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2005 WCHA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament

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The 2005 WCHA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament was the 46th conference playoff in league history and 51st season where a WCHA champion was crowned. The 2005tournament was played between March 11 and March 19, 2005, at five conference arenas and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. By winning the tournament, Denver was awarded the Broadmoor Trophy and received the WCHA’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

2005WCHA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament
Dates March 11–19, 2005
Teams 10
Finals site Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Champions Denver(14th title)
Winning coach George Gwozdecky[1](3rd title)
MVP Brett Sterling(Colorado College)
Attendance 77,746
WCHA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournaments

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The first round of the postseason tournament featured a best-of-three games format. All ten conference schools participated in the tournament with teams 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.

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

2004–05Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#1 Denver†* 28 19 7 2 40 114 81 43 32 9 2 174 110
#2 Colorado College 28 19 7 2 40 98 66 43 31 9 3 160 101
#4 Minnesota 28 17 10 1 35 105 80 44 28 15 1 155 109
#13 Wisconsin 28 16 9 3 35 94 64 41 23 14 4 127 91
#3 North Dakota 28 13 12 3 29 71 67 45 25 15 5 136 103
Minnesota–Duluth 28 11 13 4 26 90 89 38 15 17 6 119 118
Alaska–Anchorage 28 9 15 4 22 72 102 37 12 19 6 94 129
Minnesota State-Mankato 28 8 16 4 20 82 109 38 13 19 6 118 140
St. Cloud State 28 8 19 1 17 66 100 40 14 23 3 109 126
Michigan Tech 28 7 19 2 16 64 98 37 8 25 4 91 136
Championship: Denver
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll

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