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Moment #8: 20 Minutes for the Ages
A five-goal period for a team is, in and of itself, a terrific stanza of hockey. For one player to factor in all five of those goals? That is an epic 20-minute performance and an effort worthy of the WCHA record books.
During the first period of a 6-2 win Nov. 28, Minnesota State senior forward Teddy Blueger did just that, producing five points (1g-4a) – the league's highest single-period output since Colorado College's Scott Schneider set the WCHA record with six points Feb. 21, 1987. Blueger's four assists in the frame matched the WCHA record for a single period (ninth time, with the last coming by Wisconsin's Joe Pavelski on Jan. 14, 2006).
Blueger had the primary assist on a Bryce Gervais goal just 17 seconds into the period to get things rolling. He then assisted on Zeb Knutson's backhand marker at 3:48 before scoring his own goal, a power-play strike, at 11:42. Next, he recorded the secondary assist on Gervais' power-play goal at 12:26, and was the lone helper on C.J. Franklin's short-handed marker at 15:08. When the first period horn sounded, Blueger and the Mavericks had a 5-1 lead.
The five points on the night for Blueger marked a career high for the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect and was the most by a Maverick since Nov. 20, 2009 (Jerad Steward). The Mavs' assistant captain became the first player in Minnesota State's Division I era to tally five points in a single period.