Sophomore forward Chase Grant scores 2:26 into overtime for Mavericks

Chase Grant scored the game-winning goal for the Mavericks

Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State matched visiting Providence College goal-for-goal through three periods of play and an overtime goal by sophomore forward Chase Grant propelled the 14-rated Mavericks to a 4-3 overtime win in a men's hockey nonconference game played in Mankato Friday night.

Providence got on the board first after Tom Parisi took a pass from Ross Mauermann and wristed a shot that went through a maze of defenders to beat MSU freshman oaltender Stephon Williams high on the glove side at 2:41 of the opening period. MSU responded with a power play goal from senior forward Eriah Hayes, who took a centering pass from Matt Leitner and powered the puck past Providence netminder Russ Stein at 5:37 in scoring his team-high 11th goal of the year. MSU added another power play goal to make it 2-1 when junior defensmen Josh Nelson beat Stein at 7:15. Providence knotted the score at 2-2 on a goal scored by Paul De Jersey, who slipped the puck past Williams at 9:28.

Providence made it a 3-2 game in the second period on a goal scored by Derek Army, who collected a rebound off a shot by Kyle Murphy and put the puck into the nat 1:11. MSU answered right back with a shorthanded goal by sophomore defenseman Brett Stern, who skated into the offensive zone with the puck and backhanded a shot past Stein at 17:37.

The Mavericks and Friars skated to a scoreless third period and the Mavericks finished the game and secured the win in overtime at 3:26 when a shot by Johnny McInnis from the side of the net was deflected into the goal by sophompore forward Chase Grant. The goal is Grant's sixth of the year.

Minnesota State, now 13-6-2 overall on the season, outshot Providence 35-32 on the night. The Mavericks, who are 10-1-0 in their last 11 games., were two-for-four on power play chances, while Providence was zero-for-six with the man advantage. The game was played in front of 3,316 fans at Verizon Wireless Center.

MSU and Providence close out the two-game series Saturday night with a 7:07 p.m. face-off scheduled.