MINOT, N.D. - The Minot State Beavers are on top of the hockey world once again, and senior left wing Shain Scheschuk says the turning point came after knocking out Adrian in the quarterfinals.
"It was just like we knew it was going to happen, and everyone was on the same page," Scheschuk said. "We just all worked real hard and it was just like it was meant to be."
"When you go in as the #6 team you can kind of have that underdog mentality and sort of sneak up on teams and surprise them," added junior goaltender Josh Bykowski. "I think that's exactly what we did to the #1 seed Lindenwood and Adrian being a good team and Iowa [State] as well."
The MSU defense held off Lindenwood, 1-0, and Iowa State, 3-1, in the last two wins on their road to a title. The Beavers were a perfect 13-for-13 on the penalty kill.
"Our D-corps played very well giving me the support I needed, keeping shots to the outside, letting me make those easy saves, and not making my job too hard. I think they did a really nice job," said Bykowski.
It wasn't always smooth sailing for Minot State, but Head Coach Wade Regier saw the team's potential.
"We had some early struggles and there was a couple losses that I thought 'if we can get over the hump and continue to get better, look out' and we did," Regier said. "It's the culture of 'hey we can get this done. We got the right pieces and if we put things together it's going to be amazing.'"
A rebuilding effort turned into a championship, and now, the program looks set up for long-term success.
"Wade did an incredible job recruiting guys like Navs and Metcalf and Sheldon. Those guys were lights out this year," said Scheschuk.
"I talked to Wade right after we won it and I said 'thanks for the opportunity' and everything like that," Bykowski said. "He said 'well Josh, you played a heck of a game and let's go do it again next year' so the mindset already is being able to turn around and do the exact same thing for years to come."
But first, there's a banner to be raised on Opening Night. The Beavers will be celebrating their championship at Maysa Arena tomorrow from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday afternoon on campus.