Minnesota State Wins MacNaughton Cup With 2-1 Win Over Bemidji State
Freshman forward Dallas Gerads scores game-winning goal for Mavericks

Freshman forward Dallas Gerads scored the game-winning goal for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 8:55  BMJ1-0 EV Jay Dickman (14)Kyle Bauman/20
2nd 7:58  MNS1-1 EV Marc Michaelis (15)Zeb Knutson/24
2nd 17:41  MNS2-1 PP GW Dallas Gerads (5)Reggie Lutz/17, Ian Scheid/14
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bemidji State  1001
Minnesota State  0202
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bemidji State  1251027
Minnesota State  10131033
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (16-12-7)  0/4 5/10 0
Minnesota State (26-7-0)  1/5 4/8 0
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (L, 16-11-7)58:232 10111031
Empty Net1:370     
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Connor LaCouvee (W, 20-3-0)59:561 1151026
Empty Net0:040     

Mankato, Minn. --- Fourth-rated Minnesota State used a pair of second-period goals in downing Bemidji State 2-1 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game played in Mankato Friday.

The win for the Mavericks, which extends their nation's-best winning streak to ten games, ups their league record to 22-5-0 and clinches the WCHA regular-season title as MacNaughton Cup Champions.

The feat is the third time in the last four years that Minnesota State has won the MacNaughton Cup.

Entering tonight the Mavericks had scored first in six straight games, but it was BSU that accomplished the feat Friday with big forward Jay Dickman finishing off a two-on-one rush at 8:55 for the only goal of the opening 20 minutes of action. The Beavers outshot MSU by a 12-10 margin in the first period.

Minnesota State overtook BSU in the second stanza with a pair of goals. A turnover in the neutral zone led to an odd-man rush and it was Zeb Knutson who found Marc Michaelis in front of the Beaver net with the sophomore from Mannheim, Germany snapping a shot past Michael Bitzer for his 15th goal of the season at 7:58. The goal by Michaelis extends his point-scoring streak to five games. Then, ten seconds into a power play, at 17:41, freshman forward Dallas Gerads pounced on a juicy rebound before sliding the puck past a prone Bitzer for his fifth goal (and second power play goal) of the year. Gerads has scored at least one point in the last seven games, tallying 4-4-8 during that time. He also has three game-winning goals this year.

The Mavericks, who entered the game owning a 21-0-0 mark when leading after two periods of play, played BSU to a scoreless third period in claiming the 2-1 victory.

The Mavericks are now 26-7-0 overall.

Connor LaCouvee, who made his tenth consecutive start in goal, stopped 26 shots in the win and upped his record to 20-3-0 with tonight's decision.

The Mavericks owned a 33-27 advantage in shots on goal in the contest margin in the contest and the game was played in front of 4,730 fans.

The Mavericks close out the 2017-18 regular season Saturday night with the Mavericks and the Beavers facing-off at 7:07 p.m. at Verizon Center in downtown Mankato.