Minnesota State Clinches Share Of MacNaughton Cup With 6-1 Win Over Bemidji State
Senior forwards Teddy Blueger and Dylan Margonari each post goal and two assists for Mavericks

The Mavericks clinch at least a co-share of the WCHA regular-season championship
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 1:52  MNS1-0 EV Zeb Knutson (6)Michael Huntebrinker/12, Bryce Gervais/8
1st 13:18  MNS2-0 EV GW Teddy Blueger (10)Dylan Margonari/5, Sean Flanagan/8
1st 15:51  MNS3-0 EV Dylan Margonari (5)Teddy Blueger/22
2nd 14:17  MNS4-0 EV Carter Foguth (1)C.J. Franklin/7
2nd 14:48  BMJ1-4 EV Markus Gerbrandt (7)John Parker/6
3rd 5:24  MNS5-1 EV Jimmy Mullin (2)Teddy Blueger/23, Dylan Margonari/6
3rd 9:36  MNS6-1 EV Jordan Nelson (3)Brett Knowles/3, Jon Jutzi/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bemidji State  0101
Minnesota State  3126
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bemidji State  36413
Minnesota State  14141846
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (15-14-6)  0/2 5/10 0
Minnesota State (18-10-7)  0/3 4/8 0
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (L, 11-14-5)15:513 110011
Reid Mimmack44:093 0131629
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Cole Huggins (W, 10-8-2)60:001 35412

Mankato, Minn. --- #16 Minnesota State skated past Bemidji State by a 6-1 margin Friday and gained at least a co-share of the 2015-16 Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season championship in the process.

The Mavericks, who entered the weekend owning a two-point lead over second-place Michigan Tech with two games to go in the regular season, still own a two-point lead with tonight's win and Michigan Tech's 4-0 win over Northern Michigan.

The Mavericks got out of the chute early as sophomore forward Zeb Knutson took advantage of a nice pass from linemate Michael Huntebrinker in scoring his sixth goal of the year at 1:48 of the opening stanza. Bryce Gervais, who entered the night riding a four-game point-scoring streak, was also credited with his eighth assist of the year on Knutson's marker. Senior forward Teddy Blueger wristed a shot from the slot that beat BSU netminder Michael Bitzer on the stick side at 13:18 in making it a 2-0 Minnesota State lead. Blueger got in on the action again when his offensive zone face-off win led to Dylan Margonari's fifth goal of the season at 15:41 and the Mavericks entered the locker room owning a 3-0 lead at the end of the first 20 minutes.

It became a 4-0 Minnesota State lead at 14:17 of the second after junior defenseman Carter Foguth roofed a shot past past Reid Mimmack for his first goal of the season after taking a pass from Margonari. Mimmack had replaced Bitzer in the Beaver net in the first period following Margonari's goal. Markus Gerbrandt solved Maverick netminder Cole Huggins on a breakaway opportunity at 14:48, allowing the Beavers to pull within to three and at the end of 40 minutes of play. Minnesota State held a 4-1 advantage.

Senior forward Jimmy Mullin's nifty shot from along the goal line at 5:24 of the final period gave the Mavericks a 5-1 lead and junior center Jordan Nelson's second goal of the season at 9:36 made it a 6-1 Minnesota State advantage in closing out scoring in the game.

The Mavericks, who went zero-for-three in power plays in the game, outshot BSU by a 46-13 margin in the game.

Junior netminder Cole Huggins stands 10-8-2 on the season with tonight's win and owns a 35-18-3 mark for his career. Huggins now stands tied for sixth at Minnesota State in career wins.

Minnesota State, which has gone 7-2-2 in its last 11 games, stands 18-10-7 overall and is 16-4-7 in WCHA action with tonight's win.

The Mavericks close out the 2015-16 regular season Saturday with face-off vs. the Beavers at Verizon Wireless Center slated for 7:07 p.m.

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