Minnesota State junior forward Mick Berge said Tuesday that's he glad to be practicing for real after a month or so of captains practices and conditioning skates. But his Mavericks will be the odd team out this weekend as they're the only WCHA team that won't be playing games.
Minnesota will be in the Icebreaker Invitational at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul along with RPI, Michigan and Boston College. Wisconsin is at the Lefty McFadden tournament in Dayton, Ohio, with Notre Dame, Mercyhurst and Ohio State. Alaska-Anchorage will play Wayne State and Boston University in the Nye Frontier Classic. Michigan Tech and Minnesota Duluth are playing Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan in the Superior Showcase. St. Cloud State is hosting a two-game series with Canisius, Denver is hosting Maine for a pair and North Dakota is hosting Michigan State Saturday. Even Colorado College has an exhibition game, as it did last week, along with Anchorage, Tech and North Dakota.
The Mavericks will be playing themselves Thursday in the Purple-Gold Game. The event, at All Seasons Arena, is free and will feature two, 20-minute periods with 5-on-5, 4-on-4 and special teams work. Referees will be on the ice calling penalties, and, according to coach Troy Jutting, all infractions will result in penalty shots.