Saturday, February 9, 2019

Mavericks 3, Huskies 2

Freddy's three thoughts (from afar) ...

1. Carnival cruise: The Mavericks came from behind again to force overtime but this time got the first-overtime win to take five points for the weekend and claim Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival championship. Connor Mackey scored the game-winner in overtime, and Marc Michaelis scored two goals and assisted on Mackey's goal to earn the Winter Carnival MVP award. Minnesota State trailed 2-0 late in the second period before scoring three unanswered goals. The tying goal came with 4:43 remaining in the third period.

2. Special teams work: "We spent a lot of time killing penalties," coach Mike Hastings said of the game in which four of the five goals came on power plays (only Mackey's game-winner was at even strength). Michigan Tech was 2 for 6 on the power play, while MSU was 2 for 3. Credit goalie Dryden McKay (33 saves) for his play on the kill; both goals were tips. Michaelis scored both of MSU's power play goals off of Ian Scheid shots, and Parker Tuomie had the second assist on them. The second goal came during a five-minute major on Seamus Donohue

3. MacNaughton in sight: The Mavericks are off for a week before playing the final four games of the regular season, starting with a series at Alaska and concluding with a home weekend against Bemidji State. There's a chance they could clinch the league's regular-season title while at rest, as losses by Bowling Green and Northern Michigan, who are in second place, 16 points behind MSU after this weekend's results. The Mavericks have one loss in their last 13 games (11-1-2).

Read my game story here.

Around the WCHA: Northern Michigan 6, Alabama Huntsville 3 ... Bemidji State 6, Ferris State 1 ... Alaska Anchorage at Alaska (late)

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