The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 24, 2012

Mavericks sweep Badgers



Wisconsin’s Jake McCabe tied the game two minutes later on a 5-on-3 power-play goal, but the Mavericks’ stars took back the lead with their own power-play goal at 13:29.

Hayes parked himself in front of Joel Rumpel and redirected a Leitner shot into the goalie’s chest. The puck fell to the crease, and Hayes fought off two defenders and knocked in the rebound.

Less than two minutes later, the Mavericks’ fourth line got into the act and made it 3-1. Freshman Bryce Gervais took a pretty no-look pass from Max Gaede, who was along the boards behind the net, and blasted it by Rumpel.

“Hopefully one of our strengths is going to be our depth up front,” Hastings said, “and I think you’re always a tougher team to play against as weekends go on if you can play four lines.”

From there goalie Stephon Williams held off a late charge as well as quite a bit of punishment from the Badgers. He ended up with 17 saves in the opening period and took a hard charge from Wisconsin captain John Ramage. No penalty was called on the hit, but two hits more later in the game were.

Williams, who finished with 33 stops, took on jeers from the Wisconsin student section after making a sprawled-out, how’d-he-do-that glove save on Derek Lee early in the third period and then flinging the puck down the rink after the whistle. He also let out some frustration and was called for roughing Wisconsin’s Michael Mersch in the game’s final minute.

“Let’s just put it this way,” Hastings said, “he’s young. …

“Hopefully, he’s matured this weekend. Still got a ways to go. But to win two games on the road as a freshman is a statement.”

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