Chargers clinch WCHA playoff berth

UAH qualified for the WCHA playoffs for the first time when Alaska-Anchorage lost to Alaska 1-0 late Friday night.

The Chargers, who lost to Bowling Green 7-2 on Friday, will be playing their first postseason hockey since the 2010 CHA Tournament.

UAH, which is tied with Lake Superior State with 15 points in the WCHA standings, holds the No. 7 seed in the eight-team field. The Chargers can retain the seed if they beat Bowling Green, if Lake Superior State loses to Ferris State, or if both UAH and Lake Superior State both tie on the regular season’s final day Saturday night. Otherwise, UAH will be No. 8 and Lake Superior State will be No. 7.

Lake Superior State also clinched a playoff berth, and Alaska-Anchorage is eliminated.

The best-of-3 first round series of the WCHA playoffs begin next Friday night at the rinks of the top four seeds. UAH will go to either Minnesota State, currently the top seed, or Michigan Tech depending on Saturday’s results.

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