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Varsity - February 7, 2013

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INSIDE WOMEN'S HOCKEY BY ROSS LA DUE @BadgerWHockey SCHEDULE (15-9-2, 11-9-2-2) Last Week Jan. 25 #1 Minnesota Jan. 27 #1 Minnesota L, 2-0 L, 5-1 This Week Friday at St. Cloud State Saturday at St. Cloud State Next Five Feb. 16 Feb. 17 Feb. 22 Feb. 23 March 1 Race for second place in WCHA heats up Four teams jockey for final positioning W ith Minnesota clinching the WCHA regular-season championship last weekend, only three home playoff spots remain, and there are four teams vying for them. It's one of the tightest races for final positioning that the conference has ever seen. In years past, first through 56 » VARSITY FEB R UA RY 7, 2013 third places have usually been divvied up between Minnesota, Wisconsin and Minnesota Duluth. A race for fourth place would then be between two teams, with the top three in a comfortable lead. This year, however, is a very different story. Three teams, Minnesota Duluth, 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. TBA #10 Minn. Duluth #10 Minn. Duluth at Bemidji State at Bemidji State WCHA Playoffs Wisconsin and Ohio State, are currently tied for third place. North Dakota jumped into second place last weekend, but only holds it by two points. Each team only has three series left to play in the regular season, but with UND having to play against both Ohio State and Minnesota Duluth, separation amongst the group of four may not happen until the final weekend. Each team's margin for error is almost nonexistent, which, over the next three weeks, will create one of the most entertaining finishes in WCHA history. What will it take for home playoffs? » If the Badgers can win all six of their remaining games, it will guarantee a second- or third-place finish. The home finale against Minnesota Duluth could prove to be one of the deciding factors of where the Badgers will finish in the final WCHA standings.

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