EDINA, Minn. - March 5, 2016 - The "Battle for the Broadmoor" is moving on to the best-of-three semifinal round of the 2017 WCHA Playoffs, as top-seeded Bemidji State will host No. 4 seed Bowling Green, while second-seed Michigan Tech welcomes No. 3 Minnesota State the weekend of March 10-12.
The two winners will move on to the one-game 2017 WCHA Championship, held Saturday, March 18 at the home of the highest-remaining seed. The WCHA postseason champion receives the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship.
Pairings and start times for the best-of-three, semifinal round of the 2017 WCHA Playoffs (team's seed is in parentheses):
Games of Friday, March 10: (3) Minnesota State at (2) Michigan Tech, 7:07 p.m. ET; (4) Bowling Green at (1) Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m. CT.
Games of Saturday, March 11: Minnesota State at Michigan Tech, 7:07 p.m. ET; Bowling Green at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m. CT.
Games of Sunday, March 12 (if necessary): Bowling Green at Bemidji State, 5:07 p.m. CT; Minnesota State at Michigan Tech, 7:07 p.m. ET.
Top-seeded Bemidji State (22-14-3), which won the MacNaughton Cup as 2016-17 WCHA regular season champions, outlasted No. 8 seed Northern Michigan in a three-game quarterfinal round series. The other three semifinal teams advanced via sweeps, with second-seeded Michigan Tech (20-13-7) defeating Lake Superior State, No. 3 seed Minnesota State (21-11-4) finishing off Alaska and fourth-seeded Bowling Green (19-17-2) eliminating Ferris State.
The Beavers won three of four regular season games with the Falcons, including a season-opening sweep at the Sanford Center. Bemidji State also won the opener Jan. 5 in Ohio, before Bowling Green bounced back with a victory in the series finale. The Mavericks finished 2-1-1 against the Huskies, sweeping an Oct. 7-8 series in Mankato; after a tie Jan. 20 in Houghton, Tech wrapped up the regular season series with a win.