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BEMIDJI — It seemed unlikely the Minnesota State men’s hockey team would make it a whole season without losing a WCHA game.

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BIG RAPIDS, MICH. — Coming into Friday’s nonconference game with the Minnesota State men’s hockey team, Ferris State hadn’t beaten a Division I opponent all season.

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About 11 years ago, in the waning days of my lackluster youth hockey career, I had two steps on another player as we each raced into the corner after a loose puck.

MANKATO — Former Minnesota State men’s hockey player Connor Mackey (2017-20) made his National Hockey League debut Saturday night for the Calgary Flames in a game at the Vancouver Canucks.

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If you look at the Minnesota State men’s hockey team’s scoring leaders, it’s not as senior-laden at the top as it’s been in other seasons, especially last season.

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On paper, the Minnesota State men’s hockey team’s series against Bowling Green pitted one of the nation’s best offenses against one of its best defenses.

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BEMIDJI — For the Minnesota State men’s hockey team, special teams have driven the bus, with the power play ranking first in the nation and the penalty kill ranking ninth.

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After Minnesota State men’s hockey player Dallas Gerads’ senior season at Blaine, he wasn’t sure about the next step.

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In recent years, the Minnesota State men’s hockey team’s power play has been great, with percentages over 27% in two of the last three years.

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Generally, the save of the game for the Minnesota State men’s hockey team goes to goaltender Dryden McKay, and for good reason.

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When it comes to big-time sports, we generally just take the athletes’ conditioning for granted.

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Going into each season, Minnesota State men’s hockey coach Mike Hastings has players he knows will likely spend most of the year on the lineup bubble.

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MARQUETTE, MICH. — The Minnesota State men’s hockey team’s power play looked the part throughout the first half of the season.

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Over the last 10 days, Mike Hastings and the Minnesota State men’s hockey coaching staff have challenged Julian Napravnik.

The Minnesota State men’s hockey team was the highest-scoring team in college hockey this past season but loses nearly half of its goals to graduation and early departure.

Three Minnesota State men’s hockey players were named All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association on Saturday night following a 31-5-2 season that was shortened by the coronavirus pandemic.

Begins Monday, Feb. 1