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The 1976 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 17th conference playoff in league history. The tournament was played between March 10 and March 15, 1976. All games were played at home team campus sites, including each of the two regional final series. By winning the regional tournaments, both Minnesota and Michigan Tech were invited to participate in the 1976 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Though not official designations, Minnesota is considered as the East Regional Champion† and Michigan Tech 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

1975–76 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Michigan Tech†* 32 25 7 0 50 190 134 43 34 9 0 255 177
Michigan State 32 20 12 0 40 154 139 40 23 15 2 193 176
Minnesota* 32 18 13 1 37 129 119 44 28 14 2 187 133
Michigan 32 17 15 0 34 157 141 39 21 18 0 196 176
Notre Dame 32 15 15 2 32 143 140 38 19 17 2 171 173
Colorado College 32 15 16 1 31 131 133 38 15 22 1 151 181
Wisconsin 32 11 19 2 24 137 151 38 12 24 2 153 177
Denver 32 12 20 0 24 120 140 39 16 23 0 165 175
Minnesota-Duluth 32 12 20 0 24 132 160 36 15 21 0 159 179
North Dakota 32 12 20 0 24 119 155 36 15 21 0 142 168
Championship: Minnesota, Michigan Tech
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

Bracket[6]Edit

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  First Round
March 10-11
Second Round
March 13-15
                                 
1 Michigan Tech 5 8  
8 Denver 4 6 1 Michigan Tech 4 6
4 Michigan 2 5
  2 Michigan State 6 6
7 Wisconsin 4 4  
  3 Minnesota 7 5
6 Colorado College 4 1 2 Michigan State 2 6
3 Minnesota 2 7***
  4 Michigan 8 4
5 Notre Dame 3 5

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First RoundEdit

(1) Michigan Tech vs. (8) DenverEdit

Michigan Tech won series 13–10


(2) Michigan State vs. (7) WisconsinEdit

Michigan State won series 12–8


(3) Minnesota vs. (6) Colorado CollegeEdit

Minnesota won series 12–5


(4) Michigan vs. (5) Notre DameEdit

Michigan won series 12–8


Second RoundEdit

(1) Michigan Tech vs. (4) MichiganEdit

Michigan Tech won series 10–7


(2) Michigan State vs. (3) MinnesotaEdit

Minnesota won series 9–8


Tournament awardsEdit

None

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Minnesota Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  2. "Michigan Tech Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  3. "Herb Brooks Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  4. "John MacInnes Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  5. "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 113-128", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  6. "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 

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