The last-minute goal gave the Huskies life and they quickly made it 3-1 with a power-play goal by Garrett Raboin at 1:24. Jace Weslosky, meanwhile, has been rock solid in goal for the Huskies. The Mavericks will start the third period short-handed two players for 1:24. At the end of the period there was a bit of melee, notably between Trevor Bruess and Chris Hepp, who had to be pried away from each other on the ice. But Geoff Irwin got an extra instigation penalty amid the penalties.
Here's a benefit to the two-referee system, by the way: Each coach -- MSU's Troy Jutting and SCSU's Bob Motzko -- each get a referee to rant to after the period, which they're doing right now.
Kurt Davis, who saw his 14-game scoring streak end Friday, got the Mavericks started right Saturday with a power-play goal at 7:01. But MSU's next chance with the man advantage wasn't so good, as they gave up a short-handed goal to Michael Olson at 11:19. Then, with 9.4 seconds left, Jordy Christian gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead. It was the second night in a row that the Mavericks gave up a last-minute goal in a period. Shots were 12-6 in favor of St. Cloud.
Updated with starters.
Greetings from the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
The Mavericks are a bit banged up, as forward Jason Wiley and defenseman Blake Friesen are out. Wiley (knee) tried to skate Saturday morning before being ruled out. Friesen was hit in the foot with a shot Friday and couldn't go. Jerad Stewart remains out.
Here are tonight's lines:
ST. CLOUD STATE
I'll be on KTOE during the first intermission with play-by-play guru Mike Sullivan.