2004 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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The 2004 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 45th conference playoff in league history and 50th season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The 2004 tournament was played between March 12 and March 20, 2004, 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 North Dakota 28 20 5 3 43 122 62 41 30 8 3 182 90
#4 Minnesota–Duluth 28 19 7 2 40 119 71 45 28 13 4 185 123
#8 Wisconsin 28 14 7 7 35 85 62 43 22 13 8 123 93
#1 Denver 28 13 10 5 31 93 90 44 27 12 5 149 120
#6 Minnesota* 28 15 12 1 31 101 86 44 27 14 3 178 127
St. Cloud State 28 12 12 4 28 81 89 38 18 16 4 113 118
#15 Colorado College 28 11 15 2 24 77 75 39 20 16 3 126 98
Alaska–Anchorage 28 7 18 3 17 68 103 40 14 23 3 104 140
Minnesota State 28 6 18 4 16 83 139 39 10 24 5 124 179
Michigan Tech 28 6 19 3 15 66 118 38 8 25 5 97 161
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 12–14
Quarterfinal[3]
March 18
Semifinals
March 19
Championship
March 20
                                         
  1 North Dakota 6 4*   1 North Dakota 4  
10 Michigan Tech 2 3 7 Colorado College 1     8 Alaska-Anchorage 2  
  8 Alaska-Anchorage 4  
  2 Minnesota-Duluth 3 6 6
9 Minnesota State 4* 2 5
  3 Wisconsin 2 4 1     1 North Dakota 4
8 Alaska-Anchorage 3 0 4     5 Minnesota 5
  4 Denver 3 1
7 Colorado College 4 6
Third Place
  5 Minnesota 6 7 2 Minnesota-Duluth 4
6 St. Cloud State 1 3 5 Minnesota 7   2 Minnesota-Duluth 4
8 Alaska-Anchorage 2

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First Round[edit]

(1) North Dakota vs. (10) Michigan Tech[edit]

North Dakota won series 2–0


(2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (9) Minnesota State-Mankato[edit]

Minnesota-Duluth won series 2–1


(3) Wisconsin vs. (8) Alaska-Anchorage[edit]

Alaska-Anchorage won series 2–1


(4) Denver vs. (7) Colorado College[edit]

Colorado College won series 2–0


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

Minnesota won series 2–0


Quarterfinal[edit]

(7) Colorado College vs. (8) Alaska-Anchorage[edit]


Semifinals[edit]

(1) North Dakota vs. (8) Alaska-Anchorage[edit]


(2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (5) Minnesota[edit]


Third Place[edit]

(2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (8) Alaska-Anchorage[edit]


Championship[edit]

(1) North Dakota vs. (5) Minnesota[edit]


Tournament awards[edit]

All-Tournament Team[21][edit]

* Most Valuable Player(s)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Men's Team History". Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  2. ^ "WCHA men's Hockey 2003-04 Week 25". USCHO.com. 2004-03-14. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  3. ^ "WCHA men's Hockey 2003-04 Week 26". USCHO.com. 2004-03-20. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  4. ^ "North Dakota 6, Michigan Tech 2". USCHO.com. 2004-03-12. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  5. ^ "North Dakota 4, Michigan Tech 3". USCHO.com. 2004-03-13. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  6. ^ "Minnesota State 4, Minnesota-Duluth 3". USCHO.com. 2004-03-12. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  7. ^ "Minnesota-Duluth 6, Minnesota State 2". USCHO.com. 2004-03-13. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  8. ^ "Minnesota-Duluth 6, Minnesota State 5". USCHO.com. 2004-03-14. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  9. ^ "Alaska-Anchorage 3, Wisconsin 2". USCHO.com. 2004-03-12. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  10. ^ "Wisconsin 4, Alaska-Anchorage 0". USCHO.com. 2004-03-13. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  11. ^ "Alaska-Anchorage 4, Wisconsin 1". USCHO.com. 2004-03-14. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  12. ^ "Colorado College 4, Denver 3". USCHO.com. 2004-03-12. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  13. ^ "Colorado College 6, Denver 1". USCHO.com. 2004-03-13. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  14. ^ "Minnesota 6, St. Cloud State 1". USCHO.com. 2004-03-12. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  15. ^ "Minnesota 7, St. Cloud State 3". USCHO.com. 2004-03-13. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  16. ^ "Alaska-Anchorage 4, Colorado College 1". USCHO.com. 2004-03-18. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  17. ^ "North Dakota 4, Alaska-Anchorage 2". USCHO.com. 2004-03-19. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  18. ^ "Minnesota 7, Minnesota-Duluth 4". USCHO.com. 2004-03-19. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  19. ^ "Minnesota-Duluth 4, Alaska-Anchorage 2". USCHO.com. 2004-03-20. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  20. ^ "Minnesota 5, North Dakota 4". USCHO.com. 2004-03-20. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  21. ^ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144" (PDF). WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-01.

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