March 2, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – Top-seeded Minnesota (34-1-1) is set to face No. 4 seed Minnesota Duluth (15-14-6) in the semifinal round of the WCHA Final Face-off at 7:07 p.m. CT this Friday at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn.
No. 2 seed Wisconsin (27-6-2) and No. 3 seed North Dakota (19-11-4) face off in Friday's first semifinal at 4:07 p.m. CT as the four teams that finished one through four in the final WCHA regular season standings won their best-of-three playoff series to advance in the league playoffs.
Friday's semifinal winners will play for the league playoff championship on Saturday, March 8 at 7:07 pm CT. The winner of the WCHA Final Face-off receives the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Tournament.
The home teams all won in the first round, best-of-three series Feb. 28 through March 2, as Minnesota defeated No. 8 seed St. Cloud State, 4-1 and 7-1, and North Dakota knocked off No. 6 seed Bemidji State, 4-1 and 3-2, in two games.
The other two series went to three games as Wisconsin beat No. 7 seed Minnesota State 4-0 in game one and 2-0 in game three after falling 3-0 in game two and Minnesota Duluth won two of three hard-fought games against No. 5 Ohio State, winning 1-0, falling 2-3 and winning 5-1 in game three.
Tickets for the 2014 WCHA Final Face-off are still available. Tickets may be purchased at the Sanford Center ticket office, any Ticketmaster retail location, Lueken's Village Foods, charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
The 2014 WCHA Final Face-off ticket prices, which include a facilities fee, are as follows:</>
General Admission/Bench (adult) - $23
General Admission/Bench - $20
General Admission/Bench (adult) - $15
General Admission/Bench(senior/student/youth) (senior/student/youth) - $11
General Admission/Bench (group 15+) - $9
Minnesota has won the last two WCHA Final Face-off titles, defeating Minnesota Duluth 2-0 in the 2012 title game and topping North Dakota 2-0 to claim the 2013 crown.
No. 2 Gophers Upset No. 1 Badgers, 2-0
Kate Schipper scored twice and Sidney Peters made 37 saves to lead Minnesota past Wisconsin Saturday evening.
Gopher Women's Hockey Live vs. Wisconsin
Follow game one of the Border Battle at 3:30 p.m. CT Saturday afternoon in Madison, Wis.
Pannek Ties Program Record
Kelly Pannek scored back-to-back goals just 15 seconds apart against Bemidji State last weekend.