Sunday, February 28, 2016

Mavericks 2, Seawolves 1

Freddy's three thoughts (before bedtime):

1. Surgical: The game wasn't really as close as the score indicated, as the Mavericks outshot the Seawolves 30-10. Cole Huggins was 37.5 seconds away from his second straight shutout, but, before that, it was all a big game of keep-away by Minnesota State. Sure, the Mavericks would like some more finishing power so they don't have to sweat out games that are too close on the scoreboard. But they'll take a sweep at Anchorage any time.

2. Senior salute: It was senior night at Sullivan Arena, the last home games for the Seawolves. But it was MSU's seniors who came through. Bryce Gervais and Teddy Blunger scored the Mavericks' goals. For Gervais, it was his second of the weekend, as he continued to tear up the Seawolves' defense. Gervais scored five goals in four games against Anchorage this season. For his career, he has eight goals against UAA.

3. Still in first: The Mavericks maintained their two-point lead atop the WCHA standings with the sweep, their first in league play since October at Bemidji. The MacNaughton Cup will be decided next weekend when MSU plays Bemidji State in Mankato, Michigan Tech plays home and home against Northern Michigan and Bowling Green goes to Alabama Huntsville. There will be plenty of scoreboard watching next weekend, that's for sure. Mavericks? Falcons? Huskies? Who ya got?

Around the WCHA: Michigan Tech 3, Alaska 2 (OT) ... Bowling Green 6, Ferris State 2 ... Northern Michigan 2, Lake Superior State 2 (OT) ... Bemidji State 6, Alabama Huntsville 2

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