Sunday, March 4, 2018

Mavericks to face Huskies in WCHA semis

Minnesota State will host Michigan Tech in the semifinals of the WCHA playoffs starting Friday at the Verizon Center.

The top-seeded Mavericks found out their fate after second-place Northern Michigan defeated Alabama Huntsville 5-2 on Sunday in Marquette, Michigan, to avoid an upset and win that quarterfinal series 2-1.

“We’ll see who it is,” Hastings said on Saturday night after the Mavericks swept Alaska. “Guys need a day off to get rested. The guys did a good job of taking care of their business, and now we just gotta stay focused on recovery and preparation once we find out who we’re playing.”

That will be the Huskies, whom the Mavericks faced just once this season, back on Oct. 27-28 in Mankato. Minnesota State swept that series, winning 3-1 and 5-3.

Michigan Tech, the playoffs' fifth seed advanced to the semfinals after sweeping fourth-seeded Bemidji State in Bemidji on Friday and Saturday.

Northern Michigan, meanwhile, will host third-seeded Bowling Green in the other WCHA semifinal.

The semifinals are another best-of-three-games series. The two winners will play a single championship game for the Jeff Sauer Trophy on Saturday, March 17, at the home of the higher seed.

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