Minnesota State Edged by RIT, 2-1

Freshman forward C.J. Franklin scored a goal for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 4:30  RIT1-0 EV Alexander Kuqali (5)Josh Mitchell/36, Matt Garbowsky/28
2nd 10:52  MNS1-1 PP C.J. Franklin (9)Teddy Blueger/18, Jon Jutzi/11
3rd 14:09  RIT2-1 EV GW Josh Mitchell (16)Brad McGowan/23
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
RIT  1012
Minnesota State  0101
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
RIT  86519
Minnesota State  1081634
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
RIT (20-14-5)  0/2 5/10 0
Minnesota State (29-8-3)  1/5 2/4 0
RIT Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jordan Ruby (W, 11-7-4)60:001 1071633
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Stephon Williams (L, 25-6-3)57:252 76417
Empty Net2:350     

South Bend, Indiana --- Top-rated Minnesota State fell 2-1 to RIT in first round action of the 2015 NCAA Division I Midwest Regional in South Bend, Indiana.

The Tigers, who entered the weekend with seven straight wins, got on the board first when defenseman Alexander Kuqali walked out of the corner and backhanded a shot that beat Stephon Williams in the stickside at 4:30.

The Mavericks broke through at 10:52 of second on the power play after junior forward Teddy Blueger's one-timed a shot from the point that was deflected by freshman forward C.J. Franklin past Jordan Ruby. The goal was Franklin's ninth of the season.

RIT got the game-winner at 14:09 of the third on a disputed goal when Josh Mitchell's shot from the wing found its way past Williams after an RIT player pushed a Maverick defender into the Minnesota State netminder. Originally ruled no goal on the ice, the call was changed after officials viewed video of the play.

Minnesota State, which converted on one-of-five chances on the power play, outshot RIT by a 34-19 margin in the contest. Williams finishes the year with a 25-6-3 mark.

The Mavericks finish the year with a 29-8-3 mark. Now 20-14-5, RIT advances to the regional championship and play Sunday against the winner of Omaha and Harvard.