1973 NCAA University Division Men's Ice Hockey Tournament
The 1973 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1972–73 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 26th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 15 and 17, 1973, and concluded with Wisconsin defeating Denver 4-2. All games were played at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
|Champions||Wisconsin Badgers (1st title)|
(Denver Pioneers vacated) (- title game)
|Winning coach||Bob Johnson (1st title)|
|MOP||Dean Talafous Wisconsin|
After the tournament Denver's participation was vacated as a result of NCAA recruiting violations.
Four teams qualified for the tournament, two each from the eastern and western regions. The ECAC tournament champion and the two WCHA tournament co-champions received automatic bids into the tournament. An at-large bid was offered to a second eastern team based upon both their ECAC tournament finish as well as their regular season record.
|Seed||School||Conference||Record||Berth type||Appearance||Last bid||Seed||School||Conference||Record||Berth type||Appearance||Last bid|
|1||Cornell||ECAC Hockey||23–3–1||Tournament champion||6th||1972||1||Denver||WCHA||28–8–1||Tournament co-champion||11th (vacated)||1972|
|2||Boston College||ECAC Hockey||21–6–1||At-Large||10th||1968||2||Wisconsin||WCHA||27–9–2||Tournament co-champion||3rd||1972|
The ECAC champion was seeded as the top eastern team while the WCHA co-champion with the better regular season record was given the top western seed. The second eastern seed was slotted to play the top western seed and vice versa. All games were played at the Boston Garden. All matches were single-game eliminations with the semifinal winners advancing to the national championship game and the losers playing in a consolation game.
|E2||Boston College||4||Third place game|
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
Note: † Denver's participation was later vacated due to NCAA violations
(W1) Denver vs. (E2) Boston CollegeEdit
|March 15||Denver||10 – 4||Boston College||Boston Garden|
(E1) Cornell vs. (W2) WisconsinEdit
|March 16||Cornell||5 – 6||OT||Wisconsin||Boston Garden|
|(Kuzmicz, Bo. Murray) Doug Marrett - 00:40
(Ceci) Paul Perras - 08:52
|First period||No scoring|
|(Bi. Murray, Bo. Murray) George Kuzmicz - 00:31
(Skillins, Peace) Mike McGuire - 04:39
|Second period||12:03 - PP - Norm Cherrey (Bentley, Talafous)|
18:28 - Dennis Olmstead (Hinkley)
|(unassisted) Bill Murray - 00:40||Third period||08:16 - Gary Winchester (Pay, Hinkley)|
16:49 - Jack Johnson (Winchester, Taft)
19:55 - EA - Dean Talafous (Hinkley, Olmstead)
|No scoring||First overtime period||09:27 - GW - Dean Talafous (Olmstead, Alley)|
|( 35 saves / 36 shots ) Dave Elenbaas||Goalie stats||Dick Perkins ( 24 saves / 27 shots )|
(E1) Cornell vs. (E2) Boston CollegeEdit
|March 17||Cornell||1 – 3||Boston College||Boston Garden|
|No Scoring||First period||No scoring|
|No scoring||Second period||00:22 - Bob Reardon (Mellor)|
12:25 - Ed Kenty (unassisted)
|(Ugolini) Doug Marrett - 08:42||Third period||19:59 - EN - Jim Doyle (Smith, Reardon)|
|( 26 saves / 28 shots ) Dave Elenbaas||Goalie stats||Neil Higgins ( 46 saves / 47 shots )|
(W1) Denver vs. (W2) WisconsinEdit
|March 17||Denver||2 – 4||Wisconsin||Boston Garden|
|1st||WIS||Dave Pay||Johnston and Eaves||3:05||1–0 WIS|
|DEN||Jim Miller||McNab and Pearson||3:55||1–1|
|2nd||DEN||John Pearson – PP||McNab||:54||2–1 DEN|
|WIS||Tim Dool – PP||Cherrey and Bentley||4:17||2–2|
|WIS||Dean Talafous – GW||Lundeen and Deprez||8:30||3–2 WIS|
|3rd||WIS||Jim Johnston||Winchester and Pay||2:34||4–2 WIS|
- G: Jim Makey (Wisconsin)
- D: vacated†
- D: John Taft (Wisconsin)
- F: Stan Hinkley (Wisconsin)
- F: vacated†
- F: Dean Talafous* (Wisconsin)
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