In the final ACHA Women's Division 2 ranking of the season, released today, Penn State has finished fourth in the East Region, good enough to qualify the team for nationals, held March 7th through 10th.
The team, 6-2-1 in all games this year, will be joined by West Chester, California (PA) and Delaware from the East Region and Alaska, UW-Stout, North Dakota State and Minnesota-Duluth from the West Region.
While PSU was comfortably in nationals position for most of the season's polls, thanks to wins over ranked teams Michigan State, Maryland, Slippery Rock and West Chester, the invitation fell into jeopardy when this past weekend's games at WD1 Buffalo were canceled due to Winter Storm Nemo. That left the team without any games scheduled between the third and fourth polls, a crucial period when most teams are making their final arguments for selection. That cost the WIHC one spot - Penn State was third last time - but fortunately did not hurt in the big picture.
Based on these rankings, the teams will be divided into two pools involving teams from both the East and West Regions. Each team will play three round robin games on March 7th and 8th, with the semifinalists advancing to the knockout rounds on Saturday, March 9th. The championship will take place on Sunday, March 10th.
More information will be posted as available, of course. Here are the final rankings:
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