The Montana State Hockey Club began their 2019-2020 campaign earlier this month with as tough of an early season test you can get. The 12th-ranked Bobcats traveled to Bismarck, ND to challenge number one ranked University of Mary in a two-game series last weekend. While Saturday’s contest caught the Cats off guard in a 5-0 loss, MSU rebounded Sunday giving the conference’s top team all it can handle. The “Blue and Cold” caught fire to begin the game, going up 3-1 by the end of the first period, but the undefeated Marauders chipped away at the score and forced the game into overtime before escaping with the win.
MSU head coach Dave Weaver expressed his satisfaction in the effort saying “To battle in the second game to overtime was impressive. We obviously did not get the final result that we wanted, but we have many things to build on.” MSU has a lot to be excited for this year after ending last season with the club’s first ever trip to the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II National (ACHA) tournament. They also have a new face on the coaching staff in the form of NHL great Peter Budaj.
“Our program is in a position it has never been in before,” said sophomore goalie Patrick Healy when asked about this upcoming season. “We feel like this could be the strongest team MSU has ever had.” The squad will be heading to Idaho this weekend to take on the Boise State Broncos before returning home to Haynes Pavilion. Don’t miss out on next week's home action as the “Blue and Cold” host Weber State Thursday, Oct. 24 at 8:30 p.m., Utah State on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and BYU Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3:00 p.m. Dress warm, be loud and roll Cats.