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This is the 1976-77 Central Collegiate Hockey Association season.  This was the league's sixth season

For the first time in the conference's history a team earned a birth in the NCAA tournament as the tournament was expanded by one team.

Membership changeEdit

The newly established Northern Michigan Wildcats joined the league as a probationary member.  The team's games did not count in the league standings. They would join the league as a full member for the 1977-78 season.

StandingsEdit

Team                     GP  W  L T  Pct  P GF GA
St. Louis Billikens      16 13  2 1 .844 27 89 52
Bowling Green Falcons    16 10  6 0 .625 20 94 52
Ohio State Buckeyes      16  8  7 1 .531 17 64 74
Western Michigan Broncos 16  5 11 0 .313 10 52 79
Lake Superior Lakers     16  3 13 0 .188  6 56 98

Conference TournamentEdit

FormatEdit

Both rounds were two-game total goals series.  All games were played at the St. Louis Arena in St. Louis, Missouri.

SemifinalsEdit

  • St. Louis defeated Western Michigan 14 goals to 6, 3-2, 11-4
  • Bowling Green defeated Ohio State 9 goals to 3, 5-2, 4-1

ChampionshipEdit

  • Bowling Green defeated St. Louis, 5 goals to 4, 4-0, 1-4

NCAA TournamentEdit

Bowling Green lost to the Michigan Wolverines 7 to 5 in a quarterfinal play-in game.

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