Another one-goal loss for the Mavericks.
The ninth of the season. The eighth in WCHA play. The seventh against the top five teams in the conference.
But on Friday at the Kohl Center, the Mavericks did it differently. This time, they committed a season-high 16 penalties and put the third-ranked Badgers' potent power play on the ice 12 times. Thanks to some phenomenal goaltending by Phil Cook (40 saves, 33 in the first two periods), Minnesota State killed off the first seven of them and even had a 1-0 lead on a pretty goal by Mike Louwerse.
But the dam broke late in the second period when Zach Harrison and Kurt Davis were called for separate penalties during a scramble in front of Cook's crease, giving Wisconsin a full, two-minute 5x3 power play.
Michael Davies quickly scored two goals 31 seconds apart, and, after another MSU penalty, Blake Geoffrion made it 3-1 with less than a minute remaining in the period. Geoffrion had three assists for a four-point game.
Staying with the penalty theme, the two teams traded short-handed goals in the third period -- Aaron Bendickson for the Badgers and Zach Harrison for the Mavericks -- and MSU's Kael Mouillierat gave MSU a last gasp by scoring on a penalty shot with 1 minute remaining in the game.
The Mavericks had 24 shots on UW goalie Scott Gudmandson.
Read The Free Press game story here.