1988 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 1988 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 17th CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. It was played between March 4 and March 12, 1988. First round games were played at campus sites, while 'final four' games were played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. By winning the tournament, Bowling Green received the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 1988 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.


The tournament featured three rounds of play. The team that finished below eighth place in the standings was not eligible for postseason play. In the quarterfinals, the first and eighth seeds, the second and seventh seeds, the third seed and sixth seeds and the fourth seed and fifth seeds played a best-of-three series, with the winners advancing to the semifinals. In the semifinals, the remaining highest and lowest seeds and second highest and second lowest seeds play a single-game, with the winners advancing to the finals. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the 1988 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Conference Standings[4]

Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

Conference Overall
Lake Superior State3222465016397463376233139
Bowling Green*3219112401901444530132258188
Michigan State3218113391511234627163222173
Western Michigan3217123371521364222173208184
Ferris State3211174261181654015205155198
Ohio State327214181161784010246138209
Championship: Bowling Green
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion


March 4–6
March 10
March 12
  1 Lake Superior State 6 4 1 Lake Superior State 5*  
8 Ohio State 2 1 4 Western Michigan 4  
  2 Bowling Green 5**** 6
7 Ferris State 4 3     1 Lake Superior State 3
  2 Bowling Green 5
  3 Michigan State 9 6
6 Illinois–Chicago 4 3
Consolation Game
  4 Western Michigan 4 4 10 2 Bowling Green 6
5 Michigan 5 3 0 3 Michigan State 4   3 Michigan State 9
4 Western Michigan 6

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First Round

(1) Lake Superior State vs. (8) Ohio State

Lake Superior State won series 2–0

(2) Bowling Green vs. (7) Ferris State

Bowling Green won series 2–0

(3) Michigan State vs. (6) Illinois–Chicago

Michigan State won series 2–0

(4) Western Michigan vs. (5) Michigan

Western Michigan won series 2–1


(1) Lake Superior State vs. (4) Western Michigan

(2) Bowling Green vs. (3) Michigan State

Consolation Game

(3) Michigan State vs. (4) Western Michigan


(1) Lake Superior State vs. (2) Bowling Green

Tournament awards

All-Tournament Team[4]

  • F Don Barber (Bowling Green)
  • F Brett Barnett (Lake Superior State)
  • F Bobby Reynolds (Michigan State)
  • D Scott Paluch (Bowling Green)
  • D Karl Johnston (Lake Superior State)
  • G Paul Connell* (Bowling Green)

* Most Valuable Player(s)[5]


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  4. "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  5. "CCHA Awards". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
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