Mankato, Minn. --- Two early power play goals gave Minnesota State the momentum it needed for a 3-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association win over #5 Minnesota Duluth at the Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato on Friday night.
The Mavericks lit the lamp first early on in the first period when sophomore forward Eriah Hayes redirected sophomore Evan Mosey's shot from the point for a power play goal at 5:48. Another MSU power play goal came just minutes later at 8:37 from defenseman Channing Boe, who pounced on a rebound following a Kurt Davis shot from far out and put it past UMD junior goaltender Kenny Reiter. The goal is Boe's second consecutive game with a power play goal (and the second of his four-year MSU career). The first UMD goal of the night came at 11:56 on a pass that junior Mike Connolly caught from junior Jack Connolly and chipped it in from the left crease over MSU junior goaltender Austin Lee, who was on the ice in front of the net from making an earlier save. MSU closed out the scoring for the period, and the game, on a goal that was the rebound of a shot that freshman Chase Grant had put through the legs of Reiter which bounced off the goalpost and out to crease where freshman Corey Leivermann responded with his third goal of the year at 17:33.
Both the second and third periods were scoreless, as neither team was able to take advantage of any of the seven power plays.
The Mavericks were outshot by the Bulldogs 41-27. Including 28 saves in the third period, Austin Lee turned away 40 UMD shots, while Kenny Reiter stopped MSU 24 times. Channing Boe and Eriah Hayes each had a goal and an assist in tonight's game. This was the first win for Minnesota State over Minnesota Duluth since the 2007-2008 season.
The Mavericks improve to 8-13-4 in the WCHA and 14-13-6 overall on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 13-6-4 in the WCHA (18-7-5 overall).
The two teams meet again n Saturday night to finish out the weekend series with a 7:07(CST) scheduled start time at the Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato.