1977 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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1977 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
Finals site
ChampionsWisconsin Badgers (2nd title)
Runner-upMichigan Wolverines (9th title game)
Winning coachBob Johnson (2nd title)
MOPJulian Baretta Wisconsin

The 1977 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1976–77 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 30th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 20 and 26, 1977, and concluded with Wisconsin defeating Michigan 6-5 in overtime. The first round game were held at the home team venue while all succeeding games were played at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan.

For the first time the tournament was expanded beyond 4 teams. The NCAA selection committee granted themselves the ability to add an additional 4 teams to the tournament beyond the two tournament finalists from both the ECAC and WCHA.[1]

Qualifying teams[2][edit]

The NCAA gave four teams automatic bids into the tournament. The two ECAC teams that reached the ECAC tournament final received bids as did the two WCHA teams that reached their tournament championship. The NCAA also had the ability to add up to 4 additional teams as it saw fit and chose to include the CCHA tournament champion as well.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Boston University ECAC Hockey 21–10–1 Tournament champion 12th 1976 1 Wisconsin WCHA 35–7–1 Tournament champion 4th 1973
2 New Hampshire ECAC Hockey 27–10–0 Tournament finalist 1st Never 2 Michigan WCHA 26–16–0 Tournament finalist 13th 1964
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
A Bowling Green CCHA 28–10–0 Tournament champion 1st Never


The four automatic qualifiers were seeded according to pre-tournament finish. The ECAC champion was seeded as the top eastern team while the WCHA champion was given the top western seed. The second eastern seed was slotted to play the top western seed and vice versa. Because an at-large bid was offered to a western school they were placed in a first round game with the second western seed to determine the final semifinalist. The first round game was played at the home venue of the second seed while all succeeding games were played at the Olympia in Detroit, Michigan. All matches were Single-game eliminations with the semifinal winners advancing to the national championship game and the losers playing in a consolation game.

Tournament Bracket[3][edit]

  First Round
March 20
March 24–25
    National Championship
March 26
        E1 Boston University 4  
  W2 Michigan 7     W2 Michigan 6    
  A Bowling Green 5         W2 Michigan 5
      W1 Wisconsin 6*
      W1 Wisconsin 4*    
      E2 New Hampshire 3   Third Place Game
  E1 Boston University 6
  E2 New Hampshire 5

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First Round[edit]

(W2) Michigan vs. (A) Bowling Green[edit]


(E1) Boston University vs. (W2) Michigan[edit]

(W1) Wisconsin vs. (E2) New Hampshire[edit]

Third Place Game[edit]

(E1) Boston University vs. (E2) New Hampshire[edit]

National Championship[edit]

(W1) Wisconsin vs. (W2) Michigan[edit]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st WIS Steve AlleyPP Norwich and Eaves 2:29 1–0 WIS
WIS Dave Herbst Norwich and Lundeen 9:27 2–0 WIS
WIS Mark JohnsonPP Eaves and Alley 15:12 3–0 WIS
UM Kip MaurerPP Manery and Palmer 16:13 3–1 WIS
2nd UM Dave DebolPP Maurer and Palmer 21:33 3–2 WIS
WIS Mike Meeker Johnson and Suter 22:54 4–2 WIS
3rd WIS Mark Johnson Grauer and Meeker 41:10 5–2 WIS
UM Mark Miller Debol and Todd 41:36 5–3 WIS
UM Dave Debol Thayer 42:14 5–4 WIS
UM John Wayman Maurer 54:22 5–5
1st Overtime WIS Steve AlleyGW Eaves and Ulseth 60:23 6–5 WIS
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st UM Kris Manery Hooking 1:12 2:00
WIS Dave Herbst Hooking 5:48 2:00
UM Dane Hoene Tripping 15:01 2:00
WIS Murray Johnson Elbowing 15:21 2:00
WIS Craig Norwich High–Sticking 19:20 2:00
UM John Wayman High–Sticking 19:20 2:00
2nd WIS Steve Alley Hooking 20:30 2:00
WIS Dave Herbst Tripping 22:54 2:00
UM Dean Turner Interference 28:44 2:00
WIS Bob Suter Roughing 34:44 2:00
WIS Craig Norwich Roughing 37:13 2:00
3rd WIS Craig Norwich High–Sticking 41:55 2:00
UM Dane Hoene High–Sticking 41:55 2:00
UM John McCahill Hooking 45:03 2:00
WIS John Taft Tripping 48:41 2:00

All-Tournament Team[5][edit]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[6]


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