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October 10, 2013

Mavericks set to open season at Providence

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The forward, who will join MSU in 2015, currently plays for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League and leads them in scoring with seven goals and 12 points in 10 games.

"I felt really comfortable with coach Hastings and his staff," Coatta said in a Vees' press release. They're coming off a great season, and they've recruited well. It's exciting to be going to a program that's on the rise."

In high school, Coatta set Minnetonka's career records for goals (89), assists (101) and points (190) after playing four seasons on the varsity. As a senior he led the Skippers with 59 points in 27 games.

"In a short period of time Max has become a go-to guy in all situations," Vees coach/general manager Fred Harbison said in the release. "His maturity and approach matched with his offensive instincts make him a dynamic player who will have continued success at both the Junior A and NCAA level."

Minnesota State coaches cannot comment on Coatta until he has signed with the school.

Season begins

Ferris State opened the regular season last weekend with a nonconfernece split at Colgate. The Bulldogs won 7-4 and lost 1-0.

Several other WCHA teams were, like Minnesota State, in exhibition action. But those nine teams will kick off the regular season this weekend.

Besides MSU at Providence, Alabama Huntsville goes to Northeastern, Bowling Green travels to Union, Lake Superior State hosts Robert Morris, and Alaska and Alaska Anchorage are in the latter's Kendall Hockey Classic with Air Force and Quinnipiac.

The most intriguing matchups involve former WCHA members. Michigan Tech goes to Minnesota Duluth, Bemidji State travels to St. Cloud State and Northern Michigan heads to Wisconsin.

One-timers

Minnesota State moved up three spots to No. 11 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings this week. The Mavericks are now 11th in both national polls. ... Former Gustavus Adolphus standout Ross Ring-Jarvi is on the training camp roster of the Alaska Aces. ... Lake Superior State will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its 1988 national championship this weekend.

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