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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 regular season championship was shared by the Denver Pioneers and Colorado College Tigers, but Denver was given the #1 seed.

The seeds for the men's tournament were:

First RoundEdit

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
#1 Denver 71
#10 Michigan Tech 10
Colorado Springs World Arena - Colorado Springs, CO Game 1 Game 2
#2 Colorado College 84
#9 St. Cloud State 22
Mariucci Arena - Minneapolis, MN Game 1 Game 2
#3 Minnesota 75
#8 Minnesota State 23
Dane County Memorial Coliseum - Madison, WI Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
#4 Wisconsin 512
#7 Alaska-Anchorage 421
Ralph Englestad Arena - Grand Forks, ND Game 1 Game 2
#5 North Dakota 86
#6 Minnesota-Duluth 21

Play-in GameEdit

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.

Play-in Game 1st 2nd 3rd Final
#4 Wisconsin 1012
#5 North Dakota 2013

Semifinal roundEdit

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.

Semifinal #1 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
#1 Denver 10012
#5 North Dakota 10001
Semifinal #2 1st 2nd 3rd Final
#2 Colorado College 0213
#3 Minnesota 0000

Championship gameEdit

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
#3 Minnesota 1102
#5 North Dakota 1124

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
#1 Denver 0101
#2 Colorado College 0000

Denver, Colorado College, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin would all move on to represent the WCHA in the NCAA Tournament.

All-Tournament TeamEdit

  • 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

QuarterfinalsEdit

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.

Quarterfinal #1 1st 2nd 3rd Final
#1 Minnesota 1326
#8 Bemidji State 2013
Quarterfinal #2 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
#2 Minnesota-Duluth 10113
#7 North Dakota 10102

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.

Quarterfinal #3 1st 2nd 3rd Final
#3 Wisconsin 0034
#6 St. Cloud State 1001
Quarterfinal #4 1st 2nd 3rd Final
#4 Ohio State 1124
#5 Minnesota State 0011


Semifinal RoundEdit

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.

Semifinal #1 1st 2nd 3rd Final
#1 Minnesota 3407
#4 Ohio State 0101
Semifinal #2 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
#2 Minnesota-Duluth 11002
#3 Wisconsin 02013

FinalsEdit

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
#2 Minnesota-Duluth 1225
#4 Ohio State 0000

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
#1 Minnesota 01113
#3 Wisconsin 00202

Minnesota was awarded the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Minnesota-Duluth and Wisconsin recieved at-large bids.

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