Here are a few notes that should be passed along to the PucKato faithful ...
Tickets are available for this weekend's games between Minnesota State and St. Cloud State at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. Call the St. Cloud ticket office at 877-SCSUTIX or 320-308-2137. Tickets are a bargain at $12 each.
Minnesota State recently got a commitment from defenseman Josh Nelson of the North American Hockey League's Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Nelson, a native of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., is tied for seventh in the NAHL in scoring among defensemen with 29 points. The 6-foot-0, 185-pounder is also +7 in 50 games. Fairbanks is the same team MSU goalie Phil Cook played for.
Missed this one during the NHL trade whirlwind: Ex-Mav Steve Wagner was traded from the St. Louis Blues to the Pittsburgh Penguins last month. Wagner has not played in the NHL this season but appeared to be having a solid year with the Blues' AHL affiliate in Peoria. He played in six games with the Pens' AHL team, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, before getting his jaw broken by a deflected shot. Ouch!
UPDATE: This weekend's games between MSU and St. Cloud will be shown on Charter cable channel 21 and digitial channel 980. The usual channel 14 will be showing the state hockey tournament.