1981 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 1981 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the tenth CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. It was played between March 6 and March 14, 1981. All games were played at Lakeview Arena in Marquette, Michigan, the home venue of the Northern Michigan Wildcats. By winning the tournament, Northern Michigan received the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 1981 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, the first automatic bid for the conference.

Format

The tournament featured two rounds of play. Only the top four teams in the conference standings were eligible for postseason play. Each of the two rounds were structured so that the two teams facing one another would play two games and the winner would be decided by the goal differential totals of the combined scores. In the semifinal the first and fourth seeds and the second and third seeds were matched as opponents. The victorious teams would then compete in the finals for the conference championship. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the 1981 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Conference Standings[3]

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
Northern Michigan†*22184036115814427143201158
Ohio State22156131107823924123189149
Ferris State22139026101923620142166144
Bowling Green22101202098993913242153188
Western Michigan22813117991073615192178165
Lake Superior State226151131011343614211183202
Miami^120111142683516172174142
Championship: Northern Michigan
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
^ Only Miami's road games were counted for conference standings

Bracket

  Semifinals
March 6–7
Championship
March 13-14
                     
  1 Northern Michigan 3 10  
  4 Bowling Green 3 2    
      1 Northern Michigan 2 4
      2 Ohio State 2 2
  2 Ohio State 5 3    
  3 Ferris State 3 3  

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)


Semifinals

(1) Northern Michigan vs. (4) Bowling Green

Northern Michigan won series 13-5

(2) Ohio State vs. (3) Ferris State

Ohio State won series 8-6

Championship

(1) Northern Michigan vs. (2) Ohio State

Northern Michigan won series 6-4


Tournament awards

MVP[4]

  • None

References

  1. "Northern Michigan Men's Team History". Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  2. "Rick Comley Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  3. "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  4. "CCHA Awards". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
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