Men’s hockey | #2 Mavericks Renew Rivalry With #8 Huskies – Minnesota State University
off the jump
#2 Minnesota State (3-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 CCHA) continues non-conference action this weekend with a pair of games at #8 St. Cloud State (4-0-0, 0 -0-0 NCHC) Friday and Saturday. The matchup between the Mavericks and Huskies at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (5,159) in St. Cloud is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday.
Mavericks vs. Huskies
One of its oldest and most often played opponents, Minnesota State leads the all-time series against St. Cloud State 73-57-10. The series between Minnesota State and St. Cloud State dates back to the 1969-70 season – MSU’s first college men’s hockey season. The last meeting between the two programs came last year when the Mavericks and Huskies played a two-game game in Mankato in early October. The Mavericks won Game 1 1-0 (October 8) and the Huskies won Game 2 3-1 (October 9).
The Mavericks are 3-1-0 overall and 0-0-0 in the CCHA after a two-game home sweep against Minnesota Duluth last weekend. First year guard Alex Tracy stopped all 16 shots in his first career appearance and Cade Borchardt (G, 2 Aces) and Akito Hirose 3 Aces) had three points apiece as the Mavericks cruised to a 6-0 win on Friday. Sam Morton scored both goals in Saturday’s 2-1 win.
With the two wins over Minnesota Duluth last weekend, Minnesota State moved up to second in the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls. The Mavericks were ranked fifth in the polls from the previous two polls. St. Cloud State enters this weekend ranked No. 8 in both polls.
History of Maverick Hockey
Now in the 54th year of its existence, Minnesota State holds an all-time record of 1013-670-158. The Mavericks are in their 27th year as members of NCAA Division I and are in their second season as members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
behind the bench
Minnesota State went 277-97-24 under the head coach’s tutelage Mike Hastings (St. Cloud State ’93), who is in his 11th season behind the Mavericks bench. Including a pair of trips to the NCAA’s Frozen Four in 2020-21 and 2021-22, Hastings has led the Mavericks to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and no program in the country has won more games (274) during his time behind the MSU bench.
In addition to his role as head coach of the Mavericks, Hastings also spent three weeks in February as part of the coaching staff for Team USA at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. He was also named to the coaching staff of Team USA for the 2022 IIHF Men’s World Championship held in Finland in May.
Minnesota State won the MacNaughton Cup as the 2021-22 CCAA regular season champions – marking the fifth straight season the Mavericks have won a league title in the regular season and the sixth time over of the past nine years.
Minnesota State also won the Mason Cup last season as CCHA Tournament champions.
Mavericks Trio Take CCHA Honors
Three members of the Minnesota State men’s hockey team were honored as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced its weekly awards following 6-0, 3-2 wins over fourth-placed Minnesota Duluth on the weekend. end last.
Senior Sam Morton was named CCHA Forward of the Week, Junior Akito Hirose was named CCHA Defender of the Week and first-year goaltender Alex Tracy earned CCHA Rookie of the Week honors.
A native of Lafayette, Colorado, Morton had four points on three goals and an assist in the sweep against UMD. He had a goal and an assist in Friday’s 6-0 win over the Bulldogs, then scored both goals in Saturday’s 2-1 win. Saturday’s game-winning goal is his fifth career game-winning goal. Morton, who has won 15 of 27 faceoffs against UMD, is 3-2-5 in four games played this season.
Hirose, a native of Calgary, Alta., posted a four-point weekend helping lead the Mavericks past the Bulldogs. The Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) product assisted on three goals in Friday’s 6-0 win and assisted on by Sam Morton game-winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Bulldogs. For the season, Hirose is 0-5-5 in four GPs for 2022-23.
Tracy, a Chicago native, stopped 31 of 32 shots for a .969 save percentage in supporting the Mavericks to both wins. He earned his first career shutout and first career win in his first college appearance by stopping all 16 shots in a 6-0 shutout of the Bulldogs on Friday. He then stopped 15 of 16 shots in Saturday’s 2-1 victory.
Livingstone, Hirose rises
Junior Defenders Jake Livingstone and Akito Hirose continue their climb up the Minnesota State career scoring list by defensemen.
Livingstone, the CAHC defenseman of the year last year, is 2-3-5 in four games played this year. His 50 points on 15 goals and 25 assists in 76 games ranks him 14th in career scoring for the school by the list of defensemen (NCAA DI era).
Hirose, who is 0-5–5 in four games played in 2022-23, is 3-43–46 in 70 career games and is 15th on MSU’s career scoring list.
It’s all fun and games
Fifth-year senior defenseman Andy Carroll comes into this weekend’s games against St. Cloud State going 9-32–41 and has +64 with 86 blocked shots in 134 career games played. The Northfield, Minnesota native is Minnesota State’s active career games leader.
Seeker in the Ry
Senior striker by Ryan Sandelin recorded 2-1–3 in four games played this season. The Hermantown, Minn., native is 31-19–50 in 94 career games.
If you had a shot
The Mavericks had 20 players on the roster who took at least one shot on goal this year. Senior Striker Ryan Sandelin leads MSU with 17 shots on goal and is trailed by Sam Morton with 11 and defenders Jake Livingstone and Andy Carroll with 10 each.
Senior striker Cade Borchardt, who is 1-2–3 in four games played this season, is Minnesota State’s career leading scorer with 25-43–68 in 86 games. The Burnsville, Minn., native has 182 shots on goal and is +45 for his career with the Mavericks.
Senior strikers Cade Borchardt and Brendan Furry are this season’s team captains (both are in their first year as captains). Senior Striker Sam Morton is in his first year as an assistant captain, as is the junior defender Jake Livingstone.
On the file
After the two games at No. 8 St. Cloud State this weekend, the Mavericks open CCHA play with Bowling Green visiting the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center on October 28-29
A home-and-away series with St. Thomas is scheduled for Nov. 4-5, followed by two home games against Northern Michigan 18-19, a pair of road games at Michigan Tech (Nov. 26-27), two games at home against Ferris State (December 2-3), road games at Bowling Green (December 9-10) and a pair of home games against Bemidji State (December 15-16) to close out the pre-holiday game of the season. ‘hourly.