Freddy's three thoughts of the game:
1. A win is a win is a win: It wasn't pretty, but the Mavericks won for the seventh time in their last nine games and moved above .500 (9-8-4) for the first time this season. Amid some sloppy and sleepy play, Phil Cook stopped 17 shots (just one in the third period!) for his second career shutout, and Rylan Galiardi scored the game's lone goal, a power-play marker with 2:32 to play in the first period. "The reason why we're not happy is if we play like that in bigger games, that's not good enough," Galiardi said.
2. Meisner the miser: American International goaltender Ben Meisner stopped 51 of 52 shots, including all 22 he faced in the second period. He didn't make many brilliant saves -- most of MSU's shots hit the bumblebee on his sweater right between the eyes. But he did make one phenomenal stop on an Eriah Hayes breakaway out of the penalty box in the first minute of the third period. "To get 52 shots and score one goal? Are you kidding me?" Mavericks coach Troy Jutting said.
3. This won't hurt a bit: The Mavericks might not be happy with the way they played -- even Cook wasn't celebrating his shutout -- but it beats losing a game that could hurt them when it comes to postseason rankings. A loss or a tie could be a killer. The Mavericks' nonconference record right now is a very solid 5-0-2 with one game remaining -- Saturday night against AIC again. "I think we'll be worried if we come out the same way tomorrow," Galiardi said.
See the box score here.