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1. Boe knows: Channing Boe, the Mavericks' Bemidji native was the hero of the night, blasting a blocked shot into the goal from the blue line with 2:28 remaining in overtime. It was the first-game-winning goal for the senior. While such a goal against his hometown team would have been a cool thing a few years ago, he instead put it in perspective of the end of his final season in Mankato. "It couldn't have come at a better time," he said. "We needed a goal. We needed these two points (for the WCHA standings)." Still, Beavers coach and Boe family friend Tom Serratore congratulated Boe as he was being interviewed outside the MSU locker room, saying, "Nice job Chan. I could tell (it was a goal) when it left your stick."
2. What are they doing in OT? Credit Bemidji goalie Dan Bakala for making a career-high 41 saves but it felt like a game that had no business going into extra time. The Mavericks outshot the Beavers 43-19, including a dominant 16-2 advantage in the first period period when they scored their first goal. They also had a five-minute major in the third to work with. On the major, the Mavs mustered just three shots on goal as they clung to their 1-0 lead. Jordan George made them pay for its goal-scoring shortcomings, taking advantage of a bad giveaway in the MSU end and putting a rebound behind Phil Cook (18 saves) with 2:25 left in regulation.
3. Doing it with the D: Minnesota State's forwards were held without a point on Saturday. Defenseman Ben Youds scored the game's first goal at 13:19 of the first period, getting a lone assist from Tyler Elbrecht. It was a nice play on a 4-on-2, with both D getting in deep and Elbrecht passing across the slot to Youds who scored from the inside of the left circle. It was Youds' sixth goal of the season. Boe's overtime goal, meanwhile, was unassisted. "Our forwards have to bear down," coach Troy Jutting said. "They have to."
Read the box score here.
Extra shout-out: Congrats to MSU equipment manager Scott Rideout and his wife, former MSU women's player and assistant coach Mandy, on the birth of their first child, a girl, Jaydee, on Thursday.