Freddy's three thoughts of the game:
1. Splitsville: The Mavericks had a chance to get their first road sweep of the season but came up just a goal short (sound familiar?). The loss makes the chance of getting home ice pretty tough, but they still look like they could be a dangerous road team once the playoffs begin next month. They are 2-3-1 in their last six games away from Mankato. All three losses -- 3-2 and 2-1 at Wisconsin, 2-1 at CC -- were of the one-goal ilk. As for home ice, the Mavs are now in 10th place, four points behind the sixth-place Tigers. Minnesota, Anchorage and St. Cloud State sit in between. "We've still got eight points out there," Jutting said, referring to MSU's final two regular-season series. "I don't think it's over by any means, and I like the way we're playing."
2. Hello? Forwards? For the second time in four games, MSU's forwards failed to register a point. Defenseman Channing Boe scored the Mavs' lone goal on the power play in the first period, getting assists from Kurt Davis and Evan Mosey. Forwards Rylan Galiardi (back) and Chase Grant (illness) were out of the lineup, forcing the Mavericks to mix up their lineup quite a bit and shorten their bench. Justin Jokinen had several chances to tie the game after Tyler Johnson's game-winner with 9:20 to play in the third period. A prime opportunity by Jokinen went off the post with 6:14 to play. "We're all trying to work hard and get the job done the best we can, especially when the bench is short," Jokinen said.
3. Strong goaltending: Saturday's game was a battle between a pair of backup goalies. CC freshman Josh Thorimbert got the win, making 32 saves, while MSU's Austin Lee, who won Friday's game, stopped 28 shots in the loss. Lee had a solid, solid weekend, stopping 49 of 52 shots, and must be giving Jutting something to think about for the stretch run. If nothing else, the Mavericks have two pretty capable goaltenders. The goals Lee allowed on Saturday included a re-direct of a blue-line shot and a slot shot from outstanding senior winger Tyler Johnson, who now has 17 goals this season, off a perfect pass from behind the net.
Read the box score here.