The Mavericks got to three and beat the 10th-ranked Badgers 3-1 Friday before a crowd of 4,121 at the Alltel Center.
Special teams were the key. Not only did Minnesota State score two power-play goals (snapping an 0 for 16 slump) but they impressively killed off five penalties, including two 5-on-3 power plays that totaled 3 minutes, 14 seconds, including a full 2 minutes in the game's final seven minutes.
“That was a long two minutes,” said freshman forward Rylan Galiardi, who had a goal and an assist but was in the penalty box with Brian Kilburg during that final kill. Joel Hanson and Jon Kalinski were the heroes there, not leaving the ice during the kill.
Geoff Irwin scored the game-winning goal on a power play in the second period, and Mick Berge scored his eighth goal of the season just 13 seconds after Wisconsin's Kyle Turris opened the game's scoring.
Irwin also had an assist for a two-point game, and another penalty killer extrordinaire, R.J. Linder, had two assists.