WCHA playoff scenarios, tiebreakers

By March 4, 2015Other News

From the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and BGSU Athletic Communications:

Note: Since Alaska is ineligible for the WCHA playoffs, Alaska will be excluded from tie-breaking procedures in the event of multi-way ties. There is not a case in which tiebreaker criteria D) would be needed).

Minnesota State (43 points, at Bemidji State)

·         Seeded #1 with one point or more.
·         Seeded #1 with two losses and three points or less for Michigan Tech.

·         Seeded #2 with two losses and two wins for Michigan Tech.

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Michigan Tech (40 points, vs Northern Michigan)

·         Seeded #1 with two wins, and two losses for Minnesota State.

·         Seeded #2 with two wins, and one point or more for Minnesota State.
·         Seeded #2 with three points or less.

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Bowling Green (33 points, vs Alabama Huntsville)

·         Seeded #3.

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Bemidji State (27 points, vs Minnesota State)

·         Seeded #4 with three points or more.
·         Seeded #4 with two points and three points or less for Northern Michigan.
·         Seeded #4 with one point and two points or less for Northern Michigan.
·         Seeded #4 with two losses, one point or less for Northern Michigan, and three points or less for Ferris State.

·         Seeded #5 with two point and two wins for Northern Michigan.
·         Seeded #5 with one point and three points or more for Northern Michigan.
·         Seeded #5 with two losses, two points or more for Northern Michigan, and three points or less for Ferris State.
·         Seeded #5 with two losses, one point or less for Northern Michigan, and two wins for Ferris State.

·         Seeded #6 with two losses, two points or more for Northern Michigan, and two wins for Ferris State.

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Northern Michigan (26 points, at Michigan Tech)

·         Seeded #4 with two wins and two points or less for Bemidji State.
·         Seeded #4 with three points and one point or less for Bemidji State.
·         Seeded #4 with two points and two losses for Bemidji State.

·         Seeded #5 with two wins and three points or more for Bemidji State.
·         Seeded #5 with three points and two points or more for Bemidji State.
·         Seeded #5 with two points and one point or more for Bemidji State.
·         Seeded #5 with one point and three points or less for Ferris State.
·         Seeded #5 with two losses and two points or less for Ferris State.

·         Seeded #6 with one point and two wins for Ferris State.
·         Seeded #6 with two losses and three points or more for Ferris State.

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Ferris State (23 points, at Lake Superior State)

·         Seeded #4 with two wins, two losses for Bemidji State, and one point or less for Northern Michigan.

·         Seeded #5 with two wins, two losses for Bemidji State, and two points or more for Northern Michigan.
·         Seeded #5 with two wins, one point or more for Bemidji State, and one point or less for Northern Michigan.
·         Seeded #5 with three points and two losses for Northern Michigan.

·         Seeded #6 with two wins, one point or more for Bemidji State, and two points or more for Northern Michigan.
·         Seeded #6 with three points and one point or more for Northern Michigan.
·         Seeded #6 with two points or less.

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Alabama Huntsville (15 points, at Bowling Green)

·         Seeded #7 with two wins.
·         Seeded #7 with three points and three points or less for Lake Superior State.
·         Seeded #7 with two points and two points or less for Lake Superior State.
·         Seeded #7 with one point and one point or less for Lake Superior State.
·         Seeded #7 with two losses, two losses for Lake Superior State, and three points or less for Alaska Anchorage.

·         Seeded #8 with three points and two wins for Lake Superior State.
·         Seeded #8 with two points and three points or more for Lake Superior State.
·         Seeded #8 with one point and two points or more for Lake Superior State.
·         Seeded #8 with two losses, two losses for Lake Superior State, and two wins for Alaska Anchorage.
·         Seeded #8 with two losses, one point or more for Lake Superior State, and three points or less for Alaska Anchorage.

·         Eliminated with two losses, one point or more for Lake Superior State, and two wins for Alaska Anchorage.

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Lake Superior State (15 points, vs Ferris State)

·         Seeded #7 with two wins and three points or less for Alabama Huntsville.
·         Seeded #7 with three points and two points or less for Alabama Huntsville.
·         Seeded #7 with two points and one point or less for Alabama Huntsville.
·         Seeded #7 with one point and two losses for Alabama Huntsville.

·         Seeded #8 with two wins and two wins for Alabama Huntsville.
·         Seeded #8 with three points and three points or more for Alabama Huntsville.
·         Seeded #8 with two points and two points or more for Alabama Huntsville.
·         Seeded #8 with one point and one point or more for Alabama Huntsville.
·         Seeded #8 with two losses and three points or less for Alaska Anchorage.

·         Eliminated with two losses and two wins for Alaska Anchorage.

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Alaska Anchorage (12 points, vs Alaska)

·         Seeded #7 with two wins, two losses for Alabama Huntsville, and two losses for Lake Superior State.

·         Seeded #8 with two wins, two losses for Alabama Huntsville, and one point or more for Lake Superior State.
·         Seeded #8 with two wins, one point or more for Alabama Huntsville, and two losses for Lake Superior State.

·         Eliminated with two wins, one point or more for Alabama Huntsville, and one point or more for Lake Superior State.
·         Eliminated with with three points or less.

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Possible Two-Way Tiebreakers:

·         Minnesota State over Michigan Tech (3-0-1 head-to-head)
·         Bemidji State over Northern Michigan (3-0-1 head-to-head)
·         Ferris State over Bemidji State (more WCHA wins)
·         Ferris State over Northern Michigan (more WCHA wins)
·         Alabama Huntsville over Lake Superior State (2-1-1 head-to-head)
·         Alabama Huntsville over Alaska Anchorage at 16 points (tied on wins, 2-0-0 head-to-head)
·         Alabama Huntsville over Alaska Anchorage at 15 points (more WCHA wins)
·         Lake Superior State over Alaska Anchorage at 16 points (tied on wins, 1-1-0 head-to-head, Lake Superior 2-0-0 vs #4/#5 Bemidji State, Alaska Anchorage 0-2-2 vs #4/#5 Bemidji State)
·         Lake Superior State over Alaska Anchorage at 15 points (more WCHA wins)

Possible Three-Way Tiebreakers:

·         Ferris State over Bemidji State over Northern Michigan (more WCHA wins, then Bemidji State 3-0-1 head-to-head vs Northern Michigan)
·         Alabama Huntsville over Lake Superior State over Alaska Anchorage at 16 points (tied on wins, Alabama Huntsville 4-1-1 head-to-head, Lake Superior State 2-3-1, Alaska Anchorage 1-3-0, then Lake Superior State over Alaska Anchorage per above two-way tiebreaker)
·         Alabama Huntsville over Lake Superior State over Alaska Anchorage at 15 points (more WCHA wins for Alabama Huntsville and Lake Superior State, then Alabama Huntsville 2-1-1 head-to-head vs Lake Superior State)

And, a reminder of the WCHA tie-breaker rules, which include item C) as voted upon by league coaches last April (this was omitted from the 2014-15 handbook, but delivered to league ADs and coaches in December:

WCHA MEN’S TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURES FOR PLAYOFF SEEDING ONLY
In regular-season competition, each WCHA team shall have an opportunity to accumulate points from each WCHA contest (i.e., a contest between teams representing two WCHA member institutions played as part of the conference schedule), receiving two points for each game won in regulation time or overtime, and one point for each game tied at the conclusion of overtime. The team accumulating the greatest number of points in regular-season WCHA contests shall be the WCHA regular-season champion.
If two or more teams are tied for the regular-season championship, they shall be considered co-champions. Seeding for the WCHA Tournament if two or more teams have accumulated the same number of points shall be determined according to the following procedure:
A) If two or more teams are tied, and all tied teams have played four contests against one another, then the team with the most accumulated points from these head-to-head contests will be granted the higher seed.
B) If two or more teams are still tied (or all tied teams have not played four contests against one another), then the team with the greater number of conference wins will be granted the higher seed.
C) If two or more teams are still tied (and A) above is not applicable due to an unbalanced home and away schedule amongst one another), then the team with the highest winning percentage in all head-to-head contests among the tied teams will be granted the higher seed.
D) If not determined by A), or B), or C) above, the recipient of the highest seed shall be determined by comparison of the winning percentages of the tied teams, against the remaining highest ranked WCHA team successively, until the determination is accomplished, or all conference contests have been considered. In the event of multiple ties within the standings that become dependent on one another for determination, the procedure shall be applied to the highest tie first, using combined winning percentage against all teams involved in the lower tie(s) and continuing through the order if needed. If this fails to break the highest tie, the procedure shall be applied to the next highest tie (and so on if needed), using combined winning percentage against all tied teams as needed when proceeding through the standings.
E) If not determined by A), or B), or C), or D) above, the recipient of the higher seed will be determined by a team’s “winning margin” during conference contests. “Winning margin” is equal to conference goals for minus conference goals against. In the event of multiple ties within the standings that reach this step, the procedure shall be applied first to the highest tie in the standings. If this fails to break the highest tie, the procedure shall be applied to the next highest tie (and so on if needed) until any tie is broken and all procedures are re-started.
F) If not determined by A), or B), or C), or D), or E) above, the recipient of the higher seed shall be determined by the flip of a coin. In the event of multiple ties within the standings that reach this step, the procedure shall be applied first to the highest tie in the standings, after which all procedures are re-started.
In the case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be used in order, beginning with A), until a team (or teams) is (or are) separated from the other tied team (or teams). At that point, the procedures are re-started to break the “new” tie and determine recipient of the higher seed. In other words, when a three-way tie becomes a two-way tie, the two-way tie is treated as a “new” tie and the process re-starts with the first criterion.

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