Freddy's 3 thoughts of the game:
1. Big goal(s), big win: We've been waiting for Michael Dorr to score big goals, and he came through on Saturday night in the opening round of Notre Dame's Shillelagh Tournament. His goal with 22.9 seconds left in the third period -- just as everyone, including beat writers, were preparing themselves for overtime -- gave the Mavericks a 4-3 victory over the 12th-ranked home team. Minnesota State led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Cameron Cooper and Evan Mosey, fell behind 3-2 midway through the second period and got a very important game-tying goal from Rylan Galiardi with less than a minute to play in the second.
2. Noise from Illinois: It was a good night for a few guys playing at home. Goalie Phil Cook, a Wheaton native, stopped 34 shots. Downers Grove native Evan Mosey scored the second goal. Tyler Elbrecht, who was born in the Chicago area but grew up near St. Louis, had a solid defensive night at the Sears Center. Announced attendance was 3,580 in the 11,000-seat arena.
3. Playing for a championship: The Mavericks will take on Brown -- who upset No. 10 Boston University 6-1 in the tournament opener -- for the Shillelagh (there's a real, little cane for the championship trophy, believe it or not) in the title game at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Certainly most folks figured Notre Dame and BU would be playing on Sunday but not for third place. Notre Dame has won the last three tournaments. "One of the reasons why you like to play wintertime tournaments," MSU coach Troy Jutting said, "is that hit helps at the end of the season, when you're in a tournament situation again."
Read The Free Press game story here. See the box score here.