Capitals Prospect Benton Maass Helps Minnesota State Reach First-Ever NCAA Final

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Washington Capitals prospect Benton Maass scored the game-tying tally in the second period of the NCAA’s Frozen Four Semi-Final game Thursday night at TD Garden in Boston.

Minnesota State trailed the University of Minnesota, 1-0, midway through the second period when Maass gathered a loose puck in the right corner and executed a nice wrap-around for the game-tying tally.

Minnesota State would add a second goal late in the middle frame for a 2-1 lead over Minnesota at the second intermission. They would score again early in the final frame, add a late tally and an empty net goal for the 5-1 final.

Minnesota State moves on to their first-ever NCAA Frozen Four final, where they will face the University of Denver Saturday night at TD Garden in Boston. Denver beat the University of Michigan, 3-2 in overtime earlier in the day on Thursday.

Maass played four years and graduated from the University of New Hamshire before entering the transfer portal last spring. He transferred to Minnesota State with a fifth year of eligibility awarded as a result of the pandemic.

The Capitals selected Maass, 23, in the sixth round (#182 overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, and he remains unsigned by the team. The 6’-3” right-handed defenseman will become an unrestricted free agent this summer if he doesn’t ink a deal with the Capitals following the NCAA championship.

The Capitals prospect depth on the right side of the blueline is very thin, so Maass, who is a stay-at-home style defenseman, could be a helpful addition. However, his low offensive output might be a deterrent. Maass has been a steady starter on Minnesota State’s Blueline this season, typically playing on the third pair.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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4 Responses to Capitals Prospect Benton Maass Helps Minnesota State Reach First-Ever NCAA Final

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sign him. Although he might pull a Priskie and decide th be a free agent anyway.

    • redLitYogi says:

      I’d much rather we had signed Priskie. That kid looked like a player. Maas, not so much. Hard pass, he’s not a National Leaguer

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sign him!

  3. steven says:

    Both games last night were great! This kid comes from a great program and he playes the role that the coach wants him to play. Hi s lor off numbers should NOT be a deterrent to signing him. He has lots of room to grow and produce numbers so sign the kid immediately after the championship game!

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