Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hockey's in the air

Call it the end of pre-preseason and the start of preseason.

The Minnesota State men's hockey team had its first practice of the season with coaches on Thursday, going through an hour-long workout at All Seasons Arena. Starting Thursday, coaches get two hours of ice time with their teams per week until the official start of the season on Oct. 1.

"This is the preseason," MSU coach Troy Jutting said afterward. "We're setting up for the first practice.

"It was good. The intensity was good. The kids worked hard. It was short, so we don't get too far into things. But it's a chance to start getting used to the pace."

The Mavericks will have another hour-long practice on Friday and then have three 40-minute practices in each of the next two weeks, Jutting said.

Senior goaltender Austin Lee said it was a good first day.

"It was good to get the first-year guys acclimated to the speed of practice. That's always fun," he said.

Senior Michael Dorr said he and fellow captain Tyler Elbrecht have been running captains practices as well as some on-ice drills to get ready for Thursday. The team has also been running and doing other dryland workouts.

"Guys are in good shape," Dorr said. "But there's a difference between on-ice shape and running shape."

Jutting praised MSU strength and conditioning coach Tom Inkrott, saying he "did a great job this summer with the kids."


hockeyfan said...

Heard Jouds had a great tournament for Chicago and is invited to the main camp. Anyone hear how Saks, Davis, or Gali are doing?

hockeyfan said...

I just read Saks was released by St.Louis. Hope he gets picked up by another club. Maybe Europe?

Last Year said...

The Florida Everblades signed forward Rylan Galiardi on Thursday, the ECHL hockey club announced.

Galiardi, 25, joins the Everblades after a four-year collegiate career at Minnesota State University-Mankato, where he compiled a total of 81 points (29g, 52a) from 2007-2011. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward served as the Mavericks’ team captain during his junior and senior seasons, while finishing second on the team in scoring with 25 points (11g, 14a) in 2009-2010.

“Rylan is a good-sized power forward, which gives us a little more size up front, “ said Poss. “He was a consistent point producer at the NCAA level, and he does all of the little things that help a team win.”

The Calgary, Alberta, native logged two assists and two penalty minutes in 10 appearances with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League last spring. Prior to his time in college, he played three seasons in the NAHL with the Minnesota and Alexandria Blizzard.