|1st||1:33||MNS||1-0||EV||Connor Mackey (3)||Nicholas Rivera/5|
|1st||13:56||MNS||2-0||PP||Zeb Knutson (9)||Daniel Brickley/15, Connor LaCouvee/1|
|1st||18:55||STC||1-2||EV||Jon Lizotte (3)||Patrick Newell/10, Blake Lizotte/11|
|2nd||6:14||MNS||3-1||EV GW||Jake Jaremko (8)||Reggie Lutz/10, Clint Lewis/4|
|2nd||6:39||STC||2-3||EV||Robby Jackson (10)||Ryan Poehling/12, Easton Brodzinski/6|
|2nd||15:00||MNS||4-2||EV||Zeb Knutson (10)||Reggie Lutz/11, Edwin Hookenson/4|
|3rd||19:43||MNS||5-2||EV EN||C.J. Suess (14)||Dallas Gerads/2, Daniel Brickley/16|
|St. Cloud State||1||1||0||2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||8||9||13||30|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota State (18-7-0)||1/1||2/4||0|
|St. Cloud State (14-5-3)||0/2||1/2||0|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Connor LaCouvee (W, 12-3-0)||60:00||2||7||8||13||28|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jeff Smith (L, 9-2-3)||26:14||3||6||4||0||10|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Minnesota State senior winger Zeb Knutson scored twice as the Mavericks outskated third-rated St. Cloud State 5-2 in a nonconference men's hockey game played in St. Cloud, Saturday.
The Mavericks held a 2-1 lead after the first 20 minutes of action, goals from Connor Mackey and Zeb Knutson got the ball rolling. Mackey, a freshman who led all defensemen in the United States Hockey League in scoring last year, tallied his first career goal as a collegian when his backhander from the right wall beat SCSU netminder Jeff Smith on the shortside at 1:33. Minnesota State blueliner Daniel Brickley came out from behind his own net and found a streaking Zeb Knutson on the other side of the red line with a pass that sent Knutson in all alone and the senior winger from Sioux Falls, S.D., made no mistake with a shot that beat Smith gloveside for a power play marker at 13:56. SCSU cut the lead to one at 18:55 when a shot off the stick of Jon Lizotte found its way to the back of the net.
A goal by Jake Jaremko, who took a nice backdoor feed from Reggie Lutz, made it a 3-1 Minnesota State lead at 6:14 of the second, but the Huskies responded just 15 seconds later on a goal from Robby Jackson. Then, at the 15-minute mark, Knutson got his second goal of the game when he jumped on a rebound for his tenth tally of the season and the Mavericks held a 4-2 lead at the end of the middle stanza.
The Mavericks were outshot by a 13-7 margin in the third period, but the only goal in the final final 20 minutes came at the 19:43 mark when senior center C.J. Suess scored into an empty net.
Minnesota State went one-for-one in power play chances in the win and held the Huskies scoreless in their two opportunities with the man advantage. The Huskies outshot the Mavericks by a 30-26 margin in the contest, while Maverick netminder Connor LaCouvee, who finished with 28 saves, upped his record to 12-3-0 with the win.
Minnesota State, which now stands 17-7-0 overall with tonight's win, has gone 8-2 in its last ten games.
The Mavericks continue nonconference action Tuesday when the University of Minnesota Duluth visits Mankato. Face-off at Verizon Center is slated for 7:07 p.m. start.