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.