Five in the Box 1-26-12

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By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor

The Mavs have been spending five in the box pretty regularly lately.  Josh Archibald, Alex Simonson and Brock Montpetit have each been disqualified at some point during the last three games.  Simonson has always been a tough player with a very physical aspect to his game.  It might be expected for him to be involved in a physical play.  But Archibald and Montpetit are offensive players counted on to put up points.  Both were lost in the first period, leaving their team in situations where they had to shorten the bench for over two periods.  UNO killed off all three five minute majors but the Mavs cannot afford to lose such players and put heavier burdens on their teammates.

UNO has surrendered more than 40 shots in all of the last four games.  Not having defenseman Andrej Sustr in the lineup has a lot to do with that.

“I think there’s a correlation between our 40 shots against and Andrej being out of the lineup,” Blais said.  “With that 6’8” [frame] and his stick reach, he would have deflected a lot of those shots that are now going to the net.

As scary as it was to see Ryan Massa taken off the ice on a medical cart last Friday, all indications are that Massa is doing fine.  After being taken to the hospital, Massa was at practice the next day, watching his team prepare for their Saturday night game.  Though he has yet to suit up since, he has been at practice everyday.  No timetable has been given for his return.

The series split at Mankato is a perfect example of life in the WCHA.  Though the Mavs were playing against the eleventh place team, it took one overtime to get a victory and a goal with 9.7 seconds left to force overtime the next night.  You can’t ever count on two points no matter who you’re playing with.  The final 10 games are going to be a grind.

After being tied for eighth place in national scoring in early December, Terry Broadhurst has picked up only five points in the last eight games.  Broadhurst now sits in a tie for sixteenth place with 28 points.  Matt White remains in the top 10 with 32 points, good enough for a tie for ninth place.

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