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Two Games Canceled as Viruses Sweep Through Minnesota Hockey

This winter viruses have plagued men's hockey teams in Minnesota at the high school, college, and pro level

This winter viruses have plagued men's hockey teams in Minnesota at the high school, college, and pro level

What's going on with men's hockey players in Minnesota? A week after the Wild finally fully recovered from a mumps outbreak, a flu epidemic led to the cancellation of games at both the high school and college level last weekend.

On Saturday Orono High School was forced to reschedule its boys varsity game against St. Cloud Cathedral, and Minnesota State-Mankato's game against Princeton University was declared "no contest" when a suitable makeup date couldn't be found.

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Minnesota State Athletic Department Communications Director Paul Allan said only eight of the Maverick's 25 players were able to make it to the morning skate before Saturday's game.

"The athletic trainer started getting calls at two, three o'clock in the morning and it just kept getting worse," he said.

The athletic department tried to figure out how to reschedule its game against Princeton, but with a national semifinal playoff football game happening on campus Saturday afternoon and the end of the semester coming up, everyone decided to declare "no contest," meaning the game will be erased from the schedule.

"There was no guarantee we would've had enough players to field a team Sunday, and we had to be considerate of Princeton's situation, with the end of the semester for them coming up," said Allan.

Allan said the Minnesota State athletic department is still trying to figure out how to reimburse people who had tickets to Saturday's game. The third-ranked Mavericks beat Princeton 5-0 on Friday night, and its football team advanced to the Division II national championship game with a 47-13 romp over Concord University Saturday afternoon.

According to Fox 9, between injuries and sickness Orono didn't have enough players to field a competitive team Saturday.

"We just need to get everyone healthy," Orono Athletic Director Bucky Mieras told Fox. "We have a long winter ahead of us."

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