Hoffman Estates, Ill. --- Minnesota State struck for four second-period goals downing Brown, 7-3, to claim the championship at the third-annual Shillelagh Tournament in suburban Chicago, Sunday.
The Bears, who had beaten Boston University by a 6-1 margin Saturday, struck first on a power play opportunity at 1:55 into the opening period with Jake Goldberg one-timing a shot past MSU sophomore Phil Cook.
The Mavericks broke out offensively in the second period and when things were all said and done, MSU owned a 4-2 lead and never looked back. Junior Mike Louwerse took a nice feed from Adam Mueller to beat Michael Clemente five-hole at 4:15 to tie the game. Michael Dorr then scored on an odd-man rush at 12:13 and when Eriah Hayes beat Clemente on the stickside at 16:50, the Mavericks held a two-goal cushion. Jack MacLellan's shorthanded tally at 17:38 cut MSU's lead to one, but senior defenseman Kurt Davis drilled a slapper past Clemente at 19:50 to put the Mavericks up by two goals before the end of the period.
MSU got third-period goals from Cameron Cooper, J.P. Burkemper and an empty-netter by Michael Dorr to offset a Brown tally from Garnet Hathaway to complete the scoring.
Dorr, who had a three-point game with two goals and an assist in the win over Brown Sunday and had a goal and an assist Saturday in MSU's 4-3 win over Notre Dame, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Also garnering All-Tournament honors for the Mavericks were junior defenseman Cameron Cooper (who had a goal in both wins), senior forward Rylan Galiardi (goal and two assists in two games) and sophomore goaltender Phil Cook (two wins and 58 saves in two games). Sophomore forward Eli Zuck had three assists in Sunday's victory.
Now 8-8-4 overall and winners of six of its last eight games, Minnesota State continues nonconference action next Friday and Saturday with American International visiting Mankato.