Minnesota State Defeated By Omaha, 5-3

Senior defenseman Zach Palmquist scored a goal for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 0:44  MNS1-0 EV Zach Palmquist (1)Bryce Gervais/1, Matt Leitner/1
1st 12:04  UNO1-1 EV Luc Snuggerud (1)Tanner Lane/1, Jake Randolph/1
1st 16:00  UNO2-1 PP Jake Guentzel (1)Austin Ortega/1
2nd 4:01  UNO3-1 PP Austin Ortega (1)Luc Snuggerud/1, Jake Guentzel/1
2nd 15:13  MNS2-3 PP Casey Nelson (1) -
3rd 5:31  MNS3-3 EV Brad McClure (1)Dylan Margonari/1, Michael Huntebrinker/1
3rd 6:33  UNO4-3 PP GW Austin Ortega (2)Brian Cooper/1, Jake Guentzel/2
3rd 19:39  UNO5-3 EV EN Dominic Zombo (1)Jake Guentzel/3
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  1113
Omaha  2125
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  119525
Omaha  108422
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (0-1-0)  1/5 7/14 0
Omaha (1-0-0)  3/7 5/10 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Cole Huggins (L, 0-1-0)59:264 87217
Empty Net0:341     
Omaha Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Massa (W, 1-0-0)59:593 108422
Empty Net0:010     

Omaha, Neb. --- 11th-rated Minnesota State opened the 2014-15 campaign with a bang, scoring the first of the game quickly following the opening face-off, but the Mavericks could sustain that pace in falling 5-3 to Nebraska Omaha in nonconference action Friday in Omaha.

Senior defenseman Zach Palmquist finished off a flurry of shots when he snapped one past UNO netminder Ryan Massa on the stickside just 44 seconds into the game, but UNO responded at 12:04 when defenseman Luc Snuggerud tallied from in front and when Jake Guentzel scored on the power play at the 16-minute mark, the home team took a 2-1 lead into the locker room after the opening period of play.

The Mavericks cut the deficit to 3-2 when sophomore defenseman Casey Nelson fired a shot from outside the top of the right face-off circle that bounced off of Massa and a UNO defenseman into the net with Minnesota State on the power play at 15:13 of the second period.

Minnesota State freshman forward Brad McClure got his first goal as a collegian when he finished off a nice pass from Dylan Margonari off of an odd-man rush at 5:13 of the third period to tie the game. UNO retook the lead a short time later on an Ortega power play marker at 6:33 and then sealed the win with an empty-net tally from Dominic Zombo at 19:39.

Minnesota State, which stands 0-1-0 overall with tonight's loss, went one-for-five in power play chances. The Mavericks outshot UNO in the game by a 25-22 margin and UNO converted on three-of-seven man-advantage opportunities.

The two teams return to the ice Saturday with a 7:07 p.m. face-off scheduled at CenturyLink Center Omaha.