Minnesota State hockey hosted their first-ever WCHA title game on Saturday against Bowling Green.
The Mavericks epic come from behind 3-2 overtime victory sent the fourth largest crowd in Verizon Center’s history into a frenzy. The Bethany broadcast crew was there to capture those championship moments.
Minnesota State was heading for this game all season and so the broadcast crew began shooting high end footage back in January capturing cinematic slow-motion clips of players and fans. The goal was to create that championship hype video to fire up the raucous Mankato crowd before the big game.
Creating that hype video takes a lot of work and there are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to capturing the emotion of Mankato’s own Super Bowl moment. Freshman Matt Maisch spent the previous three hockey weekends honing his craft and improving his editing skills for just this specific moment.
Maisch spent roughly 30 hours on the two and half-minute video this past week. The video included great Maverick moments in history, highlights from this season, shots of the Mavericks and Falcons battling and finally clips from a last-minute trophy shoot on Friday of the Jeff Sauer Trophy.
You only get that one chance to create that goose bump moment before the game begins. It sets the tone for the whole environment and creates a real home-ice advantage for the home team. The fans responded with a thunderous roar as the Mavericks took to the ice for introductions.
The thrilling win, dubbed the ‘Mankato Miracle’, will be talked about for years to come. It will also be shown for years to come as the broadcast team recorded over 10 camera angles of the dramatic win.
Expect more from Maisch and the production crew as they create social media content for the Mavericks as they head to the NCAA tournament this weekend against Providence in Rhode Island.