Minnesota State Mankato is undefeated, and the new coach is the old coach. Todd Hoffner was initially rejected by his team at spring practice. “I don’t think anybody could understand completely everything that I went through, and how difficult and challenging for myself and my wife,” Hoffner said.
Two Northern Sun conference foes will play for the first time this year — in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Minnesota State kicks off its NCAA championship pursuit this weekend.
Minnesota State has a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
The Minnesota Wild have re-signed right wing Justin Fontaine to a two-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing. The deal was done on Tuesday.
Luke Johnson provided the offense and Zane Gothberg the defense as North Dakota beat Minnesota-Duluth 3-0 Friday to move into share of the lead in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
Alec Brown had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks on Saturday night to lead Green Bay in a dominating effort against Minnesota-Duluth 92-57. Green Bay (2-1) coach Brian Wardle subbed Brown out late in the game when he was just shy of the triple-double with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 blocks. But Kenneth Lowe fouled out and Brown returned to the game to get the block and rebound. It was the first triple-double by a Phoenix player since Javier Mendiburu on Feb. 5, 2005. Keifer Sykes shot 8 of 9 from the field and 5 of 5 from the line to finish with a game-high 21 points. Vincent Garrett added 15 and Carrington Love had career-high 13 points.
The unbeaten Minnesota State Mavericks have a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
The Minnesota schools playing NCAA Division I men’s hockey will be split among three conferences next season. They’ll still try to make intra-state games an annual January event.
Justin Crandall and Chris Casto each had a goal and an assist as Minnesota-Duluth defeated Alabama-Huntsville 4-2 in men’s hockey on Friday.
Goalie Juho Olkinuora made 26 saves to lead Denver to a 3-0 win Friday over Minnesota-Duluth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Ryan Lomberg’s first career goal in the second period was the game-winner as Maine beat Minnesota-Duluth 1-0 Friday in the semifinal of the Florida College Classic men’s hockey tournament.
Jake Hendrickson scored two goals to lead Minnesota-Duluth to a 4-2 win over Bemidji State on Friday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Minnesota-Duluth scored the first four goals in the first period and the last three in the third to beat Michigan Tech 7-3 in men’s college hockey.
Nic Dowd had a goal in each of the first two periods to lead St. Cloud State to a 5-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth in men’s hockey Saturday.