The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 23, 2014

Mavericks win WCHA's Broadmoor Trophy (video)

Minnesota State wins WCHA playoff championship


"The puck had eyes," Stern said.

Ferris State’s Gerald Mayhew, another all-tournament selection, made it 2-1 on a scramble in front of Huggins with 46 seconds remaining in the second period.

But Knowles’ first goal of the season, at 8:38 of the third period, was the cushion the Mavericks needed to put the game away.

Senior captain Johnny McInnis was the first to congratulate Knowles, who fired in the rebound of a Blueger wrap-around try, and said Knowles told him he “could have started crying" right then.

Knowles, a sophomore, scored five goals as a freshman — big ones, Hastings pointed out, game-winners against North Dakota and Minnesota — but had been held off the board in 36 games this year.

“I see every day — day in and day out — guys like Huntebrinker and Knowles, who's worked as hard as anybody,” McInnis said. “It's obviously frustrating when you don't score sometimes. As a hockey player that's what you want to do. ... That just goes to show the emotion we play with and how much it means to (Knowles) and our family for him to score a goal — as big as that was.”

Huggins held things together in net, making eight stops during Bulldogs power plays and stopping a very dangerous Cory Kane from close range late in the game.

“Go and check any level, whether it’s high school hockey, midget hockey, junior hockey, college hockey or the National Hockey League, you cannot get it done without outstanding goaltending,” Hastings said. “You look at the push (Ferris State) made. We get up 2-nothing. They’re a championship-caliber hockey team, and they put a push on.”

The Mavericks (26-13-1) outshot the Bulldogs 32-26. Both teams will play in the national tournament. They will find out their fate during the Selection Show, which will be broadcast on ESPNU at 11 a.m. today.

Minnesota State will hold a viewing party for the show at Mankato’s downtown Buffalo Wild Wings, starting at 10:30 a.m.



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