Monday, March 15, 2010
Good morning from Mankato. Quite a weekend in St. Cloud. Three one-goal games. Two overtime games. Huge weekend for the MSU seniors (five goals, 10 assists). A great series by goalie Phil Cook. But, alas, the Mavericks will be home again for the Final Five.
So close ... that was the theme of the 09-10 season. The Mavericks played in 22 games decided by one goal or less this season and went 7-12-3 in those games, including five overtime losses. But there was one overtime win -- on Friday at St. Cloud. Check out the video of Geoff Irwin's game-tying goal with .3 seconds left above that put MSU in position to win.
The Final Five is set. North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth will play in Thursday's play-in game, with the winner playing top-seeded Denver on Friday night. St. Cloud State and Wisconsin will play on Friday afternoon. All of those teams, with the exception of UMD, appear to be locks for the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs could be on the bubble, especially with Alabama-Huntsville winning the College Hockey America tournament.
Posted by Shane Frederick at 9:36 AM