UNO’s playoff fate may not rest solely on the Mavericks’ shoulders

Nebraska Omaha and Denver players fight for control of the puck during DU's 3-0 win at CenturyLink Center on Mar. 2, 2012. (Photo credit: Matthew Semisch)

Nebraska Omaha’s mantra going into Saturday’s last-day showdown with Denver will be a simple one:

‘Win and we’re in.’

Indeed, the Mavericks do control their own destiny in terms of whether they will clinch home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs. A UNO win over ninth-ranked Denver on Saturday would ensure that the Mavericks finish in no worse than sixth place, thus clinching home ice.

However, a UNO loss on Saturday, the final day of the regular season, could muddy the waters.

Here is a list of possible playoff scenarios for the Mavericks, who currently sit in sixth place in the WCHA on 27 points:

UNO will finish in fifth place with:

  • A UNO win, a Colorado College loss, and a St. Cloud State win (at home against Minnesota Duluth)

UNO will finish in sixth place with:

  • A UNO win and a Colorado College win or tie (at home against Michigan Tech)
  • A UNO win and a St. Cloud State loss or tie.
  • A UNO tie and a St. Cloud State loss or tie.
  • A UNO loss, a St. Cloud State loss, and a Michigan Tech loss or tie

UNO will finish in seventh place (and hit the road for the first round of the WCHA playoffs) with:

  • A UNO tie and a St. Cloud State win.
  • A UNO loss, a St. Cloud State win or tie, and a Michigan Tech loss or tie.
  • A UNO loss, a St. Cloud State loss, and a Michigan Tech win

UNO will finish in eighth place (and hit the road for the first round of the WCHA playoffs) with:

  • A UNO loss, a St. Cloud State win or tie, and a Michigan Tech win.
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