Minnesota State, Mankato has been picked first in both the Western Collegiate Hockey Association coaches and media preseason hockey polls.
The first day Todd Hoffner came back as Minnesota State’s head coach, the job he was banished from for two seasons, the team refused to take part in spring practice. If Hoffner took offense, he didn’t reveal it. The unwelcomed and unplanned sabbatical prepared him well for this type of minor setback.
A second suspect has been arrested in connection with a weekend fight that left a former Minnesota State, Mankato, linebacker critically injured. As news of the second arrest was announced, Rutgers also announced they’ve dismissed former Minnesota quarterback 20-year-old Philip Nelson from its football program.
Football players at Minnesota State, Mankato, refused to practice for their former head coach on Wednesday, greeting his reinstatement by an arbitrator by demanding that the interim coach keep the top job. Todd Hoffner returned to campus for the first time since the arbitrator ruled he was fired unfairly last year in the wake of a child porn investigation that ultimately cleared him.
TCF Bank Stadium will hold an outdoor doubleheader Friday afternoon at the Hockey City Classic, featuring the Minnesota Gophers men’s and women’s hockey teams. The men’s team took to the ice late Thursday afternoon in preparation for Friday’s game. It was also a chance to see the ice at nightfall, checking out the sight lines under the lights. Coach Dan Lucia says there will be one other element in play that’s a bit more distracting than the waning sunlight.
The unbeaten Minnesota State Mavericks have a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton will miss Friday’s exhibition game against Buffalo, and perhaps the rest of the preseason, after having an emergency appendectomy.
Cordarrelle Patterson and fellow rookie wide receiver Adam Thielen are training camp roommates with the Minnesota Vikings. Patterson was a first-round draft selection from Tennessee, a player the Vikings coveted enough to trade four lower picks to move up and get.
Minnesota State, Mankato, right-hander Jason Hoppe has set the NCAA single-season record with 55 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings.
The last time Jason Hoppe let the other team score, more than seven weeks ago, Minnesota was still seeing regular snow. Just a few more outs without a run, and the junior right-hander will set a lofty record.
Ryan McKay made 20 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Miami (Ohio) beat Minnesota State 4-0 on Saturday in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.
Matt Leitner had a goal and an assist as Minnesota State, Mankato beat Nebraska-Omaha 3-1 Sunday to advance in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.
Dominic Zombo scored the game-winning goal early in the third period as Nebraska-Omaha stayed alive in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs Saturday with a 2-1 win over Minnesota State, Mankato.
Chase Grant’s goal early in overtime lifted Minnesota State, Mankato to a 4-3 win over Nebraska-Omaha in a first-round playoff game in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association on Friday night.
Grant Besse of Benilde-St. Margaret’s is the Associated Press Player of the Year for Minnesota high school hockey.