Minnesota State Blanks Lake Superior State, 3-0
Junior goaltender Stephon Williams makes 21 saves for Mavericks

Junior goaltender Stephon Williams made 21 saves for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 16:59  MNS1-0 EV GW Dylan Margonari (4)Brad McClure/2, Zach Stepan/3
3rd 5:23  MNS2-0 EV Zach Stepan (1)Carter Foguth/2, Teddy Blueger/6
3rd 6:44  MNS3-0 EV Matt Leitner (4)C.J. Franklin/9, Casey Nelson/8
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  1023
Lake Superior State  0000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  14171041
Lake Superior State  531321
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (11-3-0)  0/3 3/17 0
Lake Superior State (3-13-0)  0/2 4/8 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Stephon Williams (W, 11-1-0)60:000 531321
Lake Superior State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Gordon Defiel (L, 3-11-0)60:003 1317838

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - Lake Superior State ice hockey dropped their second straight game against Western Collegiate Hockey Association opponents No. 7 Minnesota State- Mankato, falling to the Mavericks 3-0. The Lakers (3-13-0, 3-9-0 WCHA) gave the Mavericks (11-3-0, 9-1-0 WCHA) all they could hand for most of two periods before the two third period goals put the game out of reach for the home squad.

Freshman goaltender Gordon Defiel started in net for the Lakers and was brilliant during the first two periods, giving up just the late first-period goal through the first two frames and blocking 30 shots, including a 17-save second period. The third period was unkind, however as the Mavericks got goals from Zach Stepan, his first of the season, and Matt Leitner's fourth goal of the season during the third period. Defiel ended with 38 saves on the evening.

Mavericks' netminder Stephon Williams was perhaps more impressive in recording his seventh career shutout, making 21 saves. While not nearly as tested against the quality scoring chances the Mavericks created on Defiel, Williams still thwarted all Lakers' offensive attacks throughout the game. Perhaps the only lapse by Williams came with just over 10 minutes remaining in the third period as Chris Ciotti's shot was scorched over Williams' shoulder before rattling off of the posts.

The Mavericks opened the scoring with a goal by Dylan Margonari, which was reviewed, with 3:01 remaining in the first period. The game remained through the two intermissions.

The Lakers will travel to No. 2 North Dakota next weekend before rounding out the semester on the road to Ferris State. The next home game for the Lakers is scheduled for Jan. 16-17 against Bemidji State.