Friday, December 13, 2013

Mavericks 4, Chargers 1

Freddy's three thoughts (from afar) ...

1. No need to panic, right? The Mavericks held a slim 1-0 lead into the third period and seemed to be controlling the game pretty well. But let a team hang around ... Huntsville tied the game at 3:46 of the third, and you're thing this could give the Chargers, who won for the first time last week, some life. But the Mavericks didn't panic, coach Mike Hastings said afterward, and with the help of a quick UAH penalty after the goal, Jean-Paul LaFontaine got the lead back 29 seconds later.

2. Power play stays hot: After struggling a bit early on, the Mavericks finished 3 for 7 on the power play and had 17 shots on goal with the man advantage. LaFontaine's goal was his sixth power-play goal of the season. Dylan Margonari and Johnny McInnis also scored power-play goals, and both of Matt Leitner's assists came on the power play. During their six-game winning streak, the Mavericks are 13 of 32 on the power play (40.6 percent). Over that same span, they've allowed just three opponents' power plays. Huntsville finished 0 for 5 on Friday.

3. Lehrke scores again: Zach Lehrke didn't figure into the power-play scoring but he did score an important goal — Hastings called it "a special, individual play," — giving the Mavericks a 3-1 cushion at 7:21 of the third period. Lehrke got the puck one on one against a defender, dangled a bit and used that D-man as a screen as he fired past the Huntsville goalie. Lehrke now has three goals and six points in seven games, which ranks tied for fifth already on the Mavericks' scoring chart.

Around the WCHA: Bowling Green 3, Michigan Tech 2 ... Alaska 3, Bemidji State 3 (OT) ... North Dakota 4, Northern Michigan 1 ... Lake Superior 3, Alaska Anchorage 1

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