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The 2005 WCHA Tournament took place between March 11 and March 19, 2005 for the Men's Division I league. The Women's Division I tournament took place March 3 to March 6. Each added another chapter to the history of the WCHA Playoffs.
Men's Tournament Edit
The seeds for the men's tournament were:
- 1. Denver
- 2. Colorado College
- 3. Minnesota
- 4. Wisconsin
- 5. North Dakota
- 6. Minnesota-Duluth
- 7. Alaska-Anchorage
- 8. Minnesota State
- 9. St. Cloud State
- 10. Michigan Tech
The first round was played March 11-13 at the site of the higher seeds. The teams played a best-of-three series.
|Magness Arena - Denver, CO||Game 1||Game 2|
|#10 Michigan Tech||1||0|
|Colorado Springs World Arena - Colorado Springs, CO||Game 1||Game 2|
|#2 Colorado College||8||4|
|#9 St. Cloud State||2||2|
|Mariucci Arena - Minneapolis, MN||Game 1||Game 2|
|#8 Minnesota State||2||3|
|Dane County Memorial Coliseum - Madison, WI||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3|
|Ralph Englestad Arena - Grand Forks, ND||Game 1||Game 2|
|#5 North Dakota||8||6|
The five winners from the first round advanced to the WCHA Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The two lowest remaining seeds competed in the play-in game on March 17.
|#5 North Dakota||2||0||1||3|
On March 18, North Dakota, winner of the play-in game, faced Denver, the highest remaining seed in the semifinal round, while the other two remaining teams, Colorado College and Minnesota, faced each other.
|#5 North Dakota||1||0||0||0||1|
|#2 Colorado College||0||2||1||3|
On March 19, the winners of the semifinal round faced off in the WCHA Championship game, while the losers took part in the WCHA Third Place game.
|WCHA Third Place Game||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|#5 North Dakota||1||1||2||4|
16,507 watched as intra-state rivals Denver and Colorado College played a tight, low-scoring affair for the WCHA Championship. The game's lone goal was scored late in the second period by Pioneers senior forward Luke Fulghum on the power play, lifting Denver to its second WCHA title in four years, the fourth time the Pioneers have lifted the Broadmoor Trophy. Denver was awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
|WCHA Championship Game||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|#2 Colorado College||0||0||0||0|
Denver, Colorado College, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin would all move on to represent the WCHA in the NCAA Tournament.
- G Curtis McElhinney, Colorado College
- D Nick Fuher, North Dakota
- D Matt Laatsch, Denver
- F Brett Sterling, Colorado College
- F Gabe Gauthier, Denver
- F Rastislav Spirko, North Dakota
Most Valuable Player: F Brett Sterling, Colorado College
Women's Tournament Edit
The Women's WCHA Tournament took place at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers won the regular season championship and hosted the WCHA Tournament.
The seeds were:
- 1. Minnesota
- 2. Minnesota-Duluth
- 3. Wisconsin
- 4. Ohio State
- 5. Minnesota State
- 6. St. Cloud State
- 7. North Dakota
- 8. Bemidji State
The top two seeds, Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth, played their opponents on March 3, earning themselves an extra day of rest before the semifinal round after beating lower ranked teams in North Dakota and Bemidji State respectively, though not without scares in both cases.
|#8 Bemidji State||2||0||1||3|
|#7 North Dakota||1||0||1||0||2|
The other four teams faced off on March 4th. Ohio State defeated Minnesota State to move on to the Semifinal round, facing Minnesota, and Wisconsin defeated St. Cloud State to earn the right to face Minnesota-Duluth.
|#6 St. Cloud State||1||0||0||1|
|#4 Ohio State||1||1||2||4|
|#5 Minnesota State||0||0||1||1|
On March 5th, Minnesota, the highest remaining seed, took on quarterfinal winners Ohio State, while the #2 seed Minnesota-Duluth faced off against #3 Wisconsin.
|#4 Ohio State||0||1||0||1|
The losing teams from the semifinals, Minnesota-Duluth and Ohio State, faced off in the early game on March 6.
|WCHA Third Place Game||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|#4 Ohio State||0||0||0||0|
Minnesota defeated Wisconsin 3-2 in overtime following a dramatic comeback by the Badgers. The game winning goal was scored by Minnesota's Krissy Wendell during a rare five-on-three power play in overtime, and the Gophers' Natalie Darwitz was named Tournament MVP.
|WCHA Championship Game||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
Minnesota was awarded the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Minnesota-Duluth and Wisconsin recieved at-large bids.