Feb. 11, 2009


Courtesy of Minnesota State Athletics

Mankato, Minn. - The Minnesota State women’s hockey team hosts the #2 Wisconsin Badgers in its final home series of the 2008-09 campaign. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association battle will take place at All Seasons Arena Friday (7:07 p.m.) and Saturday (3:07 p.m.).

About #2 Wisconsin: The Badgers are coming off a 4-2 loss and a 3-3 shootout win against the then #2 Minnesota Gophers at Minnesota...Wisconsin is now in second-place in the WCHA with 42 points on a 18-2-4-2 record and 24-2-4 overall record...the Badgers are led by sophomore Hilary Knight (32-25--57)...senior goaltender Jessie Vetter is 23-2-4 this season with a 1.31 goals against average and .938 save percentage...they are coached by Mark Johnson.

MSU/UW History: MSU is still looking for its first-ever win against Wisconsin...they are 0-39-1 all-time and 0-2-0 this season...the Badgers defeated the Mavericks by the scores of 8-0 and 7-2, Nov. 28 and 30 in Madison...freshman Abby Williams and sophomore Lisa Edman were the lone goal scorers in the series...leading the active Mavericks against Wisconsin are senior Maggie Fisher (2-2--4) and junior Ashley Young (1-3--4).

Skate With the Mavericks: Following the game against the #2 Wisconsin Badgers Friday, Feb. 13, the annual Skate with the Mavericks event will take place. After a brief cooling off period for the players, fans can join the 2008-09 Mavericks on the ice for a skate around.

Senior Day: Fans in attendance for the game against the Badgers Saturday, Feb. 14, will be in for a treat, as the lone senior Maggie Fisher will be honored after the game. Fisher is the school’s all-time leader in points, goals, power play goals, assists and shots.

St. Cloud State Series Notes: The Mavericks took three points from the St. Cloud State Huskies last weekend, tying 3-3 and losing 2-1 in a shootout Friday and earning a 4-1 victory Saturday...MSU improved to 8-16-4 overall and 5-15-4-2 in the WCHA for 16 conference points, placing them in a tie for sixth with Ohio State...the win Saturday marked the first road victory for the Mavericks since defeating North Dakota, Oct. 18, 5-4 in overtime...the game Saturday was played in Buffalo, Minn. at the Buffalo Civic Center to promote women’s hockey and give a homecoming to Monticello/Buffalo area players on the Mavericks and Huskies...before the game, MSU’s Kathleen Rosso and SCSU’s Brita Schroeder and Michelle Moen conducted the ceremonial drop of the puck...1,014 people showed up at the civic center for the special event...Minnesota State scored two shorthanded goals in the series ...the series is just the second for the Mavericks this season where two teams earned a win (Connecticut Oct. 3-4 and SCSU’s shootout win Friday), all the other series’ for MSU have resulted in a team sweeping or earning four points...Friday’s game saw the Huskies erase a two-goal deficit after the second period...MSU earned the two-goal lead with goals at 10:38 and 14:48 of the first period from junior Christina Lee and freshman Moira O’Connor, respectively...Lee was assisted by sophomore Amy Udvig and Rosso and freshman Abby Williams earned the helpers on O’Connor’s goal...on O’Connor’s goal, SCSU was only skating with four players because of a miscommunication on the bench...the Huskies’ Megan McCarthy tallied a shorthanded goal at 4:04 of the second period to cut the Maverick lead to 2-1...MSU responded with a shorty of its own at 11:48 of the second period off the stick of junior Jenna Hewitt...the goal marked Hewitt’s first goal of the season...she was assisted by Lee and Rosso...the game stood at 3-1 through the second intermission and all the way to the 15:53 mark of the third until SCSU scored a power play goal to put the score at 3-2...the Mavericks held-off the Huskies charge until McCarthy found the equalizer at 19:46 with the extra skater...the overtime session was scoreless with MSU getting five shots and SCSU getting four...MSU goaltender Alli Altmann made a great glove save halfway through the extra session, robbing the Huskies of the victory...Both teams missed its first three shootout opportunities, as all six shots were saved...SCSU’s Holly Roberts scored in round four...MSU’s Ashley Young matched the goal to continue the fight for the extra league standings point...the next round proved to be final one as Huskie Ashlan Lambert scored and Maverick sophomore Nina Tikkinen was stopped...Altmann made 24 saves in the game...SCSU went 1-7 on the power play, while MSU was 0-3...the Mavericks fourth line (O’Connor, Williams and Hewitt) produced two goals and one assist...with a goal and an assist, Lee moved up in the career charts...she sits second on MSU’s goals list with 36 and tied for third on the assists chart with 35...Saturday, MSU was able to hold the 3-1 second intermission lead to take the 4-1 victory...the first period was a scoreless battle between the two teams, but a 10 minute stretch in the middle of the second frame saw four goals...the Mavericks struck first at 4:25 with a goal from Young and assists from her linemates, junior Kala Buganski and senior Maggie Fisher...Young and Fisher hooked-up again at 8:31, but this time, Young set-up Fisher on a beautiful pass for Fisher’s second shorthanded tally of the season...the goal proved to be the game-winner for MSU...it marked the first game-winner for Fisher on the season...in the Mavericks’ eight wins this season, a different member of the team has scored the winning tally...MSU scored again at 13:22 on a foreign connection as  Tikkinen (Salo, Finland) scored her career-high sixth goal of the season from freshmen Emmi Leinonen (Valkeakoski, Finland) and Emilia Andersson (Stockholm, Sweden)...the Huskies lone goal came just 23 seconds after Tikkinen’s goal with a rebound tally from McCarthy...MSU would add its fourth goal at 8:30 of the third period, as freshman Ariel Mackley tallied her first collegiate point on an unassisted effort...sophomore goaltender Paige Thunder made 30 saves in her third win of the season...it is the most saves she has made in a win...MSU went 0-3 on the power play and shutdown the Huskies power play as they went 0-8 on 16 shots...the Mavericks outshot SCSU 41-31...MSU improved to 6-0-1 when leading after two periods and are 6-3-4 when scoring first this season...six of the eight freshman skaters for the Mavericks earned a point on the weekend...with 14 shots in the series, Lee moved into a tie for fourth on the school’s all-time shots chart with 327.
Live Stats: All Minnesota State home women’s hockey games will be streamed over the Internet on livestats this season. Simply direct your browser to: http://livestats.prestosports.com/mankato/ or go to www.msumavericks.com and click the purple Maverick Multimedia box on the right side of the screen and then click the Presto Sports link.

Live Video Feed: A free live video feed for Minnesota State women’s hockey home games will be broadcasted over the Internet this season.  Play-by-play will be included in the broadcast by MSU Mass Communications student Ben Cecil. To view this feed, simply direct your browser to http://www.msumavericks.com/broadcast.php. Find the women’s hockey game and the link will appear at the stated preview time. Video is provided by All Pro Media.

Nice Seeing You Again: Goaltenders Alyssa Grogan (UM) and Alli Altmann (MSU) both graduated from Eagan High School last year. The two split time in net for the Wildcats. The team won the section 3AAA championship and earned a berth to the state tournament. Grogan and Altmann started Nov. 21 in the 2-1 Maverick loss to the Gophers. Grogan made 14 saves and Altmann made 32. The two former teammates also squared off Jan. 30, but Altmann was pulled just 3:47 into the game after giving-up three goals.

Nonconference Play: The Mavericks went 3-1-0 in nonconference play this season. The Mavericks hosted Connecticut Oct. 3-4, losing 5-2 Friday and winning 4-2 Saturday. MSU then hosted Maine Oct. 10-11 for the first meeting all-time between the two teams and the homecoming for Black Bear head coach Dan Lichterman. Lichterman served as the Mavericks assistant coach for four seasons. MSU swept the Black Bears by the scores of 5-2 and 4-0.

Shoot em’ Up: The women’s side of the WCHA decided in the off-season to install the shootout to decide winners in conference games. The shootout winner is awarded an extra point in the conference standings, but it goes down as a tie in NCAA records and will not affect the national standings or rankings. A National Hockey League-style three-player shootout will be used to determine a winner if the two teams are still tied after regulation and the standard five-minute (5:00) overtime.

The Mavericks got their first taste of the shootout experience on their first WCHA game of the season Oct. 17. MSU and UND went five rounds with the Mavericks claiming a 2-1 victory. Junior Christina Lee was the first Maverick to score and sophomore Lisa Edman earned the finally tally.