FS North to televise 2012 WCHA Final Five

BY foxsports • March 12, 2012

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Xcel Energy Center and FOX Sports North, in conjunction with the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), announced today the 2012 Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five will once again be telecast on FOX Sports North and produced by Minnesota Wild Broadcasting. The entities have televised the tournament since 2000.

Anthony LaPanta will handle play-by-play duties for the tournament. Kevin Gorg will serve as color analyst on Thursday and Saturday and Casey Hankinson will partner with LaPanta on Friday. Jim Rich will report rinkside Thursday with Gorg to take over those duties on Friday. Marney Gellner will round out the broadcast team, reporting Saturday for the Broadmoor Trophy Championship game.

"The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is thrilled to again announce a continuation of our long-standing and successful television partnership for the Red Baron WCHA Final Five with Fox Sports North, the Minnesota Wild and Xcel Energy Center," said WCHA Commissioner Bruce M. McLeod.
"This will mark our 11th consecutive year of broadcasting college hockey’s premier conference tournament live to fans across the country from Xcel Energy Center and we could not be more pleased. The Red Baron WCHA Final Five continues to be our flagship event and our on-going relationship with these premier broadcasting partners continues to enable us to showcase our league, teams, student-athletes and member institutions in a first-class manner."

The 2012 Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five will be held Thursday – Saturday, March 15-17, at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul for the 12th straight year. Six teams from the twelve team WCHA conference will advance to the 2012 Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five, battling it out over five games for the Broadmoor Trophy and entrance to the NCAA Tournament. Click here for a complete tournament schedule.

 Date  Game  Time (CST)
 March 15
 Game 1
 2 p.m.
   Game 2
 7 p.m.
 March 16
 Semifinal 1
 2 p.m.
   Semifinal 2
 7 p.m.
 March 17
 Championship Game
 7 p.m.