Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mavericks 3, Lakers 0

Freddy's three thoughts from afar ...

1. Williams keeps rolling: What a story Stephon Williams is becoming. A great freshman year followed by a sophomore season in which he lost his starting job to Cole Huggins and now red hot again as a junior. He shut out Lake Superior State on back-to-back nights, stopping 21 shots on Saturday and 45 for the weekend. Say what you want about the Lakers, but Williams kept MSU ahead when both games were close. On Saturday, the Lakers' Gordon Defiel had stopped 30 of 31 shots through two periods. Williams now has a .931 save percentage for the season.

2. Stepan up: Sophomore forward Zach Stepan had a goal and an assist on Saturday, just his first goal and third assist of the season. That line appeared to Minnesota State's best of the night, with Dylan Margonari scoring MSU's first goal with Stepan and freshman Brad McClure assisting. Stepan scored the second goal, putting back the rebound of a point shot by sophomore defenseman Carter Foguth. All in all, the Stepan line continued to prove just how much depth the Mavericks have and how well they can play when the secondary scoring kicks in.

3. Sunday Funday: Just a couple of thoughts tonight, as I'm off for a few of days of R&R (look for me at Lambeau Field on Sunday). Back at it this week as the Mavs return home to take on Alaska and try to improve their winning streak to seven, perhaps eight, games (they have won nine of their last 10). In the meantime, don't forget to get your tickets at on Monday when $5 tickets will be sold for Cyber Monday.

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