Freddy's three thoughts of the game:
1. Different team: This is a much different MSU team than the one that lost 6-1 at Denver on Nov. 13. The tie put the Mavericks at 8-2-1 since that night. They played toe to toe with the high-powered Pioneers, outshooting them 30-28 and holding leads (some brief) of 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3. Denver led 2-1 for just 24 seconds late in the second period. Denver slipped a spot to a tie for No. 5 in the Pairwise Rankings. MSU bumped up to a tie for 21st. Said MSU captain Rylan Galiardi: "Looking at that game, it's tough to tell who's No. 4 and who's No. 22 (referring to the PWR before the game). But maybe that was the difference in the end. They found a way to tie it, and we didn't find a way to shut them down."
2. So close: Justin Jokinen's goal with 1:47 to play put the Mavericks up 4-3. Denver immediately called timeout and found a way to get goalie Sam Brittain off for an extra attacker shortly after the ensuing faceoff. Denver threw the kitchen sink at Phil Cook, and Kyle Ostrow knotted the game just 33 seconds after Jokinen's goal. The Mavericks simply couldn't clear the zone when they had the chance, and Anthony Maiani got the puck to Ostrow, who took a couple of whacks at the puck before finally putting it in.
3. Getting in on the action: The Mavericks' defensemen have been doing so much scoring lately that it was finally Channing Boe's turn to get in on the action. Boe scored from the top of the left circle at 9:04 of the third period to give MSU a 3-2 lead. It was his first goal of the season and first since Jan. 9, 2010. The senior now has four career goals. But Boe might have had his best defensive game of the season, too. "He's a big kid, and he played big and played solid," coach Troy Jutting said. Chase Grant and Eli Zuck were the other goal scorers for the Mavs. Zuck tied the game at 2-all with 1:48 left in the second period, just 24 seconds after Jason Zucker scored for Denver.
Read the box score here.