Saturday, October 15, 2016

Mavericks 6, Huskies 4

Freddy's three thoughts of the game ...

1. Are you not entertained? Ten goals. Five in the first period. Five in the second. If you like offensive hockey, if you like goal scoring, this was the game for you. The Mavericks got off to a good start for the fourth game in a row, but finally got some real push-back when St. Cloud State erased MSU's 2-0 lead and took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. "I thought it was starting to become a little bit of pond hockey," Mavericks coach Mike Hastings said. After the two teams traded goals to start the second, MSU scored three unanswered goals to take command of the game again. “It was good to see us react they way we did after getting punched in the nose,” Hastings said. "We needed to see how we’d react to that because it hadn’t happened yet (this season."

2. Your defensive player of the week is ... It's got to be Clint Lewis. The junior scored the game's first two goals and was +3 (as was his defensive partner Carter Foguth, who played an outstanding game). Lewis had two assists and was +3 on Friday. Four points, +6 ... what a weekend. His first goal was a blast from the blue line 20 seconds into the game. His second came 4:21 later on a shot from the left point. The puck deflected off a defenseman (at first Max Coatta was credited with the goal) and into the net. Daniel Brickley also had an assist and in the game and now has a team-high seven points.

3. Freshman fits in: Parker Tuomie was named the WCHA's preseason rookie of the year in the coaches' poll, and he showed why against the Huskies. Tuomie scored two of MSU's four second-period goals — his first two collegiate goals — to tie the game and then give his team the 6-4 lead. "It was good to see him doing what he’d like to be doing," Hastings said. "He cashed in a couple of goals and we needed them. ... I think I’ve go tto do a better job of just leaving him alone a little bit, let him grow and allow him to just go play because he’s a very talented player and sometimes you got to give those guys a lot of room. … Hopefuly that will help him continue to play like he did tonight."

Deep thought: It was fitting that MSU swept St. Cloud State, the team it's played more than any other, on the night that the school and the city honored Don Brose with the naming of the hockey training facility after him.

Read my game story here.

Around the WCHA: Michigan Tech 1, Alabama Huntsville 1, OT (Tech gets extra point in 3x3 play) ... Bemidji State 2, Northern Michigan 0 ... Michigan 2, Ferris State 1 ... Lake Superior State 7, Michigan State 3 ... Western Michigan 8, Bowling Green 2 ... Alaska Anchorage 1, Canisius 0 ... Omaha at Alaska (late)

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