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2013 WCHA Final Five officially draws 87,295 over the weekend

The 2013 edition of the WCHA playoffs drew its third-highest total at the Xcel Energy Center.

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This past weekend's WCHA Final Five officially drew 87,295 over 5 games. The three day conference tournament, held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, has been a March tradition in the Upper Midwest.

This year saw Wisconsin defeat Colorado College 3-2 to win the Broadmoor Trophy and an automatic NCAA berth.

Total attendance this past weekend includes 2 games that sold out the 18,064 seat Xcel Energy Center, including the championship. The 2013 edition of the Final Five was the third-highest in the history of the event behind 2007 (88,900) and 2006 (87,579). Both events were held at the Xcel Energy Center.

This year's Final Five was the last one before college realignment shifts teams around. Two schools, Wisconsin and Minnesota, will move to the Big Ten. Six others will head to the newly-formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference. In their place will be 5 teams from the defunct CCHA and independent Alabama-Huntsville to join remaining members Alaska-Anchorage, Bemidji State, Michigan Tech and Minnesota State.

2013 Final Five Games and Attendance

Wisconsin vs. Minnesota State(Th. afternoon) - 15,971
North Dakota vs. Colorado College (Th. evening) - 17,038
St. Cloud State vs. Wisconsin (Fri. afternoon) - 16,555
Minnesota vs. Colorado College (Fri. evening) - 18,949
Wisconsin vs. Colorado College (Sat. Championship) - 18,782

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