Women's playoff tracker: Four NCAA tickets punched

Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff

Championship Saturday is in the books and what a day it was: Six games won by two goals or less, two overtime thrillers, five conference champions crowned, and four teams officially locked into the NCAA tournament.

An Allison Parnell goal 3:02 into overtime gave St. Thomas a 3-2 win over Augsburg and its fourth straight trip to the NCAA tournament.
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Adrian, Plattsburgh State, Norwich and St. Thomas all punched their ticket to this year's NCAA tournament as all scored wins in their respective conference championship games.

UW-River Falls claimed yet another WIAC championships and while it won't get the Falcons a guaranteed spot in the NCAAs they are all but assured to be in this year's field nonetheless.

In non-championship game action, Sunday's finals in the CHC and NESCAC are all set as Endicott and Morrisville will face off for the CHC title, while Middleury and Amherst will meet for the NESCAC title and an automatic NCAA berth.

Catch up on all this year's playoff action below with our custom conference scoreboards that feature conference tournament structures, scores, boxes and and full recaps, but here's a brief recap of how Saturday went down:

CHC: Endicott and Morrisville will meet in Sunday's championship game as Endicott topped Stevenson, 4-2, and Morrisville scored a 4-2 win over SUNY Canton. Jillian Gibbs scored twice to lead Endicott, while Canton was paced by a pair of goals by Margret Troiano. The Gulls and Roos have met twice this season with Endicott coming out on top of both with 4-0 and 3-2 (ot) wins.

ECAC West: Mark it down as yet another league championship for top-ranked Plattsburgh State, but it didn't come easy as the Cardinals needed a third period power play goal by Melissa Sheeran to edge Elmira, 2-1. The three-time defending national champions will be making their 13th all-time and sixth consecutive NCAA appearance.

MIAC: It required extra time but a rebound goal for Allison Parnell 3:08 into overtime handed St. Thomas a 3-2 win over Augsburg and the MIAC championship. The goal was just Parnell's second of the season, and the Tommies also picked up goals by Kathryn Larson and Allison Borgstrom. This year's NCAA tournament appearance will mark their fifth all-time and fourth in a row.

NCHA: Adrian jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead en route to a 5-1 win over Lake Forest and its second straight NCHA championship. The Bulldogs piled up 58 shots on the afternoon and picked up goals by five different skaters. The win advances Adrian to its third NCAA tournament and second in the past two seasons

NEHC: Norwich is headed to its seventh NCAA tournament as the Cadets pulled away for a 5-0 win over Manhattanville to score the conference title. Sophie McGovern scored twice and Amanda Conway added a goal and two assists for Norwich, which outshot the Valiants 32-14 on the afternoon.

NESCAC: Perennial contenders Middlebury and Amherst will meet for the league title once again as both emerged victorious on Saturday. Middlebury beat Bowdoin 4-1 and held the Polar Bears to a mere ten shots in the process, while Amherst blanked Connecticut College, 2-0. The Panthers and Amherst have played twice this season with Middlebury scoring three out of a possible four points.

WIAC: UW-Eau Claire gave UW-River Falls all it could handle but the third-ranked Falcons twice came from behind and persevered for a 3-2 overtime win thanks to a Carly Moran goal early in the extra session. The defending national runner-ups, who are looking to make their ninth-straight NCAA appearance, are likely a lock for the Pool B bid.

 

CONFERENCE-BY-CONFERENCE POSTSEASON SCOREBOARDS

Link Codes: LS - Live Stats
A - Audio V - Video BX - Box Score RC - Recap

 

CHC

Tournament format: Top six teams qualify.  Top two seeds receive byes to the semifinals, quarterfinals are hosted by higher seed, semifinals and finals will be hosted at Endicott. All games are single elimination. The champion does not receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 Endicott, 2 Morrisville State, 3 SUNY Canton, 4 Stevenson, 5 Johnson & Wales, 6 Becker

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 25 Becker  1  SUNY Canton  2  Final BX RC
  Johnson and Wales  1  Stevenson  2  Final BX RC
Mar. 4 Stevenson  2  Endicott  4  Final BX RC RC
  SUNY Canton  2  Morrisville State  4  Final BX RC
Mar. 5 Morrisville State  3  Endicott  1  Final BX RC

Championship game: Sunday, March 5
all times Eastern


ECAC West

Tournament format: Top six teams qualify.  Top two seeds receive byes to the semifinals, all games are played at the higher seed. Champion receives automatic bid to NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 Plattsburgh State, 2 Elmira, 3 Buffalo State, 4 Utica, 5 Oswego State, 6 Potsdam State

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 23 SUNY Potsdam  0  Buffalo State  4  Final BX RC
  Oswego State  3  Utica  5  Final BX
Feb. 26 Utica  1  Plattsburgh State  6  Final BX RC
  Buffalo State  0  Elmira  6  Final BX RC
Mar. 4 Elmira  1  Plattsburgh State  2  Final BX RC

Championship game: Saturday, March 4
all times Eastern


MIAC

Tournament format: Top five teams qualify.  Higher seed hosts all games, top three seeds receive byes to the semifinals.  All rounds are single game format. Champion receives automatic bid to NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 Gustavus Adolphus, 2 Augsburg, 3 Concordia (MN), 4 St. Thomas, 5 Hamline

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 24 Hamline  1  St. Thomas  6  Final BX
Feb. 25 Concordia-Moorhead  1  Augsburg  3  Final BX RC
  St. Thomas  3  Gustavus Adolphus  2  Final - OT BX
Mar. 4 St. Thomas  3  Augsburg  2  Final - OT BX RC P P P

Championship game: Saturday, March 4
all times Eastern


NCHA

Tournament format: Top four teams qualify.  Semifinals are first-to-three-point series with a minigame if needed. Championship game is single elimination. All games played at higher seed. Champion receives automatic bid to NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 Adrian, 2 Lake Forest, 3 St. Scholastica, 4 Marian

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 24 Marian  0  Adrian  4  Final BX P
  St. Scholastica  1  Lake Forest  2  Final BX
Feb. 25 Marian  1  Adrian  5  Final BX RC P
  St. Scholastica  2  Lake Forest  0  Final BX
  St. Scholastica  0  Lake Forest  1  Final - 2OT BX
Mar. 4 Lake Forest  1  Adrian  5  Final BX RC

Championship game: Saturday, March 4
all times Eastern


NEHC

Tournament format: Top eight Division III teams qualify.  Quarterfinals are hosted at site of higher seed, semifinals and finals are hosted at a single location by the highest remaining seed. Champion receives automatic bid to NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 Norwich, 2 Manhattanville, 3 UMass Boston, 4 Castleton, 5 University of New England, 6 Salve Regina, 7 Southern Maine, 8 Plymouth State

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 25 Salve Regina  1  UMass Boston  3  Final BX RC
  Southern Maine  2  Manhattanville  6  Final BX RC
  University of New England  3  Castleton  2  Final BX RC
  Plymouth State  0  Norwich  5  Final BX RC
Mar. 3 University of New England  2  Norwich  4  Final BX RC
  UMass Boston  2  Manhattanville  4  Final BX RC
Mar. 4 Manhattanville  0  Norwich  5  Final BX RC

Championship: Saturday, March 4
all times Eastern


NESCAC

Tournament format: Top eight teams qualify. Quarterfinals are hosted at site of higher seed, semifinals and finals are hosted at a single location by the highest remaining seed. Champion receives automatic bid to NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 Middlebury, 2 Connecticut College, 3 Hamilton, 4 Trinity, 5 Amherst, 6 Bowdoin, 7 Williams, 8 Wesleyan

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 25 Wesleyan  1  Middlebury  4  Final BX RC P
  Williams  2  Connecticut College  5  Final RC P
  Bowdoin  1  Hamilton  0  Final - 2OT BX RC
  Amherst  2  Trinity  0  Final BX RC
Mar. 4 Bowdoin  1  Middlebury  4  Final BX RC P
  Amherst  2  Connecticut College  0  Final BX RC P
Mar. 5 Amherst  1  Middlebury  4  Final BX P

Championship game: Sunday, March 5
all times Eastern


WIAC

Tournament format: All four teams qualify.  Higher seed hosts all games.  Championship game is single game format, semifinals are first-to-three-point series with a minigame if necessary. The champion does not receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 UW-River Falls, 2 UW-Eau Claire, 3 UW-Stevens Point, 4 UW-Superior

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 24 UW-Stevens Point  1  UW-Eau Claire  4  Final BX RC P
  UW-Superior  1  UW-River Falls  5  Final
Feb. 25 UW-Stevens Point  2  UW-Eau Claire  3  Final BX RC
  UW-Superior  0  UW-River Falls  3  Final RC
Mar. 4 UW-Eau Claire  2  UW-River Falls  3  Final - OT BX RC

Championship game: Saturday, March 4
all times Eastern

 

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