We can go over the keys to the series -- get some scoring from Joel Hanson (didn't happen), play a 60-minute game (not even close Saturday) and win the special teams (nope) -- but those things alone can't explain why Denver destroyed MSU 7-0 Saturday.
If there was ever a game that looked like the fourth-ranked team was playing the last-place team in the WCHA (which the Mavericks are now), this was it.
Denver's stars came to play, as Tyler Ruegsegger scored two spectacular goals (seriously, if these don't show up on YouTube ...) and set up another, Brock Trotter had a three-point game and goalie Peter Mannino showed that the early Hobey Baker talk hasn't jinxed him as he stopped 28 shots and even picked up a pair of assists.
The Mavericks, meanwhile, couldn't keep up. They weren't able to score on some early chances and got schooled one-on-one by Ruegsegger & Co. Afterward, the team appeared to be embarrassed by the loss with little to say about. "I can't find one thing positive right now," sophomore forward Trevor Bruess said.
A few notes: Coach Troy Jutting said he started Dan Tormey in goal because Mike Zacharias was injured. It's not serious, Jutting said, but he wanted to give Zacharias extra rest with the off-week coming up and Minnesota Duluth on the horizon. ... Defenseman R.J. Linder was scratched for the first time this year. Just his turn out of that seven-man rotation, Jutting said.