Thursday, December 1, 2011

Longtime Underdogs Come to Town

The Minnesota State Mavericks, longtime underdogs in the hockey rivalry, will come to town to play the Gophers. Though the Mavericks have always come in as the underdogs, they have, as of late, left accomplishing the Cinderella story.

Since January 2009, the Mavericks are 5-1-0 against Minnesota. Before that time, the Gophers held a stunning 28-3-6 record against their south central Minnesota rivals.

Will this weekend's matchup be in the bag for the Gophers? Clearly we shouldn't assume so much.

In the five wins since '09, the Mavericks have outscored Minnesota a whopping 17-7, although their two most recent victories held a lesser margin of only one goal.

I look for the Gophers to make a rebound in the Mavericks Gophers series this weekend. The Gophers are atop the WCHA standings with an 8-2-0 record and facing a Mavericks team that is tied for 11th place at 2-7-1. It might not be easy, but it will be a series W.

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