Disclaimer for the 2020-2021 Season: Due to a limited amount of cross-conference play this season, the PairWise Rankings will not be the sole determinant of this year’s NCAA tournament field. Subjectivity of an advisory committee will guide the selection of at-large teams and tournament seeding.

*Team's RPI has been adjusted to remove negative effect from defeating weak opponent.

The USCHO.com PairWise Ranking is a system which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA National Collegiate Women's hockey tournament. The PWR compares all teams by these criteria: record against common opponents, head-to-head competition, and the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).

For each comparison won, a team receives one point. The final PWR ranking is based on the number of points (comparisons) won against teams under consideration. Ties are settled by the RPI.

The PWR can be reformatted and redistributed by any media outlet or person, provided USCHO's URL (https://www.uscho.com/) accompanies the results.