2001 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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The 2001 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 42nd conference playoff in league history and 48th season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The 2001 tournament was played between March 9 and March 17, 2001, at five conference arenas and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, the home of the NHL's Minnesota Wild. By winning the tournament, St. Cloud State was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament. This was the inaugural year in which the Xcel Energy Center hosted the WCHA final five and it remained there until the conclusion of the 2013 tournament.

Format[edit]

The first round of the postseason tournament featured a best-of-three games format. All ten conference schools participated in the tournament with teams 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 hosted 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 uses 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 Standings[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
#2 North Dakota 28 18 4 6 42 115 80 46 29 8 9 183 121
#5 St. Cloud State* 28 20 8 0 40 111 69 41 31 9 1 168 94
#9 Minnesota 28 18 8 2 38 107 70 42 27 13 2 171 109
#6 Colorado College 28 17 11 0 34 106 81 41 27 13 1 150 108
#8 Wisconsin 28 14 10 4 32 81 86 41 22 15 4 133 129
Denver 28 14 11 3 31 84 78 38 19 15 4 116 104
Minnesota State-Mankato 28 13 14 1 27 91 99 38 19 18 1 128 135
Michigan Tech 28 6 19 3 15 69 105 36 8 24 4 91 135
Alaska-Anchorage 28 4 20 4 12 61 104 36 7 24 5 82 132
Minnesota-Duluth 28 3 22 3 9 68 121 39 7 28 4 103 166
Championship: St. Cloud State
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll Top 15 Poll

Bracket[edit]

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  First round[2]
March 9–11, 2001
Quarterfinal[3]
March 15, 2001
Semifinals
March 16, 2001
Championship
March 17, 2001
                                         
  1  North Dakota 2 6 4   1  North Dakota 2  
10  Minnesota-Duluth 3 2 0 4  Colorado College 4     4  Colorado College 1  
  5  Wisconsin 3  
  2  St. Cloud State 5 8
9  Alaska-Anchorage 1 2
  3  Minnesota 7 3     1  North Dakota 5
8  Michigan Tech 2 1     2  St. Cloud State 6*
  4  Colorado College 3 7
7  Minnesota State-Mankato 0 3
Third place
  5  Wisconsin 6 6 2  St. Cloud State 3
6  Denver 4 2 3  Minnesota 0   3  Minnesota 4
4  Colorado College 5


Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) North Dakota vs. (10) Minnesota-Duluth[edit]

North Dakota won series 2–1


(2) St. Cloud State vs. (9) Alaska-Anchorage[edit]

St. Cloud State won series 2–0


(3) Minnesota vs. (8) Michigan Tech[edit]

Minnesota won series 2–0


(4) Colorado College vs. (7) Minnesota State-Mankato[edit]

Colorado College won series 2–0


(5) Wisconsin vs. (6) Denver[edit]

Wisconsin won series 2–0


Quarterfinal[edit]

(4) Colorado College vs. (5) Wisconsin[edit]


Semifinals[edit]

(1) North Dakota vs. (4) Colorado College[edit]


(2) St. Cloud State vs. (3) Minnesota[edit]


Third Place[edit]

(3) Minnesota vs. (4) Colorado College[edit]


Championship[edit]

(1) North Dakota vs. (2) St. Cloud State[edit]


Tournament awards[edit]

All-Tournament Team[18][edit]

* Most Valuable Player(s)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St. Cloud State Men's Team History". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  2. ^ "WCHA men's Hockey 2000-01 Week 24". USCHO.com. 2001-03-11. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  3. ^ "WCHA men's Hockey 2000-01 Week 25". USCHO.com. 2001-03-17. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Minnesota-Duluth 3, North Dakota 2". USCHO.com. 2001-03-09. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  5. ^ "North Dakota 6, Minnesota-Duluth 2". USCHO.com. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  6. ^ "North Dakota 6, Minnesota-Duluth 2". USCHO.com. 2001-03-11. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  7. ^ "St. Cloud State 5, Alaska-Anchorage 1". USCHO.com. 2001-03-09. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  8. ^ "St. Cloud State 8, Alaska-Anchorage 2". USCHO.com. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  9. ^ "Minnesota 7, Michigan Tech 2". USCHO.com. 2001-03-09. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  10. ^ "Minnesota 3, Michigan Tech 1". USCHO.com. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  11. ^ "Wisconsin 6, Denver 4". USCHO.com. 2001-03-09. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  12. ^ "Wisconsin 6, Denver 2". USCHO.com. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  13. ^ "Colorado College 4, Wisconsin 3". USCHO.com. 2001-03-15. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  14. ^ "North Dakota 2, Colorado College 1". USCHO.com. 2001-03-16. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  15. ^ "St. Cloud State 3, Minnesota 0". USCHO.com. 2001-03-16. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  16. ^ "Colorado College 5, Minnesota 4". USCHO.com. 2001-03-17. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  17. ^ "St. Cloud State 6, North Dakota 5". USCHO.com. 2001-03-17. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  18. ^ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144" (PDF). WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 

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