Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State got a goal and an assist from junior forward Adam Mueller in downing #17 Minnesota, 3-2, in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association home victory Friday in Mankato.
MSU drew first blood at 6:12 of the first when senior defenseman Ben Youds ripped a shot past Gopher senior netminder Alex Kangas high on the glove side. UM answered at 8:02 on a Nick Bjugstad marker from in front MSU sophomore goaltender Phil Cook. MSU regained the lead after junior Michael Dorr scored on the power play on a rebound that came as a result of a shot from Andrew Sackrison at 13:11.
Junior forward Adam Mueller, who assisted on Youds' first-period tally, scored from in front of the goal at 6:29 of the second on a helper from freshman Corey Leivermann. As it turned out, the goal is Mueller's first career game-winning goal. UM struck back on the power play with junior Nick Larson beating Cook high on the glove side at 14:45
The third period was scoreless with Minnesota outshooting the Mavericks by an 11-7 margin in the final frame.
MSU goaltender Phil Cook stopped 33 Gopher shots, while the Mavericks while Alex Kangas kicked out 21 saves in the Minnesota net.
The Mavericks, who have now won their last three games, improve to 5-6-4 overall (3-6-2 WCHA), while Minnesota falls to 8-6-1, 4-7-4 WCHA.
The two teams play again on Saturday night with a 7:07(CST) p.m. scheduled start at Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato.