OMAHA, Neb. - The UNO Mavericks got two goals and an assist from Johnnie Searfoss to win their first ever WCHA home game, beating Minnesota State, 5-1 on Friday night at Qwest Center Omaha. Rich Purslow had three assists to help power the attack.
The Mavericks improved to 6-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the WCHA while Minnesota State dipped to 2-3-4 overall and 2-3-2 in league play. The two teams play the second game of the series on Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. at Qwest Center.
UNO took the lead late in the first period. Working the puck from behind the Minnesota State net, Searfoss found Bryce Aneloski pinching from the point. He slipped a backhand shot around goalie Phil Cook for his first collegiate goal at 13:07.
The UNO Mavericks put two more on the board in the second. Brock Montpetit and Zahn Raubenheimer forced a turnover and fed Ryan Walters for a tip in for his second goal of the year.
Then with 1:09 to go in the period, Joey Martin pounced on the rebound of a shot by Purslow and slammed home his second goal of the year.
Minnesota State got into penalty trouble in the third period, and UNO took advantage. Eric Olimb fired a shot that Searfoss tipped in during a five-on-three power play to make it 4-0. The shot beat goalie Austin Lee who came in for Cook to start the third period.
Just 29 seconds later, Searfoss was at it again, redirecting a pass from Purslow for another powerplay goal to put UNO up by a handful.
Joe Schiller ruined John Faulkner's shutout bid when he scored at 12:46. Faulkner finished with 27 saves to improve to 6-1-0 on the year.
UNO was two-for-seven on the power play while stopping all seven Minnesota State man advantages.