Off the Hop
#2 Minnesota State (3-1-0 general, 0-0-0 CCHA) continues nonconference motion this weekend with a couple of video games at #8 St. Cloud State (4-0-0, 0-0-0 NCHC) Friday and Saturday. Face-off between the Mavericks and the Huskies at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (5,159) in St. Cloud is slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday and six:00 p.m., Saturday.
Mavericks vs. Huskies
One of its oldest and maximum-frequently performed opponent, Minnesota State leads within the all-time collection vs. St. Cloud State 73-57-10. The collection between Minnesota State and St. Cloud State dates again to the 1969-70 season – MSU’s first season of varsity males’s hockey. The final assembly between the 2 systems got here final yr when the Mavericks and the Huskies performed a two-recreation set in Mankato in early October. The Mavericks gained the primary recreation 1-0 (Oct. 8) and the Huskies gained the second one recreation 3-1 (Oct. 9).
Last Time Out
The Mavericks are 3-1-0 general and nil-0-0 CCHA after a two-recreation house nonconference sweep over Minnesota Duluth final weekend. Freshman goaltender Alex Tracy stopped all 16 photographs in his first occupation look and Cade Borchardt (G, 2 As) and Akito Hirose 3 As) had 3 issues every because the Mavericks claimed a 6-0 win Friday. Sam Morton scored each objectives in Saturday’s 2-1 win.
With the 2 wins over Minnesota Duluth final weekend, Minnesota State has moved into #2 on each the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine nationwide polls. The Mavericks have been rated 5th within the polls the 2 earlier polls. St. Cloud State enters this weekend rated #8 in each polls.
Maverick Hockey History
Now into the 54th yr of its lifestyles, Minnesota State owns an all-time document of 1013-670-158. The Mavericks are of their twenty seventh yr as individuals of NCAA Division I and are of their 2nd season as individuals of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
Behind the Bench
Minnesota State has long past 277-97-24 below the tutelage of head trainer Mike Hastings (St. Cloud State ’93), who’s in his eleventh season in the back of the Mavericks’ bench. Including a couple of journeys to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2020-21 and 2021-22, Hastings has led the Mavericks to 8 NCAA event appearances and no program within the country has gained extra video games (274) all over his time in the back of the MSU bench.
In addition to his function as the top trainer of the Mavericks, Hastings additionally spent 3 weeks in February as a member of the Team USA training body of workers on the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. He additionally used to be named to the Team USA training body of workers for the 2022 IIHF Men’s World Championship held in Finland in May.
Minnesota State gained the MacNaughton Cup as 2021-22 CCHA common season champions – marking the 5th season in a row the Mavericks has captured a league common-season name and 6th time within the final 9 years.
Minnesota State additionally captured the Mason Cup final season as CCHA event champions.
Trio of Mavericks Pick up CCHA Honors
Three individuals of the Minnesota State males’s hockey staff have been singled out because the Central Collegiate Hockey Association introduced its weekly awards following 6-0 and three-2 wins over fourth-rated Minnesota Duluth final weekend.
Senior Sam Morton used to be named CCHA Forward of the Week, junior Akito Hirose used to be named CCHA Defenseman of the Week and freshman goaltender Alex Tracy picked up CCHA Rookie of the Week honors.
A local of Lafayette, Colo., Morton registered 4 issues on 3 objectives and an help within the sweep over UMD. He had a purpose and an help in Friday’s 6-0 win over the Bulldogs after which scored each objectives in Saturday’s 2-1 victory. Saturday’s recreation-profitable purpose is his 5th occupation recreation-profitable purpose. Morton, who gained 15-of-27 faceoffs vs. UMD, has 3-2–5 in 4 video games performed for the season.
Hirose, local of Calgary, Alta., posted a 4-level weekend in serving to lead the Mavericks previous the Bulldogs. The Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) product assisted on 3 objectives in Friday’s 6-0 win and assisted on Sam Morton’s recreation-profitable purpose in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over the Bulldogs. For the season, Hirose has 0-5–5 in 4 GP for 2022-23.
Tracy, who hails from Chicago, grew to become apart 31 of 32 photographs for a .969 save proportion in backstopping the Mavericks to the 2 wins. He earned his first occupation shutout and primary occupation win in his first school look via preventing all 16 photographs in a 6-0 whitewashing of the Bulldogs Friday. He then stopped 15 of 16 photographs in Saturday’s 2-1 victory.
Livingstone, Hirose Rise Up
Junior defensemen Jake Livingstone and Akito Hirose proceed their stand up Minnesota State’s occupation scoring via defensemen record.
Livingstone, final yr’s CCHA Defenseman of the Year, has 2-3–5 in 4 video games performed this yr. His 50 issues on 15 objectives and 25 assists in 76 video games puts him 14th at the college’s occupation scoring via defensemen record (NCAA DI-technology).
Hirose, who has 0-5–5 in 4 video games performed in 2022-23, owns 3-43–46 in 70 occupation video games and is fifteenth at the MSU’s occupation scoring record.
It’s All Fun and Games
Fifth-year senior defenseman Andy Carroll enters this weekend’s video games vs. St. Cloud State with 9-32–41 and is +64 with 86 blocked photographs in 134 occupation video games performed. The Northfield, Minn., local is Minnesota State’s lively occupation video games performed chief.
Catcher within the Ry
Senior ahead Ryan Sandelin’s has registered 2-1–3 in 4 video games performed at the season. The Hermantown, Minn., local has 31-19–50 in 94 occupation video games performed.
If You had One Shot
The Mavericks have had 20 gamers on the roster who’ve put a minimum of one shot on purpose this yr. Senior ahead Ryan Sandelin leads MSU with 17 photographs on purpose and is adopted via Sam Morton with 11 and defensemen Jake Livingstone and Andy Carroll with 10 every.
Senior ahead Cade Borchardt, who has 1-2–3 in 4 video games performed this season, is Minnesota State’s lively occupation scorer with 25-43–68 in 86 video games. The Burnsville, Minn., local has 182 photographs on purpose and is +45 for his occupation with the Mavericks.
Senior forwards Cade Borchardt and Brendan Furry are serving as this season’s staff captains (each are in first yr as a captain). Senior ahead Sam Morton is in his first yr as another captain, as is junior defenseman Jake Livingstone.
On the Docket
Following the 2 video games at #8 St. Cloud State this weekend, the Mavericks open CCHA play with Bowling Green visiting Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center Oct. 28-29
A house-and-house collection with St. Thomas is scheduled for Nov. 4-5, which is adopted via two house video games vs. Northern Michigan 18-19, a couple of highway video games at Michigan Tech (Nov. 26-27), two house video games vs. Ferris State (Dec. 2-3), highway video games at Bowling Green (Dec. 9-10) and a couple of house video games vs. Bemidji State (Dec. 15-16) to near out the pre-Holiday a part of the agenda.