MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota men's hockey team needed to win both games against Bemidji State last weekend to even have a chance at a share of the MacNaughton Cup. Additionally, the Gophers also needed some help from a few teams around the WCHA.
Both of those happened, as Minnesota was helped out when St. Cloud State lost Saturday at Wisconsin. The Gophers and Huskies both finished with 37 points to tie atop the WCHA standings. There were several teams in the conference that had a chance to win the league title in the final weekend of the regular season, but only the Gophers and Huskies emerged to share the MacNaughton Cup.
"It was a tight race. The coaches didn't say anything about the St. Cloud-Wisconsin game during the game (Saturday)," Gophers sophomore Ben Marshall said. "We just focused on ourselves, playing our game, finishing our game. We knew if we wanted a piece, we had to get the win. Fortunately, everything worked out."
The MacNaughton Cup is the trophy awarded annually to...