The 1989 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 30th conference playoff in league history and 37th season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The tournament was played between February 24 and March 6, 1989. 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, Northern Michigan was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the WCHA's automatic bid to the 1989 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Format[edit | edit source]

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 1989 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Conference Standings[4][edit | edit source]

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

1988–89 WCHA standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Minnesota 35 27 6 2 56 157 91 48 34 11 3 209 134
Northern Michigan* 35 20 13 2 42 163 110 45 26 17 2 212 144
Wisconsin 35 17 13 5 39 126 108 46 25 16 5 168 134
North Dakota 35 19 15 1 39 131 119 41 22 18 1 164 138
Denver 35 16 17 2 34 143 144 43 22 19 2 179 178
Michigan Tech 35 15 19 1 31 128 150 42 15 25 2 142 188
Minnesota-Duluth 35 12 21 2 26 106 135 40 15 23 2 126 153
Colorado College 35 9 23 3 21 115 157 40 11 26 3 133 179
Championship: Northern Michigan
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

Bracket[edit | edit source]

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  First Round
February 24–27
Semifinals
March 5
Championship
March 6
                               
  1  Minnesota 5 7 1  Minnesota 1  
8  Colorado College 4 1 5  Denver 2  
  2  Northern Michigan 7 7
7  Minnesota-Duluth 2 3     2  Northern Michigan 9
  5  Denver 4
  3  Wisconsin 5 5
6  Michigan Tech 2 3
Third place
  4  North Dakota 7 4 2 2  Northern Michigan 4
5  Denver 1 5 3 3  Wisconsin 2   1  Minnesota 3
3  Wisconsin 4

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First Round[edit | edit source]

(1) Minnesota vs. (8) Colorado College[edit | edit source]

Minnesota won series 2–0


(2) Northern Michigan vs. (7) Minnesota-Duluth[edit | edit source]

Northern Michigan won series 2–0


(3) Wisconsin vs. (6) Michigan Tech[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin won series 2–0


(4) North Dakota vs. (5) Denver[edit | edit source]

Denver won series 2–1


Semifinals[edit | edit source]

(1) Minnesota vs. (5) Denver[edit | edit source]


(2) Northern Michigan vs. (3) Wisconsin[edit | edit source]


Third Place[edit | edit source]

(1) Minnesota vs. (3) Wisconsin[edit | edit source]


Championship[edit | edit source]

(2) Northern Michigan vs. (5) Denver[edit | edit source]


Tournament awards[edit | edit source]

All-Tournament Team[5][edit | edit source]

* Most Valuable Player(s)

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Northern Michigan Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  2. "Rick Comley 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 links[edit | edit source]

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