The 2011 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was played between March 11 and March 19, 2011 at six conference arenas and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The winner received the Broadmoor Trophy as the tournament's champions, and was awarded the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Format[edit | edit source]

The first round of the postseason tournament features a best-of-three games format. All twelve conference teams participate in the tournament. Teams are seeded No. 1 through No. 12 according to their final conference standing, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with an identical number of points accumulated. The top six seeded teams each earn home ice and host one of the lower seeded teams.

The winners of the first round series advance 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 are re-seeded No. 1 through No. 6 according to the final regular season conference standings, with the top two teams automatically advancing to the semifinals.

Conference Standings[edit | edit source]

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 North Dakota†* 28 21 6 1 43 112 62 41 30 8 3 166 91
#5 Denver 28 17 8 3 37 93 75 40 24 11 5 132 105
#14 Nebraska–Omaha 28 17 9 2 36 94 69 38 21 15 2 126 96
#11 Minnesota–Duluth 28 15 8 5 35 91 73 38 22 10 6 129 100
Minnesota 28 13 10 5 31 91 78 36 16 14 6 113 102
#13 Colorado College 28 13 13 2 28 83 84 43 22 18 3 134 125
Wisconsin 28 12 13 3 27 75 72 41 21 16 4 129 98
Alaska–Anchorage 28 12 14 2 26 62 78 37 16 18 3 89 106
St. Cloud State 28 11 13 4 26 84 80 38 15 18 5 112 113
Bemidji State 28 8 15 5 21 62 78 38 15 18 5 89 102
Minnesota State 28 8 16 4 20 67 90 38 14 18 6 105 116
Michigan Tech 28 2 24 2 6 49 124 38 4 30 4 75 169
Championship: North Dakota
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Current rankings: USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Top 20 Poll

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  First round
March 11–13
Quarterfinals
March 17
Semifinals
March 18
Championship
March 19
                                         
  1  North Dakota 8 3   2  Denver 6  
12  Michigan Tech 0 1 4  Minnesota-Duluth 2     10  Bemidji State 2  
  10  Bemidji State 3*  
  2  Denver 4 3*
11  Minnesota State 2 2
  3  Nebraska-Omaha 2 2     1  North Dakota 3**
10  Bemidji State 4 3     2  Denver 2
  4  Minnesota-Duluth 4 3***
9  St. Cloud State 2 2
  5  Minnesota 3 0 1  North Dakota 4
8  Alaska-Anchorage 4 2 6  Colorado College 4     6  Colorado College 3
  8  Alaska-Anchorage 2  
  6  Colorado College 1 4* 2
7  Wisconsin 3 3 1

Note: * denotes overtime periods

First round[edit | edit source]

(1) North Dakota vs. (12) Michigan Tech[edit | edit source]

North Dakota Wins Series 2–0


(2) Denver vs. (11) Minnesota State[edit | edit source]

Denver Wins Series 2–0


(3) Nebraska-Omaha vs. (10) Bemidji State[edit | edit source]

Bemidji State Wins Series 2-0


(4) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (9) St. Cloud State[edit | edit source]

Minnesota-Duluth Wins Series 2-0

Note: Game 2 was the 3rd longest game in WCHA History and 12th longest in NCAA history, although not the longest match between these two schools. SCSU defeated UMD in Triple Overtime in Game 3 of their WCHA 1st Round series in 2007, that went 11:13 into triple overtime. This is the 1st time 2 schools have played 2 triple-overtime games vs one another.

(5) Minnesota vs. (8) Alaska-Anchorage[edit | edit source]

Alaska-Anchorage Wins Series 2-0


(6) Colorado College vs. (7) Wisconsin[edit | edit source]

Colorado College Wins Series 2-1


Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

(4) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (10) Bemidji State[edit | edit source]


(6) Colorado College vs. (8) Alaska-Anchorage[edit | edit source]


Semifinals[edit | edit source]

(2) Denver vs. (10) Bemidji State[edit | edit source]


(1) North Dakota vs. (6) Colorado College[edit | edit source]


Championship[edit | edit source]

(1) North Dakota vs. (2) Denver[edit | edit source]


References[edit | edit source]


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