MIAC Playoff Hockey Wrapped Up Saturday 04 Mar 13

Saturday’s championship game of the 2012-13 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men’s Hockey Playoffs was certainly worthy of a trophy presentation after the final buzzer as No. 2 Saint John’s and No. 4 Gustavus engaged in an entertaining, back-and-forth game. However, the Johnnies won in dramatic fashion, 3-2, on a Justin Hochsprung goal with 3:17 to play to add the postseason title to their shared regular-season championship.

Hochsprung’s winning goal was part of a two-point effort for the forward, and teammate John Haeg was terrific as well, assisting on all three of SJU’s goals. Gustavus admirably battled from behind twice to tie the game, but the Johnnies were just a step ahead all afternoon. With the win, Saint John’s improved to 16-7-4 while the Gusties dropped to 17-8-3. This is SJU’s fifth MIAC Playoff title and first since 2003.

Thanks to its win Saturday, Saint John’s received the MIAC Playoff championship plaque, the Ed Saugestad traveling trophy and the MIAC’s automatic bid to the 2012-13 NCAA Division III Men’s Hockey Tournament. The Johnnies will learn their first-round destination and opponent when the bracket is announced during Sunday’s Selection Show. The Gusties and the rest of the MIAC Playoff teams will also tune in Sunday at 9 p.m. to see if they received an at-large bid into the field. The show will be broadcast live online on NCAA.com.

 

Third-seeded Concordia came out ready to test top-seeded and unbeaten Gustavus Saturday in the 2012-13 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women’s Hockey Playoff championship game. However, the Gusties erased an early deficit and used a pair of goals in the second period to pull away for a 4-1, resulting in their 10th-straight conference postseason title.

Gustavus – which also claimed its ninth-straight regular-season crown this season – remained unbeaten with the win and will enter the NCAA Division III Women’s Hockey Tournament with an near-perfect 26-0-1 record. The Gusties swept their way to both titles, going 18-0 in regular-season conference play and 2-0 in the postseason. Concordia – which reached the title game for the second season in a row – finished the season with a 13-8-5 record and another postseason runner-up finish.

Thanks to its win Saturday, Gustavus received the MIAC Playoff championship plaque and the MIAC’s automatic bid to the 2012-13 NCAA Division III Women’s Hockey Tournament. The Gusties will learn their first-round destination and opponent when the bracket is announced during Monday’s Selection Show. The Cobbers and the rest of the MIAC Playoff teams will also tune in Monday at 9 a.m. to see if they received an at-large bid into the field. The show will be broadcast live online on NCAA.com.