Winner earns Broadmoor Trophy and automatic bid to NCAA Tournament
EDINA, Minn. – March 12, 2017 – The "Battle for the Broadmoor" is set, as Michigan Tech will host Bowling Green in the 2017 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Championship at 7:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 18 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Mich. The winner of this single-game championship will earn the Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA Tournament champion and will receive the league's automatic bid to the 2017 Division I Men's Hockey Championship.
Michigan Tech, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, swept seventh-seeded Lake Superior State in the quarterfinal round before outlasting No. 3 seed Minnesota State in a three-game, semifinal-round series. Against the Mavericks, the Huskies sandwiched 5-1 and 4-1 victories around a 1-0, shutout loss; Michigan Tech has now outscored its opponents by a 23-7 margin in the WCHA postseason.
Fourth-seeded Bowling Green swept past No. 5 seed Ferris State in the quarterfinals, then became the lone road team to win a series during the WCHA Playoffs by upsetting Bemidji State, the league's regular season champion in the semis. The Falcons used an overtime win Friday and a one-goal victory Saturday to earn the sweep in Bemidji. Bowling Green has now won seven-straight games, the program's longest winning streak since the 1987-88 season – a campaign that ended in the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan Tech has played in four WCHA playoff championship games (1962, 1965, 1996 and 2015), winning twice (1962 and 1965); the Huskies also earned WCHA co-playoff titles in 1960, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1981. Bowling Green will play in its first league championship game since the 1988 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) title contest.
The Huskies swept the lone regular season meeting between the teams, winning 3-1 and 2-1 at the Slater Family Ice Arena on Dec. 9 and 10.
2017 WCHA Playoffs – Quarterfinals (Best-of-three, March 3-5)
- (1) Bemidji State defeated (8) Northern Michigan, 2-games-to-1 (3-0, 2-4 and 3-1)
- (2) Michigan Tech swept (7) Lake Superior State (6-4 and 8-0)
- (3) Minnesota State swept (6) Alaska (3-0 and 4-1)
- (4) Bowling Green swept (5) Ferris State (6-1 and 5-3)
2017 WCHA Playoffs – Semifinals (Best-of-three, March 10-12)
- (4) Bowling Green swept (1) Bemidji State (4-3, OT and 2-1)
- (2) Michigan Tech defeated (3) Minnesota State, 2-games-to-1 (5-1, 0-1 and 4-1)
2017 WCHA Championship
- (4) Bowling Green at (1) Michigan Tech; Saturday, March 18 at 7:07 p.m. ET