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March 22, 2014

Mavericks win WCHA Final Five title

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — Goaltender Cole Huggins stopped 25 of 26 shots and was named Most Outstanding Player as Minnesota State won its first WCHA Final Five playoff championship and the Broadmoor Trophy on Saturday at Van Andel Arena.

Huggins allowed just one goal in the tournament.

The Mavericks got goals from some unlikely players, as Michael Huntebrinker, Brett Stern and Brett Knowles scored. They came into the game with one goal combined, by Huntebrinker.

Teddy Blueger had an empty-net goal and two assists for the Mavericks, who led 2-0 after one period.

Ferris State's lone goal came in the final minute of the second period.

The Mavericks clinched the WCHA's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament, which begins next weekend. They will find out where they will go for that tournament during the Selection Show at 11 a.m. today.

Blueger, Stern and Bryce Gervais were also named to the Final Five All-Tournament Team, along with Huggins.

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