Mankato, Minn. --- Junior forward Matt Leitner's third-period power play goal lifted Minnesota State to a 3-2 win over Northern Michigan in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action in Mankato Friday.
Freshman forward Zach Stepan scored his fourth goal of the season when he opened the scoring at the 6:11 mark of the first period when he tapped a pass from sophomore Dylan Margonari past NMU's Mathias Dahlstrom. Margonari then got his third goal of the season at 13:08 after he snapped a shot along the ice from 50 feet into the back of the net after taking a pass from freshman defenseman Carter Foguth. The Wildcats cut the deficit to one at 17:57 on a Reed Seckle power play tally and the first period ended 2-1 in favor of the Mavericks.
Neither team was able to score in the second frame, but at 11:52 of the last period, Matt Leitner beat two NMU at the top of the offensive zone with the Mavericks on the power play and beat Dahlstrom shortside for what proved to be the game-winning goal. The goal by Leitner is his fifth career game-winner and his seventh point in the last five games.
Minnesota State freshman goaltender Cole Huggins stopped 14 NMU shots in the and now stands 5-3-0 for the year.
Minnesota State, which was penalized five times for ten minutes in the game, went one-for five on the power play.
Northern Michigan, which now stands 6-7-2, 4-3-0 WCHA for 2013-14, went one-for-four in power play chances on the night.
The Mavericks are 8-7-0 overall and 6-3-0 WCHA for the year and have won their last four games.
The two teams close out the two-game league with a 7:07 p.m. face-off scheduled at Verizon Wireless Center.