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January 23, 2013

Hockey Notebook: WCHA aims to fit Alabama Huntsville in quickly

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MANKATO —

The 5-foot-11, 184-pound Franklin has 15 goals and 15 assists in 35 games this season, which ranks third on the Stampede and is one point more than Knutson.

Former MSU defenseman Aaron Forsythe was Franklin’s coach at Forest Lake High School, and called him a “well-rounded player” and a “true athlete,” a three-sport standout who had received attention from Division I baseball coaches.

“He’ll be a great fit for Mankato,” Forsythe said in an email. “He’s a very physical player that empties his tank every shift. Great team guy, not a selfish bone in his body.”

Meaningful milestone

The Gustavus Adolphus women’s hockey team remained No. 2 in the latest Division III poll, but 300 was the number of the week.

That’s how many wins Gusties coach Mike Carroll reached when the Gusties defeated St. Catherine on Friday. A win on Saturday gave him 301 and kept the MIAC’s first-place team unbeaten going into this weekend’s series against second-place Concordia.

“I just want to thank Gustavus and everyone who has supported me to this point,” Carroll said after the milestone victory. “They have given me the opportunity to coach, and they’ve stuck with me. The longer you’re here, you’re bound to reach some milestones, but it still means a lot.”

One-timers

St. Cloud State last weekend became the first WCHA team to sweep Denver since the 2008-09 season, ending a streak of 60 consecutive conference series. ... No. 2-ranked Quinnipiac ran its national-best unbeaten streak to 17 games (15-0-2) on Tuesday. ... The Minnesota State women’s hockey team is idle this weekend and will play again Feb. 1-2 at home against North Dakota.

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