Mankato, Minn. --- Top-rated Minnesota scored first and never trailed en route to a 3-0 win over visiting Minnesota State in a nonconference men's hockey game played in Minneapolis Saturday.
The Gophers got things going at the 6:20 mark of the first period when freshman defenseman Jake Bischoff skated down from the point, took a pass from freshman forward Hudson Fasching from the corner, and beat freshman goaltender Cole Huggins on the stick side. MSU sophomore forward Bryce Gervais knocked the puck into Minnesota's net at 8:59, but the goal was waved off when replays showed Gervais batting the puck into the net with his right fist leaving the score at 1-0 in favor of the Gophers.
Neither team was able to score in the middle period, but with 8:55 remaining in the third period, the Gophers tallied their second goal of the contest after senior forward Tom Serratore tucked the puck in from right in front of the net. Then at 13:56, freshman forward Hudson Fasching one-timed the puck past Huggins with a shot to othe stick side.
Minnesota State, now 4-6-0 overall, went 0-1 on the power play on the night. Minnesota (8-1-1 overall) was 0-3 on the power play and outshot the Mavericks by a 36-25 margin. The game was played in front of 9,838 fans at Mariucci Arena.
Minnesota State continues with road action next Friday and Saturday, taking on Bowling Green in a WCHA match-up in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Mavericks split the previous series with the Falcons earlier this season in Mankato, taking a 4-3 loss in the first game for rebounding to claim the second night, 1-0 in overtime.