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|1997 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament|
|Dates||March 7-15, 1997|
|Finals site|| Civic Center|
St. Paul, Minnesota
|Champions||North Dakota (6th title)|
|Winning coach||Dean Blais (1st title)|
|MVP||David Hoogsteen (North Dakota)|
| WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
The 1997 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 38th conference playoff in league history and 45th season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The tournament was played between March 7 and March 15, 1997. First round games were played at home team campus sites while all 'Final Five' matches were held at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. By winning the tournament, North Dakota was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the WCHA's automatic bid to the 1997 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
The first round of the postseason tournament featured a best-of-three games format. All ten conference teams participated in the tournament and were seeded No. 1 through No. 10 according to their final conference standing, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with an identical number of points accumulated. The top five seeded teams each earned home ice and hosted one of the lower seeded teams.
The winners of the first round series advanced to the Civic 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 were re-seeded No. 1 through No. 5 according to the final regular season conference standings, with the top three teams automatically advancing to the semifinals and the remaining two playing in a quarterfinal game. The semifinal pitted the top remaining seed against the winner of the quarterfinal game while the two other teams that received byes were matched against one another with the winners advancing to the championship game and the losers meeting in a Third Place contest. The Tournament Champion received an automatic bid to the 1997 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against
|St. Cloud State||32||18||10||4||40||127||105||40||23||13||4||152||130|
|Championship: North Dakota|
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll
Teams are reseeded after the first round
|1||North Dakota||4||3||—||1||North Dakota||5|
|10||Michigan Tech||1||0||—||4||Colorado College||5||4||Colorado College||1|
|3||St. Cloud State||5||3||—||1||North Dakota||4*|
|6||Minnesota-Duluth||1||3||—||3||St. Cloud State||4||3||St. Cloud State||0|
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
(1) North Dakota vs. (10) Michigan TechEdit
|March 7||North Dakota||4 – 1||Michigan Tech||Ralph Engelstad Arena|
|March 8||North Dakota||3 – 0||Michigan Tech||Ralph Engelstad Arena|
|North Dakota won series 2–0|
(2) Minnesota vs. (9) Alaska-AnchorageEdit
|March 7||Minnesota||8 – 2||Alaska-Anchorage||Mariucci Arena|
|March 8||Minnesota||5 – 1||Alaska-Anchorage||Mariucci Arena|
|Minnesota won series 2–0|
(3) St. Cloud State vs. (8) Northern MichiganEdit
|March 7||St. Cloud State||5 – 2||Northern Michigan||National Hockey Center|
|March 8||St. Cloud State||3 – 2||Northern Michigan||National Hockey Center|
|St. Cloud State won series 2–0|
(4) Colorado College vs. (7) WisconsinEdit
|March 7||Colorado College||9 – 3||Wisconsin||Cadet Ice Arena|
|March 8||Colorado College||1 – 0||4OT||Wisconsin||Cadet Ice Arena|
|Colorado College won series 2–0|
(5) Denver vs. (6) Minnesota-DuluthEdit
|March 7||Denver||4 – 1||Minnesota-Duluth||DU Arena|
|March 8||Denver||7 – 3||Minnesota-Duluth||DU Arena|
|Denver won series 2–0|
(4) Colorado College vs. (5) DenverEdit
|March 13||Colorado College||5 – 2||Denver||Civic Center|
(1) North Dakota vs. (4) Colorado CollegeEdit
|March 14||North Dakota||5 – 1||Colorado College||Civic Center|
(2) Minnesota vs. (3) St. Cloud StateEdit
|March 14||Minnesota||5 – 4||OT||St. Cloud State||Civic Center|
(3) St. Cloud State vs. (4) Colorado CollegeEdit
|March 15||St. Cloud State||0 – 6||Colorado College||Civic Center|
(1) North Dakota vs. (2) MinnesotaEdit
|March 15||North Dakota||4 – 3||OT||Minnesota||Civic Center|
- F Kevin Hoogsteen (North Dakota)
- F Ryan Kraft (North Dakota)
- F Toby Petersen (Colorado College)
- D Curtis Murphy (North Dakota)
- D Brian LaFleur (Minnesota)
- G Aaron Schweitzer (North Dakota)
- David Hoogsteen (North Dakota)
- ↑ "North Dakota Men's Team History". Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "Dean Blais Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "WCHA Awards", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 113-128", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- ↑ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-01.
- 1996–97 WCHA Standings
- 1996–97 NCAA Standings
- 2012–13 Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves Media Guide
- 2013–14 Colorado College Tigers Media Guide
- 2013–14 Denver Pioneers Media Guide
- 2013–14 Minnesota Golden Gophers Media Guide
- 2012–13 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Media Guide
- 2013–14 North Dakota Hockey Media Guide
- 2006–07 Northern Michigan Wildcats Media Guide
- 2011–12 St. Cloud State Huskies Media Guide
- 2003–04 Wisconsin Badgers Media Guide
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