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.
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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