MANKATO, Minn. - Holding the lead for most of the game, Minnesota State was able to make up for a late goal from Bemidji State in earning a 2-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association win in overtime Friday in Mankato.
The Mavericks drew first blood of the night, and the only goal of first period, when senior defenseman Ben Youds caught a pass from sophomore Tyler Elbrecht just outside the crease and put it past junior goaltender Dan Bakala at 13:19.
After a scoreless second period, BSU evened things up late in the third period, when sophomore Jordan George's shot beat MSU netminder Phil Cook at 17:35, leading to overtime.
The Mavericks closed out the win at 2:32 of overtime, as MSU senior Channing Boe's blast from just inside the blue line beat Bakula high on the glove side. The goal, his third of the year, is Boe's first career game-winning goal.
Cook stopped 18 Beaver shots while Bakala turned the Mavericks away 41 times, in a game where MSU outshot its opponents by a b43-19 margin.
MSU has now claimed wins in the last seven meetings with its neighbors to the north.
MSU improves to 12-11-6 overall and 6-11-4 WCHA, while BSU falls to 9-14-2 overall, 5-12-2 WCHA. The Mavericks and the Beavers close out the series Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato with a start time of 7:07 PM (CST).