From the hop
#10 Minnesota State (8-4-0 overall, 5-1-0-0 CCHA) continues Central Collegiate Hockey Association action this weekend with a road series at Michigan Tech (8-6-0, 4-2- 0 CCHA) Friday and Saturday. The Mavericks and the Huskies duel at MacInnes Student Ice Arena (4,466) in downtown Houghton, Michigan Friday at 6:07 p.m. and Saturday at 5:07 p.m. (times are CST)
Mavericks vs Huskies
In a streak stretching back to the 1996-97 season, Minnesota State is 50-23-10 in the all-time vs. Michigan Tech. The Mavericks hold an all-time record against the Huskies at Houghton, 20-17-6.
Including a 4-0-0 record last year that included two wins in overtime, the state of Minnesota has won the last seven meetings between the two schools.
last time out
The Mavericks shared a home league series with Northern Michigan last weekend in their latest promotion.
The Mavericks led the Wildcats 2-0 last Friday, but NMU scored two goals before the end of regular time and then won the game in overtime.
A three-point game by Senior Forward Cade Borchardt on a goal and two assists and a goal and an assist by a junior defender Jake Livingstone and youth center David Silye paved the way for a 4-1 win over the Wildcats in Saturday’s rematch. Second goalkeeper Keenan Rancier had 19 saves to record the win.
The state of Minnesota is ranked #10 in this week’s DCU/USCHO poll and #10 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national poll. The Mavericks have been ranked in the top 10 in all ten polls so far this season. Michigan Tech is ranked 20th in this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national poll.
Maverick Hockey History
Now in its 54th year, the state of Minnesota holds an all-time record of 1018-673-158. The Mavericks are in their 27th year as members of the NCAA Division I and in their second season as members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
behind the bench
The state of Minnesota has gone 282-100-24 under the guidance of the head coach Mike Hastings (St. Cloud State ’93), who is in his 11th season behind the Mavericks’ bench. Including two trips to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2020-21 and 2021-22, Hastings has led the Mavericks to eight NCAA tournament appearances, and no program in the nation has played more games during his stint behind the MSU bench (281 ) won.
In addition to his role as head coach of the Mavericks, Hastings also spent three weeks on the Team USA coaching staff at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in February. He was also named to the coaching staff of Team USA for the 2022 Men’s IIHF World Championship, held in Finland in May.
Minnesota State won the MacNaughton Cup as 2021-22 CCHA regular season champions – making the Mavericks their fifth straight league regular-season title and sixth win in the last nine years.
The state of Minnesota also won the Mason Cup as CCHA Tournament Champion last season.
Silye keeps rolling
youth Center David SilyeNamed Central Collegiate Hockey Association Forward of the Week after his performance in the league win against St. Thomas two weeks ago, scored a goal and an assist in the league’s 4-1 home win against Northern Michigan last Saturday.
Silye, a native of Arnprior, Ontario, has seven goals and one assist for eight points in his last five games.
For the season, he leads the Minnesota state points table with 13 points from nine goals and four assists for 13 points in 12 games played.
He has 20 shots on target for a .450 shot percentage (second on team) and his 124 faceoff wins lead the Mavericks.
Livingstone, Hirose Climb up the ladder
junior defender Jake Livingstone and Akito Hirose Continue her rise in the Minnesota State career rated by the Defender List.
Livingstone, last year’s CCHA Defenseman of the Year, has 3-10–13 on the season, which represents the team’s points lead. He also leads the Mavericks with 12 blocked shots in 12 games this year and enters the series with Michigan Tech on a six-game points streak (1-7–8).
His 58 points, 16 goals, and 42 assists in 85 games ranks him 12th in the school’s career standings by fullback list (NCAA DI era).
Hirose, who had two assists in the league’s 4-1 home win over Northern Michigan last Saturday, has 0-9-9 in 11 games in 2022-23. Hirose has 3-47–50 and is +46 with 50 blocked shots in 77 career games. A Calgary, Alta. native, he ranks 15th in MSU’s career standings by fullback list.
senior forward Lucas Soder enters the series at Michigan Tech on a four-game points streak in which he scored 2-3-5.
For the season he has 2-7–9 in 12 games played and for his career he has 15-49–64 in 87 games played.
Between the 6×4
Netminder in the second year Keenan Rancier had a career-high 32 saves in last Friday’s 3-2 home league overtime loss to Northern Michigan. The Victoria, BC native continued that performance with 19 saves in Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Wildcats. For the season, Rancier, who played junior hockey with Minot of the North American Hockey League and Estevan of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League before joining Minnesota State last year, has a 4-3-0 record for 2022-23.
Games, games, games
defender Andy Caroll is the Minnesota state career all-time leader with 142. The Northfield, Minnesota native is a fifth-year leader and has a 9-37–46 and +65 rating throughout his collegiate career.
senior forward Cade Borchardt has 2-7–9 in 12 games played this year and 26-48–74 in 94 games played is Minnesota’s career all-time leading scorer.
A native of Burnsville, Minnesota, he enters the series at Michigan Tech after going 1-5–6 in the last five games played.
take a shot
The Mavericks have had 20 players on their roster who have had at least one shot on goal this year. senior forward Ryan Sandeline leads MSU with 42 shots on goal, followed by junior center Ondrej Pavel with 20th junior defender Jake Livingstone and senior center Sam Morton Both have 28.
senior forward Cade Borchardt and Brendan fur serve as this season’s team captains (both are first-year captains). senior forward Sam Morton is in his first year as assistant captain, as is the junior defender Jake Livingstone.
The state of Minnesota leads the nation with a win rate of 59.6 faceoffs (399 Ws, 270 Ls). The Mavericks rank 10th on offense (3.40) and 12th on defense (2.30).
The last time
The last time the state of Minnesota did not appear in the USCHO Top 20 was the second poll of the 2017-18 season (October 9, 2017). Since then, the Mavericks have appeared in the USCHO poll 117 consecutive times.
On the slip
After the two games at Michigan Tech (Nov. 26-27), two home games against Ferris State (Dec. 2-3), away games at Bowling Green (Dec. 9-10), and two home games against Bemidji State (December 15-16) to complete the pre-holiday portion of the schedule.