Minnesota State lost another player to injury on Saturday — freshman defenseman Brett Stern — and sure didn't have the jump it had on Friday, and No. 3 Denver went to town on the Mavericks, hanging 10 goals on the board.
Three Pioneers players had four-point games, as they became the first team to put up double digits against MSU since Feb. 21, 2004 when North Dakota won 10-1.
The Mavericks were being thumped 8-0 before they got a 5x3 power-play goal — their first PPG of the season — in the third period by Jean-Paul LaFontaine. Moments later, LaFontaine assisted on another power-play goal, one by Zach Palmquist. Matt Leitner assisted on both goals. LaFontaine scored two goals in the series and now leads the Mavericks with three.
Both goalies played. Austin Lee was pulled after allowing four goals on 20 shots. Phil Cook came in and allowed six goals on 19 shots.
An idle weekend couldn't come at a better time for MSU, which will return to action Nov. 4-5 at Michigan Tech.
On the bright side, MSU fans, it's only one loss, one sweep. Minnesota State is tied with North Dakota and Minnesota-Duluth in the WCHA standings.
UPDATE: Read the USCHO recap and see video of postgame comments by Troy Jutting here.