Freddy's three thoughts of the game:
1. This one hurts: The Mavericks played their worst game in two months and it cost them a chance to get within two points of the upper tier of the WCHA standings. The loss was MSU's first against an unranked team since it lost at Michigan Tech on Oct. 15. They put 41 shots on goal and got just one past the outstanding Dan Bakala, who had 81 saves on 84 shots in the series split. The Mavericks scored first but, like Friday, let the Beavers hang around. Bemidji State scored four unanswered goals en route to the win.
2. Galiardi snakebit: MSU captain Rylan Galiardi had team-high eight shots on goal but couldn't get the puck past Bakala. "I had at least five gold chances," said Galiardi, who was robbed on a point-blank chance during a 5x3 power play early in the second period. Later in the period he put an open shot off the post after getting a nice pass from Corey Leivermann. "There's lots of disappointment," Galiardi said. "Getting ... two points would have been a big step in the right direction. We didn't take advantage. We're disappointed for sure."
3. Bouncing back? It will be interesting to see how the Mavericks respond to the loss. They have been playing very good hockey since Thanksgiving, and they may have been due for a clunker. Up next is a road series Colorado College, which split a series against rival Denver, followed by Minnesota Duluth and Anchorage at home over the final three weeks of the season (MSU is idle between those series). What's troubling though is the goal-scoring issue. Three goals in two games against Bemidji, and only one of those came from a forward (Michael Dorr on Saturday).
Read Saturday's box score here.