MANKATO, Minn. --- Minnesota State generated three goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation - including two from senior Tracy McCann - to ring in 2014 and complete its non-conference schedule with a 3-1 victory and series sweep over Lindenwood Wednesday afternoon at All Seasons Arena.
The Mavericks now stand 8-12-0 overall, while the Lady Lions slip to 2-18-2 on the season.
Minnesota State picked up where it left off in yesterday's affair outshooting Lindenwood 13-3 in the first period behind a pair of power-play opportunities. However, the Mavericks were unable to solve LU sophomore Nicole Hensley who turned away numerous scoring chances in the frame, including denying junior Natalie Stoltz (St. Paul, Minn.) with a fantastic glove save after a re-direction in front.
The contest remained scoreless after 40 minutes of action as Lindenwood was unable to convert on two power-plays of its own in the second period. Senior Danielle Butters (London, Ont.) stood tall in goal for the Mavericks who held a 20-9 advantage in shots entering the second intermission.
MSU finally broke through at 11:29 of the third period. Junior Shelby Moteyunas (Cicero, N.Y.) flipped a puck out of the defensive zone that was picked up by senior Nicole Germaine (Mississauga, Ont.) who centered to senior Tracy McCann (Lakewood, Ohio), before McCann buried a goal into the left side. Less than two minutes later, Germaine won an offensive zone faceoff to junior Kathleen Rogan (Vancouver, B.C.) that Rogan dished back to Germaine who snuck her fifth goal of the year between Hensley's pads. Lindenwood netted its first goal of the series at 18:59 of the frame when freshman Katie Erickson beat Butters upstairs with a slap shot from the point; but McCann ensured a two-goal Maverick victory when she picked up a turnover and returned the favor by shelving a slap shot over the glove of Hensley at 19:57 for her sixth goal this season. McCann's pair of goals in the game tie her career-high.
Minnesota State owned a 31-14 advantage in shots for the match. MSU went zero-for-two on the man advantage, while Lindenwood ended zero-for-three with the power-play. Hensley stopped a game-high 28 stops, and Butters registered 13 saves in a winning effort.
The Mavericks get right back at it in two days' time when they host Bemidji State in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at All Seasons Arena. The set will kick off Saturday at 3:07 p.m.