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The 1978 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 19th conference playoff in league history. The tournament was played between March 10 and March 15, 1978. 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 Colorado College were invited to participate in the 1978 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Though not official designations, Wisconsin is considered as the East Regional Champion† and Colorado College 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

1977–78 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Denver 32 27 5 0 54 192 112 40 33 6 1 235 140
Wisconsin* 32 21 9 2 44 127 113 43 28 12 3 214 149
Michigan Tech 32 21 11 0 42 150 123 40 25 14 1 184 157
Minnesota 32 18 13 1 37 143 134 38 22 14 2 171 150
Colorado College* 32 13 19 0 26 162 172 41 18 22 1 212 218
North Dakota 32 13 19 0 26 146 167 38 15 22 1 172 192
Minnesota-Duluth 32 12 19 1 25 135 155 37 14 22 1 155 182
Notre Dame 32 12 19 1 25 117 147 38 12 24 2 137 186
Michigan 32 12 19 1 25 149 175 36 15 20 1 169 192
Michigan State 32 7 23 2 16 119 182 36 7 27 2 130 201
Championship: Wisconsin, Colorado College
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 14–15
                                 
1 Denver 6 7  
8 Notre Dame 6 1 1 Denver 3 4
5 Colorado College 6 3
  2 Wisconsin 9 5
7 Minnesota-Duluth 2 4  
  3 Michigan Tech 2 3*
6 North Dakota 2 2 2 Wisconsin 4 7
3 Michigan Tech 3 4
  4 Minnesota 3 4
5 Colorado College 3 5

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First RoundEdit

(1) Denver vs. (8) Notre DameEdit

Denver won series 13–7


(2) Wisconsin vs. (7) Minnesota-DuluthEdit

Wisconsin won series 14–6


(3) Michigan Tech vs. (6) North DakotaEdit

Michigan Tech won series 5–4


(4) Minnesota vs. (5) Colorado CollegeEdit

Colorado College won series 8–7


Second RoundEdit

(1) Denver vs. (5) Colorado CollegeEdit

Colorado College won series 9–7


(2) Wisconsin vs. (3) Michigan TechEdit

Wisconsin won series 11–7


Tournament awardsEdit

None

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Wisconsin Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  2. "Colorado College Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  3. "Bob Johnson Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  4. "Jeff Sauer 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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