Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday Morning Skate

The Mavericks' road swing continues this week with a nonconference series at Princeton. It's No. 19 Minnesota State's final series of 2016 and last before a break for the holidays. However, it's also the first series of the second half of MSU's schedule. Time for reflecting on the first half will take place after the weekend, though.

The Mavericks don't take a lot of trips east, but coach Mike Hastings says it's part of his and the school's job to give the players experiences like these. The women's hockey team is also eastbound this weekend with a series at Union.

Princeton, meanwhile, is red-hot, having won six of seven after a winless start to the season. That includes sweeps at Bemidji State and home and home against Quinnipiac. For more on the weekend, check out the Freep's College Hockey Gameday package.

The Tigers' Max Veronneau was named one of the NCAA's stars of the week for the second week in a row.

Here is a Q&A with Mavericks goaltender Cole Huggins.

Going around the WCHA ...

It's a light week, schedule-wise, in the conference, but there is one heavyweight fight, with the league's top team, Bemidji State going to and then hosting No. 1-ranked Minnesota Duluth in a nonconference series. The teams play for the Blue Ox Trophy, by the way.

The lone WCHA series will take place in Fairbanks with Bowling Green traveling to Alaska. The Falcons are hoping to bounce back, especially offensively, after getting swept by Michigan Tech a week ago. The Fairbanks Daily News Miner features Nanooks player Josh Erickson, one of the ... uh ... edgier players in the league. Even his coach described him as "an interesting player," one whose style can be good and bad.

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