By Shane Frederick
Free Press Staff Writer
ST PETER —
The Gustavus Adolphus men’s hockey team is ranked eighth in the country, according to the first U.S. College Hockey Online poll released earlier this week.
“You think there was a little lack of homework there?” Gusties coach Brett Petersen said with a laugh.
Gustavus, which opens its season against Augsburg on Friday during the MIAC Showcase at Fogarty Arena in Blaine, is the defending MIAC regular-season champions and went to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row last spring, one year after advancing to the Division III championship game. But the Gusties lost 11 seniors and have 16 new faces this year.
“We’re trying to figure out who’s who,” said Petersen, who is beginning his 11th season at Gustavus. “We’re going to try to get as many (new players) in the lineup this weekend as we can and see who can play and who can’t.”
Gustavus does return a pair of second-team All-Americans: senior defenseman and captain Mitch Carlson and senior goaltender Josh Swartout. Junior forward Ross Ring-Jarvi, who scored 40 points a season ago, is also back, but his linemate David Martinson, last season’s D-III player of the year, is among the Gusties who graduated.
The Gusties will play Augsburg at 4 p.m. Friday and St. Mary’s at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Each MIAC school will play two games during the Showcase.
“It’s a great event for our league,” Petersen said.
The last time Gustavus played Augsburg was in the semifinals of the MIAC tournament when the teams played four overtimes (138 minutes, 38 seconds) before the Gusties won 6-5.
WCHA honors Rogan
Kathleen Rogan, a freshman on the Minnesota State women’s team, was named WCHA rookie of the week for her play in the series split with North Dakota last weekend.
The forward from Vancouver had a hat trick in a 4-2 win over the then-sixth-ranked Sioux on Friday and was plus-2 for the weekend.
Rogan’s hat trick, which included a shorthanded goal, was the first by an MSU player since Ashley Young scored three goals against Bemidji State in 2008.
Gaede gets nod
Minnesota State recruit Max Gaede was named to the USA Hockey Junior Select Team roster.
The team will play in the World Junior A Challenge Nov. 8-14 in Penticton, British Columbia.
Gaede is a Woodbury native who currently plays for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. In June, he was drafted in the third round by the San Jose Sharks.
BSU arena renamed
Sanford Health, which was behind the controversial ad hanging on Target Center during the Minnesota Twins’ playoff series against the New York Yankees, bought the naming right to Bemidji’s new arena. For $2 million, the building will be called the Sanford Center for the next 10 years.
At 5-0-1, the Minnesota Duluth men are off to the best start in six years. The Bulldogs are ranked third in the country. ... WCHA men’s players of the week included Duluth center Travis Oleksuk (offensive), Denver defenseman John Lee (defensive) and Denver goalie Sam Brittain (rookie). ... Minnesota State and Alaska-Anchorage, who play each other this weekend in Anchorage, are the only WCHA teams not receiving votes in the national polls.