Non-conference wins would have been nice. But the games that really matter are the MIAC battles. First year head coach Doc DelCastillo and troops hope to emphasize that point this weekend when they open league action against St. Mary's.
The teams play Friday night in Winona at 7:30 p.m. A live video and stats feed is available for that game by clicking here.
On Saturday, the teams pick up the battle at Vadnais Heights at 7:15 p.m. Please note that game is being played in the Bremer rink instead of the usual Tousley rink. The Bremer rink is the one located on the east side of the complex.
Hamline stands 0-3-1 overall. But they stand a mere -5, an indication of how close the first four games have actually been. The Cardinals, who won just five games last season, are 2-2. But they can be very difficult at home as evidence by the fact that last year, they dealt a 4-3 loss to a St. Norbert's team that went on to win the NCAA D-III championship.
Last season, Hamline swept a pair of close games from the Cardinals, winning 6-4 at home and then rallying for a 4-3 OT win on a goal by Ryan McElhone in the first minute of overtime.