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The 2009 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was played between March 13 and March 21, 2009 at five conference arenas and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota-Duluth won their third WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament and the Broadmoor Trophy and received the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey 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 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 host 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 used 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: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#13 North Dakota 28 17 7 4 38 96 74 43 24 15 4 146 118
#7 Denver 28 16 8 4 36 96 68 40 23 12 5 132 96
Wisconsin 28 14 11 3 31 92 78 40 20 16 4 131 106
Colorado College 28 12 9 7 31 79 82 38 16 12 10 103 103
Minnesota 28 12 11 5 29 87 83 37 17 13 7 119 105
St. Cloud State 28 13 13 2 28 83 81 38 18 17 3 122 107
#8 Minnesota-Duluth* 28 10 11 7 27 78 72 43 22 13 8 128 98
Minnesota State 28 11 13 4 26 88 90 38 15 17 6 117 122
Alaska-Anchorage 28 9 14 5 23 69 93 36 14 17 5 95 111
Michigan Tech 28 2 19 7 11 47 94 38 6 25 7 62 122
Championship: Minnesota-Duluth
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll

TiebreakersEdit

  • Wisconsin and Colorado College each finished the regular season with 31 points. Wisconsin won the tiebreaker, having the better head-to-head record of the two teams.[1]

BracketEdit

  First round
March 13–14
Quarterfinal
March 19
Semifinals
March 20
Championship
March 21
                                         
  1  North Dakota 5 4   1  North Dakota 0  
10  Michigan Tech 1 3 4  Minnesota 1     5  Minnesota-Duluth 3  
  5  Minnesota-Duluth 2  
  2  Denver 3 4
9  Alaska-Anchorage 2 3
  3  Wisconsin 7 4     2  Denver 0
8  Minnesota State 1 2     5  Minnesota-Duluth 4
  4  Colorado College 1 1
7  Minnesota-Duluth 4 3
Third place
  5  Minnesota 4 3 2  Denver 3
6  St. Cloud State 2 0 3  Wisconsin 0   1  North Dakota 1
3  Wisconsin 4


First roundEdit

(1) North Dakota vs. (10) Michigan TechEdit

North Dakota won series 2–0


(2) Denver vs. (9) Alaska-AnchorageEdit

Denver won series 2–0


(3) Wisconsin vs. (8) Minnesota StateEdit

Wisconsin won series 2–0


(4) Colorado College vs. (7) Minnesota-DuluthEdit

Minnesota-Duluth won series 2–0


(5) Minnesota vs. (6) St. Cloud StateEdit

Minnesota won series 2–0


QuarterfinalEdit

(4) Minnesota vs. (5) Minnesota-DuluthEdit


SemifinalsEdit

(1) North Dakota vs. (5) Minnesota-DuluthEdit


(2) Denver vs. (3) WisconsinEdit


Third placeEdit

(1) North Dakota vs. (3) WisconsinEdit


ChampionshipEdit

(2) Denver vs. (5) Minnesota-DuluthEdit


Tournament awardsEdit

All-Tournament TeamEdit

MVPEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wisconsin Badgers: 2008-2009 Men's Hockey Schedule/Results. USCHO. Archived from the original on 2009-08-17. Retrieved on 2009-04-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Spisak, Theresa. "From play-in game to champions: Bulldogs shut out Pioneers", U.S. College Hockey Online, 2009-03-21. Retrieved on 2009-03-22. 

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