Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday Morning Skate

Happy Black Friday, everyone! I don't know about you, but I'm staying away from Mankato's malls and stores. Unfortunately, even if Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., seems like about as far as one could be from them, I'm not there with the Mavericks this weekend. I'll be monitoring their game via

For Minnesota State senior forward Jean-Paul LaFontaine, the trip to the Soo is a return to his onetime boyhood home. He and fellow senior Matt Leitner appear to be heating up over the last few weeks. Read more about that and the series in my College Hockey Gameday.

The Mavericks were also College Hockey News' Team of the Week. USCHO's WCHA column focuses on Northern Michigan as well as Minnesota State.

Going around the WCHA ...

Michigan Tech at Alabama Huntsville: The Huskies will try to bounce back from their two losses to MSU with a road series against the improved Chargers.

Northern Michigan at Alaska: The Wildcats continue their long road trip in Alaska, going from Anchorage to Fairbanks, while the Nanooks are trying to avoid another one-goal loss.

Ferris State at Wisconsin: The Bulldogs are looking to avoid being the Badgers' first victim this season. It's shocking that Wisconsin is winless on Thanksgiving weekend.

St. Cloud State at Bemidji State: The Beavers' tough schedule continues with a nonconference series against the Huskies. Bemidji State is on a six-game losing skid, against Minnesota State, Michigan Tech and Bowling Green. Brutal schedule.

Read my and Jack Hittinger's weekend picks here.

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