Friday, October 21, 2011

Pioneers 4, Mavericks 2 (updated)

Denver Post photo
Minnesota State opened its Western Collegiate Hockey Association with a tough, 4-2 loss at third-ranked Denver. Playing without six injured players who were back in Mankato, the Mavericks hung tough, taking a 1-0 lead and tying the game 2-2 early in the third period.

"The kids played hard, they played real hard," coach Troy Jutting said in a phone interview after the game. "I'm really proud of the kids' effort. They battled hard."

But in the when-it-rains-it-pours category, the Mavericks suffered another injury. Chase Grant went out with a lower-body injury, and Jutting said he might be out for awhile. He certainly won't play Saturday.

"It's unreal," Jutting said. "Five games into the season, and we can't dress a full roster."

Here are stories by the Denver Post and USCHO.

Here's a period-by-period recap of the game:

Jean-Paul LaFontaine put back his own rebound after a big Evan Mosey shot from the point to give Minnesota State a 1-0 lead over Denver. Justin Jokinen also assisted on the play. Each team went scoreless on one power play during the period, and MSU goalie Austin Lee stopped 12 shots, including three big-time saves.

Luke Salazar scored two goals in the second period to give Denver a 2-1 lead. On the tying goal, Jason Zucker took a shot that was blocked right to Salazar, catching Austin Lee out of position for an easy goal. The second came with 48.2 seconds left in the period. Salazar got behind the defense after the Mavericks went scoreless for the third time on the power play (but nearly scored with a shot off the post). They are 0 for 20 now this season. Shots were 10-7 for Denver in the frame.

The Mavericks quickly tied the game when Zach Lehrke scored from Adam Mueller at the 1:17 mark. Like the Mavericks, the Pioneers came into the game scoreless on the power play. But Denver finally scored with the man advantage at 6:18 when Drew Shore fired a shot through traffic from the right circle. Minnesota State did have a 4x3 power play but couldn't do much with it. Nick Shore sealed the game with an empty-net goal in the final minute. Denver outshot MSU 16-10 in the period, so 38-25 for the game.

Read the boxscore here.


hockeyfan said...

Listening to game. Sounds like our guys are playing great. Lee sounds very solid. Go Mavs.

hockeyfan said...

The guys played a good game and goal tending was solid. We have to figure out the powerplay which again hurt us. Although from the listening to the game we spent way more time in their zone and had more shots so maybe we are headed in the right direction. Proud of the boys for the way they handled adversity and played well. Shane is there a min player rule? If so with one more injury can Karambelas just put on equipment and sit on the bench? Go Mavs!

BIGhkyfan said...

Hey Mavs fans.
Is anyone at DU?
I'd like to confirm some observations before making comment.
what I can say and agree with above is that the effort look amazing last night.
So, anybody at DU???