Folks in Mankato may be curious to know how the USHL Fall Classic has started. On the first day of the preseason festival in Sioux City, Iowa, both ex-MSU goalie Kevin Murdock and Mankato native Tyler Bruggeman saw time in goal.
Murdock, back with the Lincoln Stars after one season with the Mavericks, had a rough go of it, allowing seven goals on 32 shots in a 7-0 loss on Wednesday. He did not play on Thursday.
Meanwhile Bruggeman, a former Mankato West standout who had a solid season in the NAHL a year ago, appeared to pick up where he left off with the Des Moines Buccaneers. He played the first half of a game against Sioux Falls and stopped 17 of 18 shots before being replaced. Bruggeman also sat out on Thursday.
As for the Mavericks themselves, the USHL currently has five recruits (no goalies) playing in the league, including J.P. Lafontaine and Brett Stern in Green Bay, Max Gaede in Sioux City, Zach Palmquist in Waterloo and Josh Berge in Lincoln.