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NCAA Bracketology: Dawn of the Final Day

We have one game left that will determine who is the top seed and who falls to second.

2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Championship Photo by Justin Berl/NCAA Photos/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Welcome to the final day of play edition of The Ice Garden’s Bracketology column this year. You can follow along from home using the PWR Calculator BCI’s Grant Salzano created from scratch - on the site you can edit past and future results to see where the rankings would end up.

We will look at what can come from today’s final game, the WCHA championship at 2 p.m. center, and discuss what the committee might do with those results.

1 WCHA Winner (Ohio St or Minnesota) hosting 8. Minnesota-Duluth v 9. Harvard

2 WCHA Loser (Ohio St or Minnesota) hosting 7. Quinnipiac v. 10. Clarkson

3 Northeastern hosting 6. Wisconsin v. 11. Syracuse

4 Colgate v 5. Yale

Minnesota will host Ohio State for the right to become the top seed this year. Everyone else is locked into their seeding no matter who wins that game. KRACH favors Ohio State 54%-46% over Minnesota.

While they committee has taken away their flights mandate they now both are supposed to remove same conference matchups below the 5th seed and have said they will look to increase attendance. In order to achieve this it seems likely they will move 7th seeded Quinnipiac to Northeastern instead of Wisconsin to both avoid a rematch with Clarkson and to increase travel as much as that is possible.

1 WCHA Winner (Ohio St or Minnesota) hosting 8. Minnesota-Duluth v 9. Harvard

2 WCHA Loser (Ohio St or Minnesota) hosting 6. Wisconsin v. 10. Clarkson

3 Northeastern hosting 7. Quinnipiac v. 11. Syracuse

4 Colgate v 5. Yale

The first bracket is straight integrity but it would not be a college hockey bracket, especially a women’s college hockey bracket, without some movement that will upset people.