OMAHA, Neb. - Minnesota State got a pair of goals from Johnny McInnis to beat the Omaha hockey team, 6-3, on Friday night at the CenturyLink Center.
UNO fell to 10-6-1 overall and 6-4-1 in the WCHA while Minnesota State ran its winning streak to seven games to improve to 10-5-2 overall and 8-5-0 in league play. The two teams finish the series on Saturday night at 7:07 p.m.
UNO grabbed the lead just 53 seconds into the game when Matt White scooped up a loose puck, broke past the Minnesota State defense and beat goaltender Stephon Williams with a sharp wrist shot for his eighth goal of the year.
Minnesota State tied the game on the power play. Chase Grant found McInnis free in the slot, and he fired a one-time shot between UNO goalie John Faulkner and the right post.
MSU took its first lead of the game early in the second when Dylan Margonari pounced on a rebound and knocked in his fifth goal of the year.
White helped the Mavericks retie the game at 8:26. He battled a bouncing puck across the slot to Zahn Raubenheimer who was crashing the net. He knocked in the goal, his career-best seventh of the year.
Minnesota State responded swiftly with goals from Jean-Paul Lafontaine on a power play at 10:03 and McInnis again at 11:26. McInnes' second tally chased Faulkner who was replaced by Anthony Stolarz.
UNO closed to within 4-3 just 38 seconds later when Ryan Walters took a pass from Josh Archibald in traffic and drove home his team-leading ninth goal of the season.
Minnesota State put the game away with a shorthanded tally from Bryce Gervais early in the third and a late goal from Jon Jutzi. The goals came on MSU's only shots of the period.
Faulkner took the loss in goal with 15 saves while Stolarz had six in relief. Williams earned his seventh win with 25 saves.
The loss was the first for UNO in a series opener (7-1-1).