BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Minnesota State University, Mankato got two goals an assist from Michael Dorr and goaltender Phil Cook recorded 29 saves en route to a 5-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) victory over Bemidji State University Saturday at Sanford Center.
The victory allowed the Mavericks to salvage the series split and improve to 9-18-1 overall and 5-14-1 in league play, while the Beavers fall back to .500 at 12-12-2 overall and 6-10-2 in the WCHA. BSU clings to a three-point lead over MSU for 10th place in the association standings.
The teams matched each other blow-for-blow during a scoreless first period. Each squad took one penalty, failed to score on its only power-play opportunity of the period and in 20 minutes of play, each team logged nine shots on goal.
After an uneventful first, the second period packed a punch. The teams combined for five goals and 23 shots before MSU skated to into the second intermission with a 3-2 lead.
Eriah Hays got the Mavericks on the board at the 1:50 mark capping a rush beating the BSU goalie stick side or his 10th goal of the season.
BSU responded just over seven minutes later (8:55) with its first short-handed goal since Sam Rendle (So., D, Grand Rapids, Minn.) scored down a man in the Beavers' season-opener, Oct. 7, at Miami University. Jake Areshenko (Jr., D, Port Coquitlan, British Columbia) got the play started with an outlet pass to Ben Kinne (Jr., F, St. Paul, Minn.) from the top of the BSU crease. Kinne found the tape of David Bohem (F, Naples, Fla.) at center ice before the junior turned on the speed to beat MSU down the ice and net his second goal as a Beaver.
Following Dorr's first point of the night and the eventual game-winner from Zach Lehrke put MSU up 3-1, Bemidji State battled back to cut the deficit to one goal, 2-1 on a Radoslav Illo (So., F, Bystrica, Slovakia) rebound goal at the 16:21 mark.
Bohem was credited with an assist on the scoring play, marking his first multi-point game at BSU.
Trailing 3-2 to open the final 20 minutes of play, the Beavers were on the brink of climbing back into the game on multiple occasions, but when Dorr netted his second goal of the evening at the 17:38 mark of the third, the Mavericks tightened their grip on the contest.
Minnesota State's Mike Louwerse would add a power-play, empty-net goal with 1:09 left on the clock to solidify the victory for the Mavericks.
The MSU power-play goal stood as the only man advantage tally of the game. The Mavericks finished the night 1-for-4, while BSU was held scoreless on all five of its power-play chances.
Cook collected the victory stopping 29-of-31 BSU shots on goal in 60 minutes between the pipes. He climbs to 4-5-0 on the season.
Andrew Walsh (Fr., G, Dawson Creek, British Columbia), who was inserted into Saturday's line up due to an injury to senior Dan Bakala (G, Calgary, Alberta), was tagged with the loss surrendering four Maverick markers in 59:27. He was credited with 20 saves. He is 6-4-1 on the season.
BSU continues to hold a 46-37-13 advantage over Minnesota State in the all-time series and are 30-14-5 when hosting the Mavericks. However, MSU has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the teams.
Bemidji State (12-12-2; 6-10-2 WCHA) returns to the road next weekend (Feb. 3-4) to battle University of Nebraska-Omaha. The WCHA series is slated to begin at 7:37 p.m., with the series finale set for a 7:07 opening face off. Both games will be played at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.