Freshman defenseman Sean Flanagan scores game-winner for Mavericks

Freshman defenseman Sean Flanagan scored the game-winner for the Mavericks

Mankato, Minn. --- The Minnesota State Mavericks completed a home Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep over Bemidji State with a 3-2 victory over the Beavers at Verizon Wireless Center Saturday.

The lone goal of the first period came when Graeme McCormack scored at the 12:14 mark, finishing off Brendan Harms' pass to the right side of the goal.

The Mavericks took the lead with a pair of second-period power play markers. Senior forward Johnny McInnis put the Mavericks on the board and tied the game with his 16th goal of the season, a one-timer in front of the net at 3:38 of the second. Then, at 5:20, junior forward Jean-Paul Lafontaine got his NCAA-leading 13th power-play goal of the season. Junior forward Matt Leitner crashed to the goal with a shot and after the puck bounced off BSU's goalie Jesse Wilkins and sat in front of the goal before Lafontaine's back-handed flip into the back of the net. Leitner and McInnis were credited with the assists.

After an errant pass by Mavericks, BSU's Charlie O'Connor tied the game on a shorthanded, breakaway goal at the 1:50 mark of the third period. The goal is MSU's seventh shorthanded goal given up this season. At 9:07 of the period, rookie defenseman Sean Flanagan made it 3-2 after receiving a Zach Lehrke pass and rifled the puck into the back of the net for his second game-winning goal of the season.

McInnis and Lafontaine both finished with a goal and assist, and Leitner had a pair of assists in extending his point-scoring streak to eight games.

Huggins finished the game with 27 saves on 29 shots as the Mavericks won for the third consecutive time. The game was played in front of the second-largest home crowd of the season with 4,089 fans in attendance.

The Mavericks, who are now 17-13-0, 15-7-0 WCHA, will stay home for another WCHA showdown with Alabama-Huntsville visiting Mankato Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15.