2003 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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The 2003 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 44th conference playoff in league history and 49th season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The 2003 tournament was played between March 14 and March 22, 2003, at five conference arenas and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. By winning the tournament, Minnesota was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the NCAA 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: PTS = Points; GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#5 Colorado College 28 19 4 5 43 125 70 42 30 7 5 190 103
#2 Minnesota* 28 15 6 7 37 106 81 45 28 8 9 189 122
#11 Minnesota State-Mankato 28 15 6 7 37 116 104 41 20 11 10 155 144
#13 North Dakota 28 14 9 5 33 103 82 43 26 12 5 172 120
#14 Minnesota-Duluth 28 14 10 4 32 95 80 42 22 15 5 153 119
St. Cloud State 28 12 11 5 29 96 85 38 17 16 5 124 118
Denver 28 11 11 6 28 95 85 41 21 14 6 152 102
Wisconsin 28 7 14 4 18 61 101 40 13 23 4 93 134
Michigan Tech 28 7 18 3 17 77 116 38 10 24 4 109 154
Alaska-Anchorage 28 0 22 6 6 41 111 36 1 28 7 57 143
Championship: Minnesota
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 14–16, 2003
Quarterfinal[3]
March 20, 2003
Semifinals
March 21, 2003
Championship
March 22, 2003
                                         
  1 Colorado College 5 4   1 Colorado College 4*  
10 Alaska-Anchorage 3 1 4 North Dakota 1     5 Minnesota-Duluth 3  
  5 Minnesota-Duluth 2  
  2 Minnesota 3 5
9 Michigan Tech 1 2
  3 Minnesota State 2 6**     1 Colorado College 2
8 Wisconsin 1 5     2 Minnesota 4
  4 North Dakota 1 3* 3*
7 Denver 4 2 2
Third place
  5 Minnesota-Duluth 5 2 7 2 Minnesota 3*
6 St. Cloud State 4 3* 3 3 Minnesota State 2   3 Minnesota State 4
5 Minnesota-Duluth 6

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First Round[edit]

(1) Colorado College vs. (10) Alaska-Anchorage[edit]

Colorado College won series 2–0


(2) Minnesota vs. (9) Michigan Tech[edit]

Minnesota won series 2–0


(3) Minnesota State-Mankato vs. (8) Wisconsin[edit]

Minnesota State-Mankato won series 2–0


(4) North Dakota vs. (7) Denver[edit]

North Dakota won series 2–1


(5) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (6) St. Cloud State[edit]

Minnesota-Duluth won series 2–1


Quarterfinal[edit]

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


Semifinals[edit]

(1) Colorado College vs. (5) Minnesota-Duluth[edit]


(2) Minnesota vs. (3) Minnesota State-Mankato[edit]


Third Place[edit]

(3) Minnesota State-Mankato vs. (5) Minnesota-Duluth[edit]


Championship[edit]

(1) Colorado College vs. (2) Minnesota[edit]


Tournament awards[edit]

All-Tournament Team[19][edit]

* Most Valuable Player(s)

Tournament Three Stars[20][edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Men's Team History". Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  2. ^ "WCHA men's Hockey 2002-03 Week 25". USCHO.com. 2003-03-16. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  3. ^ "WCHA men's Hockey 2002-03 Week 26". USCHO.com. 2003-03-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  4. ^ "Colorado College 5, Alaska-Anchorage 3". USCHO.com. 2003-03-14. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  5. ^ "Colorado College 4, Alaska-Anchorage 1". USCHO.com. 2003-03-15. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  6. ^ "Minnesota 3, Michigan Tech 1". USCHO.com. 2003-03-14. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  7. ^ "Minnesota 5, Michigan Tech 2". USCHO.com. 2003-03-15. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  8. ^ "Denver 4, North Dakota 1". USCHO.com. 2003-03-14. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  9. ^ "North Dakota 3, Denver 2". USCHO.com. 2003-03-15. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  10. ^ "North Dakota 3, Denver 2". USCHO.com. 2003-03-16. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  11. ^ "Minnesota-Duluth 5, St. Cloud State 4". USCHO.com. 2003-03-14. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  12. ^ "St. Cloud State 3, Minnesota-Duluth 2". USCHO.com. 2003-03-15. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  13. ^ "Minnesota-Duluth 7, St. Cloud State 3". USCHO.com. 2003-03-16. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  14. ^ "Minnesota-Duluth 2, North Dakota 1". USCHO.com. 2003-03-20. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  15. ^ "Colorado College 4, Minnesota-Duluth 3". USCHO.com. 2003-03-21. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  16. ^ "2003 WCHA Semifinals". Inside College Hockey. 2003-03-21. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  17. ^ "2003 WCHA Championship". Inside College Hockey. 2003-03-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  18. ^ "Minnesota 4, Colorado College 2". USCHO.com. 2003-03-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  19. ^ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144" (PDF). WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  20. ^ "2003 WCHA Championship". Inside College Hockey. 2003-03-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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