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    Minnesota State: Take the Next Step 2019-2020

    Season tickets are in our hands, the season is about to begin. Only one regular from last year's team has graduated, so there is plenty of experience coming back. Drop the puck!
    My guy is a hard-nosed hockey player who is not afraid to crash the net. Your guy is a goon who runs the goalie.

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    Re: Minnesota State: Take the Next Step 2019-2020

    Expectations for Freshmen? Everyone's high on Smith, but is anyone hearing anything about the others?

    Among the returners, Spooner made a big impression in Pittsburgh this summer. Who else do you think is poised to have a big year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by purpleinnebraska View Post
    Expectations for Freshmen? Everyone's high on Smith, but is anyone hearing anything about the others?

    Among the returners, Spooner made a big impression in Pittsburgh this summer. Who else do you think is poised to have a big year?
    I'm familiar with Smith's fellow Floridian Lucas Sowder, and think he could contribute early. It will all depend on how the undersized F transitions to the college game, as is usually the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLHockeyMom View Post
    I'm familiar with Smith's fellow Floridian Lucas Sowder, and think he could contribute early. It will all depend on how the undersized F transitions to the college game, as is usually the case.
    Consistency in Smithís game is going to be key. Incredible talent, particularly his skating ability.

    Ryan Sandelin contributing early wouldnít shock me as well.

    The team knows that this is the year to move the program forward. It was talked about all summer, Coach Hastings mentioned it multiple times at various events, itís fun to win so many games, but the goal is to win a national championship, not just the WCHA anymore.

    (If you told me I could accurately type those expectations above 10 years ago, I wouldíve laughed. Crazy how far the program has come.)

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    Re: Minnesota State: Take the Next Step 2019-2020

    Single game tickets go on sale today, so get your October 18-19 tickets before "they" do.

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    Re: Minnesota State: Take the Next Step 2019-2020

    Well, here we go! I'm still not happy with 6:00 start times, though.
    My guy is a hard-nosed hockey player who is not afraid to crash the net. Your guy is a goon who runs the goalie.

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    Hey, now I remember why I donít like playing these Canadian colleges!

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    Re: Minnesota State: Take the Next Step 2019-2020

    Imagine filling out a lineup card with this squad. Hastings has a stable of talent like we haven’t seen. Really good players will be sitting on a nightly basis. Managing player expectations and morale will be an inherent challenge. I even wonder if we’ll see some consistent swapping of 4th line combos on almost a rotational basis until there’s a big enough sample size. Here’s a wild stab.

    Tuomie - Michaelis - Gerard
    Van Os Shaw - Spooner - Smith
    Gerads - Jaremko - Lutz
    Rivera - French - Duehr
    Sowder

    Mackey - McNeely
    Zmolek - Scheid
    Aamodt - Hookenson

    McKay
    Stauber
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    Re: Minnesota State: Take the Next Step 2019-2020

    Any injury updates? I was hoping to get a look at lines at the Mt. Royal game, but the injuries kept a lot of guys out of the lineup. I was very impressed by Spooner. He was good last year, but may be ready to take it to another level this year. Jaremko looked much better than he did last October. I'm convinced he was hurt at the start of last year, but tried to play through it. Zmolek and Mackey both looked ready.

    I thought Sowder really stood out among the freshman. Sandelin and Malinowski were good also, but not as noticeable. I agree that there are several good players who are going to be scratched every week. I'm starting to wonder about the possibility of some redshirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purpleinnebraska View Post
    I agree that there are several good players who are going to be scratched every week. I'm starting to wonder about the possibility of some redshirts.
    Id be surprised if any did because they are already 20 in most cases and I don't think they want to be here til they are 30 haha and also I think it's well know that if you are performing you start. Hastings track record sets as much. If they want ice time all they have to do is earn it. He doesn't seem to care what your history is. So that's a solid incentive for the older guys to keep at it and it keeps the new guys pushing.

    My biggest concern is goaltending. We have had stellar freshman before and they went into sophomore slumps. I'd hoping to avoid that because we start out of the gate with 4 big games.

    Any prediction on record for this year. I looked at the schedule and on a whim got 26-8-2

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    Well, itís finally here.

    This seasonís success will be based 100% on whether the Mavs earn their first NCAA tournament win or not. Time to take the next step and win in March. The team knows it. Itís got depth and experience, tons of talent, and the best roster in school history.

    Can it be the best team in school history?

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    Re: Minnesota State: Take the Next Step 2019-2020

    No Tuomie or Rivera tonight.

    Sowder and Sandelin in.

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    Good start. Sluggish and a little bit clunky at times, but as the game work on they got better and better. Michaelis is phenomenal. Hope he can make a serious run at a Hobey Baker top 10 or even 3 season. Heís talented enough and has the ceiling to produce fantastic numbers. McKay looked great, and the Mavs did a good job sticking to their game and being patient with it.

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    Good start. I was unable to make it to the game and unfortunately it was unwatchable on the msu channel because it had an awful picture ( not sure if anyone else has this issue) but what I did see looked solid. It's a good start. Id agree that this is there most talented team we have ever had. Not sure I can remember a time where we had 4 lines with players who all could be on the top line any other year. Time will tell though. That squad from a few years back and got us they overall 1 seed was pretty deep too
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    Re: Minnesota State: Take the Next Step 2019-2020

    Congrats on the W. This season's Mav team is extremely talented and IMO will have a legit shot at the F4.

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    Re: Minnesota State: Take the Next Step 2019-2020

    They looked great tonight. Third period was fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MnMaverick View Post
    They looked great tonight. Third period was fun.
    Until Michaelis went off the ice holding his arm like a shoulder or collar bone injury. Arizona State is a goon squad.
    My guy is a hard-nosed hockey player who is not afraid to crash the net. Your guy is a goon who runs the goalie.

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    Re: Minnesota State: Take the Next Step 2019-2020

    I can't remember that they were that bad when we played them last year. I saw what the Gopher fans were complaining about last year. Very chippy, and at the end of the game very goonish. And Johnny Walker is a big crybaby.

    I had a drink of my Johnny Walker Blue last night celebrating the sweep.

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    Re: Minnesota State: Take the Next Step 2019-2020

    Should be a great early series this coming weekend. Yes Iím a UND fan but have always had huge respect for your squad going way back to the old WCHA days. How has Spooner looked so far. Great kid

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    Quote Originally Posted by icehawk View Post
    Should be a great early series this coming weekend. Yes Iím a UND fan but have always had huge respect for your squad going way back to the old WCHA days. How has Spooner looked so far. Great kid
    It hasnít shown up on the scoresheet (Yet!), but I think Spooner is looking terrific. He was a big ďout of nowhereĒ star at the Pensí development camp, and the confidence he must have taken from that is showing in his game. Love his 200í game.
    Looking forward to this weekend. A good measuring stick for both teams, and great revenue for our program!

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