Wisconsin held the Broadmoor Trophy Saturday night at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center as champion of the WCHA’s Final Five. It marked the final game in the league for the Badgers, who beat Colorado College 3-2, but more importantly the trophy indicated Wisconsin had made the NCAA tournament field.
The 12- team WCHA is going out in style with half the conference members qualifying for the 16-team NCAA field to be announced at 7 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.
The News Tribune looks back at Minnesota Duluth’s season here.
With one Division I conference playoff title to be decided Sunday (Notre Dame vs. Michigan in the CCHA) and the possibility of movement in the NCAA pairings, U.S. College Hockey Online’s projection has: Denver and Wisconsin assigned to the Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H.; St. Cloud State and Minnesota State-Mankato in the Midwest in Toledo, Ohio; and Minnesota and North Dakota going to the West in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The U.S. College Hockey Online Bracketology is here.
Of five Division I conferences, Massachusetts-Lowell of Hockey East was the only team to win regular-season and playoff titles.
In the WCHA, Wisconsin (tied for fourth in the WCHA) defeated eighth-place Colorado College in the playoff final before an announced crowed of 18,782. The Badgers are 21-5-5 the last 31 games. Wisconsin led 1-0 after one period and made it 2-0 at 3:28 of the second period as Tyler Barnes and Sean Little scored. Rylan Schwartz (20) got CC within 3-2 with 28 seconds left in the second period and there was no scoring in the third. Wisconsin led in shots 33-22. Joel Rumpel got the win with 20 saves. The Badgers have won six straight including 3-1 and 4-1 playoff wins over Minnesota Duluth a week ago in Madison. From the Wisconsin State Journal here and Colorado Springs Gazette here.
The WCHA all-tournament team was all-Wisconsin and Colorado College: Nic Kerdiles, Tyler Barnes, John Ramage and Rumpel from Wisconsin, and Schwartz and Peter Stoykewych from Colorado College.
Also on Saturday, Minnesota coach Don Lucia was named coach of the 2014 U.S. Junior team. The International Ice Hockey Federation web site has a story here.