Mavericks Return To Action This Weekend at Northern Michigan – Minnesota State University – Mankato Athletics

1/5/2023 8:59:00 AM
at Northern Michigan | 6:07 p.m. CST | Berry Events Center (3,800) | Marquette, Mich.
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at Northern Michigan | 5:07 p.m. CST | Berry Events Center (3,800) | Marquette, Mich.
Radio: AM 1420 KTOE • Live Video: www.FloHockey.tv • Live Stats: msumavericks.com •
Off the Hop – #19 Minnesota State (10-9-1 overall, 7-6-1 CCHA) returns from the holiday break this weekend when it travels to Northern Michigan (11-9-0 overall, 7-5-0 CCHA). Face-off between the Mavericks and the Wildcats at the Berry Events Center (3,800) on the campus of Northern Michigan University is slated for 6:07 p.m. (CST) on Jan. 6 and 5:07 p.m. (CST) Jan. 7.
Mavericks vs. Wildcats – The series between MSU and NMU dates back to 2013-14.  The Mavericks hold a 23-8-3 all-time record against the Wildcats and are 9-4-3 in Marquette.  
Statistically speaking, Minnesota State leads the nation in face off percentage at 59.5 % (665 won, 453 lost) while Northern Michigan is third nationally at 55.9% (664 won, 524 lost).  Additionally, Northern Michigan is fifth in the nation in penalty minutes with 280 penalty minutes in 20 games, an average of 14.0 per game.  The Mavericks have proved to be one of the nations more disciplined teams, ranking 44th national in penalty minutes with just 186 minutes in 20 games, an average of 9.30 penalty minutes per contest.

Last Time Out – Minnesota State suffered a pair of league losses to Bemidji State Dec. 15-16.  The Beavers skated to a 4-3 overtime victory to open the series before winning 4-1 in the finale.   
Junior defenseman Akito Hirose finished the weekend with three assists to pace the Mavericks offensively.  Freshman forward Christian Fitzgerald recorded a goal and an assist in Thursday’s loss.  
Freshman goaltender Alex Tracy stopped 26 of the 33 shots he faced in the series. 
Polls – Minnesota State is ranked #19 in DCU/USCHO national poll released earlier this week.  The Mavericks have been ranked in all 14 of the DCU/USCHO polls this year.  Minnesota State received votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll this week, but was not in the top-20.  
Maverick Hockey History – Now into the 54th year of its existence, Minnesota State owns an all-time record of 1020-678-159. The Mavericks are in their 27th year as members of NCAA Division I and are in their second season as members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
Behind the Bench – Minnesota State has gone 284-107-26 under the tutelage of head coach Mike Hastings (St. Cloud State ‘93), who is in his 11th season behind the Mavericks’ bench. Including a pair of 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 won more games (284) during his time behind the MSU bench.
In addition to his role as the head coach of the Mavericks, Hastings also spent three weeks in February as a member of the Team USA coaching staff at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. He also was named to the Team USA coaching staff for the 2022 IIHF Men’s World Championship held in Finland in May.
House of David – Junior center David Silye, a two-time Central Collegiate Hockey Association Forward of the Week this year, stands atop the Minnesota State scoring chart with 13-8–21 in 18 games played on the season.
Silye, a native of Arnprior, Ont., enters the series at Northern Michigan having racked up 11-5–16 in the last 13 games.
Silye, the CCHA Forward of the Month for November, leads Minnesota State in points (21), goals (13), power play goals (6), shooting percentage (.302) and face-off wins (222).
In the Mix – Juniors Jake Livingstone and Akito Hirose are joined by senior Andy Carroll in providing a large measure of Minnesota State offense from the backend, with all three ranking amongst MSU’s top seven scorers this year.
Livingstone, last year’s CCHA Defenseman of the Year, has 3-14–17 on the season (he leads the Mavericks in assists (14) and ranks second in points (17). He leads the Mavericks with 26 blocked shots in 20 games played this year and enters the series with Northern Michigan having scored at least one point in six of the last 10  games.
His 62 points on 16 goals and 46 assists in 92 games places him 10th on the school’s career scoring by defensemen list (NCAA DI-era). The Creston, B.C., native, who has not missed a game in his three-year MSU career, is +40 and has 102 blocked shots in his three-year college career.
Hirose has 0-13–13 in 19 games played in 2022-23. Hirose owns 3-51–54 and is +47 with 56 blocked shots in 85 career games.  The Calgary, Alta., native stands tied for 14th on the MSU’s career scoring by defensemen list. 
Carroll, Minnesota State’s active leader in career games played with 150 appearances, has 1-10–11 this year and has 50 points (10 goals, 40 assists) in his five seasons with the Mavericks to rank 16th on MSU’s career scoring for defensemen list.
Tracing the Lines – Freshman goaltender Alex Tracy was named Central Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week following his performance in MSU’s conference road sweep at Bowling Green (Dec. 9-10).
A native of Chicago, Ill., Tracy stopped 42 of 45 shots for a .933 save percentage in backstopping then #16 Minnesota State to the two league wins against the Falcons.
He had a career-high 25 saves in Friday’s 2-1 win over BGSU, then stopped 17 of 19 shots in Saturday’s 6-2 victory. For the season the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) product stands 6-3-0 with a 2.24 goals against average and a .879 save percentage.
Fitzy – Freshman forward Christian Fitzgerald was named Central Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week following his performance in MSU’s sweep at Bowling Green.
Fitzgerald scored three goals and had a +4 rating in helping then #16 Minnesota State to the two wins over the Falcons.
The Coquitlam, B.C., native scored the first goal of the game in the 2-1 win over BGSU (12/9). He followed that up with a pair of second-period goals in the 6-2 victory over the Falcons on Dec. 10. One of his goals was his first career power play goal.  For the season the Tri-City Storm (USHL) product has registered 6-4-10 in 19 games played.
Earlier this week, Fitzgerald was named the CCHA Rookie of the Month for December after recording four goals – two of which were power play goals – on 18 shots in six games.  He registered a point in three straight games in the middle of the month, including a two-goal effort at Bowling Green (12/10).  
Wingin’ it – Senior forward Cade Borchardt picked up a pair of assists in Minnesota State’s 6-2 win at Bowling Green (12/10) and has posted 2-12–14 in 20 games played this year.
With 26-53–79 in 102 games played, a point total that has him tied for 39th on the school’s career-scoring list, Borchardt stands as Minnesota State’s career active leading scorer. The Burnsville, Minn., native enters the series vs. Bemidji State having tallied 1-9–10 in the last 13 games played.
Rhino – Senior forward Ryan Sandelin enters this weekend’s series at Northern Michigan having tallied 5-1–6 in the last 10 games played.
For his four-year career, the Hermantown, Minn., native has chalked up 37-22–59 in 110 games played. His goal at Bowling Green (12/15) was his seventh career game-winning tally.
Captaincy – Senior forwards Cade Borchardt and  Brendan Furry are serving as this season’s team captains (both are in first year as a captain).  Juniors Jake Livingstone and David Silye are assistant captains for the Mavericks, both of which are in their first year as an assistant.  Silye replaced senior forward Sam Morton who is out with an injury as an assistant captain. 
Nationally-Speaking:  Minnesota State ranks among the nations best in many statistical categories, including leading the nation in face-off percentage at 59.5% (665 won, 453 lost).
The Last Time – Minnesota State is ranked #19 in this week’s USCHO Top-20 poll.  The last time Minnesota State didn’t appear in the USCHO Top-20 was the second poll of the 2017-18 season (Oct. 9, 2017).  Since then, the Mavericks have appeared in the USCHO poll 121 consecutive times.
On the Docket –Following the trip to Marquette to take on Northern Michigan, the Mavericks travel to Tempe, Ariz., for its final non-conference series of the season against Arizona State. 
Minnesota State returns home Jan. 20-21 for a conference series against Lake Superior State.  The two-game set marks the only two times the two teams will play this year. 




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