The tournament is single elimination format. The top five teams in the standings qualify for the conference tournament. The 4th seed host the 5th seed in the preliminary round, with that game's winner becoming the 4th seed. The top seed host the 4th seed and the 2nd seed host the 3rd seed in the semifinals. The higher seeded semifinal winner host the lower seeded semifinal winner in the conference championship. The tournament champion earns the conference's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Tournament.