Monday, October 24, 2016

Brickley hurt, Rivera honored

It was a good-news, bad-news day for the Minnesota State men's hockey team.

The bad news was that sophomore defenseman Daniel Brickley will be out "for awhile," according to coach Mike Hastings, with an upper body injury. Brickley was hurt late in the third period of Saturday's 4-2 loss at Alaska. He got off to a great start to the season, scoring 10 points, which leads the Mavericks and the WCHA. His strong play this season, along with an excellent freshman season, has drawn much attention from pro scouts. They'll have to wait a few weeks, it seems, to get their eyes on him again.

The good news was that freshman forward Nicholas Rivera was named WCHA Rookie of the Week for his performance in last week's series split at Alaska. Rivera finished the series with four points, including two goals and an assist in Friday's 7-1 victory. Lake Superior State's Diego Cuglietta (offensive) and Collin Saccoman (defensive) were the other league players of the week. Hastings has had good things to say about Rivera from the start of the season. On Monday, Hastings said Rivera, senior Jordan Nelson and sophomore Max Coatta were the Mavericks' most consistent line all weekend against the Nanooks.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks remained in ninth place in both national polls, USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine.

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