BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's Hockey Playoffs officially got underway on Thursday night with the No. 5 seed Saint Mary's Cardinals defeating the No. 4 seed Concordia Cobbers, 5-2, in Moorhead, Minn.
The Cardinals scored goals in every period and held off a comeback bid late in the third period to advance to the semifinal round of the conference tournament, where they will now face top-seeded Augsburg at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night. The other semifinal matchup on Saturday will feature No. 3 St. Thomas challenging No. 2 Saint John's at 2:00 p.m. in St. Cloud.
NO. 5 SAINT MARY'S 5, NO. 4 CONCORDIA 2 | Box Score |
In the program's third trip to the MIAC postseason in the last five years, Saint Mary's traveled to Moorhead and topped the No. 4 seeded Cobbers, 5-2, on Thursday night. The Cards jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back. Andrew Cummings recorded a goal and an assist in the game, while SMU goalie Nick Nast stopped 32 of 34 shots directed his way. Concordia made things interesting in the third period, scoring back-to-back goals off the sticks of Blake Berg and Tyler Bossert to make it a 3-2 game; however, Saint Mary's would not flinch, answering with a goal of its own less than two minutes later and padding the lead with an empty-netter late to secure the victory. SMU will now get one more crack at nationally-ranked Augsburg on Saturday. The Auggies claimed a series sweep of the Cardinals back in November. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SET FOR MARCH 3
The two semifinal winners will square off the following Saturday, March 2, in the 2019 MIAC Men's Hockey Playoff Championship game, which will be played on the home ice of the highest remaining seed. The tournament champion will receive the postseason championship plaque and the Conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Hockey Tournament.
The MIAC has a homepage dedicated to the 2019 MIAC Men's Hockey Playoffs, containing schedules, links and information on each of the five teams in the field. Throughout the tournament, the page will be updated with scores, stats, updated schedules and more. Fans can also follow the action on the MIAC Scoreboard, on the free MIAC mobile app, and on social media through the MIAC's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
2019 MIAC MEN'S HOCKEY PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals | Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 |
No. 5 Saint Mary's 5, No. 4 Concordia 2 | Box Score |
Championship | Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 7:00 PM |
Lowest remaining seed at Highest remaining seed
GAME TIMES ARE TENTATIVE