Freddy's three thoughts of the game ...
1. Shinny hockey: The Mavericks didn't do much hitting in the first period on Friday and let some of the WCHA's most skilled players roam free around the rink. Ben Hanowski scored two first-period goals. Nic Dowd gave the Huskies a 3-0 lead just 34 seconds after Hanowski's second, and Drew LeBlanc had a goal and three assists to spoil Mike Hastings' WCHA opener.
2. Major award: Both teams took 5-minute majors in the second period, but neither was able to take advantage with the five-minute power play. Eriah Hayes was called for charging, while St. Cloud's Kevin Gravel was called for checking from behind, which also came with a game misconduct. The Mavericks were already on the PP when Gravel went to the box, but they failed to score on 69 seconds of 5-on-3 play. MSU appeared to score with less than 2 minutes left in the major, but Chase Grant's goal was taken off the board after video replay.
3. No comeback: Minnesota State has come back in the third period in each of its last three games to force overtime, tying twice and winning once. Trailing 3-0 going into the third on Friday, they didn't have the magic this time. St. Cloud quickly got the dagger when Kalle Kossila scored at 1:23 to make it 4-0. Mavericks defenseman Evan Mosey scored his team's lone goal at 8:53, getting assists from Grant and Brett Knowles.
Read The Free Press game story here.
Around the WCHA: Cornell 2, Colorado College 0 ... Wisconsin 2, Minnesota Duluth 0 ... North Dakota 4, Alaska Anchorage 1 ... Bemidji State 3, Nebraska Omaha 3 (OT) ... Denver 5, Michigan Tech 1 ... Minnesota 2, U.S. Under-18 Team 2 (OT, exhibition)