The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 11, 2013

Rookie goalie Huggins has second strong showing


"It was hard getting the group moving in the same direction," McLeod said.

"But now that the hockey's started, that's what it's all about. I feel al to better about a lot of things. It's going to be OK."

McLeod credited Minnesota State President Richard Davenport for his leadership role in the conference.

"He's been really, really important from an administration standpoint," McLeod said.

McLeod said the conference has been pleasantly surprised by the early success of the America One Sports streaming service WCHA TV that broadcasts all league games. The league has generated revenue from the service, although McLeod declined to say just how much at this time.

"The biggest issue is awareness," he said. "We've got to do more."

McLeod said he and a contingent from the league will be traveling to Grand Rapids, Mich., next week to get an update on the Final Five, which will be held in that city's Van Andel Arena next March.

Injury report

Minnesota State has just 18 healthy skaters right now, just enough to put a full lineup on the ice.

Missing in action against the Falcons were forwards Zach Stepan (upper body), Michael Huntebrinker (broken arm/surgery) and defensemen Carter Foguth (foot) and Josh Nelson (lower body).

Coach Mike Hastings said he doesn't expect any of the four to be available this week.

Minnesota State had seven defensemen in the lineup against Bowling Green, but Mat Knoll played as a fourth-line forward. Sean Flanagan moved back to defense after playing up front at Bemidji State.

Up next

The Mavericks will take on No. 1-ranked Minnesota in a nonconference series on Friday and Saturday in Minneapolis. The Gophers (6-1-1) lost for the first time on Friday night at Notre Dame. The Gophers bounced back and defeated the Irish on Saturday.

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