The 1971 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 12th conference playoff in league history. The tournament was played between March 12 and March 20, 1971. All East Regional games were played at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin while West Regional games were held at the DU Arena in Denver, Colorado. By winning the regional tournaments, both the East Regional Champion†, Minnesota, and West Regional Champion‡, Denver, were invited to participate in the 1971 NCAA University Division Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Format[edit | edit source]

The top eight teams in the WCHA, according to their final conference standings, were eligible for the tournament and were seeded No. 1 through No. 8. The eight teams were then divided into two separate groups by placing all even-numbered seeds in one group (2, 4, 6, 8) and the odd-numbered seeds (1, 3, 5, 7) in the other group. Using the location of the top seeds in each of the groups, the odd-numbered group (containing Michigan Tech) was placed in the east region which was held at the Dane County Coliseum while the odd-numbered grouping (containing Denver) was placed in the west region which was held at the DU Arena. Once each regional group was set the teams were reseeded No. 1 to No. 4 according to their final conference standings. In the first round the first and fourth seeds and the second and third seeds in each region were matched in a single game with the winners advancing to their regional final games. The winners of the two championship games were declared as co-conference tournament champions.

Conference Standings[5][edit | edit source]

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

1970–71 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PCT GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Michigan Tech 22 18 4 0 .818 112 62 33 25 6 2 173 105
Denver* 22 15 7 0 .682 114 92 36 25 10 1 178 133
Wisconsin 22 13 9 0 .591 102 77 34 20 13 1 180 110
Michigan State 22 12 10 0 .545 101 97 31 19 12 0 152 124
Minnesota* 22 9 12 1 .432 77 88 32 14 17 1 116 128
Minnesota-Duluth 24 10 14 0 .417 98 106 34 16 17 1 147 146
North Dakota 26 10 15 1 .404 92 116 33 14 17 2 123 141
Colorado College 18 7 11 0 .389 81 100 29 11 17 1 142 168
Michigan 22 5 17 0 .227 77 116 30 9 21 0 118 147
Championship: Minnesota, Denver
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

Bracket[6][edit | edit source]

  Regional Semifinals
March 11–12
Regional Finals
March 13
                                     
E1 Michigan Tech 4  
E4 North Dakota 6  
  E4 North Dakota 2  
East Regional
  E3 Minnesota 5  
E2 Wisconsin 3
E3 Minnesota 4  
W1 Denver 6  
W4 Colorado College 3  
  W1 Denver 9  
West Regional
  W3 Minnesota-Duluth 3  
W2 Michigan State 3
W3 Minnesota-Duluth 4  

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

East Regional[edit | edit source]

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

(1) Michigan Tech vs. (4) North Dakota[edit | edit source]


(2) Wisconsin vs. (3) Minnesota[edit | edit source]


Finals[edit | edit source]

(3) Minnesota vs. (4) North Dakota[edit | edit source]


West Regional[edit | edit source]

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

(1) Denver vs. (4) Colorado College[edit | edit source]


(2) Michigan State vs. (3) Minnesota-Duluth[edit | edit source]


Finals[edit | edit source]

(1) Denver vs. (3) Minnesota-Duluth[edit | edit source]


Tournament awards[edit | edit source]

None

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Minnesota Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  2. "Denver Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  3. "Glen Sonmor 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 links[edit | edit source]

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