MANKATO, Minn. - Senior Melissa Klippenstein scored a career-high two goals and sophomore Erin Krichiver posted her first career shutout as Minnesota State scored once in each period to trump visiting Lindenwood 3-0 in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon at All Seasons Arena.
The victory elevates MSU to 7-12-0 overall, while Lindenwood slips to 2-17-2 on the year.
A trio of seniors connected for Minnesota State 4:50 into the first period to put the Mavericks in front 1-0 early on. Lauren Barnes (Burnsville, Minn.) fed Kari Lundburg (Woodbury, Minn.) in the left corner, before Lundberg found Melissa Klippenstein (Neubergthal, Man.) who tapped her third marker of the year by sophomore Nicole Hensley's left pad. MSU outshot the Lady Lions 10-9 in the frame and stymied a pair of LU power-plays.
Two other seniors joined the scoring act in the second period helping facilitate Klippenstein's second marker of the game. In a period that saw four Maverick power-plays and six total, MSU converted on its third opportunity when Dani Scholzen (Blaine, Minn.) and Kelsie Scott (Souris, Man.) hit Klippenstein just below the right dot before she lifted her second goal of the day above Hensley's blocker at 17:50. Klippenstein's pair of markers established a personal career-high. The Mavericks owned a 25-19 edge in shots of goal and two-goal lead after 40 minutes thanks in part to steady play by sophomore Erin Krichiver (Chicago, Ill.) between the pipes.
The third period was all Minnesota State as the Mavericks amassed a 23-6 advantage in shots on goal during the stanza. With Hensley pulled late in the period, junior Natalie Stoltz (St. Paul, Minn.) took a pass from Lundberg and beat the Lady Lion blue line but was pulled down from behind by junior Caitlyn Post. After a discussion by the officials, Stoltz was awarded an empty goal at 18:47 and Klippenstein was credited with an additional helper, tying her career-high with three points in the victory.
All in all, MSU outshot Lindenwood 48-25 on the day and was successful on one-of-four power-play opportunities. The Mavericks also blanked LU on its seven chances with the advantage led by Krichiver and her 25 saves. Hensley registered a game-high 45 stops for the Lady Lions.
The two teams will tangle again tomorrow in the Mavericks' final regular-season non-conference affair of the season beginning at 2:07 p.m., back inside All Seasons Arena.