With four league games to go for most teams in the WCHA, UAA's first-round playoff opponent is still very much up in the air.
UAA, which is assured of last place on the 12-team circuit for the second straight season, will play a best-of-3 series at the regular-season champion in three weeks time. But just who will be that champ is far from decided.
St. Cloud State leads the league with 33 points, and has four games remaining, a home series against Michigan Tech and a series at Wisconsin. That remaining scheduled would seem to give the Huskies the inside track on the MacNaughton Cup.
Minnesota sits two points back with 31 points, and has a home series against Denver and a road series at Bemidji State left. Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota each have 30 points, which means they basically have no room for error down the stretch if they have any prayer of taking the league.
Nebraska-Omaha has a series at home against Wisconsin, then a series at Minnesota-Duluth. North Dakota entertains Bemidji, then closes with a series at Minnesota State-Mankato.
All in all, St. Cloud is in great position to win the league and entertain UAA in the first round.
Still, stay tuned. Nothing's decided yet.
Oh, UAA, after playing UAF in the Governor's Cup, closes its league schedule with a series at Denver. Weird series too -- opener on a Friday night, finale on a Sunday afternoon.