Friday, December 10, 2010
1. Great start: The Mavericks couldn't have started better, getting a goal by Eriah Hayes just 48 seconds into the first period and a power-play goal from Kurt Davis seven minutes later to go up 2-0 on the fifth-ranked Fighting Sioux. "For the most part we were buzzing all night," said Hayes, who got his fifth goal by deflecting in a Channing Boe shot from the point. The Mavericks put 38 shots on goal, the most North Dakota has allowed all season.
2. Interesting intermission: North Dakota didn't record a shot on net officially until 4:44 remained in the first period. But in those last five minutes of the opening period, the Mavericks were called for three penalties, and the Sioux gained some momentum when Chay Genoway scored a 5x3 power-play goal to be down 2-1 at the first break. The Mavericks bounced back with 20 shots on goal in the second period but they couldn't get the puck past Aaron Dell (career-high 35 saves) and were stuck with their 2-1 lead going into the third. "The second period was crucial," MSU coach Troy Jutting said.
3. Unhappy ending: The Sioux scored three goals in a stretch of 2:47 in the third period to take a 4-2 lead. Matt Frattin scored his nation-leading 16th goal of the season to tie the game at the 7:40 mark. After a long delay to fix an ice problem, North Dakota needed just 11 seconds of game time to grab a 3-2 lead, as Evan Trupp scored from Frattin. Jake Marto added the next Sioux goal. The Mavericks' Ben Youds scored a power-play goal with 3:16 to play to make it a one-goal game again but that's as close as they'd get.
Notes: The Mavericks lost Andrew Sackrison for the game when he was hit by Frattin in the first period. Frattin was called for interference on the play. Sackrison received 10 stitches on his chin. No word on his return for Saturday. ... WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod attended the game.
Read The Free Press game story here. Read the Grand Forks Herald story here. Read the box score here.
Posted by Shane Frederick at 10:33 PM