|1st||16:36||MNS||1-0||EV GW||Bryce Gervais (11)||Casey Nelson/11|
|1st||18:49||MNS||2-0||EV||Zach Palmquist (4)||Zach Stepan/5, Casey Nelson/12|
|2nd||1:29||MNS||3-0||EV||Dylan Margonari (8)||Brad McClure/5, Zach Stepan/6|
|3rd||10:01||MNS||4-0||EV||C.J. Franklin (3)||Brett Knowles/1, Blake Thompson/5|
|3rd||14:03||MNS||5-0||EV||Max Gaede (1)||Zach Stepan/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota State (13-4-0)||0/3||4/8||0|
|Colton Phinney (L, 2-9-1)||60:00||5||6||12||13||31|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Cole Huggins (W, 2-2-0)||60:00||0||9||4||2||15|
Mankato, MN - Third-rated Minnesota State got goals from five different players to defeat Princeton 5-0 in front of 3,201 fans on Friday night at Verizon Wireless Center.
With the win the Mavericks have won eight of their last nine games and improve their record to 13-4-0 overall, while the Tigers fall to 2-10-1.
Minnesota State's first goal of the game came at 16:36 of the first period as sophomore Casey Nelson took a shot from the blue line and the rebound came straight out to junior Bryce Gervais who buried it home past the glove of Princeton goaltender Colton Phinney for his team-leading 11th goal of the year. The goal also turned out to be the fourth gamewinner of the season for the Battleford, Sask., native the eighth of his career. At 18:49 of the opening frame, just three seconds after the Tigers killed off a penalty, senior defenseman Zach Palmquist took a pass from sophomore Zach Stepan and fired a shot from the blue line to put the Mavericks up 2-0 after the one period of play.
In the middle frame, it was junior Dylan Margonari who found the scoring column, collecting his own rebound and scoring on a wrap-around try at 1:29 with freshman Brad McClure and Stepan getting credited with the assists.
In the final period of play, Minnesota State increased its lead to 4-0 as freshman forward C.J. Franklin scored from right in front at 10:01 with juniors Brett Knowles and Blake Thompson drawing helpers. Just a few minutes later, at 14:03, the Mavericks tallied their fifth goal of the game, this time from senior Max Gaede who wired a shot from the slot that beat Phinney stickside for his first goal of the season.
Stepan tallied a career-high three assists and was +3 and now has posted six points in his last four games. Casey Nelson collected two assists and increases his point-scoring streak to six games during which he's collected 2-7--9. McClure's assist now gives him a four-game scoring streak. Thompson also tallied an assist to bring his point-scoring streak to three games.
The Mavericks went 0-3 on the power-play in the game, while the Tigers were 0-4 with the man advantage. The Mavericks outshot Princeton 36-15.
Cole Huggins stopped 15 shots en route to his first shutout of the season and his seventh career shutout which places him a four-way tie for the Minnesota State career record with Stephon Williams (2012-SA) , Eric Pateman (1998-2002) and Mike Zacharias (2005-09).
Minnesota State and Princeton are back at it tomorrow night at Verizon Wireless Center with a 7:07 p.m., face-off scheduled.