The 2012 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was played between March 9 and March 17, 2012 at six conference arenas and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The University of North Dakota received the Broadmoor Trophy as the tournament's champions, and was awarded the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 2012 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 were 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 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 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. All Final Five games were broadcast by Fox Sports North] and carried by Root Sports Rocky Mountain and Fox College Sports Central.

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
#4 Minnesotadagger 28 20 8 0 40 88 57 43 28 14 1 155 99
#6 Minnesota–Duluth 28 16 7 5 37 103 73 41 25 10 6 147 106
#12 Denver 28 16 8 4 36 96 79 43 25 14 4 139 111
#5 North Dakota* 28 16 11 1 33 82 73 42 26 13 3 135 108
Colorado College 28 15 12 1 31 95 86 36 18 16 2 114 104
St. Cloud State 28 12 12 4 28 86 74 39 17 17 5 120 104
Nebraska–Omaha 28 11 12 5 27 83 85 38 14 18 6 106 112
Michigan Tech 28 11 13 4 26 85 87 39 16 19 4 111 116
Bemidji State 28 11 14 3 25 72 89 38 17 18 3 101 109
Wisconsin 28 11 15 2 24 76 83 37 17 18 2 105 102
Minnesota State 28 8 18 2 18 73 102 38 12 24 2 101 129
Alaska–Anchorage 28 5 22 1 11 60 111 36 9 25 2 85 134
Championship: North Dakota 4, Denver 0
dagger indicates conference regular season champion; * indicates conference tournament champion

Bracket[edit | edit source]

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  First round
March 11–13
Quarterfinals
March 15
Semifinals
March 16
Championship
March 17
                                         
  1  Minnesota 2 7   1  Minnesota 3  
12  Alaska-Anchorage 1 3 4  North Dakota 4     4  North Dakota 6  
  6  St. Cloud State 1  
  2  Minnesota-Duluth 4 3**
11  Minnesota State 2 2
  3  Denver 0 3 3*     4  North Dakota 4
10  Wisconsin 1 1 2     3  Denver 0
  4  North Dakota 4 4
9  Bemidji State 1 3
  5  Colorado College 1 3 2  Minnesota-Duluth 3
8  Michigan Tech 3 4* 3  Denver 3*     3  Denver 4**
  8  Michigan Tech 2  
  6  St. Cloud State 4 3
7  Nebraska-Omaha 0 1

Note: * denotes overtime periods

First round[edit | edit source]

(1) Minnesota vs. (12) Alaska-Anchorage[edit | edit source]

Minnesota Wins Series 2 - 0


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

Minnesota-Duluth Wins Series 2 - 0


(3) Denver vs. (10) Wisconsin[edit | edit source]

Denver Wins Series 2 - 1


(4) North Dakota vs. (9) Bemidji State[edit | edit source]

North Dakota Wins Series 2 - 0


(5) Colorado College vs. (8) Michigan Tech[edit | edit source]

Michigan Tech Wins Series 2 - 0


(6) St. Cloud State vs. (7) Nebraska-Omaha[edit | edit source]

St. Cloud State Wins Series 2 - 0


Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

(3) Denver vs. (8) Michigan Tech[edit | edit source]


(4) North Dakota vs. (6) St. Cloud State[edit | edit source]


Semifinals[edit | edit source]

(1) Minnesota vs. (4) North Dakota[edit | edit source]


(2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (3) Denver[edit | edit source]


Championship[edit | edit source]

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


Tournament awards[edit | edit source]

All-Tournament Team[1][edit | edit source]

* Most Valuable Player(s)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "WCHA Tourney History", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-26. 

External Links[edit | edit source]



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