Greetings again from downtown Mankato.
I just stepped outside for a bit to check out the Hockey Night in Mankato. Nice crowd out there, food, music. Seems like something they could do every weekend before games, even on cold winter nights.
Nice bonfire, some skating, etc. I think people would like that.
Josh Nelson is out with a lower-body injury. Interesting lineup switch. Mat Knoll played up front last night. He's on D in Nelson's spot. Sean Flanagan is in tonight. He's a D but is listed on the fourth line as a LW.
UConn starters: Grogan, Huson, Cooke, Smith, Tyson, Ferriss
MSU starters: Williams, Palmquist, C. Nelson, Leitner, Grant, Gervais
First whistle tonight at 20 seconds. 12 minutes, 5 seconds last night.
Penalty coming on MSU. Stepan for tripping.
Blueger gets a short-handed chance after a Jordan Nelson rush. More good things from Jordan Nelson.
Now Nelson puts one on net on a 2-on-1 shorty rush with Knowles. Glove save by Grogan.
Stepan came back to the bench out of the box and Hastings was talking to him with a whiteboard. A little instruction for the freshman.
Margonari with a mini-breakaway after a nice feed from Blueger. Kick save by Grogan.
First TV timeout. Shots are 6-3 for MSU.
Great move and a great shot by LaFontaine. Goal. MSU 1-0.
MSU needed that from him. He appeared to be in Hastings' doghouse last night..
Casey Nelson with an assist
LaFontaine was benched for nearly an entire period last night after the penalty he took at the end of the first. He finally came on the ice in the last minute of that period.
Another MSU goal. Gervais from Leitner. Gervais called for it in the slot and got a nice feed out of the corner from Leitner. Beautiful play.
MSU penalty coming. Interference on Blueger in the o-zone
Shots are 12-3 for MSU with 8:25 left in the period.
And UConn scores on the PP. Quite a shot ripped from the right circle. 2-1 Mavs.
I'm not sure why the center-ice baseball swing rarely gets called as a slash. Whack! Play on.
2 minutes left. MSU leads the SOG 15-6
Hard-working push in the final seconds leads to an MSU goal. I think McInnis got it. 14.2 seconds left in the period.
Margonari from Blueger and McInnis
Underway in the second period.
All WCHA teams in action right now are winning or are tied.
UConn has its longest sustained pressure in awhile, forces MSU to ice the puck. Tired group out there so Hastings uses his timeout.
UConn penalty coming as McInnis gets cross-checked
PP is Margonari, C. Nelson, Stepan, Gervais, Gaede
Knoll takes Josh Nelson's spot on the other unit , with Blueger, Palmquist, McInnis, Leitner