MANKATO -- Minnesota State scored two extra-attacker goals in the final 1 minute, 44 seconds of regulation to send Saturday’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association championship game into overtime at 2-2. Nick Rivera needed only 97 seconds to score the game-winning goal in overtime as the top-seeded Mavericks claimed the WCHA tournament title with a 3-2 win over third-seeded Bowling Green.
Frederic Letourneau handed the Falcons a 1-0 first-period lead that Alec Rauhauser extended to 2-0 early in the third period.
Moments before the third period was about to start, Northeastern defeated Boston College 3-2 in the Hockey East title game, clinching Bowling Green’s spot in the NCAA Tournament before the Falcons’ game had even been decided.
BGSU was less than two minutes away from clinching the WCHA playoff title when Jake Jaremko and Connor Mackey scored 48 seconds apart to tie the game late in regulation.
Minnesota State has now won the WCHA postseason title to go along with its MacNaughton Cup win as league regular-season champion.