Senior forward David Civitarese nets game-winner at 1:28 of overtime for Tigers

David Civitarese scored the game-winning goal for the Tigers

Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State outshot seventh-rated Colorado College, but could not find the decisive goal in a defensive battle which ended in 2-1 overtime victory for the visiting Tigers in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game played at the Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato Friday.

After a scoreless first period, Colorado College struck first when Jeff Collett snapped a shot past MSU senior Austin Lee high on the stickside at the 12:51 mark.

Minnesota State came storming back in dramatic fashion late in the third period when freshman forward Matt Leitner won an offensive-zone face-off and before taking a return pass from Jean-Paul Lafontaine to beat Colorado College netminder Josh Thorimbert at 15:26 with a high shot from the right side. Senior defenseman Cameron Cooper also recorded assists on the play. The goal is the sixth of the year for Leitner and forced the game into overtime.

Colorado College's David Civitarese ended the game with a shot from the slot that found the back of the net at 1:28 of the extra session.

The Mavericks, who outshot the Tigers 38-29 on the night, went zero-for-one on the power play. Maverick goaltender, Austin Lee saved 27 of 29 shots, while Tiger goaltender Josh Thorimbert stopped 37 out of 38 attempts.

MSU's Lafontaine extended his scoring streak to five games with the assist on Leitner's goa (3-3--6)l. Leitner is now riding a four-game scoring streak (2-2--4).

MSU is now 0-1-1 in overtime games on the year.

Colorado College, which went zero-for-two on power play chances, improves to 8-5-0 in the WCHA and 10-5-0 overall on the season. The Mavericks, now 5-13-1 overall and 2-10-1 in WCHA conference play, finish the weekend series against Colorado College Saturday at 7:07 p.m. in the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.