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The 1994 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 35th conference playoff in league history and 42nd season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The tournament was played between March 11 and March 19, 1994. First round games were played at home team campus sites while all 'Final Five' matches were held at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. By winning the tournament, Minnesota was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the WCHA's automatic bid to the 1994 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

FormatEdit

The first round of the postseason tournament featured a best-of-three games format. All nine conference teams participated in the tournament as did Mankato State which was slated to join the WCHA as a full member in two years. Teams were seeded No. 1 through No. 9 according to their final conference standing, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with an identical number of points accumulated while Mankato State was seeded tenth. The top five seeded teams each earned home ice and hosted one of the lower seeded teams.

The winners of the first round series advanced to the Bradley Center for the WCHA Final Five, the collective name for the quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship rounds. The Final Five uses a single-elimination format. Teams were re-seeded No. 1 through No. 5 according to the final regular season conference standings, with the top three teams automatically advancing to the semifinals and the remaining two playing in a quarterfinal game. The semifinal pitted the top remaining seed against the winner of the quarterfinal game while the two other teams that received byes were matched against one another with the winners advancing to the championship game and the losers meeting in a Third Place contest. The Tournament Champion received an automatic bid to the 1994 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
Colorado College 32 18 9 5 41 135 126 39 23 11 5 163 138
Minnesota* 32 18 10 4 40 111 109 40 24 12 4 151 142
Wisconsin 32 19 12 1 39 128 103 40 26 15 1 172 133
St. Cloud State 32 16 12 4 36 127 111 38 21 13 4 160 135
Northern Michigan 32 17 14 1 35 129 120 39 22 16 1 157 140
Alaska-Anchorage 32 14 16 2 30 110 109 36 15 19 2 123 132
Minnesota-Duluth 32 12 17 3 27 125 131 38 14 21 3 144 160
North Dakota 32 11 17 4 26 101 131 38 11 23 4 119 164
Denver 32 11 18 3 25 116 130 38 15 20 3 146 155
Michigan Tech 32 8 19 5 21 93 105 45 13 27 5 135 163
Championship: Minnesota
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 11–12
Quarterfinal
March 17
Semifinals
March 18
Championship
March 19
                                         
  1  Colorado College 2 3 2   2  Minnesota 6  
10  Michigan Tech 3 0 3* 5  Northern Michigan 1     10  Michigan Tech 1  
  10  Michigan Tech 5  
  2  Minnesota 8 6
9  Denver 5 3
  3  Wisconsin 6 4     2  Minnesota 3*
8  North Dakota 1 2     4  St. Cloud State 2
  4  St. Cloud State 3 8
7  Minnesota-Duluth 0 5
Third place
  5  Northern Michigan 5 5 3  Wisconsin 2
6  Alaska-Anchorage 2 1 4  St. Cloud State 3*   3  Wisconsin 8
10  Michigan Tech 3

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

QuarterfinalsEdit

(1) Colorado College vs. (10) Michigan TechEdit

Michigan Tech won series 2–1


(2) Minnesota vs. (9) DenverEdit

Minnesota won series 2–0


(3) Wisconsin vs. (8) North DakotaEdit

Wisconsin won series 2–0


(4) St. Cloud State vs. (7) Minnesota-DuluthEdit

St. Cloud State won series 2–0


(5) Northern Michigan vs. (6) Alaska-AnchorageEdit

Northern Michigan won series 2–0


QuarterfinalEdit

(5) Northern Michigan vs. (10) Michigan TechEdit


SemifinalsEdit

(2) Minnesota vs. (10) Michigan TechEdit


(3) Wisconsin vs. (4) St. Cloud StateEdit


Third PlaceEdit

(3) Wisconsin vs. (10) Michigan TechEdit


ChampionshipEdit

(2) Minnesota vs. (4) St. Cloud StateEdit


Tournament awardsEdit

All-Tournament Team[5]Edit

* Most Valuable Player(s)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Minnesota Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01. 
  2. "Doug Woog 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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