Freddy's three thoughts from afar:
1. Lakers are legit: I was covering Mankato West football tonight, so I don't have a lot of insight tonight. However, it does appear that Lake Superior State is for real. Five more goals tonight, a 6-1 record ... the Lakers are flying high. Two goals in the game's first 3:34 got them going in the right direction and had MSU reeling for the rest of the night.
2. Powerless: Minnesota State's power play went 0 for 5, putting the team at 1 for 25 over the last four games, three of which have been losses. The Mavericks' lone goal on Friday was a short-handed one by freshman forward Marc Michaelis, who took over the team's point lead with 11. His goal made it a 2-1 game at 7:23 of the second period, but the Mavericks couldn't get the equalizer.
3. Tough night: Didn't look like the best night for goalie Cole Huggins, who allowed three goals on 13 shots before being lifted. Jason Pawloski allowed one goal (the fifth was an empty-netter) on 15 shots the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the Lakers' Gordon Defiel, who shut out MSU on 57 shots last year in the playoffs, stopped 24 of 25 shots for the win. From the little I saw online, he made a few tough saves, too.
Around the WCHA: Michigan State 3, Michigan Tech 2 (OT) ... Bowling Green 4, Ferris State 1 ... Northern Michigan 5, Wisconsin 2 ... Alabama Huntsville 5, Alaska Anchorage 2 ... Bemidji State 6, Alaska 2