Mankato, Minn.-Minnesota State (3-1-0) was unable to extend its three-game winning streak as #8 Mercyhurst (2-2-0) was able to score late in the game, giving the Lakers a 5-4 win. In the first period Mercyhurst jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a short-handed breakaway goal through the five-hole by Christine Bestland. MSU outshot Mercyhurst 12-9 in the period.
The second period got off to a bang and the intensity picked up with a goal by each team in the first two minutes. Mercyhurst's Bailey Bram put the puck away, giving them a 2-0 lead 1:28 into the period. The Bram goal was assisted by junior Stephanie Desutter and sophomore Christine Bestland. Thirty-one seconds later MSU was able to answer with a goal of its own thanks to the hero of last night's game, Nicole Germaine. The Maverick goal was assisted by sophomore Kari Lundberg.
Just under the ten minute mark, MSU tied the game on Emmi Leinonen's third goal of the season in the second period. Sophomore Kathleen Rogan assisted the goal for her first helper of the season. With 8:48 left in the second period, sophomore Kari Lundberg scored her first goal of the season and gave the Mavericks a 3-2 lead. Germaine and Lauren Zrust were credited with the assists.
Mercyhurst was not ready to go quietly when Lauren Jones scored her second goal of the season. The game-tying goal was assisted by Pam Zagoda. Mercyhurst reclaimed the 4-3 lead with 2:17 left in the second period as senior Kelly Steadman lit the lamp. MSU was able to knot up the game 4-4 with 11:35 left in the third period on Kari Lundberg's second goal of the game. With just over two minutes remaining, Mercyhurst scored the game-winner when the puck went off Christine Bestland's shin for her second goal of the day.
In the net Mercyhurst goaltender Hillary Pattenden stopped 38 of 42 shots to earn her second victory in net this season. For MSU Danielle Butters suffered her first loss allowing 5 goals off 29 shots.
Next weekend Minnesota State will travel to Pittsburgh, PA., to take on Robert Morris University in a two-game series starting on Friday.