Gophers hockey recruit Brannon McManus hoisted the Clark Cup Tuesday night celebrating the Chicago Steel franchise's first USHL championship.
The Steel scored 11:30 into overtime against the Sioux City Musketeers to win the decisive Game 5 of the Clark Cup Finals, 2-1.
McManus, the Shattuck-St. Mary’s product from Newport Beach, Calif., finished the postseason with six goals, four assists and three game-winning goals. The forward was scoreless Tuesday, but had two assists in Game 4 and two goals in Game 2 of the Clark Cup Finals.
“We dream of this game, especially Game 5, and it went into overtime,” McManus said, “and that’s something you always want, to be the hero. … Now we’re just 4-year-olds out there [celebrating]. It’s awesome.”
McManus is expected to be part of the Gophers’ 2017-2018 highly touted freshman class. The group also includes star forwards Casey Mittelstadt (Green Bay Gamblers/Eden Prairie) and Scott Reedy (U.S. national developmental team/Prior Lake), and defensemen Nate Knoepke (U.S. national developmental team/Farmington) and Sam Rossini (Penticton Vees/Inver Grove Heights).
McManus will be only the second Californian to play for the Gophers hockey program. The first was 1988 Olympic goalie John Blue.
More from McManus’ championship celebration:
Thanks to the one who gives me the opportunity to do what I love. Couldn't have done this without you and dad❤️ CLARK CUP CHAMPS. pic.twitter.com/HQ6PWiCEIg— Brannon McManus (@Bmcmanus7) May 24, 2017
THE CHICAGO STEEL ARE TIER 1 NATIONAL CHAMPS! FIRST CLARK CUP IN TEAM HISTORY �� pic.twitter.com/lWbD1iVxmd— USHL (@USHL) May 24, 2017
Brannon McManus was rushing to the bus after winning the Clark Cup. He needed to submit a Final assignment at midnight ��— Aaron Westendorf (@USHLAaron) May 24, 2017