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The 1973 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 14th conference playoff in league history. The tournament was played between March 5 and March 11, 1973. 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 1973 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

1972–73 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Denver†* 28 20 8 0 52 141 85 39 29 9 1 208 116
Notre Dame 28 19 9 0 48 150 119 38 23 14 1 199 174
Wisconsin* 28 18 9 1 47 134 101 40 29 9 2 217 139
Michigan State 26 16 9 1 47 132 114 36 23 12 1 194 149
Michigan Tech 26 16 10 0 44 135 106 38 24 13 1 198 139
Minnesota 28 12 13 3 35 94 102 34 15 16 3 124 129
North Dakota 30 13 15 2 32 124 131 36 17 17 2 154 157
Minnesota-Duluth 28 13 15 0 30 123 131 36 19 17 0 166 161
Colorado College 28 5 23 0 14 103 171 34 10 24 0 150 198
Michigan 30 4 25 1 11 116 183 34 6 27 1 136 206
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 5–7
Second Round
March 9–11
                                 
1 Denver 5 4  
8 Minnesota-Duluth 4 2 1 Denver 3 4
5 Michigan Tech 3 0
  2 Notre Dame 5 8
7 North Dakota 0 3  
  3 Wisconsin 8 6
6 Minnesota 6 4 2 Notre Dame 4 3
3 Wisconsin 4 4
  4 Michigan State 2 3
5 Michigan Tech 7 1

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First RoundEdit

(1) Denver vs. (8) Minnesota-DuluthEdit

Denver won series 9–6


(2) Notre Dame vs. (7) North DakotaEdit

Notre Dame won series 13–3


(3) Wisconsin vs. (6) MinnesotaEdit

Wisconsin won series 14–10


(4) Michigan State vs. (5) Michigan TechEdit

Michigan Tech won series 8–5


Second RoundEdit

(1) Denver vs. (5) Michigan TechEdit

Denver won series 7–3


(2) Notre Dame vs. (3) WisconsinEdit

Wisconsin won series 8–7


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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