Minnesota State played without its emotional leader during Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Nebraska-Omaha, and perhaps some of the Mavericks' emotions were with him.
Senior defenseman and assistant captain R.J. Linder was out of the lineup for family reasons, having returned to his hometown of St. Cloud Monday to be with his ailing father. According to the St. Cloud Times website this morning, Linder's father, Ron Linder, died of cancer Tuesday. He was 51.
R.J. Linder has been open about his father's illness this season, and talked about it for a story before his final trip home to face St. Cloud State.