Michaelis' Hat Trick Leads Minnesota State Past Bemidji State, 5-2
Sophomore forward Marc Michaelis scores three goals for Mavericks

Sophomore forward Marc Michaelis scored a hat trick for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 8:34  MNS1-0 EV Edwin Hookenson (1)Jared Spooner/4
1st 9:56  BMJ1-1 EV Kyle Bauman (6)Dillon Eichstadt/3
2nd 1:13  MNS2-1 PP Marc Michaelis (3)Ian Scheid/3, Zeb Knutson/7
2nd 11:27  MNS3-1 SH GW Marc Michaelis (4)C.J. Suess/8
2nd 13:56  MNS4-1 EV Nicholas Rivera (3)Connor Mackey/2, Jake Jaremko/5
3rd 3:55  BMJ2-4 EV Gerry Fitzgerald (3) -
3rd 18:53  MNS5-2 EV EN Marc Michaelis (5) -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  1315
Bemidji State  1012
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  312621
Bemidji State  6111532
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (7-3-0)  1/4 3/6 1
Bemidji State (4-3-2)  0/3 4/8 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Connor LaCouvee (W, 5-0-0)59:582 5111430
Empty Net0:020     
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (L, 4-3-2)59:294 29516
Empty Net0:311     

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Locked in a 1-1 after 20 minutes, Minnesota State University, Mankato scored three times in the second period to break the tie and pull away with a 5-2, Western Collegiate Hockey Association, series-opening victory over Bemidji State University Friday.

The Mavericks not only potted a pair of even-strength goals, they also went 1-for-4 on the power play and netted a short-handed goal-the first BSU has allowed in 2017-18.

Marc Michaelis led a group of eight Mavericks to post at least a point, recording a hat trick, which included the game-winner.

Bemidji State's top goal scorer, Kyle Bauman, netted his sixth tally of the season and Gerry Fitzgerald accounted for his third goal of 2017-18 to pace the Beavers.

The Mavericks opened the scoring at 8:34 mark of the first period. Edwin Hookenson got the benefit of a bounce off a BSU defender to record his first goal of the season. Just 1:18 later, the Beavers answered on a goal from Bauman. After a pass from Dillon Eichstadt set Bauman up with the puck, the Apopka, Fla. native found the upper corner to post is fifth point in as many games (4g-1a).

BSU and MSU opened the second period tied 1-1, but the deadlock would last only 1:13. With Dan Billett in the penalty box for a holding penalty carried over from the final moments of the first period, Michaelis light the lamp for a power-play goal. Michaelis would strike again at the 11:27 mark. Just 16 after Connor Mackey was escorted to the penalty box for interference, he beat BSU's goaltender Michael Bitzer with help form C.J. Suess. Before the period would end, Nicolas Rivera posted an even-strength goal to increase the MSU lead to three goals (4-1).

Gerry Fitzgerald recorded his third goal of the season to cut the Maverick lead in half at the 3:55 mark of the third, but that was as close as the Beavers would get.

Michaelis finished the scoring with an empty-net goal with just over a minute to play.

Michael Bitzer turned aside 16 shots and was tagged with four goals in 59:29. He moves to 4-3-2 on the year.

Bemidji State, 4-3-2; 2-2-1-1 WCHA, and Minnesota State, 7-3-0 overall and a 5-2-0-0 WCHA, will hit the ice again tomorrow to settle the series. The opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m.