Minnesota State cancels Saturday game against Princeton because of flu outbreak among players

Saturday’s game between Minnesota State and Princeton has been canceled because of a flu outbreak among the Mavericks players.

Minnesota State made the announcement Saturday afternoon, saying its team did not have enough healthy players to put in the lineup.

“After consulting with several stakeholders, including the NCAA, Verizon Wireless Center and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and discussing our options, it was decided to cancel the game,” Minnesota State athletic director Kevin Buisman said in a statement. “There were several complicating factors in the decision which involved facility scheduling, individual and team travel and the fact that there is no guarantee that we would have enough bodies to play tomorrow. We know that our fan base and those that follow us would have wanted to see the third-rated Mavericks play tonight and hope everyone can understand this difficult situation and the issues we faced in coming to this decision.”

The Mavericks beat the Tigers 5-0 on Friday.

Minnesota State said that Saturday’s canceled game is considered a no-contest and will not count toward either team’s record.

The school will announce plans for ticket refunds at a later date.