Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State took on visiting Lethbridge (Alta.) in exhibition men's hockey action Sunday in Mankato.
The host Mavericks scored first and never looked back in downing the Pronghorns by a 7-1 margin.
Sophomore forward Dylan Margonari got things going at the 5:20 mark of the first period when he scored on a partial breakaway when he skated into the offensive zone and lifted a shot over Alex Sirard's shoulder, stick side to give the Mavericks the `1-0 lead. The visitng Pronghorns responded with 9:40 remaining in the period, scoring on the power play with Brent Henke scored on a tipping a shot past MSU's Stephon Williams to tie the game at one apiece. The Mavericks answered back two minutes later when junior forward Matt Leitner fired a shot from the top of the right circle past the glove of Sirard to make it 2-1. Sophomore forward Teddy Blueger scored the Mavericks third goal on a power play with 2:55 remaining in the period. The Pronghorns goalie could not control a rebound after a shot from Mat Knoll and Blueger was at the front of the net to poke the puck in giving MSU a 3-1 lead.
Freshman forward Zach Stepan gave the Mavericks a 4-1 lead 6:09 into the second period, scoring on a slap shot from the top of the right circle. Freshman forward Michael Huntebrinker scored MSU's fifth goal of the game at 15:24 on a rebound attempt.
Senior forward Johnny McInnis scored 1:01 into the third period, connecting on a rebound from his own shot in making it 6-1. Sophomore Defensemen Nick Buchanan made it 7-1 at 15:50 mark of the third period scoring on a wrist shot from the top of the circle.
MSU used all three of its goaltenders in the game with Williams, senior Evan Karambelas and freshman Cole Huggins combining to make 10 stops. The Mavericks owned a 52-11 shot advantage in the game.
Minnesota State returns to action next weekend when they travel to Providence (R.I.) to take on Providence College in a two-game nonconference series to officially kickoff the regular season. Friday and Saturday's game are both scheduled for 7 p.m. (EST), starts.