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The 1966 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 7th conference playoff in league history. The tournament was played between March 3 and March 5, 1966. All games were played at home team campus sites. By being declared as co-champions, both Michigan State and Denver were invited to participate in the 1966 NCAA University Division Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Though not official designations, Michigan State is considered as the East Regional Champion† and Denver as the West Regional Champion‡.

FormatEdit

All eight teams in the WCHA were eligible for the tournament. In the first round the schools were matched up based upon regional location, having the schools closest to one another play a single game with the winners advancing to the second round. The two Colorado schools (Colorado College and Denver) met in one match, leaving North Dakota to play their closest geographic rival Minnesota. With the Gophers occupied Minnesota-Duluth's next closest opponent was Michigan Tech, leaving Michigan and Michigan State as the pair in the final First Round game. This format was to be used for the following season as well with each team in the first round matches serving as the home team once. Denver was the only higher seed to play a road game in the first round but was guaranteed to be the home team the following season. After the first round the two eastern-most remaining teams met in the home venues of Michigan Tech (Dee Stadium) while the two western-most schools met at Denver's home building (DU Arena). In the second round the first and fourth seeds and the second and third seeds were matched with the winners being declared as co-conference tournament champions.

Conference Standings[5]Edit

Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PCT = Winning Percentage; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

1965–66 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PCT GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Michigan Tech 20 15 4 1 .775 77 48 30 23 6 1 141 82
North Dakota 22 13 9 0 .591 97 85 30 17 12 1 135 115
Minnesota 22 13 9 0 .591 92 76 27 16 11 0 117 94
Denver* 20 10 7 3 .575 81 61 32 18 11 3 137 100
Michigan 18 9 9 0 .500 74 72 28 14 14 0 125 109
Michigan State* 20 9 11 0 .450 88 85 29 16 13 0 123 111
Colorado College 18 4 12 2 .278 51 93 29 9 18 2 98 147
Minnesota-Duluth 20 3 15 2 .200 60 100 28 7 19 2 96 137
Championship: Michigan State, Denver
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

Bracket[6]Edit

Eastern Teams advanced to one final while western teams advanced to the other

  First Round
March 3
Second Round
March 5
                             
1 Michigan Tech 9  
8 Minnesota-Duluth 3 2 North Dakota 4
4 Denver 5*
  2 North Dakota 4
3 Minnesota 3  
  4 Denver 8
7 Colorado College 2 1 Michigan Tech 3
6 Michigan State 4
  5 Michigan 2
6 Michigan State 3
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Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First RoundEdit

(1) Michigan Tech vs. (8) Minnesota-DuluthEdit


(2) North Dakota vs. (3) MinnesotaEdit


(4) Denver vs. (7) Colorado CollegeEdit


(5) Michigan vs. (6) Michigan StateEdit


Second RoundEdit

(1) Michigan Tech vs. (6) Michigan StateEdit


(2) North Dakota vs. (4) DenverEdit


Tournament awardsEdit

None

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Michigan State Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  2. "Denver Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  3. "Amo Bessone Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  4. "Murray Armstrong Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  5. "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 97-112", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  6. "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 

External linksEdit

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