Greetings again from Mariucci Arena.
Internet's sketchy here again tonight. A bunch of things I've posted haven't come up. Sorry 'bout that.
No changes for the Mavericks tonight. Huggins to start in goal again.
The Gophers have made some tweaks, including in goal, where apparently Michael Shibrowski will start.
Shibrowski is a senior who is just 1-1 in his career. He has not played yet this season.
I thought Wilcox made a couple of nice saves in the early moments of last night's game and may have been the difference late, preventing an MSU comeback.
One thing we know is that Saturday nights have been better for MSU this year. They're 3-1 (1-4 on Fridays)
MSU starters: Huggins, Stern, Palmquist, Margoinari, Leitner, Gervais
Minnesota starters: Shibrowski, Skjei, Holl, Warning, Rau, Fasching
Curious to see if MSU can start better than it did last night. Play described as "passive" and "sluggish" by the Mavs.
And we're underway. Let's play hockey.
Nice pass from Blueger to McInnis. McInnis gets knocked down and slides 20 feet across the clean ice into the boards.
Nice save by Huggins on Mike Reilly in tight.
Blueger fires wide on a rush. Big problem last night, not hitting the net.
Bad play by Knoll. Iced the puck at the end of a shift, tried to get off. But no change allowed.
Mavs survive ensuing faceoff though and get a change.
6 minutes into the game. Shots are 2-1 for Minnesota.
Ice cleaning crew is on the the rink. Why doesn't every team do this?
Leitner with a big hit on Rau, but Gophers go down and score. Quick play.
Bischoff from Fasching and Warning
Replay of the hit on Rau showed Bischoff trailing the play as the puck went behind the net. He took off in a hurry with no one one him. Nice pass from Fasching from the corner.
The Mavericks score. Gervais. This will be reviewed, I think.
Just like the Johnny McInnis goal against Wisconsin last year. This will be no goal. Punched in off Gervais' glove.
Nice save on Gaede who cannot buy a goal again this year.
A little more even than last night at this time but the Gophers make plays in explosive ways. Scary stuff.
Gaede gets a shot blocked after a little setup by Knowles. Don't like that he tried to fire a big slapper there. Something quicker before a defender can get in his way.
Sorry, that was against Minnesota, yes.
First penalty of the game will go against MSU. Boarding on Stern
Penalty over. Decent kill. One short-handed rush that ended with no shot
End of the period. Shots are 6-5 for Minnesota, who leads 1-0
Second period is underway
Nice play by Herndon along the way to send a centering pass across. Jordan Nelson, though, caught it on his backhand and couldn't make a play.
Nice save by Shibrowski on Gervais crashing down the slot.
Two nice saves by Huggins after a faceoff in the MSU end. Best chances by Minnesota this period.