5. The coaches’ view: Hastings says the defensive-minded Beavers won’t make life easy for the Mavericks. “They’re frustrating to play against,” he said. “They’re extremely well-coached, from the goal out. I think their goaltender (Walsh) is probably their best player. We need to be prepared for that.” Said BSU’s Tom Serratore: “There’s no question (MSU’s) the most talented team in the league. ... They’re very deep up front. They’re a team that can put up four goals on any given night.”
Around the rinks
Minnesota State women: The Mavericks (3-5-0, 0-4-0 in WCHA) play a home-and-home series against No. 1-ranked Minnesota (8-0-0, 6-0-0), starting tonight in Minneapolis. Saturday’s game will take place at 3:07 p.m. at All Seasons Arena. The Gophers have won 57 consecutive games, a streak that has included two national titles. Their last loss came on Feb. 17, 2012 against North Dakota. The Mavericks have not won in 11 consecutive WCHA games.
Gustavus Adolphus: The Gusties men and women both open their seasons this weekend, with the men playing in the MIAC Showcase in Blaine against Bethel tonight and St. Thomas on Sunday. The women, ranked fourth in the preseason rankings, will host St. Mary’s in a nonconference game at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Don Roberts Ice Rink in St. Peter.
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