longest streak in the country, and have made the NCHC Frozen Faceoff all four seasons to-date, finishing as runner-up last year. The Mavericks (17-15-2, 10-13-1-0 NCHC) are still searching for their first trip to the Frozen Faceoff, after falling in three games at Western Michigan in last year’s quarterfinals. Omaha and UND split their four games this season, each earning a win in Grand Forks and in Omaha. All contests in the best-of-three series can be seen regionally on Midco Sports Network, as well as anywhere on NCHC.tv.

Following the best-of-three quarterfinal series, the four series winners will converge on Saint Paul for the 2018 NCHC Frozen Faceoff on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 at Xcel Energy Center. Both semifinals take place on March 16 at 4:08 p.m. and 7:38 p.m. CT, with the third-place (3:38 p.m. CT) and championship (7:38 p.m. CT) games on March 17. The semifinals and championship game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.

In addition to the hockey games, several other fan events are planned around the Frozen Faceoff, including a Fan Fest, Fan Skate and brewery tour. Both all-session and single-day session tickets to the Frozen Faceoff are on sale now. Discounted hotel rooms are also available in Saint Paul through a special link at NCHCHockey.com/hotels.

Last season, the top four seeds (Denver, UMD, WMU and UND) all won their quarterfinal series to advance to the Frozen Faceoff, with Minnesota Duluth hoisting the trophy.

NCHC QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE

Friday, March 9
No. 6 Western Michigan at No. 3 Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m. CT
No. 8 Miami at No. 1 St. Cloud State, 7:37 p.m. CT
No. 5 Omaha at No. 4 North Dakota, 7:38 p.m. CT
No. 7 Colorado College at No. 2 Denver, 7:07 p.m. MT

Saturday, March 10
No. 6 Western Michigan at No. 3 Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m. CT
No. 8 Miami at No. 1 St. Cloud State, 7:07 p.m. CT
No. 5 Omaha at No. 4 North Dakota, 7:08 p.m. CT
No. 7 Colorado College at No. 2 Denver, 7:07 p.m. MT

Sunday, March 11 (if necessary)
No. 6 Western Michigan at No. 3 Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m. CT
No. 8 Miami at No. 1 St. Cloud State, 7:07 p.m. CT
No. 5 Omaha at No. 4 North Dakota, 7:08 p.m. CT
No. 7 Colorado College at No. 2 Denver, 6:07 p.m. MT

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