A lot of people have been asking me how the Final Five will work this year and whether the Sioux will be playing the night game on Friday, should they advance past Michigan Tech this weekend.
I asked the WCHA today, and here’s the response that I received:
“The WCHA will finalize the Final Five schedule once the first round of playoffs are over. Teams will be re-seeded #1 thru #6 according to their regular season finish.
The brackets at the Final Five are pre-set. The #1 seed is set for Friday evening. The normal bracket for Thursday is the #4 seed vs #5 seed game in the evening game and the #3 seed vs #6 seed game is the afternoon game.
The only changes will be if Minnesota enters the Final Five as a #2, #3 or #6 seed.
In that case, the Thursday game matching the #3 seed vs the #6 seed is moved to the evening. There is no re-seeding. The #3 vs #6 Thursday evening game winner would then play the #2 seed in the evening game on Friday. (It was determined by the league that it was not fair for the Thursday evening winner to come back and play Friday afternoon.) The Friday afternoon semifinal would then have the #4/5 winner vs #1.”