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Pairings for the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association men's playoffs were finalized on Sunday after Denver defeated Alaska-Anchorage in the last game of the regular season.

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All six series will be best of three starting Friday. Bemidji State's games against Minnesota at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis will begin at 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and again at 7:07 Sunday if necessary. The Beavers are seeded 11th and the Gophers are No. 2. Minnesota swept a pair of games from the Beavers this weekend, winning 4-3 Friday and 5-1 Saturday at the Sanford Center.

Here are the matchups:

Games for Friday, March 15: #12 Alaska Anchorage at #1 St. Cloud State, 7:37 pm CT; #11 Bemidji State at #2 Minnesota, 7:07 pm CT; #10 Michigan Tech at #3 North Dakota, 7:37 pm CT; #9 Minnesota Duluth at #4 Wisconsin, 7:07 pm CT; #8 Colorado College at #5 Denver, 7:37 pm MT; #7 Nebraska Omaha at #6 Minnesota State, 7:37 pm CT.

Games for Saturday, March 16: #12 Alaska Anchorage at #1 St. Cloud State, 7:07 pm CT; #11 Bemidji State at #2 Minnesota, 7:07 pm CT; #10 Michigan Tech at #3 North Dakota, 7:07 pm CT; #9 Minnesota Duluth at #4 Wisconsin, 7:07 pm CT; #8 Colorado College at #5 Denver, 7:07 pm MT; #7 Nebraska Omaha at #6 Minnesota State, 7:07 pm CT.

Games for Sunday, March 17 (if necessary): #12 Alaska Anchorage at #1 St. Cloud State, 7:07 pm CT; #11 Bemidji State at #2 Minnesota, 7:07 pm CT; #10 Michigan Tech at #3 North Dakota, 7:07 pm CT; #9 Minnesota Duluth at #4 Wisconsin, 7:07 pm CT; #8 Colorado College at #5 Denver, 7:07 pm MT; #7 Nebraska Omaha at #6 Minnesota State, 7:07 pm CT.

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Dennis Doeden
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