The Mavericks defeated Alabama-Huntsville 4-2 Saturday afternoon to finish off a series sweep of the Chargers and finish the six-game road swing to start the season with a winning record of 3-2-1.
(Sorry I didn't have a post after Friday's 7-0 win. I was at a hockey arena, only Bruce Springsteen was playing in it.)
"Obviously, it's good have a winning record," coach Troy Jutting said. "I'd like to be 6-0, but the improvements we've made from the first weekend to the second and third have also been good."
A couple of MSU's veterans broke out of their offensive slumps as Mick Berge scored two goals Saturday and had a three-point weekend. Jon Kalinski, who scored twice Friday, also had three points in the series, as did defenseman Brian Kilburg (another good radio name, by the way) Defenseman Nick Canzanello had a goal and an assist Friday, and senior forward Matt Tyree scored his second career goal and first in more than a year.
Goalie Dan Tormey also got back on track. Playing for the first time since getting roughed up at Michigan Tech, he stopped 26 of 28 shots for his first win of the year. Mike Zacharias recorded his second straight shutout Friday. When Huntsville scored in the second period Saturday, it snapped MSU's nine-period shutout streak, a stretch that lasted 132:58.
The Mavericks will finally play a home game Friday night against Minnesota.