Minn. State, St. Thomas move in NCAA playoffs

Published 8:59 am Monday, November 26, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minnesota teams have advanced to the national quarterfinals in the NCAA football playoffs.

Minnesota State beat Northwest Missouri State 38-35 in Mankato on Saturday to move on to the regional finals in Division II. The Mavericks (12-0) will host Missouri Western State on Dec. 1 at Blakeslee Stadium. Justin Otto intercepted a pass in the end zone in the second overtime, and Sam Brockshus kicked a 27-yard field goal for the win.

In Division III, St. Thomas beat Elmhurst College of Illinois 24-17 to advance. The Tommies (12-0) will host Hobart College of New York on Dec. 1 at O’Shaughnessy Stadium. Brenton Braddock had his third straight 100-yard game for St. Thomas.

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Minnesota beats Vermont 3-1

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Freshman goalie Adam Wilcox made 26 saves to help the Minnesota Gophers beat Vermont 3-1 Saturday for a sweep of their men’s college hockey series.

Wilcox also was in nets in Friday’s 5-1 win by the fourth-ranked Gophers (9-2-2). For the weekend, Wilcox stopped 48 of 50 shots and held the Catamounts (2-6-2) scoreless on eight power plays.

Minnesota got single points from nine different players.

The Gophers scored twice in a span of 1:10 in the second period, getting goals from Tom Serratore and A.J. Michaelson to go up 2-0 at 3:59 of the period.

“We made some good plays in the second period,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. “I think the second period was our best.”

Vermont got within a score on Jacob Fallon’s goal early in the third. But Nate Condon tossed in an empty-netter to seal it with 54 seconds left.

Minnesota is unbeaten in its last seven games.