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The 2003 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was played between March 14 and March 22, 2003, at five conference arenas and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. By winning the tournament, Minnesota was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

FormatEdit

The first round of the postseason tournament featured a best-of-three games format. All ten conference teams participated in the tournament. Teams were seeded No. 1 through No. 10 according to conference standing, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with identical number of points accumulated.[1] 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 Xcel Energy 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.

Conference StandingsEdit

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

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#5 Colorado College 28 19 4 5 43 125 70 42 30 7 5 190 103
#2 Minnesota* 28 15 6 7 37 106 81 45 28 8 9 189 122
#11 Minnesota State 28 15 6 7 37 116 104 41 20 11 10 155 144
#13 North Dakota 28 14 9 5 33 103 82 43 26 12 5 172 120
#14 Minnesota-Duluth 28 14 10 4 32 95 80 42 22 15 5 153 119
St. Cloud State 28 12 11 5 29 96 85 38 17 16 5 124 118
Denver 28 11 11 6 28 95 85 41 21 14 6 152 102
Wisconsin 28 7 14 4 18 61 101 40 13 23 4 93 134
Michigan Tech 28 7 18 3 17 77 116 38 10 24 4 109 154
Alaska-Anchorage 28 0 22 6 6 41 111 36 1 28 7 57 143
Championship: Minnesota
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll

TiebreakersEdit

  • Minnesota over Minnesota State: The Golden Gophers and the Mavericks each had a win, a loss, and two ties in head-to-head competition. Because they also had the same number of conference wins, Minnesota won the tiebreaker with the least number of goals scored against them in the regular season series with Minnesota State.[2][3]

BracketEdit

  First round
March 14–16, 2003
Quarterfinal
March 20, 2003
Semifinals
March 21, 2003
Championship
March 22, 2003
                                         
  1  Colorado College 5 4   1  Colorado College 4*  
10  Alaska-Anchorage 3 1 4  North Dakota 1     5  Minnesota-Duluth 3  
  5  Minnesota-Duluth 2  
  2  Minnesota 3 5
9  Michigan Tech 1 2
  3  Minnesota State 2 6**     1  Colorado College 2
8  Wisconsin 1 5     2  Minnesota 4
  4  North Dakota 1 3* 3*
7  Denver 4 2 2
Third place
  5  Minnesota-Duluth 5 2 7 2  Minnesota 3*
6  St. Cloud State 4 3* 3 3  Minnesota State 2   3  Minnesota State 4
5  Minnesota-Duluth 6


Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

AwardsEdit

All-Tournament TeamEdit

Most Valuable PlayerEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. WCHA First Round Playoff Pairings Set. WCHA (2003-03-09). Retrieved on 2003-03-08.
  2. North Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth Gain Final Two Home Playoff Berths; Minnesota Aims for Second. WCHA (2007-03-07). Retrieved on 2003-03-08.
  3. (2006) 2006–07 Minnesota Men's Hockey Yearbook. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics. 

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