Minnesota State allowed eight goals in a game for the first time in three years, falling to third-ranked Wisconsin. For the second night in a row, the Mavericks couldn't stay out of the penalty box and allowed three power-play goals as well as a short-handed goal that came during a delayed penalty.
The Badgers are good, getting a lot of Hobey Baker buzz around defenseman Brendan Smith (1 G, 2A) and forward Blake Geoffrion (2G, 1A). Fourth-line senior Andy Bohmbach also had a goal and two assists, as seven different players scored goals and a total of 13 had at least one point.
Were they the best team the Mavericks have played this season? "Yeah. This weekend," MSU coach Troy Jutting said.
But Jutting also gave his team credit for its 5x5 play and for outshooting the Badgers 35-31. Still, the scoreboard showed a blowout.
"When (the Badgers) had chances to make plays, they made plays," Jutting said.
Eli Zuck, Jerad Stewart, Tyler Pitlick and Kurt Davis each had a goal for the Mavericks, and Kael Mouillierat had two assists. Goalie Phil Cook did not have the magic of Friday night when he stopped 40 shots. He allowed six goals on 18 shots before being pulled for Austin Lee (11 saves, 2 GA).
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