Oct. 18, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men’s ice hockey program begins a new era this weekend as it travels to Minnesota State for a two-game series under first-year head coach Mike Cavanaugh. UConn takes on the Mavericks on Friday at 8:35 p.m. Eastern and then on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Minnesota State, located in Mankato, Minn., has a 0-2 record after dropping two games at Providence College by the scores of 5-1 and 3-0. The Mavericks are currently ranked No. 18 in the country by the United State College Hockey Online poll and play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
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“The enthusiasm and passion these kids bring to the rink every day, they're really coachable and willing to learn,” Cavanaugh recently told the Hartford Courant. “That's really half the battle in coaching. We haven't seen them in game situations, and sometimes that will be different, but I am really excited about the group as a whole. I think the kids, fundamentally, play the right way, and that's strength. Time will tell. Everything has been great through practice, scrimmages. It's not like playing against another jersey. So we'll see. But I like the group a lot.”
The Huskies are entering their final season as a member of the Atlantic Hockey conference and next year will begin play in Hockey East.
UConn begins its home season next Friday when it plays Union College at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs at 7:05 p.m. Union played in last year’s NCAA Frozen Four.
“We want to begin the process of playing Husky Hockey,” said Cavanaugh “I always tell the kids, don't tell me you're going to work hard. Working hard is automatic. You don't win if you're not going to work hard. That's like applauding a guy who doesn't rob a bank. We're going to work hard; that's part of it. But being mentally focused -- being ready to change when it's your time, if we have a face-off play on, we need everyone on the same page, those little things mentally. Those are the things we're really trying to establish.”