By Gene McGivern, Sports Information Director
Men’s hockey: The men’s hockey season may be young but it will be a key game Friday night when St. John’s comes to the State Fairgrounds Coliseum for a 7 p.m. game with the Tommies. UST, off to its best start in years at 4-0-1 (1-0-1 MIAC) and ranked sixth nationally, then travels to St. Cloud Saturday night for a rematch, also at 7 p.m. The Tommies defeated Williams (Massachusetts) in a non-conference game last Friday, 5-3. Mike McMahon scored twice and Steve Aronson added a goal and three assists.
Women’s hockey: The women’s hockey team opens its 16-game MIAC slate Friday night when it meets Bethel at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis at 7:30 p.m. The same teams meet Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Fridley’s Columbia Arena. The Tommies are 1-2 in non-conference play after dropping two games at UW-Superior and defeating Hamline, 12-0. (The Pipers are a club team rather than varsity and are not playing a full MIAC schedule this season).
Basketball: Off to good starts, the men’s and women’s basketball teams open their conference seasons Saturday afternoon at St. Mary’s in Winona. The women’s team, currently 2-1 and ranked No. 19 in the country, split a pair of games in California and then routed UW-LaCrosse, 75-35, prior to Thanksgiving. They meet the Cardinals Saturday at 1 p.m., and continue conference play at Hamline next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The men’s team took a 2-1 record into Thursday’s meeting with Concordia (St. Paul) at the Metrodome. Steve Fritz’s team got off to a solid start with a home-court win over Northwestern and then split a pair of games last weekend in a tournament in California. They will face the Cardinals Saturday at 3 p.m. They return home for their MIAC opener next Wednesday against the Pipers at Schoenecker Arena at 7:30 p.m.
Swimming: The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are busy this weekend. On Friday, both teams will compete in the Lawrence Invitational in Appleton, Wis. The next day, both teams will head back to the pool, this time in Winona at the St. Mary’s Invitational.
Wrestling: The wrestling team will test its depth Saturday at the Terry Haws Duals, hosted by St. John’s. UST has 15 grapplers, its largest squad in years. The Tommies got off to a tough start with a home loss to UW-Eau Claire. The last match of the millenium will be Dec. 11 when the Tommies compete at the Itasca Community College Invitational.