|WCHA WOMEN'S TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURES FOR PLAYOFF SEEDING ONLY
At the conclusion of the regular season, teams will be ranked by the number
of points accumulated. If two teams are tied for first place, they will be
declared co-WCHA champions.
The first round of the WCHA's post-season tournament will be a best-of-three
games format at the home site of the teams ranked higher in the final
regular season standings. All eight teams participate in the first round of
the tournament. First round playoff pairings will be: #1 rank vs #8 rank, #2
rank vs #7 rank, #3 vs #6, and #4 vs #5.
Following the four first round series, the four winning teams will be
re-seeded #1 thru #4 according to their standings in the final WCHA
in-season competition and will advance to the WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF.
In the event that ties are encountered in the determination of WCHA ranking
or designation of home teams for playoff purposes, the following procedures
will be used in the order given to break the ties:
a) If two or more teams are tied, head-to-head competition during the
regular (conference) season will be used to break the tie.
b) If two or more teams are still tied after (a), the highest seed will go
to the team with the most WCHA (conference) wins during the regular season.
c) If two or more teams played a four-game series during the regular season
and the teams have the same win-loss records for those series and the same
number of WCHA wins, the team having the least number of goals scored
against it in the four-game series shall have the higher rank. If two or
more teams played a two-game series during the regular season, procede to
d) If two or more teams are still tied after applying the provisions of (a),
(b) and (c), the team having the greatest "winning margin" during the
regular season will have the higher rank. Winning margin = WCHA goals for
during the regular season minus WCHA goals against.
e) Games played against WCHA opponents in holiday tournaments will not be
counted in the determinations.
f ) Shootout wins used during the WCHA regular season will not be
counted in the determinations. Shootout games will be recorded as a tie in
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.