Augsburg wins 2019 MIAC Men's Hockey Playoff Championship in 4OT classic

Augsburg won its fourth consecutive MIAC Playoff championship just before midnight on Saturday.
Augsburg won its fourth consecutive MIAC Playoff championship just before midnight on Saturday.

MINNEAPOLIS – In the second-longest men's hockey game in NCAA Division III history, the Augsburg Auggies outlasted the Saint John's Johnnies, 2-1, in four overtimes at Ed Saugestad Rink in Minneapolis to claim their fourth consecutive Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) playoff championship. The game-winning shot came just before midnight on Saturday and secured the Auggies a berth in the NCAA Division III Men's Hockey Tournament.

2019 MIAC Men's Hockey Playoffs | Box Score | Photos |

A second-period goal by Alex Rodriguez appeared to be all the offense the Auggies would need through much of the game; however, Johnnies forward Robb Stautz found the back of the net with 81 seconds left in regulation to give Saint John's new life. The score would remain tied 1-1 through three overtime periods before Tommy Carey scored on a power-play 54 seconds into the seventh period of the game to land Augsburg a 2-1 victory. Both goalies put on masterful performances in the game. Saint John's Andrew Lindgren played outstanding, recording a career-high 86 saves - the third-highest single-game total in Division III history. Fifty of those saves came in extra frames. Augsburg's Nick Schmit was spectacular as well, stopping 57 shots in the win. At 120 minutes and 54 seconds, the game will go down as the second-longest in D-III history, bested only by the 2010 MIAC Semifinal matchup between Augsburg and Gustavus, which lasted 138 minutes and 38 seconds.

Following Saturday's game, the Auggies were presented with the MIAC Playoff Championship plaque, along with the Ed Saugestad Cup. Augsburg also claimed the Conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Men's Hockey Tournament, marking the sixth Tournament berth in program history (1984, 1998, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). The Road to the Frozen Four begins next Saturday with opening round action. The Auggies will learn their opponent along with the other 11 teams in the national tournament field on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. on NCAA.com.

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, including scores, stats, and photos. Fans can also follow the action on the MIAC Scoreboard, the free MIAC mobile app or the MIAC's Facebook, Instagram or 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 | Recap |

Semifinals | Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 |
No. 2 Saint John's 4, No. 3 St. Thomas 1 | Box Score | Recap |
No. 1 Augsburg 8, No. 5 Saint Mary's 1 | Box Score | Recap |

Championship | Saturday, March 2, 2019 |
No. 1 Augsburg 2, No. 2 Saint John's 1 (4OT) | Box Score |