Huskies Win Broadmoor Throphy, will Take on Denver in NCAA Tourney
Senior defenseman Shane Hanna scored 6:35 into the second overtime to send Michigan Tech to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years and secure the Broadmoor Trophy as winners of the 2017 WCHA Tournament. The Huskies won 3-2 over Bowling Green Saturday.
In the most anticipated game in the history of the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena—a rink that was opened in 1972—it took more than 86 minutes to decide the WCHA Championship in front of a sellout crowd of nearly 4,500.
Hanna, an assistant captain, was alone on the Bowling Green blue line and Matt Roy sent him a perfect tape-to-tape pass as he walked in on a breakaway. Hanna fired the puck over the glove of Falcon goaltender Chris Nell to send the crowd into a frenzy as his teammates rushed the ice to celebrate. Michael Neville added the second assist moving the puck off the wall back to Roy.
"Great players make things happen," Tech coach Mel Pearson said. "You can draw the X's and O's up all you want but once in a while you have to create something. He's as good as any defenseman in this league."
For Hanna, it was his eighth goal of the season and team-leading 89th career point.
"We had good control and they were changing," Hanna said. "I hopped up hoping for something to happen, and Matt found me like he usually does in practice. It worked out.
"This is an awesome experience. It's hard to put into words what it means to everyone on this team."
In addition to Tech capturing the Broadmoor Trophy for the first time, the Huskies earned the WCHA's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament and will play top-seeded Denver Saturday (March 25).
The Huskies will play the Pioneers at 1 p.m. Eastern at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio in the Midwest Region.
Tech will make its 13th all-time appearance in the tournament and the second in the last three years. The Huskies have won the National Championship three times (1962, 1965, and 1975) in their 96-year history.
Denver is 29-7-4 overall and was the top-ranked team in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls last week.
ESPN News will televise the game with Kevin Brown doing play-by-play and Colby Cohen providing the commentary.
The winner of the Michigan Tech vs. Denver game will advance to play Union or Penn State for the Midwest Regional Championship and a spot in the Frozen Four in Chicago.
Fans looking for tickets can email the SDC Ticket Office or call 7-2073 to get into the Michigan Tech block of 400. Cost is $40 for the two semifinal games and the regional championship game.
Tech fans interested in going on a fan bus to Cincinnati should email athleticmarketing@mtu.
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