MINNESOTA STATE SKATES PAST ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE, 4-1
Junior Jean-Paul Lafontaine and senior Johnny McInnis each post goal and assist for Mavericks

Junior forward Jean-Paul Lafontaine had a goal and an assist for the Mavericks

HUNTSVILLE | Visiting Minnesota State scored three goals in the third period and defeated the University of Alabama in Huntsville by a 4-1 score in WCHA hockey action on Friday night at the Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center. The Chargers slip to 1-16 (1-10 WCHA) with the setback, while the Mavericks improve to 10-7 (8-3 WCHA).

A Dylan Margonari power-play goal midway through the first period was the game's lone goal through the first 40 minutes, but UAH's Jack Prince leveled the affair just under four minutes into the third frame with his second goal of the season at 3:46 of the period.

Matt Salhany earned his fifth assist of the year on the score, while Joakim Broberg registered his second point of the season with the secondary assist.

UAH unfortunately then took a penalty just 29 seconds after the goal at 4:15, and the visitors capitalized with their second of three power-play markers on the night at 4:33 as Jean-Paul Lafontaine tallied what would be the eventual game-winner.

Zach Lehrke added a goal at 7:21 to make it 3-1, and Johnny McInnis rounded out the scoring for the Mavericks with a power-play strike at 14:16 as Minnesota State finished 3-for-7 with the man advantage while holding UAH to a 0-for-5 performance.

Matt Larose picked up the loss for the Chargers in between the pipes, but the netminder put forth a strong effort as he stopped 43 shots on the night.

Prince would finish the contest with a team-best seven shots, while Salhany added five as the Chargers posted 24 as a team with 23 being turned away by Minnesota State goalie Cole Huggins.

The two teams will wrap up the series on Saturday night. The puck will drop at 7:07 p.m., and the first 500 fans will receive a Charger Blue bobblehead.