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The 1981 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 22nd conference playoff in league history. The tournament was played between March 6 and March 15, 1981. All games were played at home team campus sites, including each of the two regional final series. By winning the regional tournaments, both Michigan Tech and Minnesota received automatic bids to the 1981 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

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

This was the final year that the WCHA crowned two teams as tournament champions. (as of 2014)

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. The Tournament Champions each received automatic bids to the 1981 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Conference Standings[5]Edit

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

1980–81 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Minnesota†* 28 20 8 0 40 152 104 45 33 12 0 261 174
Wisconsin 28 17 11 0 34 131 101 42 27 14 1 218 155
Michigan Tech* 28 17 11 0 34 118 102 44 29 14 1 195 155
Denver 28 15 11 2 32 120 111 40 23 15 2 233 197
Michigan 28 15 13 0 30 138 122 40 23 17 0 185 161
North Dakota 28 14 12 2 30 133 134 38 21 15 2 186 168
Colorado College 28 12 16 0 24 128 142 36 17 19 0 174 183
Minnesota-Duluth 28 11 17 0 22 120 150 39 17 21 1 165 197
Notre Dame 28 9 18 1 19 100 137 36 13 21 2 139 166
Michigan State 28 7 20 1 15 82 119 36 12 22 2 116 144
Championship: Michigan Tech, Minnesota
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

Bracket[6]Edit

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  First Round
March 6–8
Second Round
March 13–15
                                 
1 Minnesota 5 5  
8 Minnesota-Duluth 1 7 1 Minnesota 7 7
7 Colorado College 1 9
  2 Wisconsin 8 4
7 Colorado College 2 11  
  3 Michigan Tech 7 4
6 North Dakota 4 1 3 Michigan Tech 2 7
5 Michigan 1 1
  4 Denver 2 4
5 Michigan 5 5

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First RoundEdit

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

Minnesota won series 10–8


(2) Wisconsin vs. (7) Colorado CollegeEdit

Colorado College won series 13–12


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

Michigan Tech won series 11–5


(4) Denver vs. (5) MichiganEdit

Michigan won series 10–6


Second RoundEdit

(1) Minnesota vs. (7) Colorado CollegeEdit

Minnesota won series 14–10


(3) Michigan Tech vs. (5) MichiganEdit

Michigan Tech won series 9–2


Tournament awardsEdit

None

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Michigan Tech Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  2. "Minnesota Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  3. "John MacInnes Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  4. "Brad Buetow 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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