The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Sports

October 21, 2011

College hockey gameday: Minnesota State at Denver

MANKATO — The Mavericks (1-3-0) will open Western Collegiate Hockey Association play against the third-ranked Pioneers (1-1-0). Minnesota State is 13-24-6 in the all-time series, including an 0-5-1 record against Denver last season, including a pair of losses in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. The Mavericks’ last win in Magness Arena came on Jan. 18, 2003.

The 5-hole

Five things to know about the matchup:

1. Thin slicing: The Mavericks may be without six injured players, including top-line forwards Michael Dorr and Eriah Hayes, but all of this year’s goal scorers are in the lineup: forwards Justin Jokinen (1-1—2), Jean-Paul LaFontaine and Johnny McInnis and defensmen Cameron Cooper and Zach Palmquist. Six freshmen — LaFontaine, Palmquist, Matt Leitner, Charlie Thauwald, Brett Stern and Mat Knoll — will be in the lineup this weekend.

2. Penalty problems: Through four games, MSU leads the country in penalty minutes, averaging 21.5 per game. Cooper and Hayes lead the team with five penalties apiece. The Mavericks’ opponents have scored five power-play goals on 28 chances. Minnesota State, meanwhile, is 0 for 17 on the power play.

3. Between the pipes: Austin Lee and Phil Cook have split time in goal for the Mavericks, with Lee (.945, 2.05) playing on Friday nights and Cook (.890, 4.00) playing on Saturdays. Cook started five games against the Pioneers last season. Lee started the last meeting, a 3-2 overtime loss that ended MSU’s season. Redshirt freshman Evan Karambelas is also on the trip.

4. Pioneer power: Denver opened its season a week ago in Boston and defeated No. 1 Boston College 4-2 before losing to Boston University 4-3. The WCHA media’s selection for preseason player of the year, sophomore Jason Zucker, had a goal and two assists, and junior Drew Shore scored two goals. Denver went 0 for 10 on the power play.

5. Scouting Denver: Coach George Gwozdecky’s team lost some talent from last year’s 25-12-5 club, including defenseman Matt Donovan, who turned pro after two years of college hockey. All-WCHA rookie team goaltender Sam Brittain is out until at least January after undergoing knee surgery. Junior Adam Murray (.900, 3.10) started both games in Boston.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Outdoors

Latest auto racing news
Featured Ads
Live Moondogs coverage
Shane Frederick's Twitter updates
Chad Courrier's Sports Report
Latest NCAA basketball news
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Byron Scott Reportedly New Head Coach Of Los Angeles Lakers - @TheBuzzeronFox SportsNite: Botched play Gruden: Full-speed practices key for fundamentals Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France College Football Playoff Prognosis: Notre Dame Fighting Irish College Football Playoff Prognosis: Nebraska Cornhuskers Jake Peavy traded from Red Sox to Giants Browns wants Johnny Football to buckle down How Losing Joe Bergeron Affects Texas What will Pierzynski bring to St. Louis? Cristiano Ronaldo -- TEAMING UP WITH LIL WAYNE ... Rapper Starting Sports Management Biz