ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota State men's hockey team dropped a 6-4 decision to fifth-rated St. Cloud State at Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul Saturday.
Jean-Paul Lafontaine, who leads the country with 12 power play goals, scored an even-strength goal at 9:39 of the first period to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead. SCSU responded at 16:08 when Jonny Brodzinski wired a shot from the top of the slot past Stephon Williams.
It became a 2-1 Minnesota State lead at 2:11 of the second when sophomore forward Bryce Gervais collected a rebound and backhanded a shot past Ryan Faragher on the glove side for his sixth goal of the season. SCSU got the equalizer at 8:59 on a deflection from Cory Thorson and the Huskies took their first lead at 11:11 on a shot from the right face-off circle by Nic Dowd. SCSU added power play markers at 15:01 and 15:54 and the two teams entered the locker room at the end of the second period with the Huskies owning a 5-2 lead.
Senior captain Johnny McInnis scored his 12th goal of the season with the Mavericks on the power play at 5:37 of the third. Kalle Kossila backhanded a shot past Cole Huggins with SCSU on the power play at 7:54 before Lafontaine got his second of the game (and 16th of the year) at 9:07 in rounding out the scoring.
Lafontaine finished with two goals and an assist, Gervais had a goal and an assist, freshman defenseman Sean Flanagan contributed two assists for the Mavericks, while Williams and Huggins combined to stop 19-of-25 SCSU shots in the loss.
Minnesota State stands 14-12-0 overall with today's loss. The Mavericks went one-for-three on the man advantage while SCSU converted on three-of-four power play chances.
This is the first year for the North Star College Cup to be held. The Mavericks, along with Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State, are slated to participate in the 2015 North Star College Cup.
The Mavericks resume Western Collegiate Hockey Association action next weekend with a pair of road games at Northern Michigan.