Freddy's three thoughts of the game:
1. Another one-goal loss: If you count games with empty-net goals as one-goal games (which I will do here), the Mavericks extended their winless streak in WCHA games to six games with all of those being decided by one goal or less. "We could probably have an 8-7 game," said Joe Schiller, who scored MSU's lone goal. "Thank goodness we haven't." No, in fact, the broken record is that they played another top-10 team toe to toe, only to fall by a single score. They outshot the Badgers 35-29, including 17-4 in the third period, and they held a high-scoring team to just two goals -- one power-play rebound goal and a breakaway.
2. Frustration setting in? Close but no cigar is obviously getting old for the Mavericks. "We're frustrated for sure," Schiller said. "To play as well as we have, the results have to get there eventually. The message is, we're playing well enough that we will be rewarded." Said coach Troy Jutting: "For 14 games in a row we've been playing really good hockey. I feel bad for the kids. It's frustrating because we're doing things the right way." Said goalie Austin Lee: "The work ethic is there. Everyone's trying and working hard."
3. Lee is solid: While Wisconsin goalie Scott Gudmandson deserved the game's No. 1 star for his 34-save effort, including 16 saves in the third period, MSU's Lee had a great game, stopping 27 shots, including 13 in the second. Lee made a pair of quick, back-to-back saves on a penalty kill before Jordy Murray finally put the third shot under his pad to open the scoring in the first period. On the game-winner, Lee moved out to challenge Craig Smith's breakaway, and nearly had him stuffed. But Smith made a nifty move at the last second and tucked the puck in at the right post for his 15th goal of the season.
Read the box score here.