Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hockey, hockey, hockey ...

Photos by Pat Christman/The Free Press
Lots of coverage of the Minnesota State men's hockey team in today's Free Press, starting with a feature on the Mavericks' Mr. Twitter, Mr. Mantra and Mr. Positivity — Tyler Elbrecht (pictured), one of the team's two captains (Mike Dorr is the other).

From there, we have a position-by-position look at the Mavericks this season. Coach Troy Jutting says he's not afraid to put any of the forwards on the ice this season, which means, some talented players will have to sit in the stands or not make road trips this season. Competition should be good for a team looking for consistency, especially in scoring. Defensively, there are some holes to fill, but the goaltending (pictured) should be solid with both Phil Cook and Austin Lee returning.

Finally, there's the game story from Monday's exhibition against British Columbia. It was a pretty sparse crowd at the Verizon Wireless Center but they saw some decent play, including goals by Zach Lehrke, Corey Leivermann and Jean-Paul LaFontaine. Unlike regular-season games, the Mavericks could dress everyone for the exhibition and put different lineups on the ice each period. Only Justin Jokinen, who sat out with a minor injury, didn't play. Third-string goalie Evan Karambelas dressed but didn't play. He is returning from injury.

You can see video of Leivermann's goal off the back of the UBC goalie on KEYC-TV's report from last night. Video here.


Sam said...

The new black road unis look great! Why don't they make a white version for home games? I'd rather see the words "Mavericks" across their chest than the giant bull logo.

Any chance they'll have a home version of these unis? Just seems weird that they'd wear them on the road, and wear something completely different at home.

hockeyfan said...

Couldn't agree more Sam. Don't know can get that done. Shane you have any influence?

Hockey25 said...

Great looking away uniforms, but I would like to see more gold in all the uniforms. The official colors are Purple and Gold.