| 1981 NCAA Division I Men's|
Ice Hockey Tournament
|Finals Site|| Duluth Arena|
|Champions|| Wisconsin Badgers (3rd title, 3rd title game,|
6th Frozen Four)
|Runner-Up|| Minnesota Golden Gophers (8th title game,|
9th Frozen Four)
|Semifinalists|| Michigan Tech Huskies (10th Frozen Four)|
Northern Michigan Wildcats (2nd Frozen Four)
|Winning Coach||Bob Johnson (3rd title)|
|MOP||Marc Behrend Wisconsin|
| NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
The 1981 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1980–81 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 34th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 19 and 27, 1981, and concluded with Wisconsin defeating Minnesota 6-3. All Quarterfinals matchups were held at home team venues while all succeeding games were played at the Duluth Arena in Duluth, Minnesota.
1981 was the first year that the tournament guaranteed 8 teams to be selected for the championship as opposed the policy put in place in 1977 that gave the selection committee the ability to choose up to 4 additional teams at its discretion (two was the maximum the committee ever choose).
The NCAA permitted 8 teams to qualify for the tournament, four from each region (East and West). From the east the ECAC tournament champion and the regular season champions from the two ECAC divisions that did not contain the ECAC champion received automatic bids into the tournament with a fourth at-large bid going to one eastern team. From the west the two WCHA tournament co-champions and the CCHA tournament champion received automatic bids with a fourth at-large bid going to one western team.
|Seed||School||Conference||Record||Berth type||Appearance||Last bid||Seed||School||Conference||Record||Berth type||Appearance||Last bid|
|1||Clarkson||ECAC Hockey||26–6–3||Division champion||7th||1970||1||Minnesota||WCHA||30–11–0||Tournament co-champion||10th||1980|
|2||Providence||ECAC Hockey||17–13–1||Tournament champion||3rd||1978||2||Northern Michigan||CCHA||26–11–3||Tournament champion||2nd||1980|
|3||Cornell||ECAC Hockey||18–10–1||Division champion||8th||1980||3||Michigan Tech||WCHA||26–13–1||Tournament co-champion||10th||1976|
|4||Colgate||ECAC Hockey||21–10–2||At-large bid||1st||Never||4||Wisconsin||WCHA||24–14–0||At-large bid||6th||1978|
The tournament featured three rounds of play. The two odd-number ranked teams from one region were placed into a bracket with the two even-number ranked teams of the other region. The teams were then seeded according to their ranking. In the Quarterfinals the first and fourth seeds and the second and third seeds played two-game aggregate series to determine which school advanced to the Semifinals. Beginning with the Semifinals all games were played at the Duluth Arena and all series became Single-game eliminations. The winning teams in the semifinals advanced to the National Championship Game with the losers playing in a Third Place game.
|W1||Minnesota||7||Third Place Game|
|W3||Michigan Tech||7||6||13||W3||Michigan Tech||5|
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
(E1) Clarkson vs. (W4) WisconsinEdit
|March 20||Clarkson||2 – 3||Wisconsin||Walker Arena|
|March 21||Clarkson||6 – 6||Wisconsin||Walker Arena|
|Wisconsin won series 9–8|
(E2) Providence vs. (W3) Michigan TechEdit
|March 20||Providence||3 – 7||Michigan Tech||Schneider Arena|
|March 21||Providence||5 – 6||Michigan Tech||Schneider Arena|
|Michigan Tech won series 13–8|
(W1) Minnesota vs. (E4) ColgateEdit
|March 20||Minnesota||9 – 4||Colgate||Williams Arena|
|March 21||Minnesota||5 – 4||Colgate||Williams Arena|
|Minnesota won series 14–8|
(W2) Northern Michigan vs. (E3) CornellEdit
|March 20||Northern Michigan||7 – 3||Cornell||Lakeview Arena|
|March 21||Northern Michigan||3 – 4||Cornell||Lakeview Arena|
|Northern Michigan won series 10–7|
(W1) Minnesota vs. (W3) Michigan TechEdit
|March 26||Minnesota||7 – 2||Michigan Tech||Duluth Arena|
(W2) Northern Michigan vs. (W4) WisconsinEdit
|March 27||Northern Michigan||1 – 5||Wisconsin||Duluth Arena|
Third Place GameEdit
(W2) Northern Michigan vs. (W3) Michigan TechEdit
|March 28||Northern Michigan||2 – 5||Michigan Tech||Duluth Arena|
(W1) Minnesota vs. (W4) WisconsinEdit
|March 28||Minnesota||3 – 6||Wisconsin||Duluth Arena|
|No Scoring||First Period||09:24 - Dan Gorowsky (Newberry, Vincent)|
14:49 - PP - John Newberry (Vincent, Welch)
19:49 - Ed Lebler (Ethier)
|(Ulseth, Knoke) Butsy Erickson - 12:37||Second Period||09:23 - GW - Ted Pearson (Lebler, Newberry)|
14:27 - PP - John Newberry (Lecy, Vincent)
|(Jensen, A. Broten) Mike Knoke - PP - 00:10|
(Hartzell, A. Broten) Butsy Erickson - PP - 16:09
|Third Period||18:40 - EN - Ed Lebler (Driver)|
|Paul Butters ( 33 saves ) / Jim Jetland ( 3 saves )||Goalie Stats||( 30 saves ) Marc Behrend|
- G: Marc Behrend* (Wisconsin)
- D: Mike Knoke (Minnesota)
- D: Tim Watters (Michigan Tech)
- F: Steve Bozek (Northern Michigan)
- F: Aaron Broten (Minnesota)
- F: John Newbery (Wisconsin)
- ↑ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21.
- ↑ "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013.
- ↑ "1981 Championship Boxscore", Wisconsin Badgers. Retrieved on 2018-04-19.
- ↑ "NCAA Frozen Four Records", NCAA.org. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22.
- ↑ "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
- Official 2008 NCAA Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Records Book (PDF), Indianapolis: National Collegiate Athletic Association, 54, 58. Retrieved on 2008-05-23.
- 1981 NCAA Tournament. Inside College Hockey. Archived from the original on 23 May 2008. Retrieved on 2008-05-23.
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