Not a good night for the Mavericks, who didn't play with any urgency in the third period when the game was tied 2-2. James Gaulrapp, who worked hard to get an assist on the Mavericks' second goal, said Anchorage played like they might be satisfied with a tie when, suddenly, Josh Lunden redirected a pass over Dan Tormey's shoulder with 3:38 to goal. That was it. Game over.
"We were a step too late," Gaulrapp said. "The urgency wasn't quite there."
A win would have put Minnesota State into sixth place in the league standings and within striking distance of fourth, maybe third. Instead, they're stuck in a tie for seventh with just a two-point edge over Anchorage and perhaps watching a season of great expectations start to slip away. They have just one victory in their last seven conference games.
"Obviously, these are important games," coach Troy Jutting said. "It's one of those games that you're either going to learn from or you're going to be in trouble."
Anchorage not only snapped a five-game losing streak for the season but it broke a six-game winless streak against Minnesota State.
"That was a great win for our guys," Seawolves coach Dave Shyiak said. "I think our league is so tight; there's such an ebb and flow. Tonight, we finally got some bounces, and the guys were rewarded for their efforts."
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