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The 2016 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was played between March 11 and March 19, 2016, at four conference arenas and the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. By winning the tournament, Ferris State was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the WCHA's automatic bid to the 2016 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 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 Van Andel Arena 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

2015–16 Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference record Overall record
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#12 Michigan Tech dagger 28 18 7 3 39 92 55 37 23 9 5 123 77
#15 Minnesota State dagger 28 16 5 7 39 82 48 41 21 13 7 105 80
Bowling Green 28 16 7 5 37 81 59 42 22 14 6 118 91
Ferris State* 28 13 11 4 30 73 70 41 20 15 6 112 109
Northern Michigan 28 12 11 5 29 65 69 38 15 16 7 89 99
Bemidji State 28 11 12 5 27 66 66 39 17 16 6 96 96
Lake Superior State 28 10 13 5 25 49 71 41 14 22 5 74 105
Alaska 28 8 16 4 20 65 87 36 10 22 4 86 117
Alaska Anchorage 28 8 18 2 18 63 84 34 11 20 3 81 103
Alabama–Huntsville 28 5 17 6 16 61 88 34 7 21 6 73 106
Championship: Ferris State
dagger indicates conference regular season champion (MacNaughton Cup); * indicates conference tournament champion (Broadmoor Trophy)
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll; updated March 8, 2016

BracketEdit

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  First round
March 11–13
Semifinals
March 18
Championship
March 19
                               
  1  Michigan Tech 7 5 1  Michigan Tech 0  
8  Alaska 1 3 4  Ferris State 1  
  2  Minnesota State 5 0 3
7  Lake Superior State 2 2 0     4  Ferris State 2
  2  Minnesota State 1
  3  Bowling Green 1 7 3
6  Bemidji State 3 2 1
  4  Ferris State 3 5 2  Minnesota State 2
5  Northern Michigan 2 2 3  Bowling Green 1  

Note: * denotes overtime periods

First roundEdit

All times are local.

(1) Michigan Tech vs. (8) AlaskaEdit

March 11, 2016
7:07 pm CDT
(8) Alaska 1 – 7
(1–2, 0–3, 0–2)
(1) Michigan Tech MacInnes Student Ice Arena, Houghton, MI
Attendance: 2,709
March 12, 2016
7:07 pm CDT
(8) Alaska 3 – 5
(1–2, 2–2, 0–1)
(1) Michigan Tech MacInnes Student Ice Arena, Houghton, MI
Attendance: 3,018

(2) Minnesota State vs. (7) Lake Superior StateEdit

March 11, 2016
7:07 pm CDT
(7) Lake Superior State 2 – 5
(2) Minnesota State
March 12, 2016
7:07 pm CDT
(7) Lake Superior State 2 – 0
(2) Minnesota State
March 13, 2016
7:07 pm CDT
(7) Lake Superior State 0 – 3
(2) Minnesota State

(3) Bowling Green vs. (6) Bemidji StateEdit

March 11, 2016
7:07 pm CDT
(6) Bemidji State 3 – 1
(3) Bowling Green
March 12, 2016
7:07 pm CDT
(6) Bemidji State 2 – 7
(3) Bowling Green
March 13, 2016
7:07 pm CDT
(6) Bemidji State 1 – 3
(3) Bowling Green

(4) Ferris State vs. (5) Northern MichiganEdit

March 11, 2016
7:07 pm CDT
(5) Northern Michigan 2 – 3
(4) Ferris State
March 12, 2016
7:07 pm CDT
(5) Northern Michigan 2 – 5
(4) Ferris State

SemifinalsEdit

All times are local (UTC−4).

(3) Bowling Green vs. (2) Minnesota StateEdit

March 18, 2016
4:07 pm EDT
(3) Bowling Green 1 – 2
(0–2, 0–0, 1–0)
(2) Minnesota State Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Attendance: 5,044

(4) Ferris State vs. (1) Michigan TechEdit

March 18, 2016
7:37 pm EDT
(4) Ferris State 1 – 0
(0–0, 0–0, 1–0)
(1) Michigan Tech Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Attendance: 5,044

ChampionshipEdit

All times are local (UTC−4).

(4) Ferris State vs. (2) Minnesota State Edit

March 19, 2016
6:07 pm EDT
(4) Ferris State 2 – 1
(1–1, 1–0, 0–0)
(2) Minnesota State Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Attendance: 4,048

Tournament awardsEdit

All-Tournament TeamEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. WCHA playoff central. U.S. College Hockey Online. Archived from the original on March 22, 2015. Retrieved on March 17, 2016.

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