MANKATO, Minn. - Minnesota State faced one-goal deficits three times and responded each time in kind, but ran out of chances with Wisconsin scored in overtime to claim a 4-3 victory over the 11th-rated Mavericks in Mankato Friday.
The game featured two of the hottest teams in the country with Wisconsin entering the game having gone 5-0-3 in its last eight contests, while the host Mavericks had won 11 of their last 12 prior to the game.
The visiting Badgers started the scoring in the first period on a goal scored by defenseman Joe Faust, who took a pass from forward Derek Lee and slapped a shot that beat MSU freshman goaltender Stephon Williams at 18:02. MSU answered right back to tie the game on a power play goal scored by sophomore forward Matt Leitner, who collected the puck off a deflected shot by sophomore defenseman Zach Palmquist and chipped the puck past Wisconsin goaltender Landon Peterson at 19:16.
It became 2-1 Wisconsin lead in the second period on a goal scored by Ryan Little, who was able to slip the puck past Williams on a feed from Jefferson Dahl at 19:02.
MSU tied the game in the third period on a goal scored by senior defenseman Tyler Elbrecht, who wristed a shot that got past Peterson at 8:59. The goal is Elbrecht's first of the year. Wisconsin was able to take lead once again on at 16:21 when Dahl took a backhand pass from forward Sean Little and pushed the puck past MSU senior goaltender Phil Cook, who had replaced Williams after Williams went to the penalty box after taking a five minute major for facemasking on a goal-mouth scramble. MSU came right back again to tie the game, with Leitner registering his second goal of the game at 18:09, to force overtime.
Wisconsin got the game-winning goal in overtime on a goal scored by defenseman John Ramage, who skated into the offensive zone and flipped the puck into the net past Williams at 04:28. Minnesota State, now 14-7-2 overall and 8-7-0 in WCHA games on the season, outshot Wisconsin 33-30 on the night. The Mavericks were one-for-four on the power play, while Wisconsin was zero-for- three in power play chances. The game was played in front of 3,468 fans at the Verizon Wireless Center.
MSU and Wisconsin close out the two-game series Saturday night with a 7:07 p.m. face-off scheduled.