Tuesday, March 15, 2011

2010-11 top 10

What were the top 10 moments from the Mavericks' 2010-11 season? PucKato gave it some thought and then came up with the following list for the blog:

1. Dorr takes Shillelagh Tourney MVP (Jan. 1-2): Starting with a tremendous, tie-breaking goal with 23 seconds left against Notre Dame, junior forward Michael Dorr went on to a three-goal, two-assist weekend to lead the Mavericks to the Shillelagh Tournament championship in suburban Chicago. The Mavs beat Brown in the final.

2. Cook shuts down Gophers (Dec. 4): The Mavericks pulled off a sweep of Minnesota — the first time they did that with both games in Mankato — and goalie Phil Cook was a big reason why they finished it off, stopping 49 of 50 shots in a 2-1 win in the Saturday game. He made 22 saves in the third period alone.

3. Lee withstands Bulldogs' barrage (Feb. 18): Staying on the subject of goalies, Austin Lee led MSU to a 3-1 win over high-scoring Minnesota Duluth by stopping 41 shots. But the Bulldogs fired 28 shots on net in the third period alone, and Lee stopped them all in what would be the Mavericks' last win of the season.

4. Boe's blast beats Beavers (Feb. 4): Bemidji native Channing Boe didn't score a lot of goals in his career but many thought he had the team's hardest shot. He showed off that cannon in the Mavericks' only overtime win of the season, one-timing a loose puck into the upper corner of the net from the left point for a 2-1 win.

5. Davis nets GWG against Gophers (Dec. 4): Defenseman Kurt Davis ended up leading the Mavericks in scoring for the second time in three years. He had nine goals, none bigger than the one he scored midway through the third period against Minnesota. He intercepted the puck in the neutral zone, skated over the blue line and absolutely blasted the puck past goalie Kent Patterson.

6. Youds sets tone against Minny (Dec. 3): Yet another moment against the Gophers. Defenseman Ben Youds (pictured) showed off his offensive skills, scoring the first goal in what would be a 3-2 win. Youds faked a shot to get a defender down and fired a hard shot that exploded the water bottle sitting on top of goalie Alex Kangas' net.

7. Leivermann has storybook start (Oct. 8): Few players have come to MSU with more scrutiny from fans than Mankato native Corey Leivermann. The freshman got off to a great start, scoring the Mavericks' first goal this season. In what would be a 5-5 tie with St. Lawrence, Leivermann got in front of the net and batted in a puck baseball-style.

8. Peterson has storybook ending (March 5): Senior forward Brett Peterson has had a career as practice player, as back and knee injuries kept him out of the lineup. Dressing in a regular-season game for just the third time, Peterson made his last college game count by scoring a goal against Alaska-Anchorage. His reaction, as well as that of his teammates, coaches and the crowd were priceless.

9. Jokinen scores hat trick at Lowell (Nov. 26): Junior forward Justin Jokinen made big strides this season, showing signs there's an NHL draft pick inside that young body. Jokinen helped the Mavericks turn the corner from a rough start to the season by scoring three goals in an 8-3 win at UMass.-Lowell over Thanksgiving weekend.

10. Total team effort against St. Cloud State (Jan. 29): The Mavericks looked dangerous that night as Dorr scored two goals, Rylan Galiardi had two points, Joe Schiller scored short-handed and Davis looked like the best defenseman in the WCHA in the 6-2 win. Cook was solid in goal, and Chase Grant and Andy Sackrison also had goals in the game

What do you think? What's missing? What were your top moments from the season?


LetsGoMavs said...

I like your run down. Looks good to me!

Word has it many seniors are in talks with teams now...be ready to report to all of us who ends up signing where. I expect some today through the end of the week.

crossjcek said...

I like the list. Personally the Peterson moment was the best in a tough year, especially being in the house.

Sam said...

Unrelated, but I see Steve Wagner got called back up by the Penguins today. Even if it's temporary, that's always good to see.

Nation said...

My favorite moment of the season was by far the home sweep of Minnesota. We did something that we had never done before swept Minny at home. Yes it was a disappointing end but there were some bright spots. Can't wait for next season!!

Nation said...

Does anyone know how Minnesota State decides who they are going to recruit? Are they looking for the best players that have not drawn the interest of Wisco, Minny, ND, and UMD? It would be interesting to know some of their process in deciding who they are going to recruit. I always wonder what got David Backes and Travis Morin to come to Minnesota State. We need to find more players like those to turn this program around. The way things are going right now I'd say Minnesota State needs to spend more time in Canada recruiting.

CoorsMan said...

the #1 moment would be Troy Jutting Getting fired!!!!!!

Chad said...

How about when Galiardi was off sides and decided to skate it in anyway, shoots, scores, and gets the delay of game penalty. Classic.