Defiel's 57 Saves Give Lake Superior State 2-0 Win Over Minnesota State
Sophomore goaltender Gordon Defiel makes 57 saves for Lakers

Sophomore goaltender Gordon Defiel made 57 saves for the Lakers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 16:00  LSS1-0 PP GW J.T. Henke (10)Mitch Hults/11, Eric Drapluk/2
3rd 10:15  LSS2-0 EV Austin McKay (2) -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Lake Superior State  0112
Minnesota State  0000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Lake Superior State  55414
Minnesota State  21221457
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Lake Superior State (14-21-5)  1/3 7/14 0
Minnesota State (19-12-7)  0/6 4/8 0
Lake Superior State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Gordon Defiel (W, 11-13-4)60:000 21221457
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Cole Huggins (L, 11-10-2)56:142 54312
Empty Net3:460     

Mankato, Minn. --- #16 Minnesota State outshot Lake Superior State by a 57-14 margin Saturday in dropping a 2-0 decision in the second game of the best-of-three WCHA play-off series.

With the series now knotted at 1-1, the deciding game will be played Sunday night.

The Mavericks owned a 21-5 advantage in first period shots on goal, but could not put the puck past Laker netminder Gordon Defiel and after the first 20 minutes of action, the score stood 0-0.

Lake Superior State took advantage of a power play opportunity in the second period at the 16-minute mark when J.T. Henke one-timed a backdoor pass from Mitch Hults past Cole Huggins for the game's first goal.

It became a 2-0 lead for the Lakers at 10:15 of the third after Austin McKay's turnaround shot from 30 feet out bounced off a Minnesota State defender's glove before tumbling past a surprised Huggins on the stick side.

The Mavericks outshot Lake Superior State by a 57-14 margin in the game, marking the 32nd time this year Minnesota State has outshot its opponents this year. The 57 shots is the most by Minnesota State since March 13 of 2015 when the Mavericks put 59 shots on goal in a WCHA first-round play-off game vs. Lake Superior State.

Junior netminder Cole Huggins, who finished with 12 saves. stands 11-10-2 on the season with tonight's decision and owns a 36-20-3 mark for his career.

The Mavericks went zero-for-six in power plays in the game, while Lake Superior State finished with a one-for-three ledger with the man advantage.

Minnesota State, which has gone 8-4-2 in its last 14 games, stands 19-12-7 overall on the season.

The Mavericks and the Lakers conclude the series Sunday night with a 7:07 p.m. face-off scheduled.


EDINA, Minn. - March 12, 2016 - Lake Superior State sophomore goaltender Gordon Defiel set a WCHA postseason record tonight with 57 saves in a regulation game, leading the Lakers to a 2-0 victory at Minnesota State in game two of their 2016 quarterfinal round series. The 57 stops are the 10th-most in WCHA playoff history, behind nine goaltenders who tallied more stops in overtime contests.

Most Saves, Game - WCHA Postseason
Saves Goaltender, Team (Opponent) Date
76 Carmine Guerriero, Alabama Huntsville (at Michigan Tech) - 3OT 03/13/2015
75 Kirk Daubenspeck, Wisconsin (at Colorado College) - 4OT 03/08/1997
72  Jeff Tschenre, Minnesota (at Michigan State) - 3OT 03/14/1976
67 Bobby Goepfert, St. Cloud State (vs. Minnesota Duluth) - 3OT 03/11/2007
  Sam Brittain, Denver (vs. Minnesota Duluth) - 2OT 03/16/2012
64 Dave Versical, Michigan State (vs. Minnesota) - 3 OT 03/14/1976
62 Josh Johnson, Minnesota Duluth (at St. Cloud State) - 3OT 03/11/2007
60 Judd Lambert, Colorado College (vs. Wisconsin) - 4OT 03/08/1997
  Mike Lee, St. Cloud State (at Minnesota Duluth) - 3OT 03/12/2011
57 Gordon Defiel, Lake Superior State (at Minnesota State) 03/12/2016