|Minnesota State netminder Danielle|
Butters was named WCHA Defensive
Player of the Week after the Mavericks
hosted Wisconsin last weekend
The Minnesota State women's hockey team opened up its 2012-13 campaign this past weekend with a pair of home games with second ranked Wisconsin (the Badgers won Friday's game 3-2 with a shoot-out goal and then claimed a 3-2 win in regulation Saturday). MSU continues action this weekend with two games at the University of North Dakota.
The Maverick men's hockey squad hosts the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Sunday at Verizon Wireless Center in an exhibition tilt that is scheduled to get underway at 5:07 p.m. One thing of note in that game is that Devon Kalinski, the younger brother of former Minnesota State forward Jon Kalinski, is a sophomore winger for Lethbridge. The elder Kalinski is currently a farmhand with the for the Washington Capitals and is in camp with their American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey.
Other former Mavericks in AHL camps include Travis Morin (Texas), Kael Mouillierat (Abbottsford), Ben Youds (Rockford) and Tyler Pitlick (Oklahoma City).
The names of former Mavericks appear on several East Coast Hockey League rosters: Cameron Cooper (Las Vegas), Channing Boe (Las Vegas), Joe Schiller (Las Vegas), Geoff Irwin (Ontario), Andy Sackrison (South Carolina), Zach Harrison (Alaska), Trevor Bruess (Florida) and Rylan Galiardi (Gwinnett). Defenseman Kyle Peto (Rapid City), forward Adam Mueller (Wichita) and goaltender Austin Lee (Missouri) have hooked up with Central Hockey League teams.
Several others are playing Europe (Andy Hedlund, Kurt Davis, Nick Canzanello, Michael Dorr, Aaron Fox, Steve Wagner and Mike Zacharias) or are awaiting the NHL owners and the NHLPA to find common ground on a new collective bargaining agreement (David Backes, Ryan Carter and Tim Jackman).
Hope to see you at a rink sometime this winter. It's great to be a Maverick!