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March 15-17: WCHA Men's Hockey Playoffs
Mavericks play host to Nebraska Omaha in best-of-three series.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Athletic Communications Press Release, 3-11-2013
Minnesota State (22-11-3 overall, 16-11-1 WCHA), which has won 19 of its last 26 games, will host Nebraska Omaha (18-16-2 overall, 14-12-2 WCHA) in a WCHA best-of-three first round playoff series this weekend.
More information on men's hockey is available here.
Games are scheduled for Friday (7:07 p.m.), Saturday (7:07 p.m.) and Sunday (7:07 p.m., if necessary).
Tickets for the WCHA First Round games in Mankato are $19 (adults), $11 (youth) and $7 (MSU students) and went on sale Monday morning (March 11) at 10:30 a.m. via TicketMaster outlets and the Verizon Wireless Center box office (507-389-3000).
This year's home WCHA playoff series will mark the fourth time the Mavericks have been at home for the first round of the league playoffs. MSU defeated Alaska Anchorage 2-0 in 1999-00, defeated Wisconsin 2-0 in 2002-03 and lost a 2-1 series to Minnesota in 2007-08. MSU stands 5-2 all-time in home WCHA first-round games.
MSU owns an all-time WCHA playoff mark of 9-28. The Mavericks, who have participated in the WCHA postseason since the 1997-98 season (MSU participated as an affiliate member prior to joining the league on a full-time basis in 1999-2000), have played in 15 WCHA postseason tournaments and have won two first-round playoff series (1999-2000 and 2002-2003).
MSU ended the 2012-13 regular season with a home split with North Dakota (4-3 loss and 2-1 overtime win) last weekend. The Mavericks finished in a tie for fourth in the final WCHA standings and are seeded sixth for the first round of the league playoffs.