Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mavericks 2, Seawolves 2 - OT

Eight games into the season and Minnesota State already has four ties. The Mavericks had three all of last season.

But following Saturday night's 2-2 tie with Alaska-Anchorage, MSU coach Troy Jutting said, "I'll take three points on the road every week."

The Mavericks won the first game on Friday and are now 2-2-4.

On Saturday, Minnesota State scored first and had a 1-0 lead after the first period on a goal by Corey Leivermann. Evan Mosey and Adam Mueller assisted on the goal.

But the Seawolves came back and took a 2-1 lead. Tommy Grant scored in the second period, and Craig Parkinson netted a power-play goal at 3:17 of the third period, shortly after MSU was called for its second penalty of the young frame.

But with five minutes to play, the Mavericks' Eriah Hayes tied the game, putting back the rebound of a Mosey shot from the high slot. Ben Youds also assisted on the goal.

"We got three points on the weekend," Jutting said in a phone interview, "and it was another game where had to gut it out a little bit. I thought showed some guts. It's a long trip, and I think (Anchorage) got swept only one time last year up here."

Officially, the Seawolves outshot the Mavericks 31-23, although Jutting said he believed his team had more chances than the 11 shots on goal it was credited with over the first 40 minutes. 

Phil Cook stopped 29 shots and has a .938 save percentage over the last four games.

"We had some good chances," Jutting said. "I'm not going to tell you we played our best hockey. We had some opportunities that you gotta score on. We were 1 for 4 on the power play; we're getting a little better in that area."

Read the Anchorage Daily News account of the game here.


BIGhkyfan said...

Game #2 was a clear case of playing for the tie and not the win. Why it appeared that way watching the game. Anyone care to comment?

BIGhkyfan said...

Based on how the OT was played...