MANKATO, Minn. - #5 Minnesota Duluth used its vaunted power play to roll past Minnesota State, 6-2, in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game played at Verizon Wireless Center on Saturday night.
The Mavericks lit the lamp first with when sophomore Eriah Hayes deflected shot from the blue line by sophomore Eli Zuck at 2:13 in the first period. UMD evened things on a Mike Seidel at 14:06 and at the end of the first period the score stood 1-1.
UMD got their first lead of the series at 3:57 in the second period when freshman J.T. Brown put a quick shot past MSU sophomore Phil Cook on the glove side. MSU was quick to respond when junior Mike Louwerse slid the puck past Aaron Crandall, unassisted at 4:50. UMD took back the lead at 9:18 on Seidel's power play goal from the left of the crease. Another UMD goal came at 18:42 when Mike Connolly caught a puck that had bounced out of Cook's pads and put it in for a power play marker.
The first UMD goal of the third period came from Brown beat Cook on the stick side at 11:35. UMD tallied the final goal of the night at 17:13 when Justin Fontaine scored with the Bulldogs on the power play.
The Bulldogs outshot the Mavericks 39-25, with Phil Cook stopping 33 UMD shots and Aaron Crandall shutting down 23 MSU chances. UMD converted on three-of-nine power opportunities in the game. Two Bulldogs, Mike Seidel and J.T. Brown, had two goals in the game, while three Bulldogs, Kyle Schmidt, Travis Oleksuk, and Justin Faulk, each had three assists. The Mavericks went zero-for-five in its power play chanced.
After tonight's loss, the Mavericks fall to 14-14-6 overall and are 8-14-4 in WCHA games, while the Bulldogs improve to 14-6-4 in the WCHA (19-7-5 overall).
MSU returns to the ice March 4-5 in the last regular-season games of the season with Alaska Anchorage visiting Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato.