|2003 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament|
2003 WCHA Final Five logo
|Finals site|| Xcel Energy Center|
St. Paul, MN
|Champions||Minnesota (12th title)|
|Winning coach||Don Lucia (1st title)|
|MVP||Grant Potulny (Minnesota)|
| WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
The 2003 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was played between March 14 and March 22, 2003, at five conference arenas and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. By winning the tournament, Minnesota was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The first round of the postseason tournament featured a best-of-three games format. All ten conference teams participated in the tournament. Teams were seeded No. 1 through No. 10 according to conference standing, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with identical number of points accumulated. 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 Xcel Energy 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.
Note: PTS = Points; GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against
|#5 Colorado College†||28||19||4||5||43||125||70||42||30||7||5||190||103|
|#11 Minnesota State||28||15||6||7||37||116||104||41||20||11||10||155||144|
|#13 North Dakota||28||14||9||5||33||103||82||43||26||12||5||172||120|
|St. Cloud State||28||12||11||5||29||96||85||38||17||16||5||124||118|
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll
- Minnesota over Minnesota State: The Golden Gophers and the Mavericks each had a win, a loss, and two ties in head-to-head competition. Because they also had the same number of conference wins, Minnesota won the tiebreaker with the least number of goals scored against them in the regular season series with Minnesota State.
March 14–16, 2003
March 20, 2003
March 21, 2003
March 22, 2003
|1||Colorado College||5||4||—||1||Colorado College||4*|
|3||Minnesota State||2||6**||—||1||Colorado College||2|
|6||St. Cloud State||4||3*||3||3||Minnesota State||2||3||Minnesota State||4|
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
- G: Justin Johnson, Minnesota
- D: Keith Ballard, Minnesota
- D: Tom Preissing, Colorado College
- F: Shane Joseph, Minnesota State
- F: Junior Lessard, Minnesota-Duluth
- F: Grant Potulny, Minnesota
Most Valuable PlayerEdit
- F: Grant Potulny, Minnesota
- ↑ WCHA First Round Playoff Pairings Set. WCHA (2003-03-09). Retrieved on 2003-03-08.
- ↑ North Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth Gain Final Two Home Playoff Berths; Minnesota Aims for Second. WCHA (2007-03-07). Retrieved on 2003-03-08.
- ↑ (2006) 2006–07 Minnesota Men's Hockey Yearbook. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics.
- Minnesota takes title, but talk is of NCAA tourney. Inside College Hockey. Retrieved on 2008-03-22.
- 2003 WCHA Tournament. Inside College Hockey. Retrieved on 2008-03-22.
- Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (Men) 2002-2003 Schedule and Results. CollegeHockeyStats. Retrieved on 2008-03-22.
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