1983 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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The 1983 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 24th conference playoff in league history and 31st season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The tournament was played between February 25 and March 13, 1983. First round and semifinal games were played at home team campus sites while the championship match was held at the Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. By winning the tournament, Wisconsin received the WCHA's automatic bid to the 1983 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Format[edit]

All member teams were eligible for the tournament and were seeded No. 1 through No. 6 according to their final conference standing, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with an identical number of points accumulated. As a result of their receiving the Broadmoor Trophy, Minnesota's home venue, Williams Arena, served as the site for the Championship game regardless of which teams qualified for the penultimate match. Each series were two-game matchups with the team that scored the most goals advancing to the succeeding round. The top two seeded teams received byes into the semifinal round while the third seed and sixth seed and the fourth seed and fifth seed met in the first round. The teams that advanced to the semifinal were re-seeded according to the final regular season conference standings, with the first seed matched against lowest remaining seed in one semifinal game and the second seed meeting with the other advancing team with the winners meeting in the championship round. The Tournament Champion received an automatic bid to the 1983 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Conference Standings[3][edit]

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
Minnesota 26 18 7 1 37 148 101 46 33 12 1 253 155
North Dakota 26 16 9 1 33 115 71 36 21 13 2 158 100
Wisconsin* 26 15 9 2 32 118 85 47 33 10 4 233 131
Minnesota-Duluth 26 14 12 0 28 103 95 45 28 16 1 193 158
Denver 26 11 15 0 22 120 146 37 15 22 0 177 207
Colorado College 26 2 24 0 4 78 184 35 6 28 1 126 227
Championship: Wisconsin
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll

Bracket[4][edit]

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  First Round
February 25–26
Semifinals
March 4–5
Championship
12-13
                                 
  3 Wisconsin 3 5 1 Minnesota 8 3  
  6 Colorado College 2 2 4 Minnesota-Duluth 2 4    
      1 Minnesota 1 2
      3 Wisconsin 5 3
  4 Minnesota-Duluth 7 6 2 North Dakota 1 5    
  5 Denver 2 2 3 Wisconsin 1 6***  

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First Round[edit]

(3) Wisconsin vs. (6) Colorado College[edit]

Wisconsin won series 8–4


(4) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (5) Denver[edit]

Minnesota-Duluth won series 13–4


Semifinals[edit]

(1) Minnesota vs. (4) Minnesota-Duluth[edit]

Minnesota won series 11–6


(2) North Dakota vs. (3) Wisconsin[edit]

Wisconsin won series 7–6


Championship[edit]

(1) Minnesota vs. (3) Wisconsin[edit]

Wisconsin won series 8–3


Tournament awards[edit]

None

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wisconsin Men's Team History". Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  2. ^ "Jeff Sauer Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  3. ^ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 113-128" (PDF). WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  4. ^ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144" (PDF). WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 

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