Mike Louwerse scored two goals for the Mavericks, including a 5x3 power play. But the Gophers got three power-play goals in the period (including one 5x3) to take the lead into the third period. The Gophers outshot the Mavericks 17-8 in the period.
No scoring in the first period. The Mavericks are outshooting the Gophers 9-6, so it's a better start than last night. MSU is 0-2 on the PP.
It's a small crowd. I'll be curious to see what they announce. Looks like less than 10,000 but I'm a bad judge of crowd size.
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Duluth won the first game 5-1.
Greetings from St. Paul where, right now, Duluth has a 4-1 lead on St. Cloud in the third period. It's kind of sparse crowd here right now. Think of the Final Five third-place game and subtract a couple thousand. Hopefully things pick up for the nightcap.
Here are the Mavericks' lines for tonight. As expected defenseman Ben Youds and forward Mike Louwerse are back in the lineup. Youds is in for Canzanello and Louwerse is in for Jokinen. The first move is not a shocker, especially after Cameron Cooper scored the game-tying goal last night. Jokinen out is a bit of a suprise, considering coach Troy Jutting had high praise for Jokinen after last night's game.
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