Saturday, February 10, 2018

Mavericks 6, Chargers 1

Freddy's three thoughts of the game ...

1. Special team: After getting blanked on the power play and allowing one goal on the penalty kill on Friday, the Mavericks' special teams came to life on Saturday. They were 3 for 7 on the power play and held the Chargers scoreless on seven man-advantage changes to get the series sweep. Brad McClure, Marc Michaelis and Daniel Brickley had power-play goals. Zeb Knutson finished with two assists on the power play.

2. Suess' big weekend: C.J. Suess wasn't Minnesota State's points leader on the weekend, as he had two goals and an assist, but his goals were timely. He had the overtime-winner on Friday, and Saturday, scored a key goal to put MSU up 3-1 1:44 after the Chargers scored early in the second period to make it a 2-1 game. He and Knutson now lead the Mavericks with 35 points each.

3. Heading home: Saturday's game was Minnesota State's last road game of the regular season and, they hope, their last one until the NCAA tournament if they get there (they remain fifth in the Pairwise). They'll have a chance to leapfrog Northern Michigan and claim first place in the WCHA standings next weekend when they host Ferris State at the Verizon Center. (NMU is idle next week).

Read my gamer here.

Around the WCHA: Northern Michigan 4, Alaska 1 ... Michigan Tech 5, Bemidji State 1 ... Lake Superior State 2, Alaska Anchorage 1

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