Minnesota State will head back to Mankato on Friday (as will I), following its loss to Wisconsin in the opening game of the WCHA Final Five.
After the game, coach Mike Hastings said the team would take Friday off and practice on Saturday with the (very likely) hopes of getting selected to the NCAA tournament on Sunday night (selection show at 8 p.m. on ESPNU). The Mavericks remain 12th in the Pairwise Rankings.
Nothing really new on the injury front since the end of MSU's game. If there was good news, it came before Thursday's nightcap between North Dakota and Colorado College. That's when Stephon Williams (upper body) was introduced, along with the WCHA's other major award winners — Hastings, Drew LeBlanc, Nick Jensen (Ryan Walters wasn't there)— and participated in the ceremonial puck drop.
Chase Grant and Eli Zuck both left the game early with lower-body injuries, and there was a lot of room on the Mavericks' bench by game's end.
As for more coverage on the MSU-Wisconsin game, check out the Wisconsin State Journal story here.
Like Wisconsin, Colorado College kept its season alive by upsetting North Dakota in overtime on Thursday night, Friday's semifinals will feature Wisconsin vs. St. Cloud State and Colorado College vs. Minnesota. Everyone's curious to see if all of the North Dakota fans in town will stick around for the rest of the weekend.
In other news ...
The Hobey Baker Award top 10 was announced on Thursday, and the field includes four WCHA players: St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc, Nebraska Omaha's Ryan Walters and North Dakota's Danny Kristo and Corban Knight. See the rest of the list here.
On Saturday, there will be two announcements, likely the unveiling of next season's Minnesota Cup tournament and the decision on where next year's WCHA championship weekend will take place.
Eriah Hayes scored his 20th goal of the season on Thursday, becoming the first MSU player to do that since Mick Berge had 20 in 2007-08. Matt Leitner recorded his 30th assist in the game, becoming the first Maverick to hit that number since Grant Stevenson and Shane Joseph each had 36 helpers in 2002-03.