Will the Bulldogs still be just as high in the rankings at that time? Will Minnesota State rise up during its Alaska trip and get the college-hockey nation’s focus on Mankato in mid-January?
Right now that sure looks like a weekend to circle on the calendar.
Following the Mavericks’ series sweep against Northern Michigan on Dec. 6-7 in Mankato, MSU coach Mike Hastings said he thought his team played well but was fortunate to have caught the banged-up Wildcats at a good time.
Now, folks are again noticing what the Mavericks are doing and again putting them in their polls. Minnesota State has swept three straight series and outscored opponents 27-11 over the last seven games.
Perhaps it was a few other teams, early on, that caught the Mavericks at a good time.
Shane Frederick is a Free Press staff writer. Read his blog at mankatofreepresshockey.blogspot.com and follow him on Twitter @puckato.
Tonight's game Minnesota State men's hockey vs. U.S. Junior National Team (exhibition) 7:37 p.m. today, Verizon Wireless Center Radio: KTOE 1420 AM Live blog: mankatofreepresshockey.blogspot.com Twitter: @puckato Notes: Mavericks freshman F Zach Stepan is member of the U.S. team. ... MSU is also without sophomore F Teddy Blueger, who playing for Latvia in the World Junior Division I A Group Championship currently underway in Poland. ... Sophomore D Blake Thompson will make his MSU debut tonight after transferring from Minnesota a year ago. ... The U.S. has 29 players but will trim to 23 before the World Junior Championship, which takes place Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Sweden.