Saturday, October 20, 2018

Fighting Hawks 4, Mavericks 3

Freddy's three thoughts of the game ...

1. First loss: The Mavericks are 3-1 after the first four games of the season, sweeping Boston University and splitting at North Dakota. That's probably a record most would be happy with after seeing those blue bloods on the schedule. "I’m proud of our group," coach Mike Hastings said. "We came into a pretty tough place and won a game and had an opportunity to do the same on Saturday." The Mavericks definitely could be 4-0 or 3-0-1. A rookie mistake by freshman goalie Dryden McKay with the puck behind the net led to the Fighting Hawks' game-winning goal.

2. Another Coatta: Max Coatta had a goal and an assist for a five-point weekend. He made a nice pass through traffic to set up freshman forward Julian Napravnik's first collegiate goal and later scored his third power-play goal of the weekend, which tied the game at 2-all after North Dakota jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Coatta now has six points, which is tied for the team lead with Marc Michaelis and Parker Tuomie, who was held off the score sheet for the first time this season.

3. Another buzzer beater: For the second Saturday in a row, the Mavericks beat the clock for a goal as the second period wound down. This time it was Marc Michaelis, who scored a short-handed breakaway with 0.4 seconds remaining to tie the game at 3-all. It was Michaelis' third goal of the season but the first that wasn't an empty-netter. The Mavericks weren't able to grab momentum from the goal and grab the lead in the third period, instead, giving up a goal, Cole Smith's second of the game.

Read my game story here.

Around the WCHA: Mercyhurst 3, Ferris State 1 ... St. Cloud State 5, Northern Michigan 0 ... Arizona State 5, Alabama Huntsville 1 ... Alaska 3, Denver 3 (OT)

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