MANKATO — One year ago at Grand Forks, Minnesota State goaltender Dryden McKay made a crucial mistake behind his own net that led to a third-period goal for North Dakota that broke a tie and ended up as the game-winner.

The No. 2 Mavericks (2-0-0) continue their four-game homestand to start the season by hosting the No. 16 Fighting Hawks (2-0-0) in a nonconference series. It’s the first time since the 2012-13 season, the last year of the old WCHA, that North Dakota is playing at Mankato. The teams played la…

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When it came time to vote for team captains, there was a particular name that Minnesota State goaltender Dryden McKay knew should be included on his ballot.

MANKATO — Two Minnesota State men’s hockey players received WCHA weekly honors for their play in last weekend’s sweep over Arizona State.

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Arizona State kept things close with Minnesota State for nearly two periods on Saturday, trailing by a goal with the hope of grabbing some momentum and maybe pulling off an upset in the third for a series split.

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The No. 3 Mavericks open the season against the Sun Devils (1-1), who were No. 20 in the U.S. College Hockey Online preseason rankings but slipped out of the top 20 this week after splitting at home against Mercyhurst. In their only meeting, Minnesota State and Arizona State played to a 2-2 …

MANKATO — The stats don’t count because it was an exhibition game, but for a trio of freshmen on the Minnesota State men’s hockey team, they’ll at least enjoy the promising start to their college careers.

MANKATO — The Minnesota State men’s hockey team is No. 3 in the first U.S. College Hockey Online rankings of the season, which came out on Monday morning.

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.

Obituaries

Age 51, of North Mankato, died Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Mass 6pm, Friday, October 25, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior. www.mankatomortuary.com

Jerry J. Huettl, 73 of Mankato, died October 21, 2019. Funeral is 2:00p.m., Saturday, October 26, 2019 at SS Peter and Paul in Mankato. Visitation is 4-7p.m., Friday, October 25, 2019 at Mankato Mortuary.