The Free Press, Mankato, MN

March 21, 2014

Mavericks shut out Bowling Green at Final Five

By Shane Frederick
sfrederick@mankatofreepress.com

---- — GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. —Minnesota State won its first-ever WCHA Final Five game on Friday afternoon, defeating Bowling Green 4-0 in the semifinals at Van Andel Arena.

The Mavericks advance to Saturday's Broadmoor Trophy championship game where they will play Ferris State or Alaska Anchorage, who play at 6 p.m. Friday.

Bryce Gervais had a goal and two assists for the Mavericks, and goalie Cole Huggins stopped 36 saves for the shutout.

After a scoreless first period, the Mavericks got on the board on a beautiful 3-on-2 rush by their top line. Chase Grant finished off the play, getting assists from Matt Leitner and Gervais at 3:52 of the second period.

At the 12:47 mark, Gervais made it 2-0 with a hustle play for a short-handed goal. The Mavericks iced the puck, and Burke went behind his net to stop it for a teammate. The goalie didn't see Gervais, who won the race to the puck and wrapped it into an open net.

Johnny McInnis' shot off a Teddy Blueger pass beat Burke above his glove-side shoulder to make it 3-0 at 10:47 of the third period. Leitner added an empty-net goal with 1:32 to play.

The win was the team-record 25th for MSU (25-13-1) and improved its unbeaten streak to 12 games.

Shots were even 36-36.