Nearly 90 minutes before the opening faceoff, MSU students were lined up outside the Alltel Center, queuing all the way to Mankato's Intergovernmental Center waiting to claim their seat. On Wednesday, the university distributed 1,100 free student tickets at the Taylor Center. The line snaked all the way to the Myers Field House, and tickets were gone within 15 minutes. Students unable to get one of the free tickets aren't completely left out in the cold; they're able to buy them for $6.
The players skated out for warmups 40 minutes before gametime, and the student section was packed and cheering wildly for the Mavericks (and, of course, booing the referees and Beavers).
As for the game, here are tonight's lines (starters in bold):