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December 12, 2013

Gusties head into break on hot streak

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Bruggeman honored

Mankato native Tyler Bruggeman was named Defensive Player of the Week for the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association this week.

The sophomore goaltender for St. Scholastica improved his record to 5-0 after stopping 58 of 60 shots in a sweep of Lake Forest.

Bruggeman, a Mankato West graduate, ranks second in the NCHA with a .936 save percentage.

St. Scholastica is ranked ninth in the Division III men’s poll with a record of 8-1-2. The Saints sit atop the NCHA standings with a 6-0-2 record.

Frozen future

The NCAA on Wednesday announced four Frozen Four sites, granting bids to Boston (2015), Tampa (2016), Chicago (2017) and St. Paul (2018).

This year’s championship will take place in Philadelphia.

Two years of men’s hockey regionals sites were announced as well. Picks for 2015 included Providence, R.I.; Manchester, N.H.; South Bend, Ind.; and Fargo, N.D. Picks for 2016 included Albany, N.Y.; Worcester, Mass.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and St. Paul.

The NCAA women’s Frozen Fours, meanwhile were awarded to Minneapolis (2015, 2018), Durham, N.H. (2016) and St. Charles, Mo. (2017).

One-timers

WCHA players of the week included: Ferris State forward Matt Robertson (offensive); Alabama Huntsville defenseman Frank Misuraca (defensive) and Bemidji State goaltender Jesse Wilkins (rookie). ... Including Minnesota State’s Zach Stepan 23 of the 29 players on the preliminary roster for the U.S. Junior National Team have college ties. ... St. Cloud State is No. 1 in the U.S. College Hockey Online men’s rankings for the first time since January 7, 2002.

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