1986 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 1986 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1985–86 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 39th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 21 and 29, 1986, and concluded with Michigan State defeating Harvard 6-5. All Quarterfinals matchups were held at home team venues while all succeeding games were played at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

1986 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
Finals site
ChampionsMichigan State Spartans (2nd title)
Runner-upHarvard Crimson (2nd title game)
Winning coachRon Mason (1st title)
MOPMike Donnelly Michigan State

Qualifying teams[1]

The NCAA permitted 8 teams to qualify for the tournament and divided its qualifiers into two regions (East and West). Each of the tournament champions from the four Division I conferences (CCHA, ECAC, Hockey East and WCHA) received automatic invitations into the tournament with At-large bids making up the remaining 4 teams, 1 from each conference.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Boston University Hockey East 25–12–4 Tournament champion 15th 1984 1 Denver WCHA 33–10–1 Tournament champion 12th 1973
2 Harvard ECAC Hockey 22–7–1 At-large bid 11th 1985 2 Michigan State CCHA 30–9–2 At-large bid 8th 1985
3 Boston College Hockey East 26–11–3 At-large bid 14th 1985 3 Western Michigan CCHA 32–10–0 Tournament champion 1st Never
4 Cornell ECAC Hockey 20–6–4 Tournament champion 9th 1981 4 Minnesota WCHA 32–12–0 At-large bid 13th 1985


The tournament featured three rounds of play. The two odd-number ranked teams from one region were placed into a bracket with the two even-number ranked teams of the other region. The teams were then seeded according to their ranking. In the Quarterfinals the first and fourth seeds and the second and third seeds played two-game aggregate series to determine which school advanced to the Semifinals. Beginning with the Semifinals all games were played at the Providence Civic Center and all series became Single-game eliminations. The winning teams in the semifinals advanced to the National Championship Game with the losers playing in a Third Place game.

Tournament bracket[2]

March 21–23
March 27–28
National Championship
March 29
E1 Boston University 4 3 7  
W4 Minnesota 6 5 11  
  W4 Minnesota 4  
  W2 Michigan State 6  
W2 Michigan State 6 4 10
E3 Boston College 4 2 6  
  W2 Michigan State 6
  E2 Harvard 5
W1 Denver 4 3 7  
E4 Cornell 2 4 6  
  W1 Denver 2 Third Place Game
  E2 Harvard 5  
E2 Harvard 4 7 11 W4 Minnesota 6
W3 Western Michigan 2 2 4   W1 Denver 4

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)


(E1) Boston University vs. (W4) Minnesota

Minnesota won series 11–7

(E2) Harvard vs. (W3) Western Michigan

Harvard won series 11–4

(W1) Denver vs. (E4) Cornell

Denver won series 7–6

(W2) Michigan State vs. (E3) Boston College

Michigan State won series 10–6


(W2) Michigan State vs. (W4) Minnesota

(W1) Denver vs. (E2) Harvard

Third Place Game

(W1) Denver vs. (W4) Minnesota

National Championship

(W2) Michigan State vs. (E2) Harvard

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st HAR Steve Armstrong Follows and Ohno 2:15 1–0 HAR
HAR Allen Bourbeau MacDonald and Smith 8:10 2–0 HAR
MSU Mitch Messier Shibicky 17:55 2–1 HAR
2nd HAR Allen Bourbeau Barakett and Pawlowski 20:53 3–1 HAR
MSU Jeff Parker Miller and Tilley 26:48 3–2 HAR
HAR Allen Bourbeau Krayer and Benning 36:09 4–2 HAR
MSU Mike Donnelly Miller and Messier 38:30 4–3 HAR
3rd MSU Brad Hamilton Messier and Shibicky 41:06 4–4
MSU Brian McReynolds Rendall and Parker 42:15 5–4 MSU
HAR Andy Janfaza Carone and Chiarelli 46:46 5–5
MSU Mike DonnellyGW Murphy 57:09 6–5 MSU

All-Tournament Team[4]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[5]

Quick facts

  • The total championship attendance was 57,826
  • Lane MacDonald (4 G, 7 A) of Harvard and Mitch Messier (5 G, 6 A) of Michigan St each tallied 11 points in the tournament, most by any players
  • The following records were set or tied:
    • Most Assists, Individual, Game – 5, Kevin Miller, Michigan St, first round, game 1, tied
    • Shots on Goal, Both Teams, Period – 40, Minnesota (23) vs Michigan St (17), semifinals, second period, 5 goals


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