2016 NCHC Tournament

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The 2016 NCHC Tournament was the third tournament in league history. It was played between March 11 and March 19, 2016. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were played at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. By winning the tournament, St. Cloud State received the NCHC's automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Format[edit]

The first round of the postseason tournament features a best-of-three games format. All eight conference teams participate in the tournament. Teams are seeded No. 1 through No. 8 according to their final conference standing, with a tiebreaker system used to seed teams with an identical number of points accumulated. The top four seeded teams each earn home ice and host one of the lower seeded teams.

The winners of the first round series advance to the Target Center for the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. The Frozen Faceoff uses a single-elimination format. Teams are re-seeded No. 1 through No. 4 according to the final regular season conference standings.[1]

Conference Standings[edit]

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

2015–16 National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings
Conference record Overall record
GP W L T SOW PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#1 North Dakotadagger 24 19 4 1 1 59 89 49 44 34 6 4 162 81
#4 St. Cloud State* 24 17 6 1 1 53 104 53 41 31 9 1 175 90
#6 Denver 24 17 5 2 0 53 74 52 41 25 10 6 134 96
#16 Minnesota–Duluth 24 11 10 3 1 37 64 44 40 19 16 5 107 82
Miami 24 9 13 2 2 31 54 65 36 15 18 3 86 97
Omaha 24 8 15 1 0 25 60 83 36 18 17 1 103 107
Western Michigan 24 5 18 1 1 17 56 103 36 8 25 3 80 142
Colorado College 24 4 19 1 0 13 47 99 36 6 29 1 71 145
Champions: St. Cloud State
dagger indicates conference regular season champion; * indicates conference tournament champion
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll; updated March 13, 2016

Bracket[edit]

Teams are reseeded after the first round

  Quarterfinals
March 11–13
Semifinals
March 18
Championship
March 19
                               
  1 North Dakota 7 5 1 North Dakota 2  
8 Colorado College 1 1 4 Minnesota-Duluth 4  
  2 St. Cloud State 4* 4
7 Western Michigan 3 2     2 St. Cloud State 3
  4 Minnesota-Duluth 1
  3 Denver 5 4**
6 Omaha 2 3
Third Place
  4 Minnesota-Duluth 5 3 2 St. Cloud State 4
5 Miami 4 1 3 Denver 2   1 North Dakota 1
3 Denver 1

* denotes overtime periods

Results[edit]

All times are local.

Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) North Dakota vs. (8) Colorado College[edit]

March 11 North Dakota 7 – 1 Colorado College Ralph Engelstad Arena Recap  
(Poolman, LaDue) Luke Johnson - PP - 15:27
(Dowd, Kossila) Nick Schmaltz - GW - 19:38
First period No scoring
(Poganski, LaDue) Joel Janatuinen - PP - 16:36 Second period 15:42 - PP - Tanner Ockey (Bergh, McCaskill)
(Wolanin, Wilkie) Coltyn Sanderson - 04:30
(Boeser, Stecher) Nick Schmaltz - PP - 13:35
(Caggiula, Schmaltz) Hayden Shaw - PP - 17:38
(Janatuinen, Sanderson) Shane Gersich - 18:32
Third period No scoring
( 15 saves / 16 shots ) Cam Johnson Goalie stats Jacob Nehama ( 27 saves / 34 shots )
March 12 North Dakota 5 – 1 Colorado College Ralph Engelstad Arena Recap  
(Thompson, Boeser) Nick Schmaltz - 03:55
(Simonson, Chyzyk) Joel Janatuinen - GW - 04:12
(Boeser, Schmaltz) Hayden Shaw - 13:36
(Schmaltz, Boeser) Drake Caggiula - 19:54
First period No scoring
(Gardner, Johnson) Austin Poganski - 04:18 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 18:17 - Matt Hansen (Israel)
( 22 saves / 23 shots ) Cam Johnson Goalie stats Jacob Nehama ( 10 saves / 14 shots ) / Derek Shatzer ( 13 saves / 14 shots )
North Dakota won series 2–0


(2) St. Cloud State vs. (7) Western Michigan[edit]

March 11 St. Cloud State 4 – 3 OT Western Michigan Herb Brooks National Hockey Center Recap  
(Schuldt, Nevalainen) Jimmy Murray - PP - 16:10 First period No scoring
(Benik, Murray) Will Borgen - 15:37 Second period 03:55 - Frederik Tiffels (Rebry, Dienes)
12:30 - Neal Goff (Rebry, Tiffels)
(Murray) Kalle Kossila - 05:03 Third period 13:55 - Colt Conrad (Novak, McKee)
(Schuldt, Papa) Patrick Newell - GW - 16:31 First overtime period No scoring
( 27 saves / 30 shots ) Charlie Lindgren Goalie stats Lukas Hafner ( 41 saves / 45 shots )
March 12 St. Cloud State 4 – 2 Western Michigan Herb Brooks National Hockey Center Recap  
No Scoring First period 11:31 - Colt Conrad (Molino, Novak)
(Benson, Prow) Robby Jackson - 10:23
(unassisted) Jimmy Schuldt - 10:45
(Murray, Benik) David Morley - GW - 12:11
Second period No scoring
(Borgen, Kossila) Patrick Russell - EN - 19:58 Third period 19:50 - EA - Chris Dienes (Molino, LaPorte)
( 23 saves / 25 shots ) Charlie Lindgren Goalie stats Lukas Hafner ( 40 saves / 43 shots )
St. Cloud State won series 2–0


(3) Denver vs. (6) Nebraska-Omaha[edit]

March 11 Denver 5 – 2 Nebraska-Omaha Magness Arena Recap  
No Scoring First period No scoring
(Hammond) Trevor Moore - 00:48
(Hillman, Shore) Troy Terry - PP - 02:52
(Romig, VanVoorhis) Colin Staub - GW - 03:10
Second period 13:36 - PP - Jake Guentzel (Snuggerud, Ortega)
17:58 - Brian Cooper (Guentzel, Randolph)
(Butcher, Hammond) Danton Heinen - SH - 08:06
(unassisted) Danton Heinen - EN - 19:03
Third period No scoring
( 29 saves / 31 shots ) Tanner Jaillet Goalie stats Kirk Thompson ( 15 saves / 19 shots )
March 12 Denver 4 – 3 2OT Nebraska-Omaha Magness Arena Recap  
(Zajac, Butcher) Quentin Shore - 05:29
(Zajac, Moore) Troy Terry - 17:14
First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 11:17 - PP - Jake Guentzel (Ortega, Brady)
16:29 - SH - Austin Ortega (Klehr)
(Janssen, Jaillet) Danton Heinen - 01:31 Third period 03:57 - Austin Ortega (Guentzel, Vesel)
(Romig, Levin) Colin Staub - GW - 08:54 Second overtime period No scoring
( 51 saves / 54 shots ) Tanner Jaillet Goalie stats Evan Weninger ( 46 saves / 50 shots )
Denver won series 2–0


(4) Minnesota–Duluth vs. (5) Miami[edit]

March 11 Minnesota–Duluth 5 – 4 Miami AMSOIL Arena Recap  
(Decowski, Sampair) Austyn Young - 04:34 First period 12:17 - Zach LaValle (Morris, Greenberg)
(Kaskisuo) Andy Welinski - PP - 09:59 Second period 04:11 - Ryan Siroky (Lemirande)
10:17 - Anthony Louis (Gacek, Melnick)
13:16 - PP - Louie Belpedio (Louis, Sherwood)
(Corrin, Toninato) Adam Johnson - 04:54
(Corrin, Cameranesi) Neal Pionk - PP - 11:12
(Farley, Cameranesi) Carson Soucy - GW - 12:29
Third period No scoring
( 18 saves / 22 shots ) Kasimir Kaskisuo Goalie stats Jay Williams ( 28 saves / 33 shots )
March 12 Minnesota–Duluth 3 – 1 Miami AMSOIL Arena Recap  
(unassisted) Kyle Osterberg - SH - 01:31
(Thomas, Iafallo) Andy Welinski - GW - 16:51
First period No scoring
(Kuhlman, Soucy) Tony Cameranesi - SH - 12:46 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 17:12 - Kevin Morris (Roslovic, Louis)
( 15 saves / 16 shots ) Kasimir Kaskisuo Goalie stats Jay Williams ( 16 saves / 19 shots )
Minnesota–Duluth won series 2–0


Semifinals[edit]

(1) North Dakota vs. (4) Minnesota–Duluth[edit]

March 18 North Dakota 2 – 4 Minnesota–Duluth Target Center Recap  
(Caggiula, Boeser) Nick Schmaltz - 00:49 First period No scoring
(Ausmus, Boeser) Troy Stecher - 15:00 Second period 00:28 - Dominic Toninato (Raskob)
03:46 - Alex Iafallo (Raskob, Johnson)
12:24 - GW - Austin Farley (Corrin, Cameranesi)
No scoring Third period 14:02 - Dominic Toninato (Johnson, Iafallo)
( 22 saves / 26 shots ) Cam Johnson Goalie stats Kasimir Kaskisuo ( 22 saves / 24 shots )


(2) St. Cloud State vs. (3) Denver[edit]

March 18 St. Cloud State 4 – 2 Denver Target Center Recap  
(Prow, Kossila) Joey Benik - PP - 07:45 First period No scoring
(Benik, Murray) David Morley - 11:29 Second period 06:29 - Troy Terry (Hammond, Heinen)
(Kossila, Russell) Mikey Eyssimont - GW - 01:41
(unassisted) Jimmy Schuldt - EN - 18:43
Third period 02:13 - Evan Janssen (Terry, Shore)
( 17 saves / 19 shots ) Charlie Lindgren Goalie stats Tanner Jaillet ( 12 saves / 15 shots )


Third place[edit]

(1) North Dakota vs. (3) Denver[edit]

March 19 North Dakota 1 – 1 Denver Target Center Recap  
(Caggiula, Boeser) Nick Schmaltz - 06:09 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 13:21 - Danton Heinen (Moore, Gambrell)
( 16 saves / 17 shots ) Cam Johnson Goalie stats Evan Cowley ( 26 saves / 27 shots )


Championship[edit]

(2) St. Cloud State vs. (4) Minnesota–Duluth[edit]

March 19 St. Cloud State 3 – 1 Minnesota–Duluth Target Center Recap  
No Scoring First period 13:03 - Carson Soucy (Raskob, Cameranesi)
(Prow, Russell) Mikey Eyssimont - 08:59
(Schuldt, Kossila) Mikey Eyssimont - GW - 19:24
Second period No scoring
(Kossila, Lizotte) Patrick Russell - 05:09 Third period No scoring
( 33 saves / 34 shots ) Charlie Lindgren Goalie stats Kasimir Kaskisuo ( 15 saves / 18 shots )


Tournament awards[edit]

Frozen Faceoff All-Tournament Team[edit]

* Most Valuable Player(s) [2]

References[edit]