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The 2010 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was played between March 12 and March 20, 2010 at five conference arenas and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. North Dakota received the Broadmoor Trophy as the tournament's champions, and was awarded the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Format

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 their final conference standing, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with an identical number of points accumulated. The top five seeded teams each earned home ice and host 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 used 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.

Conference Standings

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
#1 Denver 28 19 5 4 42 92 65 36 25 7 4 120 84
#3 Wisconsin 28 17 8 3 37 109 76 35 22 9 4 138 92
#6 St. Cloud State 28 15 9 4 34 90 77 36 20 11 5 116 100
#11 Minnesota-Duluth 28 16 11 1 33 90 77 36 20 15 1 116 100
#5 North Dakota* 28 15 10 3 33 89 61 36 20 11 5 115 77
#15 Colorado College 28 12 13 3 27 88 85 36 18 15 3 116 103
Minnesota 28 12 14 2 26 80 76 36 17 17 2 101 98
Minnesota State 28 9 17 2 20 75 92 36 15 18 3 101 102
Alaska-Anchorage 28 9 17 2 20 66 106 34 11 21 2 84 130
Michigan Tech 28 4 24 0 8 59 118 34 5 28 1 71 142
Championship: North Dakota
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Rankings: Division I Men's Poll

Bracket

  First round
March 12–14
Quarterfinal
March 18
Semifinals
March 19
Championship
March 20
                                         
  1  Denver 2 4   1  Denver 3  
10  Michigan Tech 1 2 5  Minnesota-Duluth 0     4  North Dakota 4  
  4  North Dakota 2  
  2  Wisconsin 4 7
9  Alaska Anchorage 1 2
  3  St. Cloud State 4 3 3*     4  North Dakota 5
8  Minnesota State 5* 2 2     3  St. Cloud State 3
  4  North Dakota 6 2 4
7  Minnesota 0 3 1
Third place
  5  Minnesota-Duluth 3* 3 4 2  Wisconsin 0
6  Colorado College 2 5 0 3  St. Cloud State 2   2  Wisconsin 6
1  Denver 3

Note: * denotes overtime periods

First round

(1) Denver vs. (10) Michigan Tech

Denver wins series 2–0


(2) Wisconsin vs. (9) Alaska-Anchorage

Wisconsin wins series 2–0


(3) St. Cloud State vs. (8) Minnesota State

St. Cloud State wins series 2-1


(4) North Dakota vs. (7) Minnesota

North Dakota wins series 2-1


(5) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (6) Colorado College

Minnesota-Duluth wins series 2-1


Quarterfinal

(4) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (5) North Dakota


Semifinals

(1) Denver vs. (4) North Dakota


(2) Wisconsin vs. (3) St. Cloud State


Third place

(2) Wisconsin vs. (1) Denver


Championship

(3) St. Cloud State vs. (4) North Dakota


References


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