Friday, January 20, 2017

Mavericks 4, Huskies 4

Freddy's three thoughts of the game ...

1. Comeback, kind of: For the second game in a row, the Mavericks trailed by two goals in the second period and mounted a comeback. They scored four in a row — three in the third period — to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead. However, the Huskies also had some left, and they scored twice to tie the game with nearly half the third period left to play. "It was up and down," said junior forward Zeb Knutson, who scored twice in a span of 1:26 in the third. "I thought we did well to get ourselves in a position to get the lead. We didn't really back down. We had our chances and tried to finish them." Tech scored its two third-period goals in a span of 1:17. The teams scored five times in the period's first 10:33.

2. Switching things up: Coach Mike Hastings made some line adjustments heading into Friday's game, putting C.J. Franklin (one goal) with Knutson and Parker Tuomie. Marc Michaelis (two assists) moved from wing to second-line center with Brad McClure (one goal, one assist) and Zach Stepan (on assist). "We need to be deeper offensively so we split up Franklin, Michaelis and McClure," coach Mike Hastings said. "Throughout our league — throughout college hockey — we’re trying to find ways to score goals. It’s amazing; as the season goes on the opportunities on the power play seem to go away. I don’t know what that is. That’s just the way it is. You better be able to generate 5 on 5. We’re still in search of trying to become better at that."

3. Extra point is good: Parker Tuomie scored in the third round of the sudden-death shootout to give Minnesota State the extra point for the standings. That could prove huge later, especially since MSU wasn't able to get the extra point in two previous league ties this season. "It's going to come down to the wire," said Knutson, whose first-round shot, like all five previous to Tuomie's, was saved by the goalie. "There are nine games left in the season so we're trying to get every point we can get and see what happens from there." Both teams were gassed in 3-on-3 and even the shootout after the wild third period.

Read my game story here.

Around the WCHA: Ferris State 5, Bemidji State 2 ... Alaska 3, Bowling Green 2 ... Northern Michigan 6, Alaska Anchorage 1 ... Lake Superior State 5, Alabama Huntsville 4

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