Mike Hastings and the Minnesota State University men's hockey team were looking forward to playing on back-to-back weekends, to playing their first WCHA home games of the season, and to getting into a rhythm of a "normal" season.
But the 2020-21 season is far from normal.
For at least the fifth time this season, MSU has had a game or series postponed just a day or days in advance of its scheduled start.
"It seems like it's been an awfully long time since we played in our own building," Hastings, the Mavericks' ninth-year head coach said Wednesday. "We're excited about being back at home and playing back-to-back series so we can continue through a week and be able to play against a very accomplished team in our league ... Michigan Tech."
The No. 4-ranked Mavericks will have to wait a while longer to play on their home ice. MSU and the WCHA announced this afternoon that this weekend's scheduled home series against Michigan Tech, which would've been MSU's first home conference games of the season, has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within Michigan Tech's program.
The series has not yet been rescheduled.
MSU's next scheduled games are Friday, Jan. 15, and Saturday, Jan. 16, at Lake Superior State.
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MINNESOTA STATE'S RESCHEDULED GAMES IN 2020-21
• Monday, Nov. 23: Second game of a two-game series at Bemidji State postponed due to positive tests within the MSU program.
• Tuesday, Nov. 24: MSU's scheduled home-opening series against Bemidji State postponed to Dec. 18-19, due to MSU pausing team activities as a result of the positive COVID tests.
• Friday, Dec. 4: MSU's non-conference series at Northern Michigan, scheduled for Dec. 11-12, is canceled due to positive tests within NMU's program.
• Thursday, Dec. 10: MSU's home series against Division III Milwaukee School of Engineering, scheduled for Dec. 12-13, in place of the Northern Michigan series, is canceled due to positive COVID tests in the MSE program.
• Thursday, Jan. 7: Minnesota State's first home WCHA series of the season, set for Jan. 8-9 against Michigan Tech, is postponed due to positive COVID tests in the Huskies' program.