Junior Jean-Paul Lafontaine registers two goals and assist for Mavericks

Junior Jean-Paul Lafontaine scored two goals and an assist for the Mavericks

Mankato, Minn. --- Junior forward Jean-Paul Lafontaine scored a pair of power play goals and added an assist as Minnesota State downed visiting Ferris State 4-3 in a penalty-marred Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest Saturday.

Ferris State struck first when Seth Adams directed a Scott Czarnowczan pass past Minnesota State freshman Cole Huggins at 10:11 of the opening period. The Mavericks responded at 17:44 after Dylan Margonari converted on an offensive zone face-off win, and the two teams headed to the locker room with the score knotted at 1-1.

It became a 2-1 Minnesota State lead at 17:35 of the second frame on a power play marker from Jean-Paul Lafontaine.

Ferris State tied it up at 2:41 of the third on a goal from Andy Huff. Lafontaine answered on the power play again for the Mavericks at 4:52 on a one-timer he ripped over the glove of C.J. Motte. The goal gives Lafontaine a team-high 13 goals on the year and is his 11th power play marker. Senior captain Johnny McInnis made it 4-2 at 7:56 with a power play goal he scored while camping out in front of the FSU net. The Bulldogs kept battling and a following a skirmish that filled the penalty boxes on both sides, Kenny Babinski pulled FSU within one with a power play goal at 12:58. But that goal completed the scoring in the game as the Mavericks held on in completing the two-game league sweep.

Minnesota State freshman goaltender Cole Huggins stopped 32 FSU shots in the and now stands 9-5-0 for the year. Lafontaine finished with three points on two goals and an assist. Junior forward Matt Leitner was credited with a pair of assists and McInnis finished with a goal and an assist.

Minnesota State converted on three of six power play chances in the game. The Mavericks had 20 penalties for 97 minutes, while the Bulldogs had 23 penalties for 119 minutes in the penalty-marred contest.

MSU now stands 14-10-0, 12-6-0 WCHA for 2013, while the second-ranked Bulldogs, who had not lost a league game until this weekend, is 17-5-3, 12-2-2 WCHA. The game was played in front of a season-high 4,363 fans at Verizon Wireless Center.

The Mavericks step outside league play next weekend in their next action, squaring off against Minnesota Duluth Friday in the inaugural North Star College Cup taking place at Excel Energy Center in St. Paul. The winner/loser of the MSU/UMD game plays the winner/loser of Minnesota and St. Cloud State Saturday.