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1. Show up on time: That's what St. Cloud State did, scoring two goals in the game's first 1:48. Cory Thorson and Ben Hanowski scored goals 29 second apart to give the Huskies a quick 2-0 lead. When the Mavericks responded with Eriah Hayes' power play goal at 6:55 (pictured), St. Cloud's David Eddy made it 3-1 at the 9:07 mark. Eddy's goal ended up standing as the game-winning goal.
2. Shots through the heart: MSU outshot St. Cloud 31-19, including a 12-3 advantage in the third period. But the Huskies scored three goals on their first four shots. The Huskies had three power plays but mustered just one shot during the man advantage. Goalie Rayn Faragher earned the third star of the game making 29 saves. The Mavericks' Austin Lee stopped 16 shots.
3. Shorty's fire burnin': The Mavericks scored their second short-handed goal of the weekend to make it 3-2 at 6:30 of the third period. Adam Mueller scored it, showing great speed and chemistry with his old high school linemate Michael Dorr. It was Mueller's second career shorty. Minnesota State's penalty kill shut out St. Cloud on eight power plays in the series.
Deep thought: J.P. Burkemper and Max Gaede made good showings in their return from injury. Burkemper's goal and assist on Friday earned him another spot in the lineup on Saturday. Gaede, who was injured just two shifts into the Mavericks' first game oft he season played Saturday and was moved up to the Leitner-LaFontaine line late in the game.
Quote of the night: "Whoever loses Friday is going to come out with some jump, and whoever wins on Friday is going to have to respond." – MSU senior forward Michael Dorr
Read The Free Press' game story here, the St. Cloud Times story here and the box score here.
Around the WCHA: Minnesota Duluth 3, Alaska Anchorage 1; Nebraska Omaha 5, Bemidji State 1; Minnesota 4, Wisconsin 1; Denver 5, Colorado College 4