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The 1972 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 13th conference playoff in league history. The tournament was played between March 7 and March 11, 1972. All games were played at home team campus sites, including each of the two regional final series. By winning the regional tournaments, both Wisconsin and Denver were invited to participate in the 1972 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

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

FormatEdit

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. In the first round the first and eighth seeds, the second and seventh seeds, the third and sixth seeds and the fourth and fifth seeds were matched in two-game series where the school that scored the higher number of goals was declared the winner. After the first round the remaining teams were reseeded No. 1 through No. 4 according to their final conference standings and advanced to the second round. In the second round the first and fourth seeds and the second and third seeds competed in an additional two-game, total goal series with the winners of each being declared as co-conference champions.

Conference Standings[5]Edit

Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

1971–72 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Denver†* 28 19 9 0 54 148 104 38 27 11 0 205 137
Wisconsin* 28 20 8 0 48 134 87 38 27 10 1 170 106
North Dakota 28 18 10 0 44 130 109 36 21 14 1 161 138
Michigan State 28 15 13 0 42 119 103 36 20 16 0 154 129
Minnesota-Duluth 28 15 13 0 40 129 123 35 16 18 1 148 150
Michigan 28 12 16 0 32 108 163 34 16 18 0 132 186
Michigan Tech 26 11 15 0 30 120 124 34 16 17 1 152 148
Notre Dame 26 10 16 0 28 120 121 34 14 20 0 164 160
Colorado College 28 11 17 0 28 140 165 32 13 19 0 170 184
Minnesota 28 7 21 0 14 83 132 32 8 24 0 97 157
Championship: Wisconsin, Denver
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

Bracket[6]Edit

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  First Round
March 7–8
Second Round
March 10–11
                                 
1 Denver 7 4  
8 Notre Dame 2 2 1 Denver 2 9
4 Michigan State 1 3
  2 Wisconsin 3 6
7 Michigan Tech 5 1  
  3 North Dakota 5 10
6 Michigan 1 2 2 Wisconsin 1 5
3 North Dakota 1 1
  4 Michigan State 4 4
5 Minnesota-Duluth 2 2

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First RoundEdit

(1) Denver vs. (8) Notre DameEdit

Denver won series 11–4


(2) Wisconsin vs. (7) Michigan TechEdit

Wisconsin won series 9–6


(3) North Dakota vs. (6) MichiganEdit

North Dakota won series 15–3


(4) Michigan State vs. (5) Minnesota-DuluthEdit

Michigan State won series 8–4


Second RoundEdit

(1) Denver vs. (4) Michigan StateEdit

Denver won series 11–4


(2) Wisconsin vs. (3) North DakotaEdit

Wisconsin won series 6–2


Tournament awardsEdit

None

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Wisconsin Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  2. "Denver Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  3. "Bob Johnson 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. 

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