Greetings from downtown Mankato, everybody. We're 30 minutes away from faceoff.
So Huggins will start tonight in goal for the Mavericks. Both Nelson brothers are out with injuries tonight. Mat Knoll will take Casey's place in the lineup.
Casey Nelson has an upper-body injury. He got hurt and missed some time on Saturday against Anchorage.
Ferris State's up 4-0 after 1 period at Lake Superior ... Bowling Green leads Huntsville 1-0 midway through the 2nd. Bemidji State and Michigan Tech are scoreless in the 2nd
Decent student crowd 7 minutes until faceoff. Lots of purple seats though.
NMU starters: Dahlstrom, Epp, Maschmeyer, Vigier, Seckel, Daugherty
MSU starters: Huggins, Jutzi, Foguth, Leitner, Grant, Gervais
LaFontaine fires wide, hits the side of the net on a good chance after an NMU turnover
Nice save by Dahlstrom after a quick shot by Stepan. MSU leads the SOG 5-2 at the first media timeout
Great play from Margonari to Stepan for the game's first goal. Margonari tapped the puck past a D to Stepan down the left side. 1-0 Mavs
Nice patience by Margonari not to shoot there and see Stepan coming.
Huggins on his mark to make a close-range save on D Mitch Jones
Chase Grant gets knocked to the ice away from the play, slow to get up. He's going off the bench to see the trainer. Not sure what happened.
Good pressure by Leitner's line ends with a Leitner shot from the slot. Dahlstrom makes the save.
Media timeout. Shots are 7-3. Grant's back on the bench, wiping down his helmet. Looks OK from here.
And he's back on the ice for his next shift
MSU scores again. This time off a faceoff. Margonari shot it from the point and it appeared to deflect in off something. McInnis? Stepan? A D?
Margonari gets the goal. Stepan won the faceoff to Foguth.
That was Foguth's first collegiate point. ... On the first goal, Stern's assist was his first point of the season.
Under-5 media timeout. Shots are 14-4 for MSU. Mavs lead 2-0
First penalty comes with 4:07 left in the first period as Baker goes to the box for an elbow. 2 minutes but it looked like he hit Lehrke in the head
Power play ends and NMU scores on a breakaway. Looked like some miscommunication on the part of the Mavs.
Mavs have been dominating this period. Shots are 16-5, but slim 2-1 lead
That's the end of the period. Mavericks gave the Wildcats some life
Nice pic, Pat. "He went to Stomper"
Let's see how the Mavs respond. Second periods haven't been their strength this season.
Dahlstrom stacks the pads and slides out to take away a scoring chance for LaFontaine. Good play. LaFontaine and Lehrke with some nice passing too
Dahlstrom aggressive again, this time taking away a McInnis chance
Good shift by Gaede there. Big center-ice hit and then good play below the goal line. Working hard
Vigier, NMU's top scorer, has some wheels. 5-foot-8 but can move. Has 10 goals and 15 pts this season
Media time out. Shots are 4-0 this period for MSU, according to the board
NMU trying to work the icing and get changes. Not happening
The board must not have been right. Updated, it says 21-8. So 5-3 for Mavs this period in SOG