The Mavericks skated on the new ice at the Verizon Wireless Center for the first time on Saturday, and there seemed to be some excitement about the new-look arena. The whole place seemed brighter, fresher, cleaner.
The civic center will get a test drive Sunday evening when Minnesota State plays Lethbridge in an exhibition game. Lethbridge played Minnesota on Saturday night and lost 5-1 in a game that included 105 minutes worth of penalties, including five majors/misconducts for facemasking, slashing and, yes, spearing.
I'll be covering the MSU game tonight and plan on getting a live chat going, so check back on the blog later this afternoon for that coverage.
In the meantime, check out today's season-preview story and outlook in The Free Press.
Several WCHA teams were/are in exhibition action this weekend, but one team, Ferris State, started the regular season already. The Bulldogs defeated Colgate 7-4. Game 2 of that series is today.