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Mankato wins WCHA's Broadmoor Trophy, NCAA berth

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

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.