St. Cloud State University handed out its postseason awards on Wednesday night.
The usual suspects got them:
MVP and outstanding senior, three stars award -- forward Drew LeBlanc. ... He is also one of five finalists for Sports Illustrated's male college athlete of the year in any sport
Most improved -- junior forward Nic Dowd
Most determined -- junior defenseman Nick Jensen
Outstanding rookie -- freshman forward Jonny Brodzinski
Outstanding goalie -- sophomore Ryan Faragher
Outstanding student-athlete -- sophomore forward Brooks Bertsch
The Huskies tied with the Gophers for the MacNaughton Cup and reached the Frozen Four in the NCAA tournament.
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The Gophers opened 0-7 last season and struggled to a 21-30 final record. Their 2016 season starts Friday in Arizona.
The Gophers, who have won eight of their past nine games, have to stay hot in the stretch run to make the NCAA tournament.
The Gophers need to finish strong to make the NCAA field again.
The Gophers softball team beat Utah Valley 9-0 and No. 8 Oklahoma 1-0 on Friday in its first two games of the season.
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