A Rylan Galiardi power-play goal cut the Mavericks' deficit to one goal but that's all the closer they would get in their third consecutive loss and third straight loss at home.
Denver took advantage of some defensive miscues to jump out to a 3-0 lead, getting two goals by Jesse Martin and another by Joe Colborne. Anthony Maiani had two assists, and J.P. Testwuide had three. The Mavericks finally got on the board on a Tyler Thompson goal with 1:33 left in the period.
There wasn't much goalie Mike Zacharias could do on any of the goals. The first two were 2-on-1 plays and the Pioneers wisely made the extra pass for the easy tip-in. On the third, during a 4x4 situation, Martin was all alone at the doorstep and put the puck between Zacharias' legs. Shots were 14-8 in favor of DU.
No score after one. MSU definitely has more jump than it did last week, especially Trevor Bruess. The Mavericks did a nice job killing off a couple of early penalties and struggled on its own power play, especially during 1:29 of 5x3 time when they were passing up shots, gave up a short-handed breakaway and went offsides. Shots on goal are 8-6 in MSU's favor.
Greetings from the Alltel Center, where the Mavericks are looking to snap a two-game home losing streak. Minnesota State has won its last three home games against Denver.
Here are tonight's lines (updated with starters):