Saturday, November 17, 2018

Mavericks 5, Bulldogs 2

Freddy's three thoughts of the game ...

1. No. 1 line of the night: On a night when the top group of Michaelis-Tuomie-Gerard was kept off the board, the group of Spooner-Rivera-Napravnik came through with one of their best performances. Spooner, as you can read about in my gamer (link below) was exceptional, especially on one particular goal. The trio accounted for three goals and three assists for the game and five goals and five assists for the weekend. "I just think we're starting to build chemistry," Spooner said. "Rivera has been hard, and Julian has been a playmaker. It's just a very good combination. We complement each other well."

2. Israelsson needed: Didn't touch on this too much in the gamer, but coach Mike Hastings brought up the play of Mathias Israelsson, who had one of his busiest nights as a Maverick. He stopped 24 shots, nine in the second period for his and the team's sixth win in a row. "I thought he stood real tall, did a great job, controlled rebounds and made a couple that he shouldn’t have and allowed us to build on a lead," Hastings said. Tonight was the first night in MSU's win streak that it's given up more than one goal, but Ferris State was better than on Friday and had a few possessions where it had the Mavericks chasing in their own end until "Izzy" calmed things down.

3. Grind it out: It seemed like there weren't going to be any penalties called in the game, which was odd considering that it was a pretty tight-checking, physical game. The first penalty was finally called at 7:29 of the third period, and Max Coatta scored on the ensuing power play for a 4-2 lead. "Josh French was a  little bit of an unsung hero," Hastings said. "He drives wide and creates the power play opportunity (drawing a penalty). And then that group went in and executed." The Mavericks were called for two penalties, both in the final 5:22, and killed them both off to preserve the win.

Read my game story here.

Around the WCHA: Clarkson 3, Michigan Tech 1 ... Northern Michigan 2, Alaska Anchorage 1 ... St. Cloud State 7, Bemidji State 4 ... Bowling Green 5, Lake Superior State 2 ... Alabama Huntsville at Alaska (late)

Live: Minnesota State vs. Ferris State

Follow along with all the action between the No. 3 Mavericks and visiting Bulldogs on the live blog below tonight's lines.

MINNESOTA STATE
6-Tuomie, 20-Michaelis, 9-Gerard
16-Lutz, 5-Jaremko, 12-Coatta
23-Rivera, 11-Spooner, 15-Napravnik
22-Gerads, 10-McMahan, 26-French

2-Mackey, 3-McNeely
25-Zmolek, 24-Hookenson
7-Aamodt, 18-Scheid
13-Galambos

32-Israelsson
29-McKay
31-Berger

Scratches: Bigelbach, Carroll, Duehr, Schwalbe, Vanko

FERRIS STATE
21-Macken, 15-Transit, 17-Moise
10-Norris, 18-Wendt, 20-MacDougall
28-Hetz, 22-Tackett, 8-Melton
19-Andren, 12-Recktenwald, 6-Fernsler

25-Zech, 23-Kallen
26-Rutkowski, 4-Yoder
5-Smith, 3-Clarke
27-Tierney

30-Salmenkangas
31-Barber

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Mavericks 7, Bulldogs 1

Freddy's three thoughts of the game ...

1. Great start: Sometimes it takes a little time to shake off the rust after a bye week. That wasn't the case on Friday for the Mavericks. They scored three first-period goals, outshooting Ferris State 14-5 in the process. The first of two goals by Marc Michaelis just 40 seconds into the second period put the home team up 4-0, and the game was never in doubt after that. "As the (first) period went on we kept getting better," coach Mike Hastings said. "We started to get into a little bit of a rhythm where we were playing four lines and we were playing six-seven defensemen. And when we can do that, (when) you get everybody to play, it really gets your bench in a good mindset."

2. Scoring barrage: Michaelis (2 goals, 1 assist) and Parker Tuomie (1 goal, 2 assists) each had three-point games, as did sophomore defenseman Connor Mackey with three assists. Thirteen different players had at least one point — good feelings all around. Jared Spooner, with a goal and assist, also had a multi-point game. Tuomie now has 16 points (6-10) in nine games, and Michaelis has 14 (7-7). No one has been able to slow them down yet this season.

3. Getting involved: The Mavericks' defensemen had six points, becoming more involved in the offensive game. "For us to get better over this stretch we have, we need to get better support from our back end offensively ... creating more shots from the blue line." First off, there was Mackey, who now has nine points. And then there was Jack McNeely, another sophomore, who finished off a 2-on-1 with Max Coatta with a pretty backhander for his first career goal. "It’s great," Hastings said. "I wish I could share with people out there how our bench reacted to it. It’s very uplifting. Jack works hard every day."

Read my game story here.

Around the WCHA: Clarkson 3, Michigan Tech 1 ... Lake Superior State 5, Bowling Green 0 ... Northern Michigan 3, Alaska Anchorage 0 ... St. Cloud State 2, Bemidji State 0 ... Alabama Huntsville 3, Alaska 1

Live: Minnesota State vs. Ferris State

The No. 3 Mavericks and Bulldogs will square off at 7:07 p.m. today at the Verizon Center. Follow along with all the action below tonight's lines:

MINNESOTA STATE
6-Tuomie, 20-Michaelis, 9-Gerard
16-Lutz, 5-Jaremko, 12-Coatta
23-Rivera, 11-Spooner, 15-Napravnik
22-Gerads, 10-McMahan, 26-French

2-Mackey, 3-McNeely
25-Zmolek, 24-Hookenson
7-Aamodt, 18-Scheid
4-Carroll

32-Israelsson
29-McKay
31-Berger

Scratches: Bigelbach, Duehr Galambos, Schwalbe, Vanko

FERRIS STATE
21-Macken, 22-Tackett, 17-Moise
10-Norris, 18-Wendt, 6-Fernsler
19-Andren, 15-Transit, 20-MacDougall
28-Hetz, 12-Recktenwald, 8-Melton

25-Zech, 23-Kallen
26-Rutkowski, 4-Yoder
3-Clarke, 7-Killins
27-Tierney

30-Salmenkangas
31-Barber

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Friday Morning Skate

After a week off, the No. 3 Mavericks are back in action this weekend with a WCHA home series against Ferris State. It's the first of five straight conference series for Minnesota State.

At 7-1-0, the Mavericks have been really good. One of the reasons for that has been their ability to plug in the holes in their lineup left by the departure of some high-scoring forwards. Case in point is right wing on the No. 1 line where speedster Charlie Gerard has already made a big mark.

For more on the Mavericks and Bulldogs, read the Freep's College Hockey Gameday feature. Also College Hockey News takes a look at MSU's defensive corps.

Ferris State, meanwhile, is being led by a pair of defensemen, including one of the WCHA's top rookies.

Going around the rest of the WCHA ...

• Lake Superior State at Bowling Green: This is a big series between the much-improved Lakers and the No. 10 Falcons, who are trying to get their power play clicking like it was in the first weeks of the season.

• Alaska Anchorage at Northern Michigan: The host Wildcats are hoping to get back on track after getting swept at home by Cornell. Not many people thought they'd be 3-7-0 right now. The Seawolves, meanwhile are looking for their first win since Oct. 7.

• Alabama Huntsville at Alaska: The Nanooks got their first win of the season last Saturday at Lake State. The Chargers are still looking for theirs after starting off 0-10. This series marks the return of Lance West to Fairbanks. The UAH assistant coach was Alaska's interim head coach last year.

• There are a couple of good nonconfernece series last Bemidji State goes to St. Cloud State for an in-state showdown, and Michigan Tech, which is coming off a sweep of Ferris State goes to Clarkson.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mavericks ink seven recruits

Minnesota State will have a pretty highly anticipated group of freshmen coming in next season, seven players who coaches and fans have been excited about for awhile.

“They have been verbally committed for awhile,” coach Mike Hastings said of the group. “I’m excited about what the future is going to be here.”

On Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA's early signing period, seven players inked National Letters of Intent to join Minnesota State in 2019.

The group includes forwards Ryan Sandelin and Nathan Smith. Sandelin, a Hermantown native, is the son of Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin. Smith, a Tampa, Florida, native was drafted in the third round by the Winnipeg Jets last summer.

"Horns Up! Super excited to say I have signed my NLI to officially become a Maverick," Sandelin tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.

Hastings said the entire class, which includes two other forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender, will have a chance to compete as soon as they get to Mankato. And the competition should be fierce, as this season’s team, ranked No. 3 in the country and off to a 7-1-0 start, has just three seniors, only one of whom plays regularly.

“Any time you have competition in all three groups, you’re going to get better every week,” Hastings said. “This group brings that.”

Here’s a look at the class:

• Sandelin plays for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League. The 6-foot, 191-pound right wing is tied for his team’s lead with 14 goals and has 22 points in 23 games so far this season. He has already passed last season’s point total of 21 in 55 games with the Vees. In three seasons at Hermantown High School, he had 139 points, including 57 goals.

• Smith leads the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders with 14 points in 14 games. The 6-foot, 184-pound center is in his second season in the United States Hockey League. He had 47 points in 51 games a season ago.

• Another Florida native, Lucas Sowder of the Wenatchee Wild, is a 5-11, 165-pound left wing who ranks in the top 20 in BCHL scoring with eight goals and 25 points in 23 games. He’s in his third season in Wenatchee and had 22 goals and 60 points in 48 games a season ago.

• Cade Borchardt, a Burnsville native, is a 5-10, 187-pound right wing for the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede. He has nine points in 13 games this season, which is tied for second on his team. Last year with the Madison Capitols, he had 42 points, including 14 goals, in 59 games. He racked up 88 points in three seasons at Burnsville High School.

• Colby Bukes is a 5-11, 184-pound defenseman for the Muskegon Lumberjacks and has 12 points in 14 games, which ranks third among USHL defensemen. A native of Littleton, Colorado, Bukes had 28 points in 59 games last season with Muskegon.

• Tony Malinowski is a 6-3, 195-pound defenseman for the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers. He has four points and is plus-9 through 12 games this season. Last year, the Clarkson, Michigan, native had eight points and was minus-1 in 40 games with the Bucs.

• Jaxson Stauber is the lone goalie on the list. A Plymouth native and graduate of Holy Family Catholic in Victoria, the 6-3, 171-pounder is in his second season with the Sioux Falls Stampede. Through seven games he is 3-3 with a .883 save percentage and a 3.01 goals-against average. He played in 22 games last season, winning eight and had numbers of .900 and 3.09.

Read more here or check out MSU's press release here. You can read about the MSU women's recruits here.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Mavericks remain No. 3

Minnesota State, which was idle over the weekend, remained No. 3 in the newest USCHO poll, which came out on Monday morning. The Mavericks also moved up one spot to No. 3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey rankings. Here is the USCHO poll:

USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll
Minneapolis, Minn./November 12, 2018

   Team             (First Place)    Record   Pts  Last Week
 1 Minnesota Duluth          (41)    8- 1-1   989     1
 2 St. Cloud State           ( 7)    9- 1-0   953     2
 3 Minnesota State           ( 2)    7- 1-0   899     3
 4 Massachusetts                     8- 1-0   807     9
 5 Penn State                        8- 1-0   728     8
 6 Ohio State                        6- 3-1   719     7
 7 Denver                            5- 2-1   656     5
 8 Notre Dame                        5- 4-1   638     6
 9 Providence                        5- 3-1   637     4
10 Bowling Green                     7- 2-2   560    10
11 North Dakota                      5- 3-1   451    11
12 Union                             7- 3-1   399    12
13 Northeastern                      6- 3-1   362    15
14 Quinnipiac                        7- 2-0   328    13
15 Princeton                         3- 1-1   312    18
16 Michigan                          5- 4-0   270    14
17 Cornell                           4- 2-0   263    17
18 Arizona State                     9- 3-0   168    NR
19 Minnesota                         2- 4-1   114    16
20 Miami                             8- 4-0   104    19

Others receiving votes: Bemidji State 60, Wisconsin 38, Lake
Superior 16, Air Force 9, Boston University 7, Michigan Tech
7, Boston College 5, Michigan State 1.