MINNESOTA STATE DEFEATS BRITISH COLUMBIA, 4-1
Sophomore forward Katie Johnson scores two goals for Mavericks

Junior forward Kathleen Rogan had a goal and an assist for the Mavericks

Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State scored in all three periods Monday night at All Seasons Arena en route to a 4-1 exhibition victory over the University of British Columbia.

After killing off a UBC power-play, sophomore Katie Johnson picked up a loose puck along the side boards and streaked across the blue line before beating UBC junior Samantha Langford above the glove at the 19:37 mark to give MSU a 1-0 lead.

MSU padded its lead 3:32 into the second period when junior Kathleen Rogan picked the upper left-hand corner, while senior Nicole Germaine was credited with an assist on the play. The Maverick made it a three-goal cushion at the 18:11 mark when Rogan hit senior Lauren Barnes who was camped in front of the net and deflected the puck past the right shoulder of Langford. Rogan and Germaine each earned assists on the play for the Purple and Gold.

The Thunderbirds got on the board at the 11:19 mark of the third period. The goal came after a shot from UBC senior Tatiana Rafter that trickled through the pads of freshman Brianna Quade cutting the Maverick lead to 3-1. However, MSU put an exclamation point on the win with seven second remaining when Johnson scored on an empty net to solidify the 4-1 victory. Senior Tracy McCann and Quade each earned assists on the goal.

Sophomore Erin Krichiver and Quade split time between the pipes for MSU as each collected 12 saves a piece. Langford stopped a game-high 28 shots for UBC who was outshot 32-25 on the evening. The Mavericks were unable to convert on their two power-play opportunities, while the Thunderbirds finished one-of-seven on the man advantage.

Minnesota State returns to action Friday in their Western Collegiate Hockey Association opener. The Mavericks travel to Madison, Wis., to the play the University of Wisconsin with the drop of the puck slated for 7:07 p.m.