Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thursday update

It's playoff time, and the (purple) Mavericks are preparing to meet the (red) Mavericks. Here are links to some of the coverage (including my own) leading up to this weekend's games in Mankato ...

We all know the storylines, right, and the reunion of coaches past and present for Minnesota State and Nebraska Omaha was taken care of back in December when the they played in Omaha. Where there's a lot these two teams know about each other, the games and the players playing them are what really matter, MSU coach Mike Hastings said.

USCHO also talked to Hastings about the matchup against his former club.

The hiring of Hastings nearly 11 months ago began Minnesota State's turnaround and record-setting season (22 wins), but did the Mavericks really think they'd be in this spot after two 11th-place finishes and even a 1-5 start to the WCHA season?

In Omaha, UNO is trying to plug a leaky defense that has allowed 26 goals in its last five games. That includes 13 power-play goals in its last 26 kills. Omaha took Monday off after getting swept at Duluth and losing its fourth game in a row, which put it in the seventh spot in the WCHA for the second year in a row.

Check back on the blog today for more, including my live lunch chat at noon and the announcement of the WCHA award winners later in the day.

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