2006 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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The 2006 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 47th conference playoff in league history and 52nd season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The 2006 tournament played between March 10 and March 18, 2006 at five conference arenas and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. By winning the tournament, North Dakota was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament.

Format[edit]

The first round of the postseason tournament featured a best-of-three games format. All ten conference teams participated in the tournament. Teams were 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
#8 Minnesota 28 20 5 3 43 107 64 41 27 9 5 169 105
Denver 28 17 8 3 37 98 78 39 21 15 3 125 110
#1 Wisconsin 28 17 8 3 37 98 60 43 30 10 3 145 79
#3 North Dakota* 28 16 12 0 32 104 76 46 29 16 1 164 109
#11 Colorado College 28 15 11 2 32 94 75 42 24 16 2 143 109
#15 St. Cloud State 28 13 13 2 28 79 62 42 22 16 4 134 99
Minnesota State-Mankato 28 12 13 3 27 93 88 39 17 18 4 126 121
Michigan Tech 28 6 16 6 18 54 113 38 7 25 6 74 149
Minnesota–Duluth 28 6 19 3 15 61 114 40 11 25 3 97 148
Alaska–Anchorage 28 4 21 3 11 51 110 36 6 27 3 68 138
Championship: North Dakota
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll

Bracket[edit]

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  First round[2]
March 10–12, 2006
Quarterfinal[3]
March 16, 2006
Semifinals
March 17, 2006
Championship
March 18, 2006
                                         
  1 Minnesota 7 6   1 Minnesota 7  
10 Alaska-Anchorage 4 2 6 St. Cloud State 5     6 St. Cloud State 8*  
  9 Minnesota-Duluth 1  
  2 Denver 2 3 2
9 Minnesota-Duluth 3* 2 5
  3 Wisconsin 4 1     6 St. Cloud State 3
8 Michigan Tech 1 0     4 North Dakota 5
  4 North Dakota 2 4 3
7 Minnesota State 3* 1 0
Third place
  5 Colorado College 1 3 1 3 Wisconsin 3
6 St. Cloud State 2 2 3 4 North Dakota 4   1 Minnesota 0
3 Wisconsin 4

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Quarterfinals[edit]

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

Minnesota won series 2–0


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

Minnesota-Duluth won series 2–1


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

Wisconsin won series 2–0


(4) North Dakota vs. (7) Minnesota State[edit]

North Dakota won series 2–1


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

St. Cloud State won series 2–1


Quarterfinal[edit]

(6) St. Cloud State vs. (9) Minnesota-Duluth[edit]


Semifinals[edit]

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


(3) Wisconsin vs. (4) North Dakota[edit]


Third Place[edit]

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


Championship[edit]

(4) North Dakota vs. (6) St. Cloud State[edit]


Tournament awards[edit]

All-Tournament Team[22][edit]

* Most Valuable Player(s)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "North Dakota Men's Team History". 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  2. ^ "WCHA men's Hockey 2005-06 Week 24". USCHO.com. 2006-03-12. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  3. ^ "WCHA men's Hockey 2005-06 Week 25". USCHO.com. 2006-03-18. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Minnesota 7, Alaska-Anchorage 4". USCHO.com. 2006-03-10. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Minnesota 6, Alaska-Anchorage 2". USCHO.com. 2006-03-11. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  6. ^ "Minnesota-Duluth 3, Denver 2". USCHO.com. 2006-03-10. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  7. ^ "Denver 3, Minnesota-Duluth 2". USCHO.com. 2006-03-11. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  8. ^ "Minnesota-Duluth 5, Denver 2". USCHO.com. 2006-03-11. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  9. ^ "Wisconsin 4, Michigan Tech 1". USCHO.com. 2006-03-10. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  10. ^ "Wisconsin 1, Michigan Tech 0". USCHO.com. 2006-03-11. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  11. ^ "Minnesota State 3, North Dakota 2". USCHO.com. 2006-03-10. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  12. ^ "North Dakota 4, Minnesota State 1". USCHO.com. 2006-03-11. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  13. ^ "North Dakota 3, Minnesota State 0". USCHO.com. 2006-03-12. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  14. ^ "St. Cloud State 2, Colorado College 1". USCHO.com. 2006-03-10. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  15. ^ "Colorado College 3, St. Cloud State 2". USCHO.com. 2006-03-11. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  16. ^ "St. Cloud State 3, Colorado College 1". USCHO.com. 2006-03-12. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  17. ^ "St. Cloud State 5, Minnesota-Duluth 1". USCHO.com. 2006-03-16. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  18. ^ "St. Cloud State 8, Minnesota 7". USCHO.com. 2006-03-17. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  19. ^ "North Dakota 4, Wisconsin 3". USCHO.com. 2006-03-17. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  20. ^ "Wisconsin 4, Minnesota 0". USCHO.com. 2006-03-18. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  21. ^ "North Dakota 5, St. Cloud State 3". USCHO.com. 2006-03-18. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  22. ^ "2009-10 WCHA Yearbook 129-144" (PDF). WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 

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