Mankato, Minn. --- The Minnesota State men's hockey team officially opened its season with a 5-5 nonconference overtime tie with Saint Lawrence on Friday night. The Saints drew first blood while on the power play at 7:14 of the first period. Junior defenseman Peter Child scored with assists from Sean Flanagan and sophomore Kyle Flanagan.
The Mavericks evened things up when freshman Corey Leivermann scored the first goal of his college career with assists from senior Andrew Sackrison and junior Joe Schiller at 10:25.
SLU regained the lead early on the power play at 12:04 with a goal by senior Aaron Bogosian. Sean Flanagan and Kyle Flanagan each received their second assists of the night on the play, but MSU tied things up again early on in the second period with their only power play goal of the game at 7:09 from junior Michael Dorr, with assists by senior Kurt Davis and freshman Zach Lehrke. SLU answered with two goals to finish out the second period. Junior Max Mobley scored at 12:36 and Sean Flanagan earned his third point of the evening on a power play goal at 15:00.
MSU made a comeback with three successive goals to start of the third period. Junior forward Justin Jokinen scored at just 0:38 into the period and a minute later sophomore Eli Zuck scored at 1:38 to knot the game at 4-4. At 10:38 junior Mike Louwerse got the go ahead marker for MSU, but Flanagan scored the final goal of the period at 16:06.
Over time play was scoreless and the game ended in a 5-5 tie with MSU owning a 49-31 advantage in shots on goal. SLU capitalized on three of six power plays, while the Mavericks were one-for-two with the man advantage.
Michael Dorr and Justin Jokinen both had a goal and an assist, while senior defenseman Kurt Davis contributed two assists. MSU sophomore netminder Phil Cook finished with 26 saves.
The two teams play again Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Center with a 7:07 p.m. start scheduled.