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College Hockey East Sets Inaugural Women's Playoff Dates and Times


College Hockey East's first-ever women's champion will be decided on February 21st and 22nd at the York City Ice Arena, 941 Vander Avenue in York, PA, the conference has announced.

The semifinals of the powerhouse four-team league will be played simultaneously at the twin-sheet facility, with the top seed taking on the fourth seed at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, February 21st and the second and third seeds facing off 15 minutes later, at 2:00 p.m.

On Saturday, February 22nd, at 3:30 p.m., the winners of the two semifinals will meet for the CHE tournament title.

Presently, Penn State resides in first place in the CHE standings. The WIHC will have a chance to clinch the conference regular season title and the top seed for the playoffs during its next games - at Pegula Ice Arena on January 31st and February 1st against California - with a series win or split. The Vulcans are second and, should they be unable to catch PSU, will look to hold off third place West Chester. Delaware is already locked into fourth place.

Beyond the league, each member of the quartet stands an excellent chance of selection to the ACHA Women's Division 2 National Championships, held March 13th through 16th in Newark, DE (with bids awarded roughly two weeks before CHEs). PSU, WCU, UD and Cal all qualified for the 2013 version of the tournament in Ashburn, VA.

The February 21st through 23rd weekend will a particularly busy one for York City Ice Arena, as it will also host the ACHA Men's Division 3 Atlantic Region tournament on those dates. The squad at Penn State's Brandywine campus is in position to qualify for regionals, while Penn State Altoona (a member of CHE's men's half) is contending for a spot as well.

As mentioned, Penn State will host California in pivotal games for CHE positioning, on January 31st and February 1st at 10:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. respectively, with the contests very likely determining the East Region's top seed for the ACHA tournament as well. The latter of the two is also the WIHC's Senior Night, where one of the most decorated classes in the history of Penn State women's hockey will be honored.