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Citing virus test results, Tech postpones series at Minnesota State

Number of positives not disclosed; return to practice not known

Michigan Tech called off its hockey series at Minnesota State this weekend after positive COVID-19 test results within the program.

The university made the announcement Thursday afternoon, and neither identified positive cases nor specified how many positive results there were.

“Data privacy precludes further comment on this issue,” Tech said in a press release. “Rescheduling details for the series will be announced at a later date.”

The Huskies (6-3-1) planned to practice Thursday morning before leaving for Mankato. The Huskies team took virus tests a half-hour prior to the practice’s scheduled start. The decision to cancel practice appeared to occur last-minute, as an equipment manager collected water bottles on the bench and took down a dry-erase board head coach Joe Shawhan uses to illustrate drills and concepts during practice.

Michigan Tech, sitting on a five-game win streak and two straight series sweeps, will have to find a way to preserve its momentum.

The university said there is no timetable for the team’s return to practice.

Canceling a series against Minnesota State is now an all too familiar thing for the Huskies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Huskies were in a gas station parking lot en route to play the Mavericks in last season’s WCHA tournament in March when the conference suspended play.

Minnesota State has already experienced positive virus tests this season within its program and postponed games. The Huskies’ Dec. 6-7 home series split against the Mavericks was moved back a day for Minnesota State’s quarantine to end.

All WCHA players are tested six days a week.

The Huskies are scheduled to visit Ferris State on Jan. 15-16 before hosting Lake Superior State the following weekend. Tech closes out January at Bowling Green.

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