Minnesota State Mavericks
From the moment the Minnesota State Mavericks took to the ice in 1996, they have been a force to be reckoned with in the world of college hockey. Despite being a relatively new Division I team, the Mavericks have already made their mark in the college hockey history books with unforgettable upsets and triumphant wins. Let’s take a journey through some of the most historic moments in the Minnesota State Mavericks’ history, and relive the exhilarating victories and shocking upsets that have solidified their place in the world of hockey.
The Beginning of a Journey: The Inaugural Season in Division I
In 1996, the Minnesota State Mavericks made the jump from Division II to Division I in college hockey. Many predicted that it would take them years to be competitive in the new division, but the Mavericks proved them wrong. Led by head coach Don Brose, the team finished their first season with a respectable record of 24-14-2, with key wins against nationally ranked teams like Michigan Tech and St. Cloud State. This paved the way for a promising future for the Mavericks in Division I.
Breaking Records: The 2002 Frozen Four Appearance
The 2002 season was one for the record books as the Mavericks achieved their first-ever Frozen Four appearance. After defeating St. Cloud State in the WCHA playoffs, the Mavericks advanced to the Frozen Four, where they faced off against top-ranked teams like Michigan and Maine. Despite a heartbreaking loss in the semifinals to Maine, the Mavericks had made history by becoming the first team in Division I hockey to make a Frozen Four appearance in their sixth season of existence.
The Cinderella Run: 2013 WCHA Championship Victory
In their final season in the WCHA, the Mavericks were determined to go out with a bang. After a rocky start, the team found their stride and went on a 13-game winning streak to secure their spot in the WCHA playoffs. In a Cinderella-like run, the Mavericks defied the odds and defeated top-seeded teams like Wisconsin and Ferris State to become WCHA champions for the first time in school history. This victory not only showcased the Mavericks’ determination and skill, but also solidified their place as a premier team in college hockey.
Defeating the Giants: 2014 Win Against the Gophers
The Minnesota State Mavericks had always been seen as the underdog when facing off against their in-state rival, the Minnesota Golden Gophers. That is, until the 2014-2015 season, when the Mavericks proved that they were a force to be reckoned with. In a nail-biting game, the Mavericks defeated the Gophers 4-2, ending the Gophers’ 14-game winning streak and dethroning them as the top-ranked team in the nation. This win not only marked a historic moment for the Mavericks, but also ignited a new rivalry between the two teams.
Global Recognition: The 2017 World Junior Championship
While the Minnesota State Mavericks have made their mark in the world of college hockey, their players have also made a name for themselves on a global scale. In 2017, Mavericks forward Marc Michaelis represented his home country of Germany at the IIHF World Junior Championship. Playing against the best young talent from around the world, Michaelis impressed scouts and fans alike with his skill and finesse on the ice, solidifying his place as a rising star in the hockey world.
The Upset of All Upsets: The 2019 NCAA Tournament Win Against St. Cloud State
In the 2018-2019 season, the Minnesota State Mavericks were looking to make a statement in the NCAA tournament. Seeded fourth, the Mavericks faced off against top-ranked St. Cloud State. Despite being the underdogs, the Mavericks came out strong and dominated the game, ultimately defeating St. Cloud State 6-3. This stunning upset not only solidified their place in the tournament, but also proved that the Mavericks were a force to be reckoned with in the world of college hockey.
A Legacy of Success: Looking Toward the Future
The Minnesota State Mavericks have solidified their place in college hockey with their impressive wins and upsets throughout their years. As they continue to build a legacy of success, the sky’s the limit for this young yet mighty team. With a dedicated fan base and a stellar coaching staff, the future looks bright for the Minnesota State Mavericks and their place in the world of hockey.