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The 1981 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the tenth CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. It was played between March 6 and March 14, 1981. All games were played at Lakeview Arena in Marquette, Michigan, the home venue of the Northern Michigan Wildcats. By winning the tournament, Northern Michigan received the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 1981 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, the first automatic bid for the conference.

FormatEdit

The tournament featured two rounds of play. Only the top four teams in the conference standings were eligible for postseason play. Each of the two rounds were structured so that the two teams facing one another would play two games and the winner would be decided by the goal differential totals of the combined scores. In the semifinal the first and fourth seeds and the second and third seeds were matched as opponents. The victorious teams would then compete in the finals for the conference championship. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the 1981 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Conference Standings[3]Edit

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

1980–81 Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Northern Michigan†* 22 18 4 0 36 115 81 44 27 14 3 201 158
Ohio State 22 15 6 1 31 107 82 39 24 12 3 189 149
Ferris State 22 13 9 0 26 101 92 36 20 14 2 166 144
Bowling Green 22 10 12 0 20 98 99 39 13 24 2 153 188
Western Michigan 22 8 13 1 17 99 107 36 15 19 2 178 165
Lake Superior State 22 6 15 1 13 101 134 36 14 21 1 183 202
Miami^ 12 0 11 1 1 42 68 35 16 17 2 174 142
Championship: Northern Michigan
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
^ Only Miami's road games were counted for conference standings

BracketEdit

  Semifinals
March 6–7
Championship
March 13-14
                     
  1 Northern Michigan 3 10  
  4 Bowling Green 3 2    
      1 Northern Michigan 2 4
      2 Ohio State 2 2
  2 Ohio State 5 3    
  3 Ferris State 3 3  
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Note: * denotes overtime period(s)


SemifinalsEdit

(1) Northern Michigan vs. (4) Bowling GreenEdit

Northern Michigan won series 13-5


(2) Ohio State vs. (3) Ferris StateEdit

Ohio State won series 8-6


ChampionshipEdit

(1) Northern Michigan vs. (2) Ohio StateEdit

Northern Michigan won series 6-4


Tournament awardsEdit

MVP[4]Edit

  • None

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Northern Michigan Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-04-23. 
  2. "Rick Comley Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-04-23. 
  3. "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide", ISSUU.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-23. 
  4. "CCHA Awards", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on 2014-04-23. 

External linksEdit

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