MANKATO, Minn. --- Minnesota State saw its three-game winning streak snapped Sunday afternoon at All Seasons Arena as a third-period power-play goal carried Bemidji State to a 1-0 victory and series split in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action.
The Mavericks now stand 9-13-0 overall and 4-12-0 in conference play, while the Beavers improve to 8-10-2 and 5-8-1 within the league.
Minnesota State built up an 11-7 advantage in shots over Bemidji State, but neither program found the back of the net in a scoreless first period. Both teams were shut out on their lone power-play chance in the frame, and the best scoring opportunity came when senior Kari Lundberg (Woodbury, Minn.) got free down the right side on a short-handed breakaway but was denied by freshman goaltender Brittni Mowat.
The scoreless tie remained after 40 minutes of play as both netminders continued their fantastic play between the pipes. The Mavericks controlled most of the first 15 minutes of the second period, but the Beavers mounted a ferocious attack in the final five minutes only to be denied on numerous fantastic saves by MSU senior Danielle Butters (London, Ont.). Through two periods, the Mavericks were outshooting the Beavers by the slimmest of margins, 23-22.
That score held until the second Bemidji State power-play of the third period. Freshman Madison Hutchinson fired a shot from the point that was deflected by sophomore Stephanie Anderson and saved by Butters. However, junior Kristine Grenier picked up the rebound on the left side and tucked it into the net before Butters could recover giving Bemidji State a 1-0 lead it would not surrender.
Minnesota State ended zero-of-three on the man advantage, while Bemidji State finished one-of-three. Mowat recorded a game-high 33 saves, and Butters stopped 32 as the teams were dead-even in shots at 33 each.
The Mavericks continue conference action next weekend when they trek north for a series with Minnesota Duluth beginning Friday at 6:07 p.m., inside AMSOIL Arena.