Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday-morning skate (updated)

There aren't too many college hockey teams in action this weekend, but Minnesota State is one of them. The Mavericks will play the red Mavericks of Nebraska-Omaha tonight in Mankato and Saturday night in Omaha. PucKato will be live blogging tonight's game but not Saturday's game (look for Twitter updates, though -- I'd love more followers).

As for this series, MSU is hoping to stay unbeaten in nonconference play as it plays a future opponent. Phil Cook will get the start in goal for the second time this year and the second Friday in a row. There will also be a couple of other lineup changes from last Saturday's game, as Adam Mueller gets back in the lineup to skate with his old high school buddy, Michael Dorr. On defense, Joe Schiller will get another crack.

In today's Freep, there's a story on senior defenseman Nick Canzanello, who appears to have found a regular spot in the lineup after an up-and-down junior year. One interesting thing that's not in the story is that Canzanello is the lone D-man in a class that had seven forwards play pretty regularly. His defensive partner that season often was Chad Brownlee, who was a senior.

As for Omaha, it will be without coach Dean Blais, who is leading Team USA in the world junior championships. That event begins on Dec. 26, but the team's training camp in North Dakota began this week. Blais will coach against his old team, North Dakota on Saturday night in an exhibition game between the national team and the Sioux.

The only other WCHA team in action this weekend is Michigan Tech, who will face in-state rival Northern Michigan tonight. Tech is hoping to snap a seven-game losing streak but feels like it's coming off its two best performances of the season.

Now-former Freep stringer Josh Berhow did this story on Dorr for College Hockey News. Congrats to Josh for getting a full-time job in journalism (not easy to do these days) in Vinton, Iowa. Not much for college hockey there, but he's not far from some junior teams. Perhaps he can give us a report on MSU's recruits.

Finally, Inside College Hockey compiled its midseason reports, and MSU's wins over Bemidji State are called the WCHA's biggest upset of the season.

1 comment:

Ian said...

Wow, I just looked at the schedule and my little sis and I have made it to 5 straight home games and we're heading up for number 6 tonight. w00t! (the streak will end the 1st and 2nd due to OUTDOOR HOCKEY ACTION!!!!)

Anyways, good to see Jutting is going to give Dorr the "every game" pass, AS LONG as he works for it. I can't wait to see him rip it up tonight... sounds like he's a pretty big difference maker already.