Postgame report: Recap, notes, WCHA roundup, MSU-CC box score, league standings

Published: March 3, 2013, 12:28 am, by Joe Paisley

The final Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at World Arena is one Tiger fans would like to forget.

Too many penalties, several in a row at times, eventually caught up to Colorado College as No. 9 Minnesota State-Mankato scored three power-play goals in 50 seconds late in the second period en route to a 7-2 win.

“It is a game you definitely want to forget,” said Tigers coach Scott Owens. “We are one of the least-penalized teams in the league. This was a real aberration. We need to learn from it.”

The decisive spurt came after CC (13-16-5, 10-12-4 WCHA) killed off a season-best 14 power plays in a row, including two 5-on-3s, to keep the game scoreless.

After CC senior Rylan Schwartz scored with 2:46 remaining during 4-on-3 action to make it 2-1, MSU (21-10-3, 15-10-1 WCHA) went back on a 5-minute power play.

Matt Leitner scored with 1:03 and 13 seconds left with a goal by Josh Nelson in between to take a 5-1 lead.  With that final score, Leitner recorded a hat trick, all in the second period, and pushed the Mavs into a tie with Wisconsin for fourth with two games left in the regular season.

“This is the time of year you need seniors to be seniors,” Mavs coach Mike Hastings said.

Four of the seven Maverick goals came with the man advantage, a night after CC shut down Division I’s third-rated power play (33 percent). MSU finished 4-for-16 on the night and 4-for-19 for the series.

Johnny McInnis’ goal with 8:09 left in the third was the first goal during 5-on-5 play followed by CC freshman Peter Maric’s first tally as a Tiger with 3:07 left for the final margin.

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NOTES

National honors announced

St. Lawrence forward Greg Carey is the Hockey Commissioners Association national player of the month for February. North Dakota senior Danny Kristo garnered honorable mention. The HCA rookie of the month is RPI goalie Jason Kasdorf. St. Cloud State’s Jonny Brodzinski earned honorable mention as a rookie.

Minnesota State leadership turns tide of program

A new coach and strong senior leadership has Minnesota State-Mankato enjoying one of its best seasons in the school’s Division-I era. The Mavericks’ 20 wins entering Friday’s game marks the third time during the DI-era and the first time achieved during the regular season.

“They are putting us in a position where we can win every night,” said assistant coach Darren Blue. “They have done a great job keeping us on the right track. When things haven’t gone well, the guys have played within themselves and within the system instead of trying to do it all themselves. That’s leadership.”

Slap shots

More Oklahoma City players – freshman Taylor Herndon and sophomore Chase Grant – are on the Minnesota State roster than from Wisconsin (junior Josh Nelson). … Freshman Teddy Blueger (Latvia) was the first Mav to play in the World Junior Championships. … MSU’s No. 7 ranking in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll is the program’s best. The previous high was eighth during the 2002-03 season. … Sophomores Jean-Paul Lafontaine, Matt Leitner and Zach Palmquist are MSU’s active leaders in terms of consecutive games played at 72.  The sophomores have not missed a game.

WCHA roundup

No. 16 Wisconsin 6, No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha 3

OMAHA — Junior forward Michael Mersch had two goals and two assists and junior forward Mark Zengerle added a goal and two assists to lead Wisconsin to a 6-2 victory against Nebraska Omaha on Saturday night at CenturyLink Center. The road sweep pushes UW into a tie for fourth with Minnesota State.

No. 2 Minnesota 5, No. 10 Denver 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Junior Zach Budish had two goals and two assists and junior forward Erik Haula added three assists to lead Minnesota to a 5-1 victory against Denver on Saturday night at Mariucci Arena. The loss dropped DU into seventh place.

Michigan Tech 5, No. 7 St. Cloud State 1

ST. CLOUD — Alex Petan had a goal and two assists while Riley Sweeney and Tanner Kero added a goal and an assist each to help lift Michigan Tech to a 5-1 win against St. Cloud State on Saturday at National Hockey Center. The loss and UM win prevented SCSU from clinching the MacNaughton Cup.

No. 6 North Dakota 2, Bemidji State 2 OT

GRAND FORKS — Freshman defenseman Jordan Schmaltz scored at 8:37 of the third period to lift North Dakota into a 2-2 tie against Bemidji State on Saturday night at Engelstad Arena. The tie keeps North Dakota in a tie for second place with Minnesota.

Minnesota-Duluth 4, Alabama-Huntsville 0

DULUTH — Aaron Crandall stopped 23 shots while Austin Farley and Tony Cameranesi had a goal and two assists apiece to help Minnesota Duluth to a 4-0 nonconference win against Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday night at AMSOIL Arena. The Bulldogs are in ninth place, three points behind CC.

Alaska-Fairbanks 3, Alaska-Anchorage 1, early third

ANCHORAGE – The visiting Nanooks looked ready to win the Governors’ Cup for the fourth year in a row.

No. 9 Minnesota State 7, Colorado College 2

Minnesota State            0          5          2          — 7

Colorado College         0          1          1          — 2

First period – No scoring. Penalties — CC, Young, cross-checking, 5:20; MSU, Lafontaine, roughing, 14:04; MSU, Leitner, roughing, 17:25; CC, Marciano, unsportsmanlike conduct, 17:25; CC, McDermott, 5-minute contact to the head, 10-minute game misconduct, 17:56; CC, Boivin, roughing, 5-minute facemasking, 18:55; MSU, LaFontaine, slashing, 18:55; MSU, Nelson, roughing, 18:55.

Second period – 1. MSU, Knowles (Nelson, Gervais) 6:07; 2. MSU, Leitner (Elbrecht, Stern) 15:54;  3. CC, Schwartz (Stoykewych) 17:14 (PP); 4. MSU, Leitner (Lafontaine, Hayes) 18:57 (PP); 5. MSU, Nelson (unassisted) 19:27 (PP); 6. MSU, Leitner (Jutzi, Nelson) 19:47 (PP). Penalties — MSU, Thauwald, roughing, 4:43; CC, Rapuzzi, tripping, 4:52; MSU, Mosey, hooking, 11:15; MSU, Gervais, tripping, 11:40; CC, Marciano, holding, 15:07; MSU, Lehrke, holding, 15:18; CC, Young, 5-minute checking from behind, 10-minute game misconduct, 15:54; MSU, Hayes, charging the goalie, 16:42; MSU, Palmquist, unsportsmanlike conduct, 17:27; CC, Stoykewych, unsportsmanlike conduct, 17:27; CC, Collett, slashing, 20:00.

Third period – 7. MSU, Lehrke (Nelson) 7:49 (PP); 8. MSU, McInnis (Grant) 11:51; 9. CC, Maric (unassisted) 16:53. Penalties — CC, Stoykewych, hooking, 3:15; MSU, hayes, roughing, 3:57; CC. Schwartz, boarding; 6:43; CC, Collett, elbowing, 7:07; MSU, Moesy, tripping, 8:57; MSU, Thauwald, charging, 12:19.

Power-play – MSU 4-16, CC 1-8. Shots on goal – MSU 14-20-11 – 45; CC 9-4-15 – 28. Saves-minutes – MSU, Williams 9-3-14 – 60:00; CC, Howe 14-15 – 40:00, Thorimbert 2-20:00. Referees – Sterns, Bokai. Linesmen – Keltie, Staudte. Attendance – 7,052.

Updated WCHA standings

WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
St. Cloud State
26
17
8
1
35
88
61
20
13
1
113
86
Minnesota
26
14
7
5
33
85
61
22
7
5
122
67
North Dakota
26
13
6
7
33
88
66
18
9
7
112
84
Minnesota State
26
15
10
1
31
85
63
21
10
3
112
77
Wisconsin
26
12
7
7
31
64
58
16
11
7
85
70
Nebraska Omaha
26
14
10
2
30
88
80
18
14
2
117
98
Denver
26
12
9
5
29
79
79
17
11
5
107
92
Colorado College
26
10
12
4
24
84
93
13
16
5
112
121
Minnesota Duluth
26
8
13
5
21
64
79
12
17
5
86
98
Michigan Tech
26
7
15
4
18
70
88
11
17
4
97
100
Bemidji State
26
5
14
7
17
54
78
6
18
8
66
95
Alaska Anchorage
26
2
18
6
10
50
93
4
20
7
62
106

Saturday’s lines

Not too many changes from the previous night.

Sophomore defenseman Ian Young is in for rookie Russell Finch for the only CC change. Charlie Thauwald is in for freshman Dylan Margonari, who scored MSU’s only goal Friday.

Thauwald, who is making his first appearance this season after seven as a rookie, is the younger brother of former Tigers captain Scott Thauwald (2003-08).

Minnesota State-Mankato

LW-C-RW

Grant-Leitner-McInnis

Gervais-Blueger-Hayes

Knowles-Lafontaine-Gaede

Herndon-Lehrke-Thauwald

LD-RD

Elbrecht-Mosey

Stern-Palmquist

Nelson-Jutzi

Goalies – Williams, Cook

Colorado College

LW-C-RW

Krushelnyski-Schwartz-Taft

Skalbeck-Winkler-Hanson

Fejes-Bradley-Rapuzzi

Maric-Collett-Hamburg

LD-RD

Stoykewych-Boivin

Harstad-McDermott

Young-Marciano

Goalies – Howe, Thorimbert, Lockwood