The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 26, 2013

Mavs finding ways to win must-win games


Going into the season, the perception of the WCHA is that it’s wasn’t nearly as strong as it was before the great college hockey schism of 2013 and that it could be a one-bid league for the NCAA tournament. An automatic bid will go to the Final Five winner.

Right now, it appears that the conference is stronger than that, though. Ferris State is ranked sixth in the nation now, and Lake Supeior State is 16th. Three other teams have overall winning records, and Bemidji State has 11 points after playing 10 conference games.

If the conference continues to stay strong, that’s a good thing for Minnesota State – provided it starts living up to those preseason expectations.

Funny thing about perception. After losing in overtime on Friday and being down 2-0 on Saturday, the Mavericks appeared to be in big, big trouble. After coming back to win and get a that split on the road, all might not have been well, but it sure was better.

The Mavericks need to stop putting themselves in positions to very much need those wins.

Perhaps they need to consider all of them that way.

Shane Frederick is a Free Press staff writer. Read his blog at and follow him on Twitter @puckato.

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