March 16, 2003
Wayne State claims CHA title, automatic bid

Wayne State 3,
Bemidji State 2
Team Goal Str
Time Assists

First Period

1-BS Myles Kuharski (9) EV
6:29 J. Haider
1-WS Jon Brink (7) EV
8:41 N. Rosychuk
2-BS Jeff McGill (13) PP
11:17 B. Cook, P. Jonsson
Second Period
2-WS Marc St. Jean (8) PP
11:05 S. Kovalchik
3-WS Maxim Starchenko (11) EV
15:49 C. Vail
Third Period
No Scoring
WS: David Guerrera, 60:00, 16 saves, 2 GA
BS: Grady Hunt, 59:09, 12 saves, 3 GA
Penalties: BS 6/12; WS 8/26
Power Plays: BS 1-8; WS 1-6
Attendance: 1,685
All-Tournament Team
G: David Guerrera, Wayne State
D: Marc St. Jean, Wayne State (MVP)
D: Bryce Methven, Bemidji State
F: Jason Durbin, Wayne State
F: Barret Ehgoetz, Niagara
F: Dustin Kingston, Wayne State
F: Andrew Murray, Bemidji State
How they got here

CHA Quarterfinal coverage

CHA Semifinal coverage

CHA Tournament Preview

By Nate Ewell

Wayne State captured its third consecutive CHA Tournament championship, although this year's prize carries a little extra reward.

With their 3-2 win over Bemidji State, the Warriors secure the league's first automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. They will enter their first NCAA appearance with a seven-game win streak, including three victories on consecutive nights this weekend in Kearney, Neb.

Bemidji State got on the board first in Sunday's title game, and held leads of 1-0 and 2-1. But the Warriors answered, as they did in Saturday's semifinal against Niagara.

Tournament MVP Marc St. Jean scored his eighth goal of the year and third in two days on a five-on-three power play 11:05 into the second period, tying the score at 2-2. Maxim Starchenko netted the eventual game-winner just under five minutes later.

David Guerrera held Bemidji State off the scoreboard the rest of the way in what was truly a defensive struggle. The two teams combined for just 33 shots on goal, with Guerrera turning aside 16 shots and first-team All-CHA goaltender Grady Hunt making a season-low 12 saves for the Beavers.

Wayne State awaits its seeding in the NCAA Tournament, which will be announced next Sunday, March 23.


Wayne State is the first team in college hockey to win three straight conference tournament titles since Lake Superior captured the 1991, '92 and '93 CCHA titles.

The Warriors have won 15 games in a row in the month of March, and are 15-1 in March in the program's history.

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