The Seawolves will face either Wisconsin or Colorado College this coming Thursday night in the 7:07pm game of the WCHA Final Five conference tournament. The Seawolves have faced Wisconsin only twice this season with both of those games at the Sullivan Arena on Friday and Saturday night December 4th and 5th.
Here is my game recap from the Friday 2-1 victory. Here is JJ's post game interviews following that game. Here is the boxscore from Friday. Here is my game recap from the Saturday 3-1 loss. Here is JJ's post game interviews following that game. Here is the boxscore from Saturday.
The Seawolves have faced Colorado College 5 times already this season going 3-2 against them overall and 3-1 in conference action. This is because the teams weren't originally scheduled to face each other 4 times but the addition of UNO and Bemidji created scheduling changes. Since CC was originally not scheduled to come to Anchorage they were one of the invitees to the UAF tournament.
Here is my game recap from the 1st meeting in Fairbanks which UAA lost 4-3. Here is the boxscore. Here is my game recap from the Friday win in the series in Colorado Springs. And here is the boxscore from that 4-3 UAA win. I wrote no recap for the Saturday game but here is a link to the Game Day post with the archived CoverItLive Chatroom. Here is the boxscore from that 2-0 loss.
Then on January 14th and 15th the Seawolves began 2011 with a bang by sweeping CC here at the Sullivan. Here is my game recap from the Friday 4-1 win. Here is JJ's post game interviews. And here is the Friday boxscore. Here is my game recap from the Saturday 2-1 win. Here is JJ's post game interviews. And here is the Saturday boxscore.
If the Seawolves win Thursday night then they will face UND at 7:07 on Friday night. The winner of the Bemidji/Duluth game on Thursday afternoon will face DU in the Friday afternoon game. The winners of the Friday games will then play for Final Five championship on Saturday evening.
It's all one and done from here folks. Lose and you don't play again. The winner of this tournament gets the NCAA playoff auto-bid. If the Seawolves want to play in the NCAA tournament they'll most likely have to win it all. There may be some confluence of results from around the nation that could get the Seawolves into the NCAA show via the PairWise rankings but I'm in no position to figure that out.
Right now the Seawolves are #20 on the PairWise but that essentially means nothing as results from other conference tournaments can make these rankings change wildly at this time of the year. 16 teams go into the NCAA tournaments with each of the six conferences receiving one atuo-bid award to the conference champion. The KRACH rankings use a more straightforward mathematical approach to compare teams and the Seawolves are #17 overall on that chart today.