Friday, January 2, 2015

Friday Morning Skate

Greetings from the road to Marquette ...

When we last left the third-ranked Mavericks, they were canceling a game against Princeton due to a flu-like virus that had spread through the team. Healthy and rested after holiday break, MSU is back in action against Northern Michigan.

The series against the Wildcats begins a tough second-half schedule for the Mavericks, who are trying to keep their focus on this series and not what lies ahead.

Minnesota State has relied on its offensive depth throughout the first half of the season, with no dominant forward — but several good ones — leading the way. Will an alpha dog emerge from the group? If so who? Matt Leitner? Bryce Gervais? Perhaps it will be Teddy Blueger, who was the focus of a Thursday feature story.

For more on the Northern Michigan series, read The Free Press' gameday preview here.

With the second half of the season starting, a lot of attention will be on the WCHA and its teams who had great first-halves. That group includes MSU, Michigan Tech and Bowling Green. While their success has surprised some, those programs have been building up to this for a few years.

For more on the league going forward, read my and Jack Hittinger's second-half preview column for USCHO. You can also see our weekend picks here.

That's about all for now. More to come later from the U.P.

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