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The 2015 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was played between March 13 and March 21, 2015, at four conference arenas and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. By winning the tournament, Minnesota State was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the WCHA's automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

FormatEdit

The first round of the postseason tournament features a best-of-three games format. The top eight or ten conference teams participate in the tournament. Teams are seeded No. 1 through No. 8 according to their final conference standing, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with an identical number of points accumulated. The top four 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, a holdover from previous tournaments where it was used as the collective name of the quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship rounds. The Final Five uses a single-elimination format. Teams are re-seeded No. 1 through No. 4 according to the final regular season conference standings.[1]

Conference StandingsEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

2014–15 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference record Overall record
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#7 Minnesota State dagger* 28 21 4 3 45 98 47 40 29 8 3 145 77
#9 Michigan Tech 28 21 5 2 44 103 48 41 29 10 2 144 74
#18 Bowling Green 28 17 8 3 37 87 66 39 23 11 5 119 93
Alaska^ 28 14 12 2 30 75 69 34 19 13 2 92 81
Bemidji State 28 12 11 5 29 73 62 38 16 17 5 101 90
Ferris State 28 13 14 1 27 66 58 40 18 20 2 88 88
Northern Michigan 28 11 13 4 26 59 71 38 14 18 6 86 100
Alabama–Huntsville 28 7 20 1 15 44 95 38 8 26 4 62 121
Lake Superior State 28 7 20 1 15 44 91 38 8 28 2 60 131
Alaska Anchorage 28 5 21 2 12 52 94 34 8 22 4 70 107
Championship: March 21, 2015
dagger indicates conference regular season champion (MacNaughton Cup); * indicates conference tournament champion (Broadmoor Trophy)
^ indicates ineligible for postseason play due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll; updated March 9, 2015

BracketEdit

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  First round
March 13–15
Semifinals
March 20
Championship
March 21
                               
  1  Minnesota State 9 4 1  Minnesota State 4  
8  Lake Superior State 2 2 5  Ferris State 0  
  2  Michigan Tech 1*** 3
7  Alabama–Huntsville 0 0     1  Minnesota State 5
  2  Michigan Tech 2
  3  Bowling Green 3* 4
6  Northern Michigan 2 1
  4  Bemidji State 1 2 2  Michigan Tech 5
5  Ferris State 4 3*** 3  Bowling Green 2  

Note: * denotes overtime periods

First roundEdit

All times are local.

(1) Minnesota State vs. (8) Lake Superior StateEdit

March 13, 2015
7:00 pm CDT
(8) Lake Superior State 2 – 9
(1–2, 1–4, 0–3)
(1) Minnesota State Verizon Wireless Center, Mankato, MN
Attendance: 3,325
March 14, 2015
7:00 pm CDT
(8) Lake Superior State 2 – 4
(0–1, 1–1, 1–2)
(1) Minnesota State Verizon Wireless Center, Mankato, MN
Attendance: 3,685

(2) Michigan Tech vs. (7) Alabama–HuntsvilleEdit

March 13, 2015
7:00 pm EDT
(7) Alabama–Huntsville 0 – 1 (3OT)
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0, 0–0, 0–0, 0–1)
(2) Michigan Tech MacInnes Student Ice Arena, Houghton, MI
Attendance: 3,038
March 14, 2015
7:00 pm EDT
(7) Alabama–Huntsville 0 – 3
(0–1, 0–1, 0–1)
(2) Michigan Tech MacInnes Student Ice Arena, Houghton, MI
Attendance: 3,629

(3) Bowling Green vs. (6) Northern MichiganEdit

March 13, 2015
7:00 pm EDT
(6) Northern Michigan 2 – 3 (OT)
(0–0, 1–0, 1–2, 0–1)
(3) Bowling Green BGSU Ice Arena, Bowling Green, OH
Attendance: 1,475
March 14, 2015
7:00 pm EDT
(6) Northern Michigan 1 – 4
(0–0, 1–2, 0–2)
(3) Bowling Green BGSU Ice Arena, Bowling Green, OH
Attendance: 1,915

(4) Bemidji State vs. (5) Ferris StateEdit

March 13, 2015
7:30 pm CDT
(5) Ferris State 4 – 1
(1–0, 2–0, 1–1)
(4) Bemidji State Sanford Center, Bemidji, MN
Attendance: 2,218
March 14, 2015
7:00 pm CDT
(5) Ferris State 3 – 2 (3 OT)
(1–0, 0–1, 1–1, 0–0, 0–0, 1–0)
(4) Bemidji State Sanford Center, Bemidji, MN
Attendance: 2,279

SemifinalsEdit

All times are local (UTC−5).

(3) Bowling Green vs. (2) Michigan TechEdit

March 20, 2015
4:00 pm CDT
(3) Bowling Green 2 – 5
(1–2, 0–0, 1–3)
(2) Michigan Tech Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
Attendance: 6,844

(5) Ferris State vs. (1) Minnesota StateEdit

March 20, 2015
7:30 pm CDT
(5) Ferris State 0 – 4
(0–1, 0–2, 0–1)
(1) Minnesota State Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
Attendance: 6,844

ChampionshipEdit

All times are local (UTC−5).

(2) Michigan Tech vs. (1) Minnesota StateEdit

March 21, 2015
6:00 pm CDT
(2) Michigan Tech 2 – 5
(1–1, 1–0, 0–4)
(1) Minnesota State Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
Attendance: 8,204

Tournament awardsEdit

All-Tournament TeamEdit

* Most Valuable Player[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. WCHA playoff central. U.S. College Hockey Online. Archived from the original on March 22, 2015. Retrieved on March 22, 2015.
  2. Final Five MVP McClure Scores Three as Minnesota State Repeats as Broadmoor Trophy Champions. Western Collegiate Hockey Association (March 21, 2015). Archived from the original on March 22, 2015. Retrieved on March 22, 2015.

External linksEdit

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