Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State scored four unanswered first-period goals and never looked back en route t o a 9-1 goal over visiting Alabama-Huntsville in nonconference men's hockey action Friday in Mankato.
Freshman forward Matt Leitner deflected Josh Nelson's shot past Clarke Saunders at 2:27 for MSU's first goal. Sophomore forward Zach Lehkre made it a 2-0 lead at 4:04 and senior forward Michael Dorr's shorthanded tally at 15:07 gave the Mavericks a three-goal edge. Sophomore forward J.P. Burkemper's second goal of the season at 19:49 closed out MSU's opening period barrage.
Sophomore John McInnis's shot from the point with the Mavericks on the power play at 2:31 gave MSU a 5-0 edge. Michael Dorr got a shorthanded breakaway goal at 9:55 before UAH responded with a power play goal by Tom Durnie at 12:02. Zach Lehrke added another shorty for the Mavericks at 14:03 and Eriah Hayes scored a power play marker at 16:53 in making it 8-1 after two periods of play.
Sophomore forward Corey Leivermann got his first goal of the year with a power play marker at 6:19 of the third period.
Zach Lehrke finished the night with three-points on two goals and an assist and sophomore defenseman Josh Nelson chipped in with two assists.
MSU, which outshot UAH by a 33-23 margin in the game, converted on two-of-four power play chances in the game. The last time MSU scored nine goals in a game was 2003-04 when the Mavericks posted a 9-1 victory over Nebraska-Omaha.
The Mavericks, who gained a sweep of the Chargers with Saturday's win, are now 5-12-1 overall. The Mavericks resume conference play next Friday and Saturday with Colorado College visiting.