The Free Press, Mankato, MN


January 14, 2014

Frederick column: Road wins tough to come by in college hockey


For the Seawolves, their turnaround under new coach Matt Thomas clearly has started at Sullivan Arena, their home rink.

The expectation for all teams is to win in their own buildings. Sweep at home and split on the road is often the standard.

Minnesota State coach Mike Hastings made that clear from the moment he arrived and began working on his own turnaround project. Remember that Denver series early last year? The one in which the Mavericks played well, were competitive against the nation’s third-ranked team but lost two games?

“At the end of the day, tonight’s not acceptable because we’re playing at home, in front of our crowds, on our ice,” Hastings said following the second game of that series. “We have to put points in the bank when we’re in our building.”

That’s the mantra again this weekend in Mankato, and after that, it’s back to road work.

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

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