The Huskies' Drew LeBlanc scored a power-play goal at 3:21 into overtime on Sunday to get his team into the Final Five and end the Mavericks season.
Tough night for the seniors. From my perch in the NHC press area, I can see a lot of hugs going around between MSU players and parents. Junior defenseman and assistant captain Channing Boe spoke after the game and said there were "a lot of tears" in the locker room.
"I feel for the seniors," Boe said. "They brought us a long way with their leadership. Those guys got us to where we were tonight. We had a great weekend of hockey. To have it end like that, it's just devastating."
Only six penalties were called in the game, but the crucial one was Joe Schiller's boarding penalty in overtime. I saw him after filing my story for The Free Press and he said that he tried to stop himself and not put himself in a position to take a penalty after seeing Brian Volpei turn with the puck.
Less than a minute later, the game was over.
Freshman Tyler Pitlick and senior Jason Wiley had the Mavericks goals, giving them leads of 1-0 and 2-1, and Phil Cook stopped 23 shots. Geoff Irwin assisted on the second goal for a six-point weekend -- a great series for the senior captain.
A couple of other notes on the seniors: Kael Mouillerat finished his MSU career with 92 points, putting him 10th on the Mavs' Division I scoring list. Zach Harrison played in his 152nd game on Sunday. Only B.J. Abel (155 games) played in more at MSU.