MINNESOTA STATE SHUTS OUT BEMIDJI STATE, 3-0
Freshman netminder Stephon Williams earns first collegiate shutout with 20 saves for Mavericks
Mankato, Minn .--- Sophomore netminder Stephon Williams stopped every shot he faced in leading Minnesota State to a 3-0 win over long-time rival Bemidji State in a men's hockey contest played in Mankato Friday.
Williams, the reigning Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week, turned aside 20 shots from the Beavers in registering his first collegiate shut-out.
The Mavericks got one goal in each period in downing BSU, and one goal from three different players in doing so.
Freshman forward Dylan Margonari got his fourth goal of the year on a rebound that he slipped past Beaver netminder Mathieu Dugas at 4:22 of the opening period.
Then, after taking a between the legs, no-look pass from senior forward Eriah Hayes, junior forward Zach Lehrke tapped the puck into the net at 16:00 of the second period to make it a 2-0 MSU lead.
And after Eli Zuck won an offensive-zone face-off, freshman forward Bryce Gervais took a pass from linemate Max Gaede and fired it past Dugas at 15:45 for the game's final goal.
MSU outshot BSU by 40-20 margin in the game.
Junior forward Matt Leitner extended his point-scoring streak to seven games with an assist on the game's opening goal by Margonari and on Lehrke's goal now has 2-9--11 during that time.
The Mavericks, who have won their last three games, are now 6-5-2 overall and 4-5-2 WCHA on the year. Bemidji State falls to 3-6-2 overall, 2-5-2 WCHA. The two teams close out the two-game league set with a 7:07 face-off scheduled for Saturday.