Interesting happenings out of Bemidji on Monday, as Bemidji State announced four finalists for its women's coaching job. The group includes two coaches with MSU ties: current women's assistant Brett Bruininks and, the surprise name of the batch, former Maverick men's coach Troy Jutting.
The other candidates are BSU assistant Amber Fryklund and East Grand Forks girls coach/athletic director James Scanlan.
Bruininks has been an assistant to Eric Means for one season but was a head coach for the Division III Concordia women's team for three years prior to that and had success there.
But Jutting is a bit of a wild card here. He's been an assistant coach at Nebraska Omaha the last two seasons after getting fired from Minnesota State, his alma mater. While it's not surprising that he's seeking another head coaching job, it is surprising that he's in the running for one in the women's game.
St. Cloud State just hired a men's assistant, Eric Rud, as its new women's coach. It's his first college head coaching job. Rud had been an assistant at Colorado College and previously with the St. Cloud men.
All four of Bemidji State's candidates are to interview on Wednesday.
McKelvie leaves Lake Forest
Former Maverick Ryan McKelvie has stepped down as coach at Division III Lake Forest after three seasons there. He will take over as head coach and director of hockey operations for an expansion U18 team in Wenatchee, Wash., that will play at the Junior A Tier III level.
Wenatchee is his wife's hometown and where McKelvie was the associate head coach for the Wenatchee Wild of the NAHL for two seasons.
McKelvie was the NCHA coach of the year last season, leading Lake Forest to a 15-12-1 record, the program's best mark in 10 years.
Morin vs. Mouillierat?
The AHL playoffs are still going on, and the Calder Cup finals could see a pair of Mavericks going head to head.
Travis Morin and the Texas Stars are in the Western Conference finals, and Kael Mouillierat and the St. John's IceCaps are playing in the Eastern Conference finals. Going into Monday, each MSU alum's team had a 3-2 series lead.
Read more about them in my Free Press column here.
UPDATE: Toronto defeated Texas 3-1 on Monday night to force a Game 7 on Tuesday (tonight). St. John's and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton play Game 6 on Tuesday.