Friday, January 28, 2011

Mavericks 3, Huskies 3, OT

Freddy's three thoughts of the game:

1. Open the Dorr: Mavericks junior forward Michael Dorr assisted on all three MSU goals, his best output on the WCHA side of the Shillelagh Tournament. His pass to Ben Youds for the Mavericks' third goal was a smart, head-up play. He easily could have shot the puck or passed into traffic to Justin Jokinen who went to the net, taking defenders with him. But Dorr went to the third man, and that gave the Mavericks the 3-2 lead at 10:06 of the second period. "Mike had a very good game tonight," Mavericks coach Troy Jutting said. "We need Mike to play that way. Mike needs to score for us."

2. Getting the point: The Mavericks got a point, snapping a three-game losing streak. However, their WCHA winless streak is now at seven games. They have had leads in six of those games. "But again, we had a lead, 3-2," Dorr said. "It's disappointing to give up leads. But we'll take what we can get." MSU's 3-2 lead lasted 3:10, as Drew LeBlanc scored his second goal of the game to tie the game. LeBlanc was the hero of the WCHA playoff series between the two teams last year, scoring the Game 3 overtime goal.

3. Crazy save: MSU goalie Phil Cook preserved the tie by stopping four shots in overtime, two minutes of which were spent killing a Kurt Davis penalty. St. Cloud's Garrett Roe nearly won it with a low blast of a shot that got through Cook's pads but caromed off a skate and slipped just wide of the left post. Cook and his counterpart, Mike Lee, each finished with 25 saves. Minnesota State also missed some good scoring chances, as Mike Louwerse and Davis hit posts in the second period and Joe Schiller somehow put a wide-open, close range shot over the goal late in the third. It looked like such a sure thing that the goal judge turned on the red light.

Read the box score here.

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