Saturday, January 3, 2015

Mavericks 2, Wildcats 2 (OT)

Freddy's three thoughts of the game ...

1. Killer instinct: The Mavericks allowed two power-play goals on four chances during regulation then found themselves short-handed for nearly all of overtime after Dylan Margonari was received a major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind with 37 seconds left in regulation. Minnesota State, though, did not allow a shot on goal in overtime, killing the penalty and escaping Marquette with one point and three for the weekend. It was a tougher, more-physical game than Friday's, more like one would expect to be played at the Berry Events Center on a regular basis.

2. From A to Zeb: Freshman forward Zeb Knutson scored his second career goal in the game, giving the Mavericks a 2-1 lead late in the first period. It was his sixth game of the season, and he was put into the lineup as Zach Stepan sat out with what was being called an upper-body injury. Knutson buried a perfect set-up from his longtime junior-hockey pal, C.J. Franklin, a goal he'll certainly remember as his first, the overtime game-winner at Minnesota Duluth, he wasn't even sure he touched. Knutson talked about being patient while waiting for an opportunity: "We have a great team. It's very deep, so you have to work every day. The rest of the guys on the team push me and keep me in it, keep me working hard. It's a really deep team. I'm just glad I could come in and contribute."

3. Goalie rotation: Stephon Williams got the call in goal on Saturday after Cole Huggins played Friday. Williams stopped 20 of 22 shots, including all nine he faced in the third period. He gave up only a pair of power-play goals, both of which were fired through screens and the second appearing to get deflected at the last second. Coach Mike Hastings said both goaltenders had good weeks of practice so he hoped to get them both a look out of the break. "To me, we need to get better in all aspects, including goaltending, this week," Hastings said. "We have to take a step."

Read my game story here.

Around the WCHA: Alabama Huntsville 2, Alaska Anchorage 1 ... Bowling Green 2, Robert Morris 2 (OT) ... Wisconsin 2, Michigan Tech 0 ... Alaska 6, Ferris State 0

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