Saturday, March 19, 2016

St. Broadmoor's Day

It's Broadmoor Trophy Day in Grand Rapids, and, just like two years ago, Minnesota State and Ferris State will play each other for the WCHA tournament championship at 5:07 p.m. CDT at Van Andel Arena.

The winner not only gets the title but also the league's lone NCAA tournament bid.

Michigan Tech coach Mel Pearson, whose team was upset 1-0 by Ferris State on Saturday night, said it's "extremely" disappointing that the league will only get one team in the tourney. His Huskies are out despite a 23-9-5 record and the MacNaughton Cup co-championship.

"I think the quality of the teams you see here (at the Final Five) says a lot about the league," Pearson said. "I'd invite any team to come play in this league. ... It's a healthy league with great coaches and outstanding players."

The two teams left standing are playing a rematch of the 2014 Broadmoor Trophy game, which the Mavericks won 4-1. Both teams have a lot of players back from that game. Minnesota State's Michael Huntebrinker, Brett Knowles and Teddy Blueger scored goals that night, and Cole Huggins was in goal. Gerald Mayhew scored the Bulldogs' goal.

In the three years they've been in the league together, Minnesota State and Ferris State have been two of the top teams in the WCHA, and they've played some great games. The Mavericks have come out on top in most of those contests, however, going 9-1-0. The lone loss came this season when the teams split a series in early November in Grand Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris State won 7-4 the first game, and MSU bounced back to win 3-2.

Other notes from Friday: Attendance for the two-game single session was 5,044, which topped the last time the Final Five was played in Grand Rapids. ... No update yet today on the condition of referee Butch Mousseaux, who fell to the ice during second-game warmups and hit his head on the ice. Very scary moment.

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