Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mavericks 7, Wildcats 4

Freddy's three thoughts of the game ...

1. Taking offense: The Mavericks once again poured in the goals against Atte Tolvanen. Who would have imagined they'd put up 12 goals on a guy who entered the weekend on a five-game shutout streak? But that's sports, right? Seven different players scored goals. Seven different players had multiple-point nights (led by Daniel Brickley's three). Players from all four lines had points. For the weekend, the Mavericks got goals from 10 different players, and all 12 forwards had at least one point. "I like that we're talking about multiple people," coach Mike Hastings said.

2. Unsung freshmen: Marc Michaelis scored MSU's seventh goal, a beauty of a shot off a nice play from C.J. Franklin. That was his 13th goal and 34th point of the season. But he's received a ton of attention. Parker Tuomie had two assists in the game and finished the weekend with four points. And the fourth line of rookies Nick Rivera, Charlie Gerard and Josh French was very good again with two goals. For the weekend that group had three goals and three assists. "I thought they were the line that kind of carried us early," Hastings said.

3. Chasing Tech: With the win, the Mavericks moved within three points of Michigan Tech for second place, which would mean a second weekend at home for the playoffs (if you win your first series, of course). The Mavericks go to Bemidji State to close the regular season, while Tech will play Northern Michigan in a home-and-home series. Minnesota State has to hope Tolvanen gets his groove back, along with its own goalies. Aaron Nelson allowed four goals on a 11 shots (three on power plays) before being pulled for Cole Huggins. "Cole came in and shut the door," Hastings said. "I thought he played really well, not a lot of rebounds, and we’re going to need that going forward."

Read my game story here.

Around the WCHA: Ferris State 3, Alaska Anchorage 0 ... Lake Superior State at Alaska (late)

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