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1. Coffee is for closers: Minnesota State dominated the second period Friday, outshooting Michigan Tech 16-6 over the first 15 minutes of the frame. With the game tied 2-2, Eli Zuck was called for an offensive-zone slash (something that should never happen) and about a minute later Rylan Galiardi was also called for slashing, giving the Huskies a 5x3 in the final two minutes of the period. Steven Seigo and Brett Olson scored power-play goals 61 seconds apart to give their team a 4-2 lead that they seemingly didn't deserve going into the final period. Tech coach Jamie Russell said, despite the late surge, he "snapped" at his team for its "lousy" play in the second period.
2. 'Broken record': That's how MSU coach Troy Jutting described his words when talking about his team's lack of scoring punch. The Mavericks showed off tremendous offensive skills Friday, holding the zone, winning battles in the corners and creating odd-man rushes (by Ben Youds' count, there were seven such rushes in the first two periods). But the Mavericks simply couldn't finish. Credit goalie Kevin Genoe on a couple of shots. But, other than rookie J.P. Burkemper's first-period goal, pucks went high or wide or into the goalie's belly.
3. Here come the Huskies: Michigan Tech, which lost 30 games a year ago, is now 3-0-1 and scoring 4.75 goals a game. They have 16 power-play goals already (MSU is just 1 for 16 in three games). "It's a great feeling right now, especially compared to my first two years being here," Tech junior Brett Olson said. "I know our seniors could say the same thing. I think they know what it's like to start well and teeter out at the end. But with the attitude and leadership we have, we're hoping for better things to come."
Read more about Friday's game in Saturday morning's Free Press. Read the Daily Mining Gazette's coverage here.