Freddy's three thoughts of the game:
1. Big goal for Brett: Brett Peterson got to dress and the ceremonial start on Saturday since it was Senior Night. It was just the third time in four years at MSU that he got in a game. Back and knee injuries over the years have made him little more than a practice player for the Mavs. But he'll leave school with a goal on his stat sheet, scoring in the second period. The goal made it a 2-1 game and should have sparked the struggling Mavericks. Instead, it ended up being the lone highlight in a disappointing regular-season-ending loss. Peterson always seems to work hard in practice and never complains. Asked what he'll do this week to help his teammates prepare for the playoffs, he said, "To tell you the truth, I hope I made it harder for (coach Troy Jutting to make his lineup)." Nice answer.
2. Scoring struggles: The Mavericks managed just one goal on the weekend, and Peterson's goal broke a stretch of nearly 130 minutes in which MSU failed to score a goal. While the overall effort was better than Friday's 4-0 clunker, the Mavericks will be two and out in Denver next weekend if they can't score. Their power play continues to struggle, and they are 0 for 16 with the man advantage over the last three games — all losses. Seawolves freshman goalie Chris Kamal stopped 31 shots on Saturday and finished the weekend with 66 saves on 67 shots. Said Jutting: "Another player of the week (award) for the goalie who played against us." Phil Cook was in goal for the Mavericks and stopped 23 of 26 shots. Anchorage also had an empty netter.
3. So long, seniors: Saturday's game was the final one in Mankato for six seniors. Besides Peterson, five players with well more than 100 career games said goodbye to the Verizon Wireless Center: Rylan Galiardi, Andy Sackrison, Ben Youds, Kurt Davis and Channing Boe. Only Youds added a point during the series, getting the second assist on Peterson's goal. "It's tough to leave," Youds said after meeting friends and family on the ice after the game (MSU players presented their third jerseys to silent-auction winners). Youds is now focused on taking on Denver and trying to become the first team to get to the WCHA Final Five since 2003. "When we play well, we can play with anybody," he said. "It takes 26 guys."
Read the box score here.