1997 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 1997 CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 26th CCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. It was played between March 7 and March 15, 1997. Opening round games were played at campus sites, while all 'final four' games were played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. By winning the tournament, Michigan received the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's automatic bid to the 1997 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Format

The tournament featured three rounds of play. The two teams that finish below eighth place in the standings were 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 1997 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
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Michigan†*272133461516443354424298
Miami27197139112794027121174119
Michigan State2716743699764023134145118
Lake Superior State27158434106983819145154142
Bowling Green2710125251001043817165158142
Western Michigan27101252594993714185125134
Ohio State27916220951323912252135190
Alaska-Fairbanks27818117921263714221135169
Ferris State27718216831213711233125166
Notre Dame276201137310635925192131
Championship: Michigan
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll

Bracket

  Quarterfinals
March 7–9
Semifinals
March 13
Championship
March 15
                               
  1 Michigan 8 11 1 Michigan 7  
8 Alaska–Fairbanks 1 0 5 Bowling Green 2  
  2 Miami 4 4
7 Ohio State 1 2     1 Michigan 3
  3 Michigan State 1
  3 Michigan State 4 3
6 Western Michigan 1 1
  4 Lake Superior State 3 4 2 Miami 3
5 Bowling Green 5 8 3 Michigan State 4*  

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Quarterfinals

(1) Michigan vs. (8) Alaska–Fairbanks

Michigan won series 2–0

(2) Miami vs. (7) Ohio State

Miami won series 2–0

(3) Michigan State vs. (6) Western Michigan

Michigan State won series 2–0

(4) Lake Superior State vs. (5) Bowling Green

Bowling Green won series 2–0

Semifinals

(1) Michigan vs. (5) Bowling Green

(2) Miami vs. (3) Michigan State

Championship

(1) Michigan vs. (3) Michigan State

Tournament awards

All-Tournament Team[4]

* Most Valuable Player(s)[5]

References

  1. "Michigan Men's Team History". Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  2. "Red Berenson Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  3. "CCHA Tournament MVP". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  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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