The Mavericks did what they do well on Friday. They got scoring from their young players and two goals from their power play. But their Achilles heels did them in again, as they went to the penalty box 10 times and gave up a pair of power-play goals in the nonconference loss to St. Lawrence on Friday night.
Jean-Paul LaFontaine had a goal and an assist. Matt Leitner had a goal, and Zach Palmquist had two assists. The freshmen again! LaFontaine and sophomore Johnny McInnis had power-play goals.
LaFontaine's goal put MSU up 3-2 midway through the third period. But MSU's ninth penalty of the game — a high-sticking call on Justin Jokinen (his second trip to the box) — led to St. Lawrence's second power-play goal of the game (the Saints also had a 5x3 goal in the first period), with 5:19 to play. Seventy second later, St. Lawrence scored the game winner.
See postgame comments by coach Troy Jutting here. See the box score here.
MSU's loss was part of a tough night for the WCHA. While Duluth and Wisconsin won against Western Michigan and RIT, respectively, Colorado College lost to Cornell, and — how about this stunner — Alabama-Huntsville defeated Denver 3-2 Friday night.