Friday, October 22, 2010

MSU 5, CC 4

Pat Christman photo
Freddy's Three Thoughts of the Game

1. Veterans come through: Going into Friday's game, forwards Eriah Hayes, Andrew Sackrison and Adam Mueller had just one point combined (a Sackrison assist) through the first four games. They teamed up for three goals and three assists against the Tigers, as Hayes had the game-winning goal and an assist, Sackrison, a senior, had the second three-point game of his career (1G, 2A) and Mueller scored a sweet short-handed goal to give MSU a 4-3 lead in the third period. Those veterans will have to come through Saturday and perhaps beyond as senior captain was seen on crutches after the game. He suffered a "lower body" injury in the second period and said he would not know the severity of the injury until Monday.

2. Isn't that special? Minnesota State's special teams were brutal through the first two weeks but they showed much improvement on Friday. Although coach Troy Jutting said there's still work that needs to be done, MSU went 2 for 5 on the power play, getting goals from Chase Grant and Sackrison, and was stellar on the penalty kill. CC went 0 for 6 on its excellent power play but got 17 shots on net, including four in the final two minutes of the game when they were skating 6x4 with their goalie out of the net. Mavericks goalie Phil Cook came up big when he needed to, finishing the game with 39 saves, including 18 on 20 shots in the third period.

3. Cut to the Chase: Freshman Chase Grant came into the season with high expectations and he's been more than solid so far. The forward from Oklahoma City scored two goals on Friday, including a nifty backhander that he lifted over goalie Joe Howe's shoulder from close range. That was the Mavericks' first goal of the game, sparking a three-goal second period. Grant now has three goals, the most on the team. Another freshman, Corey Leivermann, had an assist, his second point of the year.

Check out the game's box score here. Read the game story from Saturday's edition of The Free Press here.

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