The Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s two Alaska-based teams will play hockey this season, the league confirmed on Saturday, ending speculation about the sport’s immediate future at those universities and ensuring that WCHA teams will be able to play full schedules.

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Minnesota State and six other universities are moving forward “expeditiously” toward a new men’s college hockey conference, the consultant working with the schools said on Monday.

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The Western Collegiate Hockey Association in its current incarnation is a collection of left-behind programs cobbled together when college hockey’s Great Schism began to take place in 2011.

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If July 11, 2011 was the end of the WCHA as we knew it (that was when the formation of the NCHC was first announced), June 28, 2019 might mark the beginning of the end of the WCHA altogether.

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David Backes turned 35 on May 1. The Boston Bruins were down two games to one to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals, and the veteran had been a healthy scratch for all three of those playoff games.

MANKATO — A home schedule front-loaded with intriguing matchups, another tough nonconference slate and a new Saturday-night start time are the highlights of the Minnesota State men’s hockey team’s 2019-20 schedule, which was released on Wednesday.

The No. 3 Mavericks (32-7-2) are in the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row and are the top seed in the East Regional where they will take on the No. 14 Friars (22-11-6), who are making their sixth consecutive national-tournament appearance. The other game pits No. 6 Northeastern (2…

The Minnesota State men’s hockey team won its 30th and 31st games of the season during the semifinals of the WCHA playoffs, sweeping Lake Superior State to tie, then pass the program record.

Minnesota State is the top seed at Providence, Rhode Island, and will take on fourth-seeded Providence at noon Saturday to open the East Regional at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN News. Here’s a look at how the teams match up:

MANKATO — Minnesota State freshman goaltender Dryden McKay on Wednesday was named College Hockey News' 2018-19 national rookie of the year.

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The No. 2 Mavericks (31-7-2) are in the WCHA tournament championship game for the first time since 2016 and will play the No. 13 Falcons (25-9-5) for the Jeff Sauer Trophy. Minnesota State won the WCHA playoff title in 2014 and 2015. Bowling Green’s last postseason title came in the 1988 CCH…

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The tradition in Mannheim, Germany, come playoff time was for hockey players to bleach their hair and hope the golden locks might provide a little extra luck — or at least some team chemistry — as they pursued a championship.

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MANKATO — Come 7:07 p.m. Saturday night, both Minnesota State and Bowling Green should be well rested when they square off for the WCHA playoff championship at the Verizon Center.

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MANKATO — Nursing a one-goal lead, the Minnesota State men’s hockey team overcame quite a bit of third-period adversity on Friday night — some of its own making — to take a one-game lead over Lake Superior State in a best-of-three WCHA playoff semifinal series.

The No. 2 Mavericks (29-7-2) are once again in the WCHA semifinals but will be playing the No. 20 Lakers (23-11-2) this year instead of Michigan Tech, the team that knocked them out in this round the last two years. "We're always trying to get better," coach Mike Hastings said, "and go as de…

MANKATO — Six Minnesota State players were chosen as all-conference players by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association on Thursday.

MANKATO — Marc Michaelis has been working on his one-timer over the last few weeks, trying to tee off on teammates’ passes, rather than catch them first, and blast pucks behind goaltenders.

MANKATO — It’s no big secret that the Minnesota State men’s hockey team doesn’t give up a lot of goals.