Minnesota State Opens Semifinals with 2-1 Win Over Michigan Tech
Freshman forward Jake Jaremko registers power-play goal for Mavericks

Freshman forward Jake Jaremko scored a power-play goal for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 18:26  MNS1-0 EV Jared Spooner (4)Nicholas Rivera/10, Daniel Brickley/24
2nd 1:22  MNS2-0 PP GW Jake Jaremko (14)Parker Tuomie/27, Ian Scheid/16
3rd 9:19  MTU1-2 EV Joel L'Esperance (10)Gavin Gould/14, Jake Lucchini/20
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Michigan Tech  0011
Minnesota State  1102
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Michigan Tech  631019
Minnesota State  1051328
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Michigan Tech (19-16-5)  0/1 1/2 0
Minnesota State (29-7-1)  1/1 1/2 0
Michigan Tech Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Devin Kero (L, 8-6-1)58:322 941326
Empty Net1:280     
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Connor LaCouvee (W, 23-3-1)60:001 63918

Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State scored the first two goals of the game and then held on in skating to a 2-1 win over Michigan Tech in the first game of a best-of-three Western Collegiate Hockey Association semi-final play-off series Friday in Mankato.

The third-rated Mavericks took the game's first lead at the 18:26 mark of the opening period on a goal by freshman center Jared Spooner. Spooner beat Devin Kero with a shot from the left dot at the 18:26 mark and the Mavericks, who outshot the Huskies by a 10-6 margin through the first 20 minutes, entered the locker room owning a 1-0 lead.

Freshman center Jake Jaremko deflected Parker Tuomie's shot past Kero for a power play goal at 1:22 of the second period in widening the Minnesota State lead to 2-0. The goal is the 14th of the year for Jaremko.

The Mavericks, which entered the game owning a 24-0-0 record when owning a lead after two periods of play this year, saw their lead cut to one goal when Tech scored at 9:19 of the third period when Joel L'Esperance found the puck in the slot and beat Maverick netminder Connor LaCouvee five hole with a wrist shot. His goal would close out the scoring in the game as Minnesota State held on for the 2-1 win.

Connor LaCouvee, who made his 14th consecutive start in goal, stopped 18 shots in the victory and now stands 23-3-1 with tonight's triumph.

The Mavericks are now 29-7-1 overall and undefeated in their last 14 games. The 29 wins and 14-game unbeaten streak both currently rank as best in the nation.

The Mavericks and the Huskies face-off again in game two scheduled for a 7:07 p.m. start Saturday at Verizon Center in downtown Mankato.