|1st||1:52||MNS||1-0||EV||Zeb Knutson (6)||Michael Huntebrinker/12, Bryce Gervais/8|
|1st||13:18||MNS||2-0||EV GW||Teddy Blueger (10)||Dylan Margonari/5, Sean Flanagan/8|
|1st||15:51||MNS||3-0||EV||Dylan Margonari (5)||Teddy Blueger/22|
|2nd||14:17||MNS||4-0||EV||Carter Foguth (1)||C.J. Franklin/7|
|2nd||14:48||BMJ||1-4||EV||Markus Gerbrandt (7)||John Parker/6|
|3rd||5:24||MNS||5-1||EV||Jimmy Mullin (2)||Teddy Blueger/23, Dylan Margonari/6|
|3rd||9:36||MNS||6-1||EV||Jordan Nelson (3)||Brett Knowles/3, Jon Jutzi/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|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)||15:51||3||11||0||0||11|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Cole Huggins (W, 10-8-2)||60:00||1||3||5||4||12|
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.