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The 1990 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 31st conference playoff in league history and 38th season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The tournament was played between March 1 and March 12, 1990. First round games were played at home team campus sites while all 'Final Four' matches were held at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. By winning the tournament, Wisconsin was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the WCHA's automatic bid to the 1990 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

FormatEdit

The first round of the postseason tournament featured a best-of-three games format. Teams were seeded No. 1 through No. 8 according to their final conference standing, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with an identical number of points accumulated. The top four seeded teams each earned home ice and hosted one of the lower seeded teams.

The winners of the first round series advanced to the semifinal and championship rounds held at the Civic Center. All Final Four games used a single-elimination format. Teams were re-seeded No. 1 through No. 4 according to the final regular season conference standings, with the top remaining seed matched against lowest remaining seed in one semifinal game while the two other semifinalists meeting with the winners advancing to the championship game and the losers competing in a Third Place contest. The Tournament Champion received an automatic bid to the 1990 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Conference Standings[4]Edit

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

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Wisconsin†* 28 19 8 1 39 147 111 46 36 9 1 254 166
Minnesota 28 17 9 2 36 147 124 46 28 16 2 227 189
North Dakota 28 15 10 3 33 149 114 45 28 13 4 252 175
Northern Michigan 28 15 12 1 31 130 129 42 22 19 1 191 191
Denver 28 13 15 0 26 130 139 42 18 24 0 183 201
Minnesota-Duluth 28 13 15 0 26 114 112 40 20 19 1 170 152
Colorado College 28 10 17 1 21 97 129 40 18 20 2 152 174
Michigan Tech 28 6 22 0 12 112 168 40 10 30 0 150 218
Championship: Wisconsin
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll

BracketEdit

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  First Round
March 1–4
Semifinals
March 11
Championship
March 12
                               
  1  Wisconsin 4 4* 1  Wisconsin 4*  
8  Michigan Tech 2 3 4  Northern Michigan 3  
  2  Minnesota 9 9
7  Colorado College 3 2     1  Wisconsin 7
  2  Minnesota 1
  3  North Dakota 11 2
6  Minnesota-Duluth 4 1
Third place
  4  Northern Michigan 3 9 2  Minnesota 5
5  Denver 0 4 3  North Dakota 4   3  North Dakota 6*
4  Northern Michigan 5

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First RoundEdit

(1) Wisconsin vs. (8) Michigan TechEdit

Wisconsin won series 2–0


(2) Minnesota vs. (7) Colorado CollegeEdit

Minnesota won series 2–0


(3) North Dakota vs. (6) Minnesota-DuluthEdit

North Dakota won series 2–0


(4) Northern Michigan vs. (5) DenverEdit

Northern Michigan won series 2–0


SemifinalsEdit

(1) Wisconsin vs. (4) Northern MichiganEdit


(2) Minnesota vs. (3) North DakotaEdit


Third PlaceEdit

(3) North Dakota vs. (4) Northern MichiganEdit


ChampionshipEdit

(1) Wisconsin vs. (2) MinnesotaEdit


Tournament awardsEdit

All-Tournament Team[5]Edit

MVPEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Wisconsin Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  2. "Jeff Sauer Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  3. "WCHA Awards", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  4. "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 113-128", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  5. "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 

External linksEdit

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