Saturday, November 14, 2009

CC 3, MSU 2 (updated)

Minnesota State looks like the most dangerous 10th-place team in the WCHA right now after putting together a string of five solid games but going 1-3-1, including a loss and a tie at then-No. 2 Denver and dropping two games this weekend to No. 10 Colorado College.

For CC, freshman goalie Joe Howe was the difference. The Mavericks probably win Saturday's game if not for Howe's play.

"He was money tonight," Mavericks coach Troy Jutting said.

Howe shut out the Mavericks on Friday but made saved his most impressive stops for Saturday, sliding over to steal a sure goal from Tyler Pitlick in the first period, poking away Zach Harrison's penalty shot before he could fire the puck and moving post to post and making saves on each side midway through the third period.

"It is frustrating," Harrison said. "There's no going back to the drawing board because we're playing good hockey. We're making one-on-one-plays in the corner. We're winning battles. We just gotta put the puck in the net."

The Mavericks and Tigers don't play again in the regular season, although the way things currently stand in the standings -- CC in first, MSU in last (yes, I know it's November) -- they could meet up again in the first round of the WCHA tournament.

Minnesota State sits one point behind Alaska-Anchorage and Michigan Tech, the Mavs' next two opponents.

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Ian said...

Most dangerous 10th place team is right on. It's a shame we didn't get at least a point from this series. We had our chances so I won't play the "blame the refs" game.

Howe is a machine.

Hopefully we take our upbeat forecheck to UAA and get a couple of points in the standings next weekend!

Chris said...

They're the only 10th place team in the WCHA right now. And 2 goals per game isn't very dangerous.