1961 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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The 1961 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 2nd conference playoff in league history. The tournament was played between March 10 and March 11, 1961. All games were played at home team campus sites. By being declared as co-champions, both Minnesota and Denver were invited to participate in the 1961 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Though not official designations, Minnesota is considered as the East Regional Champion† and Denver as the West Regional Champion‡.

Format[edit]

The top four teams in the WCHA, based upon the conference regular season standings, were eligible for the tournament and were seeded No. 1 through No. 4. In the first round the first and fourth seeds and the second and third seeds were matched in two-game series where the team with the higher number of goals scored was declared the winner. Rather than decide upon a single tournament champion, the WCHA declared the winners of the two series as co-tournament champions.

Conference Standings[5][edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PCT = Winning Percentage; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

Conference Overall
GP W L T PCT GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Denver†* 18 17 1 0 .944 127 31 32 30 1 1 242 59
Minnesota* 20 14 6 0 .700 100 68 29 17 11 1 126 111
Michigan 24 15 8 1 .646 97 79 28 16 10 2 108 89
Michigan Tech 24 13 11 0 .542 92 58 29 16 13 0 132 78
North Dakota 24 7 16 0 .313 81 133 29 9 19 1 100 151
Michigan State 20 5 15 0 .250 55 90 27 11 16 0 121 115
Colorado College 22 4 18 0 .182 68 161 24 4 20 0 76 175
Championship: Minnesota, Denver
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion

Bracket[6][edit]

  Finals
March 10-11
           
1 Denver 9 8  
4 Michigan Tech 1 2
  2 Minnesota 3 3
3 Michigan 1 3

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Finals[edit]

(1) Denver vs. (4) Michigan Tech[edit]

Denver won series 17–3


(2) Minnesota vs. (3) Michigan[edit]

Minnesota won series 6–4


Tournament awards[edit]

  • None

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michigan Tech Men's Team History". Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  2. ^ "Denver Men's Team History". Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  3. ^ "John Mariucci Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  4. ^ "Murray Armstrong Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  5. ^ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 97-112" (PDF). WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  6. ^ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144" (PDF). WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 

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