MANKATO, Minn. --- Minnesota State was unable to salvage a series split with Minnesota Duluth Saturday afternoon as the Bulldogs broke a 1-1 tie with just under three minutes to go in regulation before eventually claiming a 3-1 win in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play at All Seasons Arena.
MSU slips to 3-5-0 overall and 0-4-0 in the WCHA, while UMD improves to 4-3-1 overall and 2-3-1 in league action.
The Mavericks held a one-goal lead after the first period off a superb individual effort by senior Nicole Germaine (Mississauga, Ont.). Germaine was knocked to the ice in the slot but managed to slip a loose puck past the left pad of UMD sophomore Kayla Black at 10:54 for her third goal of the year. Juniors Shelby Moteyunas (Cicero, N.Y.) and Kathleen Rogan (Vancouver, B.C.) each garnered assists on the play.
Minnesota Duluth deadlocked the contest at one apiece 1:21 into the second stanza. With the power-play winding down, freshman Sydney Morin had her inital shot saved by senior Danielle Butters (London, Ont.) but used a back-handed chance to tuck away the rebound.
The match remained scoreless until the 17:04 mark of the third period when Morin played hero for the Bulldogs. She ripped a slap shot from the point that was deflected in front and trickled between Butters' pads to provide UMD with a one-goal cushion it would not relinquish. Senior Jamie Kenyon added an empty-net marker for the Bulldogs at 19:46 to complete the scoring.
MSU was shutout on five power-play opportunities, while UMD finished one-of-six on the advantage and owned a 38-25 edge in shots on goal. Butters registered a match-high 36 saves for the Mavericks, and Black recorded 24 saves for UMD.
Minnesota State takes the ice again next Friday in the first game of a home-and-home with Minnesota. Game time is set for 7:07 p.m. at Ridder Arena.