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1. Sobering ending: Firstly, everyone's thoughts have to be with Omaha goalie Ryan Massa, who was knocked out of the game in the first minute of overtime. Massa had to be taken out of the rink on a stretcher after MSU's Evan Mosey crashed into him on the rebound of a good scoring chance. Mosey and an Omaha defender raced for the loose puck, and Mosey appeared to hit Massa in the head. It didn't appear to be a dirty play; there was hardly any retaliatory reaction by Omaha players after the collision. Massa lay prone on the ice for several minutes and was tended to by paramedics, trainers and doctors for about 15 minutes before play resumed. Omaha coach Dean Blais was not available after the game, however, a couple of sources, including WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod, who was in attendance, said Massa was moving. It is presumed Massa was taken to the hospital.
UPDATE: Here is a good-news Tweet from Ryan Massa from late Friday night/early Saturday morning: Glad to be back in my room with @JSearfoss23. Thank you everyone for the wishes and support tonight. Great OT win for the #mavs thanks boys!
2. Penalty problem: The purple Mavericks were called for seven penalties. Eriah Hayes was even benched for the end of the second period for taking his third, the second that negated an MSU power play. Minnesota State killed them all — with the brilliant Phil Cook making 16 of his 35 saves during UNO power-play time — until Adam Mueller's slashing penalty in overtime. With Mueller in the box, Omaha defenseman Bryce Aneloski fired a shot from the high slot that deflected in of a defenseman's stick and won the game for the red Mavericks. Massa finished with 39 saves, but Dayn Belfour, who made one save in relief, got the victory.
3. Back in the scoring column: After being held without a point for three games, MSU freshman and top scorer Jean-Paul LaFontaine got on the board in a big way with a power-play goal that tied the game at 8:10 of the third period. LaFontaine put a close-range shot upstairs over Massa off the rebound of a Matt Leitner shot. Hayes also assisted on the goal. However, that was MSU's only goal on 41 shots, including 16 in the first period alone.
Quote of the night: "That was tough to swallow. We had so many Grade A chances that we didn't score on, and we took too many penalties." MSU senior forward Michael Dorr.
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