Mankato, Minn. --- Tenth-rated Minnesota State got on the board first, but could not hold off #20 Nebraska Omaha, eventually following to its neighbors to the south, 2-1, in game two of the best-of-three Western Collegiate Hockey Association play-off series.
Minnesota State sophomore forward Matt Leitner collected the puck in the slot off a Nebraska Omaha turnover forced by Chase Grant and and fired a shot that beat senior goaltender John Faulkner at 10:46. Nebraska Omaha responded less than four minutes later when freshman forward Tanner Lane, whose shot hit bounced off of a stick lying on the ice past MSU freshman goaltender Stephon Williams at 14:17.
After a scoreless second period, UNO sophomore forward Dominic Zombo wristed a shot that went past Williams at 5:21 for what proved to be the game-winning tally.
Now 23-12-2 overall, MSU outshot Nebraska Omaha 35-27 on the night. MSU was zero-for-two on the power play, while Nebraska Omaha were zero-for-two in power play chances. The game was played in front of 3,346 fans at Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato.
With the series now knotted at 1-1, the two teams wclose out the best of three game series Sunday night with a 7:07 p.m. face-off scheduled.