FOUR-PEAT in FOUR OTs - Augsburg wins MIAC men's hockey playoff title

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MINNEAPOLIS -- In the second-longest game in NCAA Division III men's hockey history, Tommy Carey's (SO, Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead HS) rebound goal 54 seconds into the fourth overtime gave Augsburg University its fourth straight Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoff championship, a 2-1 triumph over Saint John's University on Saturday night at Ed Saugestad Rink.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Augsburg 2, Saint John's 1 (4OT)
LOCATION: Ed Saugestad Rink, Minneapolis, Minn.
RECORDS: Augsburg 21-3-3 overall, Saint John's 12-10-5 overall

HOW IT HAPPENED
• In an Augsburg power play during the opening minute of the fourth overtime, a clearing attempt behind the Saint John's net deflected off a Johnnie teammate in front of the goal. A shot by Alex Rodriguez (SR, Miami, Fla./Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.) HS) on the right side was saved by Saint John's goalie Andrew Lindgren, but Carey pounced on the rebound on the left side and deposited it in the net for the game-winner, his ninth goal of the season. Chandler Madry (SR, Bakersfield, Calif./Fairbanks (Alaska) BEST HS) received the second assist on the goal.
• With the victory, Augsburg claimed its fourth straight MIAC playoff title -- a feat unprecedented in conference men's hockey playoff history -- and fifth since the conference playoffs began in the 1986-87 school year. The Auggies also earned the MIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament for the fourth straight year, and sixth NCAA tournament berth in program history.
• Augsburg's first goal also came on the power play, as Rodriguez scored his 21st goal of the season, deflecting in front a shot from between the circles by Eric Brenk (SR, Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead HS). Madry fed the puck to Brenk for the second assist on the goal at the 7:49 mark of the second period.
• Saint John's pulled its goalie for an extra attacker late in the third period, and scored with 1:21 left in regulation time, as Robb Stautz scored on a blast from between the circles, assisted by Kyle Wagner and Sean Lang.
• Augsburg held a 37-18 shots on-goal advantage through regulation time, then outshot the Johnnies 51-40 in the 60:54 of overtime for an 88-58 shots on-goal advantage in the game.
• Nick Schmit (SR, Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) had 57 saves to pick up the victory for the Auggies, improving to 16-2-3 on the season.
• Andrew Lindgren had 86 saves in goal for Saint John's.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
• The teams played the equivalent of two-plus complete regulation games, a total of 120 minutes, 54 seconds. The game took 4:48 to complete, ending at 11:48 p.m.
• The game is the second-longest in NCAA Division III men's hockey history, behind the Auggies' 6-5, four-overtime loss at Gustavus in the MIAC playoff semifinals on Feb. 27, 2010, a game that lasted 138:38. Augsburg has been a part of three of the four longest games in Division III men's hockey history, with its 5-4, three-overtime win over Saint John's (102:53) on March 5, 2016 now fourth-longest. Augsburg's 3-2, two-overtime MIAC quarterfinal win over St. Olaf (89:40) on Feb. 26, 2010 is now the 12th-longest game in Division III men's hockey history.
• Among both NCAA Division I and Division III programs, Saturday's game is now the eighth-longest in college men's hockey history. The longest college men's hockey game ever was a five-overtime (151:42) 4-3 win by Massachusetts over Notre Dame on March 6, 2015. The 2010 Augsburg-Gustavus four-overtime game is the fourth-longest in overall college men's hockey history.
• Augsburg is ranked No. 6 in the latest D3hockey.com Division III national poll and No. 7 in the latest USCHO.com Division III national poll.
• Augsburg went 2-for-3 on the power play on Saturday, and 6-for-8 during its two MIAC playoff victories. The Auggies' 26.2-percent power-play conversion rate (28-of-107) is tops among MIAC teams in overall statistics and seventh-best among NCAA Division III teams nationally.
• Augsburg has now outscored its opponents by a 106-57 margin, with its scoring offense average (3.93 per-game) and scoring defense (2.11 per-game) both tops among MIAC teams. Augsburg is now 10th among NCAA Division III teams nationally in scoring offense and 16th in scoring defense. Just 13 Division III teams have scored 100 or more goals this season.
• Rodriguez's 21 goals are tops among MIAC players and tied for fifth-most among NCAA Division III players nationally, and his 39 points (21 goals, 18 assists) are now tied for the most among MIAC players and tied for 12th-most in Division III. His 1.56 points per-game average is ninth-most in Division III.
• Madry's 21 assists are tied for second-most among MIAC players, and his 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) are tied for fourth-most in the MIAC.
• Schmit's 16 wins are the most among MIAC goalies and tied for eighth-most among Division III players nationally. His 1.91 goals against-average is tops among MIAC goalies, while his .931 save percentage is fourth-best. 

UP NEXT
• The Auggies will learn where they will play in the 12-team NCAA Division III national tournament during an NCAA.com webcast on Monday (3/4) at 9:30 a.m. Central time.
• There are four first-round games next Saturday (3/9) and eight quarterfinal games on Saturday, March 16. The national semifinals and finals will be held on March 22-23 at an on-campus site to be determined.

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