NCHC Playoffs To Take Place In Grand Forks
The NCHC announced their postseason tournament will take place at Ralph Englestad Arena at the University of North Dakota.
The NCHC says that the tournament will take place from March 12 to March 16. The quarterfinals start on Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13. Then the semifinals will be on Monday, March 15, and the finals on Tuesday, March 16th. There will not be a third-place game this year.
The NCHC also said they are changing the format they have used for the past 7 seasons. It was a best of three quarterfinals on the campus sites of the colleges, then the Frozen Face-Off would be held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. This year the whole tournament will be held in Grand Forks.
According to the press release, the teams will be seeded for the quarterfinals as you see below, then reseeded for the semis and played out to the finals.
Here's the layout:
- Fri., March 12 – First two quarterfinals (No. 1 vs. No. 8 and No. 2 vs. No. 7)
- Sat., March 13 – Second two quarterfinals (No. 3 vs. No. 6 and No. 4 vs. No. 5)
- Mon., March 15 – Semifinals
- Tues., March 16 – Championship Game
The UMD Bulldogs will be the defending champs because they won in 2019, and 2020 was canceled. Quarterfinals will be available on NCHC.tv, and the CBS Sports Network will broadcast the Frozen Faceoff semifinals and championship game.