Final Five hockey capsules

  • Updated: March 20, 2013 - 11:56 PM

Minnesota State Mankato’s freshman goalie Stephon Williams, shown above, was the WCHA rookie of the year. North Dakota’s Danny Kristo, left, was a first team all-WCHA forward this season for the third seed in the Final Five this weekend at the Xcel Energy Center.

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At Xcel Energy Center • TV: FSN

Thursday quarterfinals: Minnesota State Mankato vs. Wisconsin, 2 p.m.; Colorado College vs. North Dakota, 7 p.m.

Friday semifinals: Minnesota State Mankato/Wisconsin winner vs. St. Cloud State, 2 p.m.;

Colorado College/North Dakota winner vs. Gophers, 7 p.m.

Saturday championship: Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Mavericks at a glance: The tournament’s fifth seed, MSU Mankato (24-12-3) moved up to No. 8 in the poll this week, the highest national ranking in program history. This marks the Mavericks’ third appearance in the Final Five; they lost to the Gophers in the quarterfinals in 2000 and 2003. They split four games with the Badgers this season, sweeping them in Madison in November and getting swept at home in two overtime games in January. In the first round of the WCHA playoffs, MSU was pushed to a third game by Nebraska Omaha but never trailed in Sunday’s 3-1 victory. First-year coach Mike Hastings has led MSU to eight victories in its past 11 games. Freshman G Stephon Williams, the WCHA rookie of the year, is tied with the Gophers’ Adam Wilcox for the league’s best goals-against average (1.84) and has a .929 save percentage with four shutouts. The Mavericks’ power play is ranked second in the WCHA (23.5 percent).

Badgers at a glance: Wisconsin (19-12-7) enters its 19th Final Five appearance on a roll, with only five losses in its past 28 games. The Badgers are ranked 14th in the poll and are in a five-way tie for 16th in the most recent PairWise rankings, putting them on the bubble for the NCAA tournament. They have the second-best scoring defense in the WCHA (2.05 goals per game), backstopped by goalies Joel Rumpel and Landon Peterson. Rumpel has started 10 of the past 11 games and leads the WCHA with a .932 save percentage and has a 1.87 goals-against average; Peterson’s numbers (.926, 2.01) are right behind. F Michael Mersch leads the Badgers with 23 goals, second-most in the WCHA; freshman F Nic Kerdiles has seven goals and 19 assists.

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Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle 5 FINAL
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