Minnesota State Mankato earned its second straight WCHA championship title with a 5-2 win over Michigan Tech Saturday in St. Paul. Tournament MVP and freshman forward Brad McClure had a hat trick that sealed the win for the No. 2 Mavericks.
Michigan Tech was the first to score six minutes into the game on a power play. Chase Grant responded with a goal for the Mavs minutes later with the set-up from Brett Stern and Teddy Bluegger, according to the Mavericks Sports website.
Michigan Tech got its second goal early in the second period on another power play. Minnesota State tied the game up in the third period with a Jordan Nelson goal with the assist from Michael Huntebrinker and Stern.
The McClure hat trick finale wowed the crowd, as the Mavericks finished out the night with the Broadmoor trophy in hand.
Goalie Stephon William had 23 saves.
1st period: 06:04 MTU PPG - Blake Pietila - Assists: David Johnstone and Shane Hanna
1st period: 09:28 MINN ST - Chase Grant - Assists: Brett Stern and Teddy Blueger
2nd period: 02:44 MTU PPG - Alex Petan - Assists: Shane Hanna and David Johnstone
3rd period: 08:08 MINN ST - Jordan Nelson - Assists: Michae Huntebrinker and Brett Stern
3rd period: 11:29 MINN ST - Brad McClure - Assists: Michae Huntebrinker and Zach Palmquist
3rd period: 14:25 MINN ST PPG - Brad McClure - Assists: Teddy Blueger and Jon Jutzi
3rd period: 18:40 MINN ST PPG - Brad McClure - Assists: Zach Palmquist and Sean Flanagan
Minnesota State is expected to get the top seed in the NCAA tournament. Brackets are announced Sunday.
St. Cloud State comes up short
St. Cloud State came up short in their quest to win the NCHC Frozen Faceoff Final. University of Miami Ohio took home the title with a 3-2 win.
It was a great ride for the Huskies, who knocked out No. 1 seed University of North Dakota Friday in a major upset to advance to the finals.