OMAHA, Neb. - Five different players scored goals for the Omaha hockey team in a 5-1 win over Minnesota State on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center.
The win allowed UNO to split the weekend series and retain the Spirit of the Maverick Trophy, a traveling symbol of the long-time rivalry between the two schools.
The Mavericks are now 11-6-1 overall and 7-4-1 in the WCHA, good for a tie with Minnesota for fifth place. Minnesota State saw its seven-game win streak come to an end. The Mavericks from Mankato are now 10-6-2 overall and 8-6-0 in the WCHA, putting them in fourth place.
Trailing 3-0 to start the third period, Minnesota State trimmed UNO's lead when Matt Leitner scored his fifth of the year at 7:24. But Matt White scored his second goal of the weekend into an empty net, and Charlie Adams added his first collegiate goal just 24 seconds later to help UNO pull away.
The first period played out as a defensive battle with few good scoring chances for either team. UNO eventually forged on top when Nick Seeler sent Johnnie Searfoss away down the left wing. Searfoss seemed to surprise MSU goalie Stephon Williams with a hard wrist shot that hit the top corner. It was Searfoss' fifth goal of the year.
Just 26 seconds later, the Mavericks doubled their lead when Dominic Zombo picked up a loose puck in the Minnesota State zone and whipped a shot underneath Williams at 16:35.
The Mavericks kept the momentum into the second period. On a faceoff in the UNO zone, a pass back to the blue line eluded a Minnesota State defenseman, creating a 2-on-1 break for Josh Archibald and Ryan Walters. Archibald hit Walters with a perfect pass across the slot that Walters knocked in for his team-leading 10th goal of the year.
Anthony Stolarz earned his second win of the season for UNO. He made 27 saves in the first game in which the Mavericks had scored more than two goals of support. Williams made 28 saves in the loss for MSU.
The Mavericks are now off for the holiday break. They return to action with a non-conference series against Quinnipiac of ECAC Hockey on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29 and 30 in Hamden, Conn.