The Mavericks are beginning their second season under coach John Harrington. In their first season, they had 21 freshmen and sophomores — 22, Harrington says, if you count him — so they come in this year with much more experience. Is it enough to move up the WCHA standings? Stay tuned.
One of the returning players is senior goaltender Brianna Quade, who started all but one game last year and was the Mavericks' MVP. Only one goaltender in the country saw more shots than Quade and only two others made more saves than she did.
The Mavericks were picked to finish last in the WCHA. Wisconsin, the league's defending champion, was picked first with six first-place votes. Minnesota, the defending national champion, was second and earned the other two votes. From there, the list went: North Dakota, Minnesota Duluth, Bemidji State, St. Cloud State, Ohio State and Minnesota State.