5. Scouting the Bulldogs: Ferris State’s C.J. Mott (.932, 2.07) is the WCHA’s top goalie. He’s lost just one game. “Most good teams start with one thing, goaltending,” MSU coach Mike Hastings said, “and they have the best one.” Senior Garrett Thompson (11-12—23) ranks second in the league in scoring, and junior Justin Buzzeo (10-12—22) is fourth. Scott Czarnowczan and Jason Binkley are tied for third in scoring among league defensemen with 16 points each.
Around the rinks
Minnesota State women: The Mavericks (9-15-0, 4-14-0) will go outside today to play No. 1-ranked Minnesota (20-1-1, 14-1-1) in the Hockey City Classic at 4:37 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The two teams will return to Mankato for a 1:07 p.m. game on Sunday. MSU is 3-59-3 in the all-time series, including a pair of losses earlier this season.
Gustavus Adolphus: The Gustie men (7-4-3, 4-1-1 in MIAC) and women (8-3-2, 6-0-0) return to conference play, taking on Augsburg in a pair of home-and-home series. The men are at home at 7:05 p.m. today, and the seventh-ranked women play in St. Peter at 2 p.m. Saturday. The teams’ top scorers are Corey Leivermann (8-6—14) and Allison Eder-Zdechlik (10-6—16), respectively.
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