Minnesota State dropped their season-opening exhibition to the University of Alberta by a score of 3-2 on Sunday evening. The end result was largely irrelevant as the Mavericks prepare for the season. The biggest news out of the evening was the absence of senior forward Dylan Margonari from the line-up. Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press reported that Margonari did not play due to a stress fracture in his leg that could keep him out for up to six weeks.
The speedy centerman scored 14 goals for the Mavericks last season and is a potential NHL free agent target. His absence takes another bite out of the Maverick offense that is looking to replace big contributions from last year's senior class.
The timing is also problematic given that Minnesota State's schedule this year is heavily front-loaded, with no byes in the first six weeks and six of their eight games against 2015 NCAA tournament participants coming in that stretch in key non-conference series against Nebraska-Omaha, St. Cloud State, and Minnesota.