The 4th seeded Wisconsin Badger hockey team faces 5th seeded Minnesota State in
the WCHA Final 5 Quarterfinals today in St. Paul, Minnesota. The winner faces top-seeded St. Cloud State on Friday afternoon.
The Badgers, who swept Minnesota-Duluth in the opening round in Madison, enter the Final 5 in a five-way tie for 16th in the Pairwise rankings. They can secure the league’s automatic berth in the 16-team NCAA field by winning the tournament. But the Badgers could be in good position with the NCAA if they can reach the WCHA title game.
UW split four games with Minnesota State this season, two home losses in November, coming during Wisconsin’s 1-7-2 start. The Badgers won two overtime games at Minnesota State in January and is 18-5-5 in the last 28-games.
The Mavericks advanced to the final 5 by taking 2 of 3 games from Nebraska-Omaha in the first round.