Minnesota State-Mankato beat Ferris State (the team that eliminated UAA on Friday), 4-1 tonight, to seize the WCHA's Broadmoor Trophy as league playoff champs and grab the circuit's automatic berth to the 16-team NCAA Tournament.
The Mavericks' win gives the WCHA two teams in the NCAAs -- Ferris State, the WCHA regular-season champ, will get an at-large berth based on its high power ranking.
The NCAA field and pairings will be announced Sunday.
Minnesota State-Mankato includes sophomore goaltender Stephon Williams of Fairbanks, who led it to the NCAA Tournament a year ago. Williams served as back-up today to freshman Cole Huggins.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com